The historic city of Gwalior, which was one of the last entrants in the list of smart cities from Madhya Pradesh, is gearing up for timely implementation of the project.
Gwalior and Ujjain were included in the list of smart cities on September 21. Indore, Bhopal and Jabalpur had already made it to the list of smart cities.
In less than two months of the announcement, the special purpose vehicle for the project was constituted and Vidisha Mukherjee appointed as Gwalior Smart City CEO on November 18.
Gwalior Smart City Development Corporation will govern the overall activities.
The project involves integrated development of Maharj Bada area through retrofitting model. Maharj Bada will be developed as a tourism centre.
Three proposals, including green field development, were presented to the Centre. Under the retrofitting model, Gwalior will be developed on ‘Cultural and Heritage’ theme without affecting any change to the old structures. The historical buildings will not only be preserved, but more value will be added to it, officials said.
Mukherjee told HT that the project implementation will evolve a two-pronged strategy of area-wise development and of a pan-city solution through integrated city development. “We are still at the initial phase of project implementation like finalization of project management consultant and recruitment of professionals,” she said, adding early bird projects such as battery operated vehicle zone will be done on priority basis.
A common market place will be created for manpower engaged in unorganized sector to cater to the need of 31 services through round-the-clock control room and vendors’ room.
Madhav Institute of Technology and Science (MITS) architecture department head Alok Sharma said the project implementation should keep in mind the basic character of area.
“Gwalior is a cluster of three satellite towns - Lashkar, Gwalior and Morar - evolved in different periods. They are characteristically different from each other and so the module application must be separately planned,” Sharma said.
Disaster management plan should be in place to ensure less amount of damage in case of large scale calamity, Sharma said. The new area encompassing modern amenities to decongest city’s pressure should also be developed with improved road network including arterial network, he added.