BANGALORE : An idea by a corporator to minimise accidents at two major junctions in her ward has won the ‘Safer Roads, Safer India’ challenge thrown open by UL, a safety science company, and Ashoka Foundation in March.
The Neighbourhood Improvement Plan (NIP) is the brainchild of Latha Narasimha Murthy, corporator of Ward 174, HSR. The aim of the project is to bring the people of the ward who faced problems in touch with the authorities concerned for swift action to be taken.
Part of the project were several awareness campaigns, a website for lodging complaints and regular interaction with the corporator. In fact, Latha also accepts complaints through popular messaging application WhatsApp.
HSR Layout has seen rapid expansion over the past few years due to the presence of several multinational companies. Traffic from the Outer Ring Road and Hosur Road also passes through certain sections of the area making traffic management tough.
Citizens took up junction improvement designs at Nandini Cool Joint and another junction where accidents were common. Thanks to their efforts, there have been no accidents over the past year.
“Our design was temporary, but has now been approved by the BBMP and work will begin soon. The challenge was co-ordination between several agencies but eventually, everyone started taking interest,” said Latha.
The NIP plan took two years to materialise and includes a comprehensive plan for HSR Layout to develop over the next 10 years. The award is given for a small component of the campaign which has resulted in a safe road for residents to use.