The redevelopment model under the smart city project is meant to develop the whole city and not just one area, said Madhya Pradesh urban administration development department (UADD) commissioner Vivek Agrawal, clearing misconceptions about the model.
Agrawal, in fact, replied to protests against going ahead with the area-specific ‘redevelopment ‘model. The people believed the redevelopment model would develop only an area in focus and leave the other parts under developed.
However, Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC), which has collaborated with Tata Consultancy Engineers Ltd to carry out the project, seems to be focusing on the entire city. In fact, the recent project launch workshop on smart city indicated that authorities have conceptualized a pan city development model rather than a development model for a specific area. The final detailed project report (DPR) would be released in next six months.
But, the district administration foresees some protests from environmentalists and locals as the pan-city model will have many new areas for development in order to ensure smart facilities for all the citizens.
Agrawal said some short-term pains would have to be braved by people as well.
BMC commissioner Chhavi Bharadwaj said, “Broadly, smart city project means smart facilities like clean drinking water, sewage treatment, public transport, power supply which have to be provided to all. Apart from this we are trying to digitalize the city in all spheres.”
Authorities also focused on how small entrepreneurs should be given importance too for a holistic development of the city.
State election commissioner and former chief secretary R Prasuram said, “Small entrepreneurs should be given equal scope and space in the smart city. Vegetable vendors, retailers and others should be respected on the parameter of ease of doing business as we all depend on them. Smart city cannot be confined in covered campus colonies or by providing facilities. We have to associate all such people in main stream of Smart City Project.”
Agrawal too said, “We will have to respect even small starters and create a conducive atmosphere for entrepreneurship.”
FIVE MAJOR PROJECTS
Bhopal Plus Smart City App: It will provide all information about decisions and policies about the project at one touch. People can also send in their suggestions through this app.
Smart Street Poles: The poles will have CCTV surveillance along with LED street lights. They will also have Wi-Fi facility and indicators of traffic, weather and parking conditions of a particular road, optical fibre network, battery charging socket and environment sensors.
Smart Citizen Services: Geographic Information System (GIS) project will be a citizen portal which will have a location-based information module, public feedback option, information on public transport and culture and community event updates.
Smart Public Bike Sharing: Another ambitious project is the smart public bicycle sharing for which 500 ultra modern cycles will be made available and 50 cycle stations built. People will be able to rent a cycle on monthly, quarterly and yearly basis.
Intelligent Public Transport: Intelligent public transport will have a passenger information system and management information system. This project will facilitate residents to have a full update on transport.