Davanagere – Retrofitting Local Industries

Davanagere is a Tier II city in south-western state of Karnataka. It is the sixth largest city in the state and was renowned for its cotton mills in the 1980’s. The city has consistently been a hub for vibrant industrial and small manufacturing enterprises (SME) within the state for agro, bamboo, puffed rice and textile industry among others. Located strategically along the Bengaluru – Pune National Highway (NH4), the city enjoys excellent regional connectivity to major cities across India.


Davanagere aspires to be the city where LIFE nestles. The city’s vision is to leverage the uniqueness of peaceful co habitation and its uprising prosperity, in terms of its liveability, inclusivity, financial & economic vibrancy and sustainability for enriched quality of life.

City Self – Assessment


Strategic Focus

  • Balanced growth & development of the North & South areas of the city, to reduce stress on infrastructure
  • Tackling issues of – congestion, poor infrastructure, unplanned formal & informal market zones, hapazard parking etc.
  • Leveraging the SMEs to bring economic vibrancy and employment growth
  • Improved air quality through retrofitting old industrial practices and equipment
  • Lowering the carbon footprint through use of alternative energy sources

Area Based Proposal (ABP)

Retrofitting and Redevelopment

3.14 sq.km (4.09%)

809 Cr. INR (61.9%)

  • Urban Mobility
  • Pan-City Initiatives of providing intelligent solar powered street lights, intelligent traffic management system, ICT retro-fit to bus stops, providing of information kiosks and hot- spots at strategic locations
  • Utility Infrastructure
  • Re-vitalisation of the economic precinct around the Mandipet Muncipal Market
  • A typological retro-fit of the Mandakki Bhatti layout

Pan City  Proposal (PCP)

498 Cr. INR (38.1%)

  • Smart Urban Mobility
  • ICT Crowd Mapping


Presence of over 1027 diverse SMEs provide limitless opportunities for growth to Davanagere. To leverage the consistent growth in the numbers of SME in the area, the city has prioritised revitalisation of physical infrastructure for MSME units in the area selected for ABD. These units have been a primary employer for a large section of the population, particularly in the northern part of the city.

The SCP proposes retrofitting of one significant SME – the Mandakki Bhatti, which will act as a model for other SME’s to draw upon. Mandakki Bhatti constitutes of puffed rice manufacturing units that use large traditional furnaces for the process. These units have been identified as the main source of air pollution in the city. Respiratory diseases have recorded a 50 percent increase in the last decade, in just the inner city.

Figure 1: Project location – Madakki Bhatti

The retrofitting intervention at Mandakki Bhatti will include technology up gradation and use of renewable energy leading to clean, green and modern manufacturing units.

Budget Highlight

The total Smart City Budget for Davanagere is INR 1307.18 Crore. The city has identified sources for 100% of its budget. It is utilising three of the five potential funding sources and its proposed per capita smart city expense is INR 30,041.

Project Overview

The intent of the Area Based Development (ABD) in Davanagere is to transform the unplanned and congested inner core of the city, which is negatively affecting the quality of life of its citizens. With an overall extent of 785 acres, the site covers a diversity of city’s urban fabric. In alignment with the goals of the city, a critical SME located in the heart of the city – Mandakki Bhatti, an economic hub- Mandipet market and a heritage precinct – Durgambika temple have been identified for retro-fit within the site. The proposal is to re –vitalise and energise these areas through infrastructure upgradation for the entire area. The infrastructure upgrade will include improved road network with non-motorised vehicle infrastructure, provision of underground utility network and excellent solid waste management system.

The pan city initiative in Davanagere proposes re-vitalisation of the city’s mobility infrastructure and citizen services through integration of strategic information and communication technology (ICT) based solutions with the city’s systems. This will be done through two pan city initiatives for this – smart urban mobility and ICT crowd mapping. The city plans to improve the urban mobility scenario through development of NMT infrastructure and better road networks, supported by an effective passenger information system (PIS). For this, the City Corporation has already begun the implementation of a comprehensive plan to upgrade the mobility infrastructure with an investment of INR 976.10 Crores channelled through the convergence of various government schemes. Purpose of ICT crowd mapping is to build a real-time online community to address the city’s needs. It will use GIS based recording of complaints, citizen feedback and opinions on civic issues and services, and other grievances. It will also enable real-time tracking of reported issues for the citizen and stake holders. The system will integrate the “one city one website one app” and the “one city one number” service with GIS based information of various civic services, their status and location.

Measurable Impact

Area Based Proposal


  • Access to infrastructure
  • Access to opportunities
  • Access to open spaces like parks, play fields and greenary
  • Mixed use
  • Social interaction


  • Revenue collection
  • Revenue utilisation for O&M activities
  • Congestion
  • Commute time
  • Uniformity of service delivery network
  • Resource use
  • Waste generation
  • Waste collection
  • Solid waste management
  • Sewerage network
  • E-governance
  • Surveillance


  • Vertical development
  • Floor space index
  • Open space, greenary, parks and commercial and public acitivities
  • Pedestrian infrastructure
  • Infrastructure for non-motorised modes of transportation
  • Densification
  • Service delivery
  • Disaster preparedness
  • Safety


  • Industrial emissions
  • Cases of respiratory diseases
  • Solar energy generation
  • Urban heat island effect
  • Vehicular emission


  • Infrastructure for informal & formal market
  • Productivity
  • Efficiency
  • Working conditions
  • Growth
  • Quality of workforce
  • Production technology for puffed rice

Pan City Proposal

Public services

  • Zero pig menace
  • Health & hygiene of city
  • Air pollution
  • Lifetyle
  • Access & information for public transit
  • Service delivery to citizens


  • Collective functioning of city corporation and para-statal agencies
  • Revenue collection
  • Revenue utilisation for operation and maintenance activities
  • Uniformity of service delivery network
  • Surveillance
  • Imeplementation of e-governance