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By Melvin Mathew

A civic organization will install new wayfinding signs at 63 locations to help citizens better orient themselves

To encourage more people to explore Bengaluru, the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike has planned to install elaborate wayfinding signs at 63 locations. The signposts will describe the various local attractions in the area alongside the history of the place.

Often people visiting a new part of Bangalore are confused about navigating to the best spots in the area. In order to solve this problem, the BBMP plans to install new signs that will not only show directions to key points in the area, but will raise awareness of the history of the place. Signs will feature available amenities, list of locations within a 10 minute walk, photos, local maps, destination description, interesting facts, and more. Moreover, it will also have QR codes that citizens can scan and get more information. Citizens can simply look at these signs and get a brief idea of ​​the locality.

“Panels will contain nearby important locations, individual area history and the local map with pinned locations. For example, on Nrupathunga Road, we have Education Commissioner’s Office, RBI Office, DGI Office, Hospital, Colleges, etc. On a pilot basis we will try this on Sheshadri Road and Nrupathunga Road

and based on the success of the project and the reception of the public, plans will also be drawn up to expand other venues,” BBMP Chief Engineer (Projects) M Lokesh told BM.

To allow visibility at night, BBMP also plans to install signage equipped with LEDs. The pilot should be deployed within 2 to 3 months.

According to the initial proposal, the BBMP had proposed the installation of these signs across 63 strategic locations in the city. At the chosen locations, BBMP is also working on the modernization of pedestrian infrastructure. The Palike was inspired by TP Issar’s book, “The city beautiful: A celebration of the architectural heritage and city-aesthetics of Bangalore”, published in January 1988. Depending on initial designs, BBMP might opt ​​for single-sided panels , double-sided boards, large boards and unipoles with cards (boards) at the bottom .

Selected locations


Panels have been proposed to the Indian Institute of Science, High Court of Karnataka (Attara Kacheri), Kempegowda Tower-3, Cubbon Park, Malleswaram, Freedom Park, Kadu Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple, Bangalore City Railway Station, Nandishwara Temple, Dharmambudhi Tank and Majestic Bus Stand, Venugopala Swamy Temple, Yelahankagate Anjaneyaswamy Temple, Malleswaram Market, Rice Memorial Church, Bangalore Palace, Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, Jayamahal PalaceChickpete Chowk, Cantonment Railway Station Road, Taramandalpete, St Francis Church, Sri Dharmaraya Swamy Temple, St John’s Church, Sir KP Puttanna Chetty City hallNational Gallery of Modern Art, BBMP Head Office (Hudson Circle), Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath, Hudson Memorial CSI Church, Ulsoor Lake and Dhobi Ghat, Sampangikere, Kempe Gowda Tower, jamia masjidUlsoor, Bangalore PeteSri Someshwara Swamy Temple Complex + chariot, KR Market, Holy Trinity Church, Victoria Hospital, MG Road, Minto Ophthalmic Hospital, East Parade Church, Kannada Sahitya Parishat, City Civil Courts Mayo Hall Unit, The Theosophical Society, St Mark’s Cathedral, The Sri Chamarajendra Samskrita Graduation
Center, and so on.


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