BELAGAVI: Urban development minister Vinay Kumar Sorake on Wednesday said the six cities of the state chosen for the Smart City project made the cut by scoring the highest in the assessment made based on guidelines of the central government.
"We wanted to include Bengaluru, Mysuru and Kalaburagi also, but it wasn't in the hands of the state government or even Union urban development minister Venkaiah Naidu. It was all based on the assessment," he said after inaugurating STATECON-2015, a two-day state-level annual convention of Confederation of Real Estate Developers Association of India (CREDAI) organized here on Wednesday.
The state government, he said, has decided to develop Bengaluru, Mysuru and Kalaburagi on the lines central government's 'smart city' project.
He said projects like smart city, Amrut city and housing schemes of the central government have given boost to urban local bodies. "It's the need of the hour as 40% of the population resides in urban areas," he said.
About the city development plans (CDP) not being revised by most urban local bodies, Sorake said it all depends the local leadership. "It's because of strong leadership that the Belagavi CDP was revised one-and-a-half years ago. But it is not happening in Hubballi-Dharwad. Despite the government asking for revised CDP for approval, the local authorities are not delivering it," he said.
Stressing that he is aware of the problems being faced by the construction industry, he said, "I will hold separate meetings with the members of CREDAI in this regard and try to reduce the hurdles they are facing."
Small-scale industries minister Satish Jarkiholi, who is also the district minister, said he planned to develop Belagavi on the lines of Bengaluru. In the last two years, the Siddaramaiah government has sanctioned Rs 1,200 crore for Belagavi's development and work will start in the coming days, he said hinting at revising Belagavi's CDP again in the next six months.
Belagavi North MLA Firoz Sait assured CREDAI members that the government would give clearance for their housing projects within 48 hours