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Bengaluru to become ‘smarter’

Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has started taking some concrete steps to make Bengaluru a smart city. It may be recalled here that Bengaluru made it to the Smart Cities Mission this year in its third attempt. BBMP will form a company for which the State government has already given its go ahead. The company to be formed will be under the control of the government.

Some projects for which detailed project reports have already been prepared will be taken up on priority basis and these projects include upgrading K.R. Market and proposals to improve road infrastructure. BBMP will also focus on Shivajinagar and Kempegowda bus stand, K.R. Market, Russell Market, Tipu fort, Kempegowda museum, Brigade Road, and Commercial Street.

However, the Corporation is skeptical about the timely completion of the projects due to limited availability of funds. According to the Corporation funds available from the Centre would be enough to cover only a small part of the project cost.

Smart Cities Mission is an urban renewal and retrofitting program by the Government of India with a mission to develop 100 cities all over the country making them citizen friendly and sustainable. The Union Ministry of Urban Development is responsible for implementing the mission in collaboration with the state governments of the respective cities. Smart Cities Mission envisions developing an area within 100 cities in the country as model areas based on an area development plan, which is expected have a rub-off effect on other parts of the city and nearby cities and towns. Each city will create a corporate company headed by a full-time CEO to implement the Smart Cities Mission. The execution of projects may be done through joint ventures, subsidiaries, public-private partnership (PPP), turnkey contracts, etc suitably dovetailed with revenue streams.

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