Karnataka Current Affairs – KAS/KPSC Exams – 11th March 2019

Bengaluru’s Smart City ranking improves

  • Bengaluru’s ranking under Smart City has also seen an improvement from 74 to 30. However, the jump in ranking is only for floating tenders and issuing work orders. Actual work on the project is yet to begin.
  • Senior civic officials conceded that work is not likely to be taken up any time soon.
  • Bengaluru was the last city to be chosen from Karnataka for the Smart City project. The cities from Karnataka that have been chosen for the project are Belagavi, Davangere, Hubballi, Mangaluru, Shivamogga, Tumakuru and Bengaluru.
  • The ranking, is given based on the number of projects for which tenders have been floated and the number of work orders issued for the project implementation.
  • A Special Purpose Vehicle was created.
  • The BBMP had already floated tenders for taking up TenderSURE work on 20 roads at a cost of Rs. 255 crore, and work orders have been issued for the same. The civic body has also issued the work orders for converting all street lights into LED lights under a public-private partnership project at a cost of Rs. 800 crore.
  • Recently, the BBMP had floated a tender to take up TenderSURE work on 16 select roads, apart from revamping of K.R. Market, a heritage structure. The two tenders are worth around Rs. 250 crore.
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