Kavya Shree Kumar, Dept of Public Policy, Mount Carmel College starting the proceedings

The Jury evaluating the top 10

L-R: Sanjay Sridhar C40 cities, Prof Ashish Verma TRG IISC, Ravichandar V, Dr Ashwin Mahesh, Ms Manjula ACS DPAR GoK

Panel Discussion on "Public problem solving for Urban Mobility"

L-R: Ponuraj Commissioner DULT, Anil Kumar BH Commissioner BBMP, Ajay Seth MD BMRCL, Dr. Ashwin Mahesh, Bhaskar Rao Commissioner BCP, Ravichandar V (mod)

Dignitaries for the day

L-R: Ponnuraj Comm DULT, Anil Kumar BH Comm BBMP, Ajay Seth MD BMRC, Dr. Ashwin Mahesh, Ravichandar V, Prof Ashish Verma IISC, Sanjay Sridhar C40 cities







Ajay Seth MD BMRC and Dr. Ashwin Mahesh looking at the exhibits

The others in the top 10

WRI, Urban Analytics, DS+A, Creative Forum, Rituraj Rathore, Bijoy Mohan, Jinen Seth

View the top 10 and all other submissions at an exhibition of ideas that will continue at Rangoli art center MG road soon.

(watch this space for date & time)

The Hindu covered the event

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#ABetterHebbal Design Challenge

If you are passionate about sustainable transportation, have a penchant to solve problems and are creative, then this challenge is for you.

CiFoS approached the Urban Development Department (UDD, Karnataka) with a pilot to increase adoption of sustainable transport in a specific area in Bengaluru city. Hebbal – a fast developing suburb was identified for the pilot. With an exponential rate of development in residential, work and transit density, Hebbal is seeing one of the worst traffic congestions. A new Metro line is being provisioned and being an axis for the North-South & East-West it attracts huge bus traffic as well.

This challenge is to crowd-source ideas and concepts around increasing the adoption of Micro-mobility options to feed mass transport that are currently available and are being provisioned for the immediate future.

Hebbal located around 10 km from the city centre is the gateway to the city from the airport. Currently, without strengthened public transportation serving this area, it is heavily reliant on private vehicles making it an unsustainable destination. The Hebbal precinct is soon emerging as a node for various transit modes such as Namma metro, Suburban Railway, BMTC, KSRTC etc. Integrating these nodes with increasing office spaces and high rise apartment developments to make it into a thriving and accessible neighbourhood is what #ABetterHebbal Challenge is seeking to do.

Who are involved?

Citizens for Sustainability (CiFoS) in association with the Directorate of Urban Land Transport (DULT), Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation (BMRC) and Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC)




Design Brief

#ABetterHebbal Challenge Brief.pdf

Study Precinct

The Hebbal study area precinct encompasses the area bounded by:

  1. North: Kodigehalli Junction
  2. South: Baptist Hospital
  3. East: Thanisandra main road junction
  4. West: Bhadrappa Layout


#ABetterHebbal Ward Data.xlsx


Click here for Q&A


JULY 8, 2019 Launch of challenge

JULY 25, 2019 Last day of registration

JULY 27, 2019 Last date for questions and clarifications on submission

AUGUST 20, 2019 Final submission date

AUGUST 28, 2019 Shortlist announcement date

AUGUST 31, 2019 Pitching session for shortlisted participants. Public Exhibition of all entries

Challenge Officers

Sylvia Prakash & Subbaiah T.S.

E-mail: abetterhebbal@cifos.org

Address: CiFoS, 2nd Floor, No. 14, Postal Colony (near Vijaya Bank), Sanjaynagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560094.

CiFoS is open Monday-Friday 9.00 AM-7.30 PM.

NB: All contacts regarding the challenge, such as requests for documents, questions and so on, must be directed to the challenge officer. Entrants must not come in direct contact with any jury member with questions regarding the challenge.

Not sure why you should be participating in this challenge? Have questions on what this challenge really is? This FAQ might help.

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