Bengaluru's Smart City Proposal To Focus On Boosting Business & Tourism
The Silicon Valley of India, Bengaluru, is one of favourite destinations for those looking to open business in India. The city which once led the charts recently moved to the second spot being surpassed by Telangana capital Hyderabad.
The reasons are plenty: no ease of doing business, traffic woes and law and order, water and power crisis, among others.
Apart from business, many environmental issues like toxic smoke from Bengaluru's Bellandur Lake, have also had an adverse impact on the city's tourism, too. Hence, now leveraging the Smart City plan, the authorities here are upbeat to revive the city.
Here is what the authorities have planned:
What is the plan?
The Smart City plan for Bengaluru is likely to help resolve the current problems faced by the city. The city authorities are trying to come up with projects that will ensure a better infrastructure for the residents. Some of projects listed by Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) include a bicycle ride around Ulsoor Lake along with a bike sharing network and plans for 17 wards in the central business district (CBD).
Moreover, to boost tourism and connectivity at large, proposals such as app-enabled car parking in Shivajinagar, electric vehicle charging points, digital information boards for tourists and revival of historic markets are also on the cards.
The redevelopment plan of the city will cover an area of 21.8 sqkm having population of around 5.24 lakh. The proposed initiatives will be completed with an estimated cost of Rs 1,728 crore. There is also a Rs 250-crore proposal that comprises development of 25 roads in the CBD under the TenderSure model.
Of the total expenditure, the BBMP will get the Rs 500-crore grand from the Central government over the period of five years.