To be developed at a cost of Rs 12 crore, the budget for the road was approved earlier this week. Chief executive officer of Noida Authority, Ritu Maheshwari, said the road would cater to the needs of all kinds of users. “Differently abled, children as well as senior citizens will be able to use the model road in a seamless manner just like others,” she said.
Apart from camera cover, surveillance systems and illuminated pedestrian crossings, a public address system will be also installed that will warn motorists speeding beyond permissible limits and pedestrians about oncoming hazards.
On each side of the road, a ‘smart pole’ will be placed at a distance of 1km. These will act as routers through which all activities within a 1km radius will be controlled, according to officials.
The Authority had hired a consultant, Orionn Architects, to prepare the detailed project report and design of the road earlier this year.
Neelima Rana Sharma, lead architect at Orionn Architects, said that the best practices followed in urban landscaping and road design in London, Singapore, Stockholm and Dubai were examined. In place of regular traffic signals, aesthetic traffic signals will be installed and the LED light at the intersection will be synchronised to the traffic lights and change to red, blue and green shades accordingly.
“An intelligent system was needed in Noida to attract investors as well as families to the city. Noida will be the first city in the country to have such an advanced system. Apart from vehicle owners, the model road will be designed to welcome pedestrians, cyclists and public transport. The system will be intelligently designed and will be IoT (internet of things) based,” Rana said.
Authority officials said that the bidding process and execution of the project will take two years. The existing width of the carriageway on each side of the 4km stretch is 12 metres. However, from end to end (including walkways, median, service lanes, green belt and land setback under Authority’s control), the total width of the stretch will go up to 60 metres.
The agency executing the project will develop alkways on both sides along with cycle tracks. More trees will be put up along with plants and islands with benches and sculptures will be set up to make the area worthy of spending time in, an official said. The entire area will offer internet connectivity to users.