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Bengaluru Innovation Challenge Wins Rs 1.5 Cr award to address Environment problems of Bengaluru

Bengaluru, Nov 23 (UNI) The Tata Centre for Development at the University of Chicago and the Urban Development Department of the Government of Karnataka today announced winners of the first-of-a-kind crowdsourcing competition to address the most pressing energy and environment problems of Bengaluru.
A joint proposal from TIDE and WRI India and one from Hasiru Dala Innovations were declared as the winners by Deputy Chief Minister Dr G Parameshwara.
The winners Bengaluru Innovation Challenge together received Rs. 1.5 crores which they will utilise, along with the technical guidance from experts at the University of Chicago Energy & Environment Lab, the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago’s India team (EPIC India), Social Alpha and the State Government to implement and test their projects.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr Parameshwara said that “the fact that these brilliant ideas have come from people and organizations who know the ground realities, gives me immense hope. I am very optimistic that together with experts at the University of Chicago and guidance from our Government, the winning ideas will give some long lasting environmental solutions to Bengaluru.”
“These winning ideas look extremely promising and we are looking forward to work with them in not just testing their concept on the ground but also evaluating their effectiveness and their possibilities of being scaled up as policy solutions for Bengaluru and other cities,” said Michael Greenstone, Director, Tata Centre for Development at UChicago and Milton Friedman Professor in Economics, the College, and the Harris School.
State Urban Development Additional Chief Secretary Mahendra Jain, speaking on the occasion, said that “the uniqueness of this challenge lies in its approach of creating evidence backed solutions and we are totally committed to work with the winners and provide answers that can make people’s life better in Bengaluru.”
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