Davangere, Belagavi outshine peers

Davangere, Belagavi outshine peers

Despite Karnataka submitting names of six cities for Smart City project to the Centre, only Davangere and Belagavi were able to find a place among top 20 cities selected for this year.

The Karnataka government had submitted the proposals of the six cities–Belagavi, Hubballi-Dharwad, Davangere, Mangaluru, Shivamogga and Tumakuru–to the Ministry of Urban Development for the development under the centrally-sponsored scheme. 

Among all proposals which were prepared by various consultancy firms taking into account the cities’ future plan of development, the local bodies priorities and raising of funds from private sector for the project and its sustainability and financial strength of local bodies, Davangere bagged 10th rank in the all-India level competition and Belagavi stood 15th.
Rest of the cities failed to make it as they got poor ranking, which was done by an expert panel after studying each city’s project report.

Though only two cities have been able to make it from Karnataka, still there is hope for other cities next year as they have to submit revised project reports by end of April 2016.

The round-2 of competition for 54 more cities and towns will begin on April 1. Those who do not make the grade in the fast-track competition will also join this second round.

Davangere plan
Project report focused on economic rejuvenation of city by making it liveable in safety and convenience by transforming unplanned and congested inner core of the city (786 acres) to augment economic and historical precincts of the city.

Belagavi plan
Preparing city as destination for health, education, ancillary industry and logistic sectors.
Solutions for improving mobility, improving energy efficiency, utilising renewable energy sources and improving water and sanitation system.

The road ahead
*Davanagere (10), Belagavi (15), Shivamogga (26), Hubballi-Dharwad (44), Mangaluru (49) and Tumakuru (53).
*Davanagere and Belagavi will get Rs 200 crore each from the Centre by March 2016.
*Karnataka government has to release matching grant
*Works can start immediately