Noted architect Praveen Bavdekar and Chartered Accountant Jyoti Mathad have been appointed as independent directors of the Special purpose vehicle (SPV) of the Belagavi smart city project.
Under Secretary to the govt. Lalitha Bai K has issued a notification to this order and they will remain as independent directors for a period of 5 years.
The government has decided to appoint two independent directors to the board of the company to ensure that there is a representation from the civil society on the board.
They have consciously taken the decision to have someone with an architecture / urban design. Background and another with a background in finance and accountancy.
These are the two main aspects of the company, decision making in matters relating to urbanism and design, and ensuring fiscal responsibility.
Speaking to AAB, Praveen Bavdekar said
As an architect/ Urbanist and as a responsible sensitive citizen of this city, I envisage my duty, among other things, to cover all aspects related to design, and to ensure integration of various disparate development initiatives within a larger urban framework.
As architects, we are uniquely equipped to holistically synthesise disparate services, utilities, existing and proposed infrastructures.
I expect that I can get this design perspective to the board, so that the board can make well informed and nuanced decisions in all aspects of urban design, from the macro scale of city planning to even the most micro scale such as urban furniture or signage etc.