United Technologies Corporation has announced 12 winners of India’s first ever Neighborhood Improvement Partnership Challenge (NIP), an initiative of UTC’s Citizens for the City Program. The winning projects and support teams will collectively receive a total amount of nearly Rs. One crore. The 12 winners will implement projects in the areas of mobility, waste management, public safety, autonomous building, water quality and rejuvenation of public spaces.
Launched in May 2015, Citizens for the City’s Neighbourhood Improvement Partnership Challenge garnered 145 registrations and 86 proposals from across Bengaluru. Of these, 32 were shortlisted, followed by a selection panel who declared the 12 winners. Each of the 12 winners underwent a comprehensive review, and the projects that required building and zoning permissions were forwarded to the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) for approval. The winning projects will be completed within a span of six months.
Spearheaded by the Neighborhood Improvement Challenge, a dedicated team from Centre for Public Problem Solving (CPPS) and WRI-India in conjunction with United Way of Bengaluru (UWBe), Bangalore Politcal Action Committee (BPAC) has been mentoring communities, establishing a support network for the participants and creating a robust framework for execution of the winning projects in the city. CPPS and WRI-India will continue to work with communities and monitor the progress of the work until project completion, while UWBe will be responsible for fund disbursements to all relevant parties.