Bengaluru gives best shot to smart city project

Smart City Mission was launched by the Union urban development ministry in 2015
Aims to develop 100 cities with better infrastructure, give citizens a decent quality of life and ‘smart’ solutions
Bengaluru missed a place in the project by 0.5 marks in June

BENGALURU: After missing the Smart City bus by a whisker last year, Bengaluru is busy reviving its proposal to bag the project in the third and final round of the competition to be held in March.

The city missed a place in the project by 0.5 marks in June due to last-minute preparation for the second round of the competition from among 83 cities. The IT capital will be the only city from Karnataka to participate in the third round.
“Bengaluru development minister K J George will hold a meeting in a couple of days to decide on the content of our fresh proposal. We are determined to ensure the city bags a Smart City spot as it will go a long way in creating public infrastructure,” said BBMP commissioner Manjunath Prasad. A source said the govern ment has sought the help of an expert panel to analyse the first proposal and identify the challenges for the city. “We are looking to fill the gaps in our proposal.Unlike earlier when we had just 25 days to prepare our proposal, this time we have about 90 days,” said Dr Muralidhar, nodal officer for the Smart City project.

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