They say, “Slow and steady wins the race”. This saying perfectly fits Karimnagar (a city in Telangana), but has been a little late to make the grade of Smart Cities Mission (SCM), but now is making giant strides in catching up fast to compete with Warangal, which even after three years seems to be grappling with teething troubles.
In fact, Karimnagar had earlier faced elimination in the initial SCM challenge and is lucky to be promoted by the government in lieu of Hyderabad. Later, Karimnagar was included in the Round-II race, though it failed to make it to the SCM list. However, the city is third time lucky.
The theme to develop Karimnagar into a major commercial and tourism hub in northern Telangana facilitated through digital transformation of city life is visualized on Area Based Development (ABD) estimated at a cost of Rs 14 billion and pan city solutions with an outlay of Rs 4.7 billion.
ABD is based on four themes – economic transformation that includes tower circle rejuvenation and economic revitalization; recreation and tourism gateway, focuses on Manair riverfront development; reinventing urban mobility through intelligent, green and integrated mobility; provision of universal essential services focusing on basic amenities and energy security and sourcing.
The pan city solutions of the proposal includes development of a smart, secure and eco-friendly public transportation; Development of a superior social infrastructure delivery mechanism to create healthy and talented future citizens; provision of affordable and equitable 24x7 water supply.
Against this backdrop, an SPV was formed for smart city project and is gearing for the launch of phase–1 works, consisting of three components - solar rooftops, green promenade at Circus Ground and integrated road redesign (35 km).
On the other hand, Warangal Smart City Project works are yet to pick up the pace this despite the sanction of Rs 295 funds from the Centre and Rs 2 billion from the State.