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Bengaluru: Smart City projects still limping in tender stage in State

Daijiworld Media Network - Bengaluru (MS)

Bengaluru, Jul 10: The 'Smart City' project, which is aimed at developing 100 cities of the country, is limping in the state. The progress of this is further hampered by the oncoming parliamentary elections, which are due to be held in the next six to seven months.

Though the grant regarding this project is released and necessary instructions are given, it is really sad to note that the funds are not utilized for the implementation of the project.

Seven cities of the state have been selected in three phases to be developed as smart cities in the state of Karnataka. Out of this, excepting Bengaluru, for the other six cities, a grand of Rs 1656 crores has been released. Out of this Rs 40 to 50 crores is spent on building the office, preparation of Detailed Project Report (DPR), the formation of special purpose vehicles (SPVs) for companies created by the state and municipal bodies to expedite the process of development and other basic infrastructure. However, it is surprising that not a rupee is spent on the implementation of the project.

How is the smart city project implemented?

All the process related to the implementation of this project will be under the authority of SPVs. This team of SPV will consist of 15 members including six officers from the city corporation, six officers of the level of state government secretary, two independent and one officer nominated by the central government. The work related to projects below the estimated cost of Rs 10 crore is approved at the managing director level itself. For tenders that cost above Rs 10 crore but below Rs 50 crore, approval has to be taken from the administrative committee. If the tenders are of Rs 200 crore, then the approval is done by the high ranking committee, which is led by the chief secretary. Only if the tender is above Rs 200 crore, then the approval of the cabinet of ministers is required.

The former state government, led by Siddaramaiah, had taken a considerable amount of time in forming the basic setup. It is learnt from reliable sources in the urban development department that the attitude of a certain minister in the then government is the reason for this delay.

In 2015 Davanagere and Belagavi were selected for this project. In the year 2016, Tumkur, Shivamogga, Hubli-Dharwad and Mangaluru were added to the list. Bengaluru got into the list in 2017. The concerned officials have clarified that except Bengaluru, for the other six cities tender process amounting to Rs 1100 crores are in different stages of approval.

When the smart city project is about to get implemented, it will be time for the general elections. If there is change in the reign of government in the center, the 'Smart City' project might meet the same fate as some other projects in the past. However, the officials of the Karnataka Urban Infrastructure Development and Finance Corporation (KUIDFC) are confident that this project may not face any issues as the period of the project is of five years.

Mangaluru city

How will the smart city be like?

Smart city means providing pure drinking water, maintaining cleanliness, efficient way of handling waste, environment-friendly transport and giving stress to E-administration. It will provide services to the public in an easy manner. It will provide the needs of the people by using the latest technology. Central government has already declared that it is going to spend Rs 48,000 crore for the development of 100 smart cities. The state government has to shell out 50% of the cost of the project.

Excepting Bengaluru, for the other six cities that are selected, state and the central governments will provide Rs 1000 crore over a period of five years at the rate of Rs 200 crore per year. The remaining amount that is required to complete the project has to be gathered from private participation.

"Smart city project does not work like a government department. The project of Rs 100 crores is being implemented in different phases. This problem is not limited to the state of Karnataka alone. Davanagere is in the ninth position when it comes to implementation of the project," said, Ibrahim, managing director of KUIDFC.

G M Siddeshwara, MP from Davanagere says, "There should be enthusiasm to implement the project. The unwillingness of the state government in implementing the project is evident in the state of Karnataka. Pressure will be put on the new coalition government. Government and district administration have to cooperate."

Comment on this article

  • vincent rodrigues, Bangaluru/Jatapadi

    Wed, Jul 11 2018

    These are good schemes lacking intention to implement properly in a planned manner.

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  • sudhindra, Bangalore

    Wed, Jul 11 2018

    For time being the concept smart city should be parked because even for small rains in cities the sewerage pipes are bursting and lot of potholes exists in cities + other nuisance too. So Govt should pickup only 3 to 4 secondary cities in each state , develop full pledged human basic needs and transform heavy load from major cities to these 3 to 4 cities in order to ensure good quality of life for human.

