An overjoyed Indore celebrated its entry into the smart cities list at the 11th rank with fireworks at the historic Rajwada in the presence of the civic body biggies, including the mayor and municipal commissioner .
It is the third city of Madhya Pradesh, besides Bhopal and Jabalpur, to have figured on the top-20 smart cities list which was announced by union urban minister Venkaiah Naidu in Delhi, claiming that the selection was purely merit-based and that Delhi had nothing to do in it. The announcement was part of the first round of test which every entrant city had to quality by providing “smart answers” to a template with 43 questions.
Hoping that smart city would lead to a clean and healthy development of Indore, the residents enthusiastically participated in the process of selection and had sent more than 91,000 suggestions through different platforms.
City mayor Malini Gaud, who has the project as a top priority, has congratulated the Indore residents and thanked them for their participation and pouring in valuable suggestions.
Starting from September last year, the Indore Municipal Corporation and the district administration left no stones unturned to reach out to public to get their feedback on the project.
Extending his wishes on the occasion, district collector P Narahari said, “The entire credit goes to smart citizens of Indore for their enthusiasm in the form of suggestions and creating a positive environment.”
“We will together now put the plan into reality and try to convert the city into a true smart city,” he said.
The Centre has earmarked Rs 48,000 crore for development of 100 smart cities across the country. For implementation of first phase of the mission, the Centre has now picked 20 cities, consecutively in next two years the Centre will select 40 cities each for the mission.
The selected cities will receive funding of Rs 500 crore spread over the next five years, and the same contribution will be made by the state.
THE ROAD AHEAD FOR SMART INDORE
Around 550 acres in Rajwada and MOG Lines will be developed under the Smart City project
IMC will concentrate on retro-fitting development in Rajwada area while open and government lands in MOG Lines will be used for vertical development
Narrow lanes in Rajwada will be turned into a no vehicle zone
There will be no overhead electric lines in this area and at least 10% of electricity supply will be met by solar power
The area will get piped gas connections; an incubation centre for brainstorming, inventions and startups for the youth will be developed
Multi-level parking and a control centre for monitoring smart solutions, like smart garbage management and smart traffic management, will be constructed
The city will receive Rs 1,000 crore funding over next five years from the Centre and the state. At least `5,000 crore would also be raised through a Special Purpose Vehicle on public private partnership basis
Garbage management app
The municipal corporation is planning to introduce mobile application-based municipal solid waste management system. The civic body is planning to introduce smart traffic management system. These two features will be introduced for entire city