In January 2016, Belagavi was selected in the first 20 cities which were to come Smart under the Ambitious smart city project.
After 3 years about 6-7 projects minor in nature have been completed like Bus shelters, Water kiosks, Etoilet to mention a few.
The first Smart road undertaken is still under construction and only the Lord can tell when the same will be made open for use.
The KPTCL road is closed for traffic for more than 2 years now and work is never-ending, the Smart city work is been done the Dumb way, citizens say.
The next road picked up was Mandoli Road, now it is no more a road. It is all mud and dust and in the monsoon, it will be one hell of a ride in the sludge.
Congress road work picked up the pace but work continues the dumb way. All traffic on one side was blocked on June 2 from the Third gate towards Gogte Circle and the white topping work was done. But there are patches which have not been filled and the police say as work is yet to be completed it cant be open for traffic.
The road currently in use was put to use in just 7-8 days after laying the concrete but the other side it’s more than 20 days.
The smart contractors make their dumbness known to all. Look at the patch near Pop in cross it has been left without concrete for 20 days now. When total traffic is blocked why wasn’t that part also laid.
In many places the utility duct one side on Congress road is not connected due to electric poles, trees.
Now the Smart guys will realize they left it and would start to work on it and again would request the police to block traffic for another 21 days.
The Shukurwar peth work is also in progress, there also the work is begun from Budhwar peth cross and commuting from that road is also a big headache.
Work on smart roads in Shree Nagar is also in progress and also Nehru nagar.
KPTCL road is not yet ready but the Dumb guys blocked the road in front of Sukh sagar hotel up to Dharmanth Bhavan for white topping. So now commuters have to take the service road of the highway.
There is hardly any barricading or signages put up except for some Road is closed which are placed at points where it is not visible.