In our efforts to increase transparency in the process of construction and maintenance of Road infrastructure of our city, the Hon’ble CM, Shri BS Yeddyurappa has approved the setting up of a Road Registry. The Road Registry Portal, is an initiativewhich will provide the public with comprehensive data on the city’s road infrastructure through an accessible unified online platform.
It is our observation that the availability of comprehensive data in the public domain creates the necessary incentives for our civic agencies to work in a more efficient, transparent and a time bound manner. Initiatives like the Road Registry Portal which involves the compilation of data including all information regarding the construction and maintenance processes, Request For Proposals, Tenders Issued, Contractor Details, Maintenance Arrangements, Funds Sanctioned, Funds Released, date of sanctioning of the project, expected date of completion and more. Additionally, all data related to road infrastructure works undertaken by various agencies such as BWSSB, BESCOM, BSNL, GAIL and other civic bodies will be put up on this portal.
The registry will assign a unique ID to each road. Any activity on the road, which may be as small as filling up of pot-holes or as major as building a flyover will all be now recorded in the registry. In addition to this, all the other related works like laying of pipes, wires or electric poles, junctions, manholes, sign-boards, planting or cutting trees, will be documented in the registry. There will be an online generation of job code for all the sanctioned works along the road and will be compulsorily linked with the road ID.
Today, one arm of the government completes a road and footpath while another arm digs it up the next day, with each arm blaming the other for the mess which ensues. Similarly, one agency invests money into constructing footpaths and another digs through it or puts up a transformer covering the entirety of it. A lot of this will be prevented once this Registry is launched and stabilizes.