In Karnataka, Hubballi-Dharwad, Mangaluru, Shivamogga and Tumakuru municipal corporations have commenced the process of selecting project management consultants by inviting request for proposals (RFPs) from interested parties to help execute their respective action plans for city improvement by January 6, 2017.
With this, the corporations will also begin the process of consultation for forming Special Purpose Vehicles (SPVs) for the Smart City programme implementation.
Meanwhile, cities including Belagavi and Davangere, who were the winners in the first round of the Smart City Mission, have already received funds to the tune of Rs 338 crore each, to streamline and execute the envisaged projects for pan-city and area-based development. The Centre and state governments have chipped in with Rs 194 crore each (two annual installments for the five-year Rs 1,000 crore Smart City Mission). Till date, Belagavi and Davangere have finalised their priority areas for development and are in the process of finalising tenders in that direction.
As far as Mangaluru is concerned, the city has prioritised redevelopment of 1,628 acres of the Hampankatta-Old Port-Bunder-River front area. That apart, the city, through its Smart City Mission, will be launching a “One touch Mangaluru” app to provide the city with 24x7 municipal services, security and transport operations. Besides this, to boost the aquatic sector, the city is likely to take up beach development, boost fishing, trade, set up a recreation centre and develop transport connectivity.
While Mangaluru has motored ahead with these plans, Hubbali-Dharwad is strengthening its multimodal transport infrastructure for better connectivity from the airport to the railway station. Besides, the city is also putting in place a non-motorised transport policy in connection with non-vehicular zones. To fight the garbage menace in the city, it will be introducing GPS and GIS for improving efficiency in segregation of garbage at source.
Meanwhile, Shivamogga has expanded its plans for the development of land stretches along the River Tunga passing through Shivamogga city (275 acres) and is putting in place an Integrated Traffic and Transportation System. For public safety and energy savings, it has planned intelligence LED street lighting and surveillance system.
Tumakuru has planned to decongest the city centre by expanding the Central Business Disrtict (CBD) around Tumakuru Amanikere lake and is deploying CCTV camera surveillance across the city. That apart, it will be setting up an integrated city management control centre to operate services like transport, water & energy supply and emergency response.