Four out of six cities in Karnataka that could not make it to list of top 20 smart cities announced by union ministry of urban development earlier in January, now have second chance at redemption. The ministry has planned to organize a workshop for these cities short listed on the basis of their Smart City Plan (SCP) and get them to correct the plan so that they stand a better chance at getting selected in the second list that will be announced in due course.
V Ponnuraj, managing director, Karnataka urban infrastructure development corporation (KUIDFC) told reporters here that the workshop is planned tentatively for the last week of this month or first week of May. "It is basically an exercise that gives the cities that lost out from getting selected in the top 20 a chance to re-evaluate their SCP and give them a clear insight in to what went wrong and why plans of the other 20 cities were selected," he noted.
State government incidentally has nominated KUIDFC as the nodal agency to implement the smart cities project in Karnataka in conjunction with respective consultants appointed with the central government. Referring to insights about reasons for rejection of plan submitted by Mangaluru City Corporation, Ponnuraj said city's SCP while strategic one, lacked vision on immediate deliverables and one that could bring immediate relief to the issues that people in the city faced.
The concept of promoting Mangaluru as a knowledge city, and a sports city, while a good one in the long term was short of short term deliverables, Ponnuraj said. "We are not clear at this moment if this exercise is just for the cities in the state or for the cities in other states as well who did not make it to the top 20," he said adding the Corporation will keep the urban local bodies informed as and when the ministry clarifies on the scope and dates of the proposed workshop.
Harinath M, Mayor while welcoming the idea suggested that KUIDFC also give an opportunity to a select few corporators and other stakeholders in addition to the officials concerned to attend this exercise. "It is imperative that even the elected representatives and other stakeholders such as the urban planners are in the know of things and are able to contribute to bettering the SCP," Harinath said. H N Gopalakrishna, commissioner, MCC was present on this occasion.
Source: The Times of India