Belagavi just clears Stage 2 of Smart cities challenge

Today the union urban development minister Venkaiah Naidu released the names of the cities which were shortlisted for the stage 2 of the Smart Cities mission.

Bella Vista Belagavi

This was just a formality as all names forwarded by the states have been included in the list of 98 cities.
Now the main task infront is the Smart Cities challenge where each city would be evaluated as per the report and top 40 would be listed.

Now the Corporation will have to Prepare a Proposal for Assisting Belagavi City to Participate in the Smart Cities Challenge. The Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD) has rolled out Smart City Mission (SCM). The cities to be shortlisted under Smart City Mission shall require to compete for funding in the City Challenge. To participate in the SCM challenge cities will require to prepare Proposal for Smart Cities Challenge. This preparation of Proposal will require services of consultants. To facilitate Cities / State Governments to prepare Proposal, MoUD has shortlisted consulting firms to assist States/ Union Territories through its World Bank assisted Capacity Building for Urban Development (CBUD) project in selection of the consulting firms which can help the States/ Cities to prepare Proposal. 

Each smart city will receive central funds worth Rs 500 crore over a five-year period. It will also receive Rs 250 crore funding from the state government and a similar amount from the urban local body, spread over a five-year span. This means that each smart city should be capable of executing work amounting to Rs 1,000 crore over five years.

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15 COMMENTS

  1. Keeping Belagavi Green.
    The presence of trees represents a
    great asset to the city. Encouraging
    citizens to take action as volunteers
    by planting more trees would be
    highly beneficial to our community
    and environment.
    People should have certain
    responsibility to ensure that trees are
    not unnecessarily felled or interfered
    with without any prior written consent
    from the government. People should
    be reminded that unauthorized tree
    removal or any work adversely
    affecting existing trees could result in
    SEVERE action being taken against
    them.

  2. S its a great news for belgaumites that they will b getting opportunity to utilize funds from central govt & state govt for benefit of comman man BUT Infrastructural development should be balanced with environment .we need a clean and pollution free Belgaum.let’s not forget human beings need a pleasant environment to stay not concrete jungle. .Its the citizens of belgaum who should try to lead a smarter life than smart city .It is the responsibility of each individual to make Belgaum a smart city.S there is a need to form A monitoring committee of local intelectual citizens who r not fond of self publicity. – Avinash Khannukar 9448420930

  3. Please see that trees and planted inbetween dividers and foot path, There should be special place given for trees, as this will maintian our ground level water. I n belgaum I have seen we get water level at 80 to 150 ft

    Where as in bangalore its minimum 650 ft and above 🙂

    So lets care for tress and maintain good enviroment.

  4. Belgavi is one of the 6 cities in Karnataka & among 98 cities in the country to be shortlisted for Stage-2 of Smart Cities Mission.
    Congragulations!!!
    The most important function for success of projects is “PROJECT MANAGEMENT”
    At the city level a Smart City Advisory Forum will be established to monitor the progress. Various stakeholders include District Collector, MP, MLA, Mayor, CEO of SPV, local youth etc.
    In addition as suggested by many Belgaumites an additional Forum should be formed parallely consisting of professionals from various fields to monitor the progress.
    The Plans, Scope of Work, Budget & Time schedule of each project should be made public to keep transparency. Monthly if not fortnightly Project Progress Review Meetings should be conducted & % progress should be monitored; Planned against Achieved. All hurdles/constraints should be discussed & solutions provided, problems should be addressed at the root level. The Forum should seek help from Local Project Management Consultants or from any local Engineering Companies. Local Companies/Organization in Belgaum should take Project Management of Smart Cities as their CSR and should have team consisting of Planning & Cost Control Engineers.
    To name a few companies & organizations which can take the CSR initiative of Belgavi Smart City are Hindalco, Ashok Iron Works, Polyhydron, Quest Global, Educational Institutes especially the Engineering and Management Institutes can certainly adopt CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility).
    The Forum formed by the professionals should approach the companies/organization for CSR initiative. With companies/organization participation certainly the Project Management would be professional and be effective.
    All the Best & wish we have a very EFFECTIVE PROJECT MANAGEMENT

