Mangaluru: MLC Ivan D’Souza held a press meet at his office, Lalbagh here on January 29.
Addressing the mediapersons, Ivan said “Two of the six cities from Karnataka have made it to the Smart Cities Mission list. Unfortunately Mangaluru has not been listed. I don’t know on what basis they have made the selection. According to me Mangaluru City Corporation has worked very hard for this mission. All initiatives have been taken for the development of Mangaluru City.”
“IT connectivity, e-governance and citizen participation were some of the major initiatives included in our mission,” he added.
He further said “I am very disappointed with the Governments decision. Despite Mangaluru being equipped with all basic infrastructure and offers good quality of life through smart solutions, it has not been listed. Mangaluru is a vibrant city in Karnataka and was a front runner in this contest. It is even rated as the top 20 wealthiest cities of India. Mangaluru City Corporation was highly focused in educating its stakeholders on best practices. With all these initiatives “Mangaluru” must have been listed in the first phase of smart cities. There was no problem with the proposal submitted by us. We have given a clear proposal to the government. Therefore we are asking our government, on what criteria did we not qualify to be in the top 20 list? We hope that we work on our drawbacks and thus make it up in the second phase to the smart city list.”
Mayor,Jacintha Alfred, Deputy Mayor Purshotham, Former Mayor Sashidhar Hegde and others were also present.