The partners in our efforts are BBMP which plans and implements the infrastructure improvements and Traffic Police who enforce traffic regulations as the implementation partners; Residents , Ward Committee, NGOs such as Resident Welfare Associations as Active Citizens helping to identify problem areas providing feedbacks and suggestions, Embarq which specialises in urban mobility issues as technical partner.
How does your idea encourage citizens to participate in making roads safer?
By involving residents and engaging them actively through public gatherings and providing feedback makes citizens part of the solution. This also encourages citizens to follow safety rules. Private Organisations are partnering to make the project a success. A number of Organisations have come forward to participate in this initiative through the PPP program.
Barriers: What barriers might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?
Co-ordination between various agencies is a major challenge. The government procedure of implementing the project which involves tender process is lengthy and therefore the impact of the project can be seen only after a certain period of time.
Is your project targeted at solving any of the following challenges?
Active citizenship: Projects that work to promote active engagement with road safety from individual citizens, pedestrians, communities, and social networks, or that use education as a tool to raise awareness and promote engagement, Governance: Projects that address public policy, legal, and/or regulatory issues in the area of road safety.
If yes, how is your project applicable to the Bangalore context?
The rapid urbanisation is not just the problem seen in HSR Layout, but throughout Bangalore. The vehicles on the roads in Bangalore today is over 50 lakhs today. To have a sustainable growth of the city and to keep our city roads safe for everyone, it is necessary to have a plan in place. Another crucial aspect is to have the co-ordination between different agencies within the government. The Neighbourhood Improvement Programme address the issue of road safety and the needs of all the stakeholders working together to make the plan a success.