Political leaders cutting across party affiliations have welcomed the Centre’s decision to include Mangaluru in the new list of 27 cities to be upgraded as Smart Cities.
Following the Centre’s announcement of the third list of smart cities on September 20, the City Corporation Mayor Harinath, belonging to the Congress, was the first to express his happiness to see Mangaluru in the list of smart cities.
Speaking to reporters here yesterday, Harinath said, he was conveying his regards to the Prime Minister for selecting the city.
He also lauded the efforts of Karnataka Chief Minister, MPs, MLAs and district-in-charge minister Ramanath Rai for enabling the city to be chosen as one of the Smart cities in the latest list.
Furter, the Mayor sought the help and support of all the officials to make the city one of the best cities of the country.
The coastal city had the potential to be smart, he said in a statement.
Congress MLA from Mangaluru South JR Lobo said he was thanking all central and state representatives and authorities who made the dream come true.
The Mangaluru City Corporation (MCC) has proposed a total investment of Rs 2,000 crore over the next five years in the smart city project proposals including development of a solar farm on an island facing the old port.
The concept paper submitted by the MCC also proposes upgrading the government Wenlock and Lady Goschen Hospitals covering 17 acres besides identification of 25 acres for development of waterfront and marine area.
The MCC Commissioner Mohamed Nazir said the government would constitute a special purpose vehicle (SPV), an entity or a company floated for implementing a specific task for implementing the smart city project.
It would be headed by an Indian Administrative Service officer, he added.