In a reply to the question asked by Shri Prathap Simha And Shri Annasaheb Shankar Jolle On Projects in Karnataka Under Smart Cities Mission – The minister Hardeep Singh Puri has replied –
As of 9 July 2021 – Belagavi Smart city limited which has 216 projects (₹ 3,933.94 Cr) out of which –
130 projects worth ₹1,297.51 Cr has been completed.
11 projects worth ₹660.40 Cr are in the tender stage
75 projects worth ₹1,976.03 Cr are in the work order stage
294 Cr worth funds were released by the Central govt and the same has been utilized by Belagavi Smart city limited.
The government of India launched Smart Cities Mission (SCM) on 25 June 2015 for the development of 100 cities as Smart Cities. In Karnataka, 7 Cities, viz. Belagavi, Bengaluru, Davangere, HubbaliDharwad, Mangaluru, Shivamogga & Tumakuru have been selected for development as Smart Cities.
The Smart Cities are expected to complete their projects within five years from their date of selection.
Implementation of the SCM at the city level is done by a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) created for the purpose. These SPVs are registered under the Companies Act, 2013 and are jointly owned in 50:50 ratio by respective State Governments/Union Territories (UTs) & Urban Local Bodies (ULBs).
Ministry regularly interacts with the States/UTs & Smart Cities through video conferences, review meetings, field visits, regional workshops etc. at various levels to assess the performance of the cities and to handhold them for improving the same.
Besides, the guidance of domain experts participating in the regional workshops, cities also benefit from peer to-peer learning during these interactions. At the State level, High Powered Steering Committee (HPSC) chaired by the Chief Secretary has been established.
At the national level, the implementation of SCM is being monitored by an Apex Committee headed by the Secretary, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA). Besides, MoHUA nominee Directors on the Boards of SPVs monitor the progress in respective cities on a regular basis.
The Geo-spatial Management Information System (GMIS) of the SCM collates project data in real time; thus, enabling effective monitoring of project progress. Smart City SPVs are responsible for appraisal, approval, implementation, management, monitoring and evaluation of projects which are part of their Smart City Plans. They hire consultants and human resources as per their needs, tender projects and award contracts following due processes of bidding.