The Smart City Plan for Bangalore envisions for a ‘LIVABLE BENGALURU’ by creating ‘Connected, Vibrant and Healthy Communities’ underpinned by the 3E framework: Environment, Economy and Equity. The strategic focus is to provide a remarkable improvement to the quality of life of Bengaluru’s citizens through:
ENABLING CONNECTED COMMUNITIES through integrated mobility, enhanced safety and security in public places and promoting barrier free movement. Empowering citizens through accessible information on public services and grievance redressal portals on digital network towards an inclusive growth is also key to connected communities
CREATING VIBRANT PLACES by activating street edges, creating inclusive public spaces, revitalizing markets, promoting affordable housing, establishing strong place identity by reconnecting city land marks towards a thriving urban centre.
IMPROVING URBAN HEALTH through restoration of natural assets of the city (parks and lakes) and linking public nodes by a continuous network of walking and cycling ways.
The city centre was selected as the area of development based on city profile study, consultation with elected representatives, urban planners and sector experts and citizen participation. Bengaluru core city “belongs to and is used by everyone” and is defined as the area based development (ABD) for all smart city purposes. It houses key landmarks synchronous with the image and identity of the city at large. This ensures that the proposals impact people at large, both in terms of quantum and socio-economic diversity.
7 strategic redevelopment projects were proposed in this area as part of the smart city plan, with the intent of rejuvenating central city areas that were frequented and treasured by residents and visitors while making it on of the most thriving, livable and walkable city centers in India. These include 30KM of Tender SURE roads, redevelopment of KR Market and Russell Market, rejuvenation of Cubbon Park and creating an integrated mobility hub at Shivaji Nagar.
The pan city initiatives proposed included grievance management, municipal reforms, participatory budgeting, improvement of neighbourhood safety, improved property tax collections, public project management, data for citizens and B-Trips ( single smart card for all public transport ) .
Bengaluru was awarded the smart city status based on the above proposal in June 2017.