The ministry of urban development (MOUD), Government of India (GOI) has rolled out Smart City Mission (SCM) on 25 June 2015. Under this, Davanagere has been selected as one of the top 20 ULBs for implementation under the phase – 1 based on the Smart City Plan (SCP) submitted by the city. To implement the said projects, a special purpose vehicle, the Davanagere Smart City Limited has launched on 19th May 2017. The intent of the company is to transform 785.0 acres of the unplanned and congested inner core of the city into planned one with smart solutions. In addition to this some ICT related Pan City components also been incorporated in the SCP to make the citizens of entire city to feel inclusive.
Davanagere has been derived from the term “Davana Kere” meaning “village of lakes”.
The city of Davanagere is located at a distance of about 260 km from the state capital, Bengaluru. Davanagere District is surrounded by Chitradurga, Bellary, Shimoga, Chikmagalur and Haveri districts. Davanagere district was formed in 1997 after separating from the districts of Chitradurga with Davanagere city Municipal Council (CMC) as its administrative capital. It was upgraded to a City Corporation (CC) in the year 2007.
The Bengaluru‐Pune National highway (NH4) which is the part of the golden quadrilateral network passes through the city. Davanagere population has increased from 3,63,780 in 2001 to 4,35,172 in 2011, at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 1.81%. The average population density is 6,044 persons/sq.Km
This city has famous tourist places like Kunduvadakere, Bathigudda, Eshwara temple at Anekonda etc. An industrial town was renowned for its Cotton mills was once known as “Manchester of Karnataka”. Presently, The city economy is mainly driven by agriculture based food processing industries viz., Puffed rice industries, Groundnut oil extraction units etc. Beside this, now a days Davanagere city developed as education hub with the spurt of higher educational institutions of international standards.