Belagavi clears with top honors for SMART city from Karnataka, other cities like Bengaluru, Hubballi-Dharwad.
Now the list from Karnataka would be sent to the centre where again there would be a Audit and the first list 40 Smart cities would be announced.
City engineer R S Nayak gave a complete presentation for the said audit at the state level at the ministry of urban development, Karnataka.
Now the said list would be forwarded to the centre for further assessment but as Belagavi has topped the state it is certain that Belagvi would be included in the Smart cities first list.
The Centre’s smart city initiative is aimed at enhancing the quality of urbanization in 100 cities across the country. Smart cities will receive funding to boost core infrastructure including water, power, sanitation, transport, housing and digital connectivity. They are also expected to push for e-governance and cleaner environmental standards. Such urban centres aim to use information technology for a more efficient delivery of civic services.
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.