Bhopal smart city plan now has an ‘intel inside’
The Bhopal Municipal Corporation has tied up with two IT majors, including the world’s largest chip-maker Intel, to introduce digital innovation to the smart city project that plans to turn Madhya Pradesh’s capital into a futuristic urban hub.bhopal Updated: Sep 09, 2016 11:18 IST
The Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) has tied up with two IT majors, including the world’s largest chip-maker Intel, to introduce digital innovation to the smart city project that plans to turn Madhya Pradesh’s capital into a futuristic urban hub.
Bhopal is among three cities in the state selected under the first phase of the Centre’s ambitious project, aimed providing core infrastructure and a decent quality of life to residents amid a sustainable environment energised by “smart solutions”.
The BMC recently tied up with Intel to create an innovation hub under the project, officials said on Thursday.
“The project is on the lines of Digital India and Startup India wherein technology would be used for innovative projects to be utilised under the smart city,” said BMC commissioner Chhavi Bharadwaj.
For this, `10–20 crore will be sanctioned by the state planning commission under the Atal Innovation Mission, a central government project to set up 500 ‘tinkering labs’ in schools and 100 incubation centres across the country to boost innovation.
The official said young entrepreneurs and startups have been invited under this project.
The civic body has also collaborated with IT company Cisco to implement a pilot smart city solution in Bhopal called the ‘Bhopal Golden Mile, that will include wi-fi, parking, remote governance, kiosk, transport, environment, city portal and citizen app, data centre/cloud centre and digital portal solutions of Cisco.
“Broadly, a smart city project means smart facilities like clean drinking water, sewage treatment, public transport and power supply which have to be provided to all. Apart from this we are trying to digitalise the city in all spheres,” the BMC commissioner said.
Activists, however, pointed out that the civic body has been only making tall announcements without visible work on the ground.
“The city administration is just pushing deadlines for various reasons and declaring fancy projects which no one knows when they will be executed. The lack of coordination between the various agencies has already caused substantial damage and delay to the project,” said activist Pradeep Khandelwal.
During a project implementation workshop in June, the BMC did not provide any information of ground-level implementation of the project.
Besides Bhopal, Indore and Jabalpur are the other two cities in MP selected for the smart city project.