The University of Chicago in the United States midwest has tied up with the Karnataka Urban Development Department to clean up state capital Bengaluru’s environment, a Minister said on Wednesday.

“We have launched the Bengaluru Innovation Challenge to improve the city’s air and water quality by sourcing inventive ideas from citizens, civic leaders, academics, corporations and other institutions across the country,” Bengaluru Development Minister K.J. George told reporters here.

The winners of the challenge would be given up to Rs. 1.5 crore over two years to test and implement their ideas, with the support of the state government and the varsity faculty.

With a population of about 10 million and growing, Bengaluru is grappling with increasing air and lake water pollution.

The challenge is a programme of the Tata Centre for Development at the University of Chicago, and the Urban Development Department.

The Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago’s (EPIC) India team….