The Karnataka Urban Infrastructure Development and Finance Corporation (KUIDFC), the nodal agency for Smart Cities in Karnataka, is executing projects worth Rs 5,400 crore, mainly pertaining to drinking water supply, underground drainage network and seweage treatment and is planning to have its own technical wing to monitor its ongoing and future works.
MD Krishnamurthy, Chairman, KUIDFC, told media that “We have initiated the process and plan to complete it in another two months. Most likely we will have a technical wing set up by December,” he said.
According to the official, the projects being executed by the corporation, around 60% taken up under the North Karnataka Urban Sector Investment Programme are completed. The 24×7 water supply projects being undertaken in Hubballi-Dharwad, Belagavi, Davangere, Gadag and Ballari were still in the tendering stages and would be initiated shortly.
Works worth Rs 1,500 crore have been sanctioned for Hubballi-Dharwad. They included drinking water, UGD and sewage treatment plant projects. “For extending the 24×7 water supply to 41 more wards, Rs. 763 crore has been sanctioned to the twin cities. The World Bank-funded project will be completed by 2021,” he said.