Jaipur gears up for launch of smart city project today

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Jaipur
  • Updated: Jun 24, 2016 20:42 IST
Jaipur was one of the first 20 cities to be selected under the smart city project. (HT File Photo)

When Prime Minister Narendra Modi flags off through video conferencing the ambitious Smart City project in 20 cities, including Jaipur, on Saturday, the Jaipur Municipal Corporation will launch a slew of services toeing the Smart City guidelines.

The NDA government’s plan is to build 100 smart cities by 2022 complete with Internet connectivity, quality infrastructure such as waste management and efficient public transport. Most cities in the country are bursting at the seams because of influx from the countryside and lack basic infrastructure.

To mark the occasion, the Jaipur Municipal Corporation (JMC) has produced a three-minute video that will be showed at a ceremony to be held at the Birla Auditorium here.

“Solid waste management and cleanliness are our primary concern in the smart city project and we are also planning to improve transportation facilities in the walled city,” said V Saravana Kumar, the CEO of Jaipur Smart City Ltd.

A public bicycle sharing system will be unveiled on Saturday and the civic body has signed a MoU with a private company for the purpose. It is expected to cost `80 lakh. Fifteen bike centres will be opened across the city from where residents will be able to rent them through the help of smart card facility.

A LED display system of real time movements of buses will also be launched. Also, digital timetable will be installed in 10 bus stops around the city.

Jaipur Municipal Corporation commissioner Hemant Gera said: “The smart city project is being run as a company, separate from workings of the civic body. Once the work in smart city project starts, existing problems that the civic body faces such as cleanliness and sanitation will