Indore, the erstwhile city of Marathas is getting all set for a big technology leap in 2016. This is not just a hope but a view of the top officials and planners involved in the Smart City project.
They foresee 2016 bringing about a systemic metamorphosis of the city—overhauled sewerage system, upgraded municipal solid waste management, smart traffic management and hassle-free service delivery systems. All that with the help of technological intervention, policy makers opine.
The ‘Smart City’ agenda, which has taken the centre-stage since mid-2015, is one big thing that Indore residents are looking forward to– how the whole project, worth over Rs 5,000 crore, will take off and what are the opportunities before them.
Challenges and goals
The rains, which left the entire city in knee-deep water in July and August, forced officials to rework a strategy to get a storm water drainage system in place.
The Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) is already working on overhauling entire water distribution network and sewerage lines with an expenditure of Rs 1,400 crore under the AMRUT (Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation) in the coming year. The corporation’s mayor-in-council has also approved for appointment of consultants for the purpose recently.
“A robust system of water distribution and sewerage network should be ready in 6 – 8 months starting in January 2016,” said mayor Malini Gaud. An automated GIS and Hydraulic modelling system using SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) platform will be in place for distribution of water in the city, she added.
An additional 245 MLD (million liters per day) capacity sewerage treatment plant will come up at Kabit Khedi by March 2016.
The municipal body and district administration have strong-handedly dealt with resettlement of a few habitations from the banks of Kahn and Saraswati rivers and will continue to deal firmly to free the rivers from encroachments, hoping that the most parts of the rivers will be restored by the end of 2016.
“We are trying to make most out of the Centre’s ‘Housing for All’ scheme, where we shall try to address sanitation problems, rehabilitation of slums, and providing basic services to urban poor,” said Gaud.
Under the Centre’s Swachh Bharat Mission, the municipal corporation is also planning to organize the system of collection, transportation and processing of municipal solid waste generated in the city.
“Door-to-door garbage in whole city will be achieved by mid-2016; we are rebuilding our men and machinery for setting right the system of transportation of garbage; and will strive to put an end to problem of Devguradia trenching ground, where lakhs of tonnes of garbage is lying unprocessed since many years,” said the municipal commissioner, Manish Singh.
A waste-to-energy plant, land fill sites for garbage disposal, strengthening of plastic-to-diesel plant is in the pipeline, works towards which will start in coming year, Singh said.
Achieving green environment is also one of the main agendas for the coming year. The municipal corporation will invest at least Rs 50 crore in developing green fields in the city.
The municipal corporation in association with the Indore Development Authority (IDA) will develop at least 10 traffic junctions such as – Radisson Square, Bada Ganpati, Futi Kothi, Khajrana Square, Vijay Nagar Square etc to facilitate ease of commutation.