Last Wednesday, I took a meeting with Chief Engineering Advisor (UD), Bidhannagar Municipality, Hidco and Naba Diganta officers to decide how signages can be put up to make Bidhannagar easy to navigate, especially for visitors. Being a planned township with similar-looking roundabouts and block formations, reaching an address is sometimes a problem.
Bidhannagar Municipality representatives said they were already working out something and few proto-types were being put up for evaluation. CEA(UD) said the plan of Bidhannagar with their office shows the hierarchy of streets such as 1st Avenue, 2nd Avenue etc.and 1st Cross Road, 2nd Cross Road etc. The trouble, it seemed, was that these were not visible at street level.
Nabadiganta and Hidco have started electronic road signages with LED letters that scroll to guide onlookers. There was a suggestion that street corner concrete road directions (as in Delhi) could also be a possible solution.
After talking to Chairperson Bidhannagar Municipality, we decided that the technical scheme would be suggested by CEA(UD) as per their planning maps and this would be executed on ground by Bidhannagar Municipality.
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Here is a clipping from today's Telegraph: