Belagavi Smart City Among 18 Cities Selected for CITIIS 2.0 Challenge

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By uday

The Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs has unveiled the list of 18 cities chosen to participate in the CITIIS 2.0 (The City Investments to Innovate, Integrate and Sustain) Challenge. Belagavi Smart City has been named among the selected cities.

As part of the Smart Cities Mission, CITIIS 1 set high standards for process innovation, technical performance, and management capabilities in urban development. CITIIS 2.0 aims to continue this success with equally innovative projects.

Out of the 84 cities that competed in the CITIIS 2.0 challenge, only 18 cities met the criteria for selection. Belagavi Smart City in Karnataka was the only city chosen from the state.

The selected cities will receive an allocation of Rs 135 crores and a grant. It is stipulated that regulations must utilize 80% of the grant for solid waste management.

Belagavi preparing 5 point plan for CITIIS 2.0 program
Belagavi preparing 5 point plan for CITIIS 2.0 program

The urban interventions implemented in these cities will serve as models for replication across the country and will be studied as ‘lighthouse initiatives’ in India’s circular economy movement.

The CITIIS 2.0 program is a collaboration between the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA), the French Development Agency (AFD), KreditanstaltfürWiederaufbau (KfW), the European Union (EU), and the National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA). The program will run for four years and has three major components.

Belagavi city was selected as one of the 100 cities in the country to participate in the Smart City project in 2016, with a grant of Rs 1,000 crore for its development. The Smart City project was officially launched on June 25, 2016, to become a smart city within a five-year timeframe, concluding by June 2021.

3 thoughts on “Belagavi Smart City Among 18 Cities Selected for CITIIS 2.0 Challenge”

  1. Cleanliness and social responsibility awareness among people and local administration is another area needs attention , though we are recognised for smart city development actions , how’re its upkeep and maintenance is lacking
    Collective role and duties of administration and public relations is key to succeed in this mission
    Ward committees concept and BMC leadership and political will is need of the time


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