Bengaluru takes another shot at smart city

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Karnataka’s capital Bengaluru is trying to revive its smart city proposal to grab the last opportunity to be in the third and final list of smart cities under the Government of India’s smart city mission.

Bengaluru is the only city from Karnataka which is competing in the third round of the smart city mission. It missed being the part of the second round of the competition by a mere 0.5 marks and now the authorities do not want to miss their last chance.

“Bengaluru Development Minister K J George will hold a meeting in a couple of days to decide on the content of our fresh proposal. We are determined to ensure the city bags a smart city spot as it will go a long way in creating public infrastructure,” said Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) commissioner Manjunath Prasad in conversation with The Times of India.

The government is also taking help of an expert panel to give suggestions for the proposal and identify the areas which can be worked upon.

“We are looking to fill the gaps in our proposal. Unlike earlier when we had just 25 days to prepare our proposal, this time we have about 90 days,” said Dr Muralidhar, nodal officer for the smart city project.

Six cities from Karnataka, namely Davanagere, Belagavi, Mangaluru, Shivamogga, Hubballi Dharwad and Tumakuru have already been selected under the smart city mission. The Union ministry for Urban Development has set a deadline of March 31 for the submission of the smart city proposals.

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