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Belgaum Before becoming a Smart City

Today phones became smart, computers became smart, politicians became smart and even our young Child’s becoming smart. In-short everything and everyone getting smart with a flow of time and need of an age. Little late to this mission finally our Indian Cities are also getting smarter now. Thanks to Shri  Narendra Modi’jee a current prime minister of India for initializing the “Smart City” project phase 1 where in India’s 20 cities undergoing smart city works and project.

What is smart city? Or what is smart city project in India?

Actually there is no concrete answer to this question as there is no universally accepted definition of smart city and even in India we cannot define the exact meaning of smart city as it varies from city to city. However there are couple of boundaries defined by govn. Of India. The smart city mission mainly focusing on to develop entire eco-system of urban which is represented by four pillars of comprehensive development –Institutional, physical, social and economic infrastructure.

What elements does the smart city project include?

The core infrastructure elements in a smart city project would be as follows and this is per Govn of India details shared in below URL.

  1. Adequate water supply.
  2. Assured electricity supply.
  3. Sanitation, including solid waste management
  4. Efficient urban mobility and public transport
  5. Affordable housing, especially for the poor
  6. Robust IT connectivity and digitalization.
  7. Good governance, especially e-Governance and citizen participation
  8. Sustainable environment
  9. Safety and security of citizens particularly women, Children and the elderly
  10. Health and education

You can find detailed information of this mission and project from below link.

Ok, this is brief about Smart city project lead by Shri Narendra  Modi’jee then why we subjected this article with Belgaum name? Ok, ok that’s because Belgaum is one of the cities selected for smart city project in phase 1.

Below is the list of 20 cities which will be part of Smart City project

Indian Smart Cities list Phase 1

1 Bhubaneswar, Odisha 11 Indore, Madhya Pradesh
2 Pune, Maharashtra 12 New Delhi Municipal corporation
3 Jaipur, Rajasthan 13 Coimbatore, Tamil nadu
4 Surat, Gujarat 14 Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh
5 Kochi, Kerala 15 Belagavi/Belgaum
6 Ahmedabad, Gujarat 16 Udaipur, Rajasthan
7 Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh 17 Guwahati, Assam
8 Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh 18 Chennai, Tamil nadu
9 Solapur, Maharashtra 19 Ludhiana, Punjab
10 Davangere, Karnataka 20 Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh


A small brief about Belgaum/Belagavi:

A cosmopolitan city Belgaum is also commercial Hub and divisional headquarters of north Karnataka. Belgaum ranks second to Bangalore in the state in terms of overall exports (mainly related to the automotive industry).It is an important source of Vegetables, fruits, meat, poultry, fish, mining production and wood. Belgaum is also hub for foundry industries with more than 200+ foundries running.

About people, culture and languages:

Belgaum shares its borders with two Indian states namely Maharashtra and Goa. The large population of the city speaks Marathi and Kannada however we could see all other language peoples leaving with harmony in the city.

Geographically Belgaum is important Hub as it is equidistance from 3 Metro Cities in India namely Mumbai which is capital of Maharashtra, Hyderabad which is capital Telangana, Bangalore which is capital of Karnataka state. The city is well connected via road, rail and by Air. It is just 120-150 kms from another tourist capital of India i.e Goa state.

You can always browse Wikipedia or any other sites on internet covering more information on Belgaum.


Do check my previous articles exploring some of the good to go places in Belgaum city to spend your quality time along with your family and friends.


Before we conclude this article and wait for to see Belgaum as smart city, check out below images of the city which were captured when city was not smart enough with respect to required infrastructure (Belgaum Before Smart City) but it’s still beautiful. These pics covering most of the major parts of the city and showcase Arial view of the city. The Belgaum city undergoing some of the developmental works with respect to city infrastructure currently and the images which we have below may not reflect same way once these works done. However these memories will help always to cherish olden days or city when we are in future in next few years.

Hope you like them…awaiting to become part of my Smart city 🙂  and you..?

Belgaum Before becoming a Smart City

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