Mangaluru Smart City Project 66 Projects Worth Rs 2,400.72 Crore
Urban development and housing minister said that work on all the 66 projects worth Rs 2,400.72 crore, planned under the Mangaluru Smart City project, will be taken up on a war footing. At a review meeting chaired by the minister, which was also attended by MLAs, officials informed that a total of 28 development projects will be implemented under pan-city proposals.
Officials explained at the meeting that the pan-city development envisages application of selected smart solutions to the existing city-wide infrastructure. Application of smart solutions will involve the use of technology, information and data to make infrastructure and services better. A total of 27 projects/ components have been proposed to be taken up at an estimated cost of Rs 693.43 crore under pan-city development, officials said.
Meanwhile, under the Area Based Development (ABD), 38 projects have been proposed to be implemented at an estimated cost of Rs 1,707.29 crore. A total of 1,628 acres identified in the Central Business District around Hampankatta, Bunder and Car Street is proposed for retrofitting and redevelopment under 10 projects under ABD. These areas with a population of 53,429 and 12,756 households are identified as Fisheries Hub and Central Business District.
Some of the major projects proposed under ABD include re-development of fisheries harbour along with the fish market, retrofit of Old Port, redevelopment of Central Market, Water Front Marina Development, multilevel car parking, installation of rooftop solar on government buildings and treatment of wastewater for reuse. In addition to smart city fund, ABD and pan-city projects will use PPP Funding, the convergence of central, state, ABD schemes, ULB funding from own source and contribution from beneficiaries, officials explained.
Minister said Mangaluru will become Smart City in the days to come and it will be a role model for the entire nation. The managing director of the Mangalore Smart City Limited (MSCL) will have complete accountability in the implementation of the projects. The managing director should hold review meetings at least once in 15 days and the board of directors meeting should be held every month. He will have powers to initiate action against consultants and officials in case of any failure. Meanwhile, action should be taken to fill all the vacancies in the ULB.
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