Development of an 18-km-long commercial corridor in Belgaum, which is officially known as Belagavi, will be the biggest project among its other development programmes under the Smart City plans since its selection in the first phase of 20 Smart Cities.
In a proposal prepared by the city corporation, it has taken 2,600 acres area from Ramteerth Nagar to Vaccine Depot in Tilakwadi for area-based development. The area will get top-level infrastructure facilities including five multi-utility centres. The planned double road which will pass through the heart of the city will become the commercial corridor.
Under the project, 160 acres of Vaccine Depot in Tilakwadi will be developed as ‘Heritage Park’ Besides, neglected historical Belagavi Fort will be taken for renovation and development.
Four railway under-bridges, three road-over bridges, multi-level parking, improvement of junctions, e-vigilance for safety and security of public have been planned. This includes 407 kms of cycle track and 702 kms footpath.
Under Smart City project, the corporation has planned to install solar PV panels atop 80 per cent of the government buildings. By this, it has planned to generate 12 per cent of the energy requirement of city.
LED street lights will be installed to reduce energy consumption. One of the significant plans is supplying CNG and PNG gas for domestic, commercial and industrial use through pipeline.
As a part of e-governance, centralised ICT control unit will be established besides making 144 services of different government departments online.
Houses will be provided to slum dwellers and economically weaker sections in apartments to be built over 30 acres.