Faculty of Architecture (FOA), Manipal University will help Shivamogga, one of the 100 cities selected by the Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India to participate in the Smart City, Challenge Stage-2, to gain the status.
The students of Masters in Urban Design and Development, Faculty of Architecture, Manipal University, Manipal have recently presented a road map for Shivamogga’s Sustainable Transition to the City Commissioner Mullai Muhilan M P, who is also the MD of Shivamogga Smart City Ltd.
The students began the study to chalk out a sustainability plan in July 2017 after a preliminary meeting with the city administration and stakeholders. The idea was to make Shivamogga, not only smart, but also sustainable. The process involved extensive site analysis and stakeholder consultations and also focused on strengthening relationship between people, culture, physical and built attributes of the city.
The proposals included integration and networking of ecological layers, to improving their accessibility and preservation. The special emphasis was on improving interface of the city with the Tunga River. The study also suggested various ways and means to strengthen public transport, rejuvenation of water bodies, integrated waste management and enhancing cultural vibrancy in the city.
During the discussions, the City Commissioner suggested that FOA immediately present short term projects which can fit into the strategies under Smart City Programme to be implemented. And the team guided by Nandineni Rama Devi, Purushottam Kesar and Nivedhitha Venkatakrishnan with the support of FOA director Nishant H Manapure has agreed to present the final project by the end of October, 2017. The Faculty of Architecture, Manipal University will work with the city administration to become Knowledge Partner in thematic areas of urban planning, design and policy studies.