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  • Umesh P, San Jose, US

    Wed, Jul 11 2018

    Why blame the centre for undoing by the state govt ??? The grant has been released by the centre for smart city, It is upto the state and the corporation to put it into use.

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  • Santan Mascarenhas, Kinnigoli/Toronto

    Wed, Jul 11 2018

    "Delhi is getting buried under mounds of garbage and Mumbai is sinking under water, but the government is doing nothing," the Supreme Court said today. Are these 2 cities not smart cities ? If there is no progress in such prominent cities, what can one expect from others. A smart city has to be planned from inception and not the cities 100 year old and never planned. Making our existing cities to smart cities is nothing but gold plating on a rusted metal.

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  • prem, moodbidri

    Wed, Jul 11 2018

    Implement nationwide Robotics with AI(artificial intelligence) to control Fekugiri, every corner of the country will become Smart

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  • SMR, Karkala

    Tue, Jul 10 2018

    Mahatma Gandhi said ""The future of India lies in its villages"

    He further said if the village perishes India will perish too. India will be no more India. Her own mission in the world will get lost. The revival of the village is possible only when it is no more exploited. Industrialization on a mass scale will necessarily lead to passive or active exploitation of the villagers as the problems of competition and marketing come in. Therefore we have to concentrate on the village being self-contained, manufacturing mainly for use. Provided this character of the village industry is maintained, there would be no objection to villagers using even the modern machines and tools that they can make and can afford to use. Only they should not be used as a means of exploitation of others.- M. K. Gandhi
    Gandhi was right to empower villages. Not only with agriculture but education, employment, sports arts and crafts .. Including industries (small to medium) .. And these will to be supplying superior resources to cities and nation.
    Today our cities are investing in education and supplying kids to west as immigrants. Then who will supply people to cities?
    Now a days only labours Without shelter and food are coming from villages to cities to build houses for city people, Clean their houses and live homeless.

    This is not what Gandhi thought about the future of India. We greedy citizens from cities only think cities are superior. Even with traffic pollution crime and what not .

    This 100 'smart city' without smart people's participation is useless. This iis not only burden the resources and increase the cost of living. Any city planned without basic amenities will not sustainable for a long. In India other than Chandigarh, Mumbai and Kolkata in British era is well planned.

    The two cities of Mangalore and Bangalore already faces water crisis, security issues and pollution.
    Moreover Mangaloreans voted for 'Hindutva' and 'Development' for them takes back seat.
    Jai Hind

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  • G R PRABHUJI, Mangalore

    Tue, Jul 10 2018

    Smart city is looks like joke from Modiji.

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  • Ahmed K. C., Mangalore

    Tue, Jul 10 2018

    This is the most stupidest yojana of all times.
    This is another swaha program after Ganga cleaning.

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  • N.M, Mangalore

    Tue, Jul 10 2018

    Feku's smart shity turned out to be a 'Jumla'.

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  • Valerian DSouza, Udupi/Mumbai

    Tue, Jul 10 2018

    Smart City, Acche Din etc. Castle in the Sky.
    We didn't question for whom it is.
    For poor and middle classes, live in hopes, die in despair!

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  • Deva, Pilar

    Tue, Jul 10 2018

    All smart cities must have more than 100 rescue Boats available during rainy season...specially Mumbai, Bengaluru, Mangaluru & Chennai..keep on talking & dreaming with Fekus.

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  • Lionel Dsouza, Mangalore

    Tue, Jul 10 2018


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  • Valerian DSouza, Udupi/Mumbai

    Tue, Jul 10 2018

    Because we have an EVM Elected Govt, which is in control.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Tue, Jul 10 2018

    We need a software to detect FEKUGIRI ...

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  • Deva, Pilar

    Tue, Jul 10 2018

    Feku EVM...

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  • geoffrey, hat hill

    Tue, Jul 10 2018

    Mere detection won't do, need some 'brute force' to destroy it.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Tue, Jul 10 2018

    Without EVM in 2019 ...

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