  5. Though it is a good idea to have a monitoring committe of professionals like doctors lawyers CA Etc.as suggested by Mr vivek,as he feels they are not associated with any political party or ideology.
    How ever may i point out that the poison of political parties has already entered certain professions.As a CA my self i can vouch and confirm that that there exists a BJP cell at every level,of district state and central in the Chartered Accountants,who openly align themselves with a certain political thought.however i am not sure if similar grouping exists in lawyers doctors etc,
    Its very sad that castiesm religion etc have entered every facet of indian society, our bias and prejiduce beliefs over ride our good judgement our rational thinking ethics and morality.
    Its high time we teach our children morality honesty justice good conscience equality respect for human rights, compassion ,truthfullness and service of nation.rather than focusing on divisive religous texts

    • I do agree , every professional is not clean . There are opportunists in every field . But then we have separate Institutions / Associations to deal with . I have no dea where do we complain about elected representatives . By and large Elected representatives are perceived as corrupt . There are some clean and efficient though . Why so much of power is concentrated in Ministers , who may not be Top expert in the respective field . Why we see so many cases of corruption . Why despite 68 years of ondependence , we are still in Developing country group . Population wise , we are 2 nd in the world . Where do we stand in World economic scenario . As I see right minded individuals are not coming together and forming groups . Why productivity is so low in Govt offices and corruption so high . Let us do introspection . Who is to be blamed for current state of affairs ?

  6. Keeping Belagavi Green.
    The presence of trees represents a great asset to the city. Encouraging citizens to take action as volunteers by planting more trees would be highly beneficial to our community and environment.
    People should have certain responsibility to ensure that trees are not unnecessarily felled or interfered with without any prior written consent from the government. People should be reminded that unauthorized tree removal or any work adversely affecting existing trees could result in SEVERE action being taken against them.

  7. The 1st, 2nd and 3rd gates are very chaotic spaces in the city and need immediate attention. There is encroachment by vegetable vendors and other vendors one the streets adjoining the 1st gate. On street parking along these roads further adds to chaos. If belgaum has to become a smart city, we need to address this issue first.

  8. I endorse the suggestion of Mr B Vivek and I would like to offer my services in any capacity for this task. However, I am skeptical about keeping the politicians out of this project since Rs 1000 Cr are involved!

  9. Following arecthe first priorities that should be addressed in the plan.These issues have been haunting Belgaum People since thier existance.

    1. 24 hours Water
    2. 24 hrs Electricity.
    3. Roads with no pot holes. Preferably Cement roads and dividers with lanes.
    4.Footpaths for all roads and layouts.
    5. Recreation facilities, Gardens and play grounds in all BUDA and other layouts…..

    regards
    Nitin

  10. Following arecthe first priorities that should be addressed in the plan.These issues have been haunting Belgaum People since thier existance.

    1. 24 hours Water
    2. 24 hrs Electricity.
    3. Roads with no pot holes. Preferably Cement roads and dividers with lanes.
    4.Footpaths for all roads and layouts.
    5. Recreation facilities, Gardens and play grounds in all BUDA and other layouts…..

    Regards.
    Nitin

  11. Great and congrats . Belgavi is included in the list . Now it is for the residents to take it forward . Professionals like CAs, Doctors , Engineers , Lawyers , CS and Cost Accountants should form group to monitor and implement the scheme . No one from any political party should be included . This way there will be transparency , accountability and efficiency . There should be zero tolerance for Corruption and nepotism . Hope professionals would come forward for the development .

  12. I think we should ask each of the concerned department, municipal council, district MP and the city MLAs very specifically what will be their contributions to this plan and best if they list it down. At the end we know who walked the talk!

  13. Good that list is declared and Congrats , Belagavi is included . Please have a group of experts , CAs , Doctors , Engineers , CS , ICWA and Lawyers , who are not part of any political party , to monitor and implement the scheme . There should be zero tolerance for inefficiency and corruption . No reservations and no subsidy . Every citizen has to contribute towards development .

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