Aiming to find a sustainable solution for the city’s infrastructure and ecological challenges, the state government has inked a Memorandum of Understanding with the Tata Centre for Development and the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago (EPIC).

The MoU is part of the ‘Urban Innovation Challenge’ where residents, students, start-ups, urban experts and researchers from across the country will be asked to work on sustainable models to solve the issues.

The MoU, inked by Bengaluru Development and Town Planning Minister K J George and University of Chicago Trust executive director Aditi Mody, would award Rs 1.5 crore to the best working model for its implementation.

The innovation challenge would give top priority to models venturing to solve air pollution, traffic and solid waste management. “Bengaluru is the engine of growth for Karnataka. The city faces infrastructure problems (that need solving),” George said at the event…