To develop a smart city Bhopal needs to replicate the resilient system implemented in Surat, said experts in a workshop on smart cities on Friday.
“Bhopal needs to develop a plan for mapping waterlogged areas and low-lying areas. This will help during heavy monsoons like this year. An alert can be launched at the right time and causalities too can be avoided. Surat has an Urban Climate Change Trust which is separate from the municipal corporation and has drastically improved the working of the flood prone district,” said Lalit Dashora, urban planning expert.
Dashora told HT, “Surat has a traffic trust, if Bhopal can form a trust like that then the upcoming smart city project would not have bad traffic as it is there presently.”
Describing about the unique features of smart city Bhopal project, smart city chief executive officer, Bhopal Chandramauli Shukla said, “Developing any city into a smart city is a challenge as along with developing new facilities, public’s convenience has to be taken in account. We have launched public bike sharing system, to reduce pollution in our city.”
Explaining the public bike sharing system, Shukla told HT, “We are developing a cycle lane all over Bhopal; there will be cycle stations too. 500 cycles will be called for this project in the initial stage. These will be fully automated, technology-based German cycle. The booking of which will be app based.”
Discussing Bhopal’s chosen model for smart city project professor Saswat Bandyopadhyay, Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology, Ahmedabad said, “The Bhopal smart city project which is on the lines of redevelopment model, has a lot of scope for urban planning on new grounds, unlike the retrofitting and greenfield model.”