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Karnataka gears up to set up Innovation Council for urban governance

Source: The Times of India, Sept 17, 2013

MANGALORE: The urban development ministry in Karnataka is in the alacrity of setting up an innovation council. A fall out of the two-day conference on innovations in urban governance organised by union urban development ministry in Delhi last month, the proposed council is expected to give a better direction to function of urban local bodies in Karnataka, especially city corporations, minister for urban development Vinay Kumar Sorake said here.

Participating in meet-the-press programme organised by Dakshina Kannada District Working Journalists Association on Tuesday, the minister said his ministry will organise conferences at every city corporation level to drive across the points raised at the two-day deliberations held in Delhi. "Most of our corporators lack proper vision for development of their cities, and the conferences will deliberate on this aspect at length in various sessions," he said.

The finale of series of conferences will be held in Bangalore where Sam Pitroda, chairman, National Innovation Council invited to share his vision for growth of urban conglomerates in the state, Vinay Kumar said. Corporators will be given the know how on preparing a master plan for the city's development, processes involved in taking forward various development works as well as meeting aspirations of the 74 th Amendment to Indian Constitution.

The Delhi meet that Sorake attended brought together officials, policy makers, practitioners and researchers, and international experts, who shared perspectives on urban governance, challenges faces by and innovative governance practices adopted in cities and towns, both within and outside India. Deliberations also focused on how urban growth and development can be better management and how cities could be governed appropriately.

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