The city is set to get a new look with the municipal corporation (MC) floating e-tenders to invite firms for its ‘Erection of State of the Art Street Furniture Project’.
The project aims to provide residents conveniences and beautify the city by setting up street furniture, which can be utilised by the firm concerned for advertisements.
With the chosen firm paying an annual fee for displaying advertisements on these street furniture items, the civic body also hopes to generate huge revenue.
The firm will setup and maintain street furniture items, including 80 bus queue shelters, more than 65 public utilities, such as drinking water and toilets, 87 vending kiosks, 51 garbage stations and 38 police booths. Besides, 183 dustbins, 223 benches, 160 MUPIs and more than 250 unipoles will be installed across the city under the project.
The state government had recently notified the advertisement bylaws, following which Ludhiana MC got the green signal to float tenders for this project.
The project can be a whiff of fresh air in the polluted city of Ludhiana where urinals are in a bad shape and the bus shelters lie damaged. Besides, the city lacks benches for convenience of pedestrians and dustbins, leading to insanitation on roads.
According to MC additional commissioner Rishipal Singh the project is for all zones of the city and would run on design, build, operate, maintain and transfer (DBOMT) basis for seven years.
MC assistant commissioner Satwant Singh said once decided, the locations where these furniture would be installed would be made public. “The MC hopes to generate revenue from this project, but it would ensure the advertisements are displayed in lines with the norms.”
A city resident, Talwinder Singh said, “The city requires such infrastructure, but the MC should ensure that the company that will raise this infrastructure takes proper care of it. MC should also work on installing CCTV cameras in public places so that nobody could harm this public infrastructure.”
The technical bid will open on November 11, while the MC is yet to announce the date of financial bid.