Mangaluru: Crawling Smart City project frustrates people


Daijiworld Media Network - Mangaluru (SP)

Mangaluru, Jan 12: The ambitious Smart City project that is continuing in the city without adhering to the central government guidelines has given rise to multifarious problems for the citizens. 

Since the project took off very late, the concerned are in a hurry to  complete the project within the deadline. However, in the melee, various problemshave cropped up that include disturbed on road movement of the people. As the work started out of the blues on all major roads of the city at once, the people are unable to commute smoothly. At the same time, the business establishments in the vicinity are also facing losses.

 

Mallikatte road where several hospitals and educational centres are situated,  is one of the worst affected areas following restrictions on traffic here for the past six months because of Smart City works.

Out of the 43 works taken up, 18 have been completed and 25 are in progress. Rest three are awaiting tenders. The work was supposed to be completed by March 2022 but now the deadline has been extended to March 2023, due to Covid, say the authorities. Out of the Rs 1000  crore alloted, Rs 930 crore is for project execution and Rs 70 crore towards administrative and other expenses. The Centre has released Rs 596 crore and the state out of which works worth Rs 370 crore have been completed.  

Experts and social workers are unhappy about the poor quality of work, lack of vision and absence of efficient financial management in the execution of the project.

 

 

  

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  • Raman, Mangalore

    Thu, Jan 13 2022

    Various Corporates/ IT etc - Suppliers of IOT - Sensors -- Other vested interests -have captured these types of projects -- no transparency -- or citizens involvement - NOBODY IS AWARE WHAT IS HAPPENING IN THE TRUE SENSE-- Issues on SMART city are also Privacy related - Internet enabled - whether common man will be left out - Many advanced countries also have issues on SMART CITY - What generally needed is good roads - Sanitation - electricity - High speed internet - 4 G - 5 G - nothing complicated- ONLY SPIN DOCTORS WHO ARE GOOD IN PACKAGING -- SMART CITY ETC -- ensuring funding for vested interests-- Least that could have been done was to have 10 smart cities and then scale up - ALL 100 PROJECTS ARE STUCK all over the country and valuable resources wasted--

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  • Ronald D, Udupi

    Thu, Jan 13 2022

    What is MLA doing? Religion still in danger? Discount MP, he has no language!

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Raheja Waterfront

    Thu, Jan 13 2022

    These guys are spoiling our Smart City ...

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  • Prem Prasad, Mangalore

    Thu, Jan 13 2022

    Karangalpady new cross road ( C.G. Kamath Road) is the worst affected road's in the city. Heavy dust polluted in the air. The rain water drenching thodu/ a small groove is flowing dirty drainage water 24X7 straight away to the Sea. Corporator of this area is blind to see and un-aware of drainage filthy water is flowing in this thodu/a Groove. Citizens of this area are suffering continuously. No actions from the authorities.

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  • real kujuma, kodial

    Thu, Jan 13 2022

    does not matter..Modi hai tho Mumkin hai...keep voting the blue JP..

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  • Raman, Mangalore

    Thu, Jan 13 2022

    Only SMART are the men behind the project -- who have pocketed money-

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  • David Pais, Mangalore

    Thu, Jan 13 2022

    contractors in bangalore have complained 2 b.bimmai officials & people's representatives r taking 30% commission's.

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  • Eulalia D'Souza, Bejai / Mangalore

    Thu, Jan 13 2022

    All roads dug up together, all main roads closed for traffic together. Work that has begun is so un-scientific in every way. I wish to Congratulate the MCC and the Engineers who are doing this fantastic job. Salute that Engineering college for having produced these wonderful engineers who have no basic idea about Engineering at all. But then funds usage or misuse is happening rampantly. Quality of work is such pathetic standard that these new roads will collapse within a year or so. If job was done well, funds were used sensibly then it was okay with delay, here funds are being misused by engineers, contractors and of course politicians. God save our city and our district.

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  • Satya, Mangalore

    Thu, Jan 13 2022

    Total mess. Roads along entire localities with large amount of residents are dug up and closed down indefinitely. In case there is an emergency there is no access for ambulances or utility vehicles to enter. Nobody seems to care. It is a real pain to live in Mangalore now. The question is why do you start something if you do not have funds and a fool proof completion plan?

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  • GURKA, Mangaluru

    Thu, Jan 13 2022

    This will not happen till another 100 years its crawling because money flowing in and work will not complete. In the next budjet they will increase the projected amount and to adjust that amount of course PETROL and DIESEL is there and to vote ANDHA BHAKTHA is there again .

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  • Amaze, Karkala

    Thu, Jan 13 2022

    Same like dholera city ?

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  • David Pais, Mangalore

    Thu, Jan 13 2022

    relentless digging, covering, digging & keeping several weeks w/o any work or any action was taken , drainage water flows in da rain water drenching grooves un-attended, flows directly 2 sea. fish is costly becoz no fish is available in da polluted sea water, fishermen r blaming corporation w/o giving complaints. due 2 heavy dust in da air people r getting allergy, doctor says 2 avoid dust, 2 years in da lockdown v all stayed in da home, now 2 avoid created dust in da environment how long v have 2 stay @ home. 2 whom 2 claim doctor's fees & medical bills?. smart city has carried out da work like dogs half eaten food. works of da fart city is going like a snails pace. bhaktas r not protesting nor complaining nor opening their mouths. w/o jobs our life has become a nightmare.

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  • Nelson, Mangalore

    Thu, Jan 13 2022

    This is whqt happens when not so smart people envisage smart cities

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  • vishnu bhat, bangalore

    Thu, Jan 13 2022

    in the name of 'smart city' development, Govt has ended up developing all cities to sprawling slums. citizens do not benefit from it, only contractors, politicians and their cronies. the cities have become worse than before and almost unliveable. what a standard of living citizens get - free dust, pollution, bad roads, trafiic jams, overflowing drains, contaminated water - what not!

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  • J.F.D Souza., Attavar, Mangalore

    Thu, Jan 13 2022

    These works connected to Smart City reminds me of Mohammed Bin Tuglaqs regime

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  • Jossy Tauro, Mangalore

    Thu, Jan 13 2022

    This is our Indian style development work. Corruption is most high in our country . In future if our Engineers studied in kannada only then imagine 😀

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  • real kujuma, kodial

    Thu, Jan 13 2022

    without an ounce of doubt I can say that Karnataka is the most corrupt state among all the south Indian states and probably among very few highly corrupted states in India...MCC and all the govt depts working in mlore pathetic...you people should be aware that all the govt officers try to get transfer to mlore after Blore because here people just throw money in every dept....so now enjoy the slowness..mast mazaa madi..

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  • Jairam Mulki, Moodabidri

    Thu, Jan 13 2022

    We should hold our elected leaders accountable but no one does

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  • Rita, Germany

    Thu, Jan 13 2022

    For this whole chaos ,is Mnagalore city corporation to be held responsible.It is not tender or contractor ,but city corporation.Are no Engineers or such people who understand about traffic ,rules and how to direct about this work?Simply call a tender and finish is the work ?No.give clear line ,not any traffic should suffer.First of all before giving money or see their tender how they will lead.Then only give them .Not on money but their efficiency.This looks like some Sahara .No proper work be seen.not putting any sight blockage measurements ,or anyone may fall inside etc.They must see that no dust spread around ,to other shops ,these measurements are important.Afterall there are Hotels ,or other eateries..Whole Mangalore will have this dust which is not good for health.That also should be considered.Here one can forget about this.

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  • k b r, Mangala Uru

    Thu, Jan 13 2022

    smart city, mega city etc. etc. etc. they can all wait... communal animosity / atrocity is more important... hindu/muslim/conversion, love jihad, cow rakshak etc. etc. etc. are more urgent...

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  • Sunil K, Mangalore

    Wed, Jan 12 2022

    Hurry hurry will make Smart City people worry worry. Roads are built, then broken, then fixed and then broken again in 6 months. When problems arise, politicians will blame it on the contractors. No proper planning.

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  • Brian, Mlore

    Wed, Jan 12 2022

    Community politicians are just curse to Mangalore's infrastructure developmentse

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  • Ben D'Souza Prabhu, Mangalore, Bombay Bandra now in Canada

    Wed, Jan 12 2022

    A very Sad situation I find ! the question is DO WE NEED "A SMART CITY " ? When we think, we are smarter ?

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  • Manohar, Udupi

    Wed, Jan 12 2022

    Heavy kickback = crawling projects, poor quality work, delays.

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  • Lawrence, Mangalore

    Wed, Jan 12 2022

    Lack of proper planning ia causing the delay.

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  • Ajay Rebello, Kallianpur

    Thu, Jan 13 2022

    We have world class engineers, corruption is causing delays.

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  • Wolf, Bangalore

    Thu, Jan 13 2022

    HARVAD TRAINED ENGs

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  • I wish I was There, Bahrain

    Wed, Jan 12 2022

    Half the money is pocketed by ruling current politicians. No Wonder contractor's are stopping projects because of not being paid.

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  • Veer, Nagpur

    Wed, Jan 12 2022

    Double Engine Growth by Double Engine Govt always crawls in action but very quick in faking.

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  • Alwin, Mangaluru

    Wed, Jan 12 2022

    Nalin will say Congress blocked road

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  • Ajay Rebello, Kallianpur

    Thu, Jan 13 2022

    Good one. By the way no statements for some time from nalin, shoba..., quite peaceful.

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