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May 19, 2013

Improving quality of urban life

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Saving Open Spaces and Urban Lakes (SOUL) and Cultural
Rejuvenation of the Twin City of Hubli–Dharwad
Improving quality of urban life
Project in Brief
The geographical location – at the cusp of the Western Ghats and beginning of the black cotton soil – make the twin cities of Hubli-Dharwad unique. The state of water bodies and green areas in the twin cities deteriorated with the drying up of lakes and pollution of parks due to encroachments, sewage and garbage disposal. In addition, they also became a hub for anti-social activities. Lack of recreational and open spaces encouraged Darpan Jain, Deputy Commissioner of Dharwad district, to initiate revitalisation of the city by restoring its open spaces and urban lakes to achieve sustainable development. Not only would the initiative make life better in the twin cities, it was thought, but it would also reinstate the trust of the citizens towards the development authorities.
In addition to the restoration of parks, open and recreational spaces, the second objective of the project was to restore the cultural legacy of Hubli-Dharwad, which was once the citadel for Hindustani music and known for it all over the country.Read More

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