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Area garners most votes in opinion polls held across 100 wards The Core City Area has been selected for the area-specific development as part of the City Corporation’s Smart City proposal to be submitted to the Central government. The decision was taken in a meeting between Bengaluru-based Infrastructure Development Corporation (Karnataka) Limited (iDeCK), the consultant for the preparation of the proposal, and the technical committee on Saturday. The Core City Area had also garnered the most number of votes from the public, in the opinion polls held across 100 wards of the Corporation last week.

One of the reasons cited for the selection of the area was that the development of the common area will be useful for all the residents. Also, there are more chances of an increase in the local body’s revenue if this area is developed. “The meeting also looked at the chances of each area getting selected for the Smart City project. It was found that by selecting this core area, we stood a chance of making the list. More projects are feasible in this area. There are also chances of merging it with other projects of the State and Central government,” said a Corporation source.

iDeCK, the consultancy, suggested that all the types of projects including retrofitting, redevelopment, housing projects for the poor and projects for women and the differently-abled are feasible in the area. The contours of the core city area have not yet been clearly demarcated. But, in the initial assessment, the wards of Chala, Thampanoor, East Fort, Vazhuthacaud, Thycaud, Palayam and Valiyasala will be partially or fully be part of the area. The exact boundaries will be presented by the consultancy in a meeting with the technical committee on Monday at 2.30 p.m.

As part of the opinion polls for the pan city development, the public have selected projects for transport and mobility, ICT in water supply, projects to improve safety and security in the city, smart street lighting, e-governance and sanitation. A total of ₹1,000 crore is available for the smart city project, out of which the Centre provides ₹500 crore and the local body and the State government pitches in with an equal amount.

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