Belagavi-The Making of a Smart City
Belagavi holds a special place in people’s hearts; and even before the government had awarded Belagavi with Smart City tag, the city radiated its potential to be something more than existing. The vision for Belagavi makes it worthy of being a Smart City.
So what makes Belagavi special?
The city provides vast engineering industry base as well as aerospace units, and is home to a large number of textile power looms. It houses a large number of educational institutions that empowers Belagavi to be the knowledge hub of southern India. Considering spatial location and connectivity of the city from Bangalore, Hyderabad, Mumbai, and its proximity to Goa, its overall ambience makes Belagavi a preferred destination for tourists, students and entrepreneurs.
Transformation Plans for Belagavi
The Smart City initiative has identified roadways and transportation to be one of the most important parts of the program. An investment of INR 376 crore has been planned to improve roads, footpaths, underground utilities such as water and drainage and street lights. Para-transit facilities like battery operated autos, auto-hailing apps and improvement of public transport with a cost of INR 107 crore has been initiated. Smart bus shelters are planned with drinking water and bio toilet facilities. The World Bank is aiding a project worth INR 663 crores to supply 24x7 water covering City Corporation of Belagavi.
Aequs Aerospace Vision
Aequs is committed to bring more investments into the city and elevate the standard of living of people. The largest Special Economic Zone of Belagavi is opened to IT/ITeS and Biotechnology companies who want to setup offices in Belagavi. The company is largest employer in the region and continues to add more opportunities for local people through various programs like the Aerospace Knowledge Center (AKC). Aequs envisions better future for Belagavi with collaboration from all stakeholders, while the company remains an active participant of the government’s Smart City initiative.