Friday, June 04, 2010

Smooth ride down showcase road

Smooth ride down showcase road
Rs 6 Crore Spent To Make Vittal Mallya Road One Of International Standards
TIMES NEWS NETWORK

Bangalore: Bangalore’s showpiece street — a remodelled Vittal Mallya Road, set to be the metro’s model — opened on Thursday. The prestigious and upmarket address, besides being a fashion landmark, was formally thrown open by chief minister B S Yeddyurappa.
Inaugurating the road built to international standards, the chief minister said: “This is a road of excellence. Vijay Mallya has continued the legacy of his father to serve and develop Karnataka. I urge other cooperative sectors and private organizations to come forward and help the government improve the standard of Karnataka.’’
“Just as he has taken interest in investing across the world, I urge Mallya to focus on Bangalore’s development too. He has begun with this road.’’
To which Vijay Mallya said: “The development and maintenance of this road was handed to me in 1997, and since then I have been trying to make this road a benchmark for all other roads in the city. The speciality of this road is that everything is underground. This will ensure the road is not dug up by various civic agencies.’’
CMD of Prestige Group Irfan Razack said, “The road has been designed using state-of-the-art technology in order to present a picture perfect boulevard, while it is robust enough to last several decades, enduring heavy traffic. Our aim has also been to make a model road which can set a precedent for future urban roads in the city. Such roads are also costeffective as they reduce expenditure from repeated repairs.’’
ADVICE TO PET OWNERS
A resident of Mallya Road has this advice for pet owners: “As this road reflects international standards, it is our responsibility to keep the road clean and tidy. Don’t let your pets dirty it.’’ WHAT MAKES
IT SPECIAL
Seven separate ducts for various government departments to allow them to operate independently
Drainage and water pipes run parallel to carriageway and not below the road. Ducts have been laid on both sides to carry power and telecom cables — road doesn’t need to be dug up to lay underground cables or water pipes, even in future
Anti-skid technology has been used to ensure vehicles don’t lose their grip even during monsoons
Bollard lighting (lamps on short posts)
Imported lights from Germany as they have more longevity than local lights
Pavements of granite slabs to make them long-lasting
Road separated with walkway pillars
Two road-crossing zones for pedestrians to ensure smooth and safe pedestrian crossing even during peak traffic ROAD SHOW Road Project commenced on September 28 2009 Completed on May 25 2010 Road cost: Rs 6 crore 55% invested by UB Group and 45% by Prestige Group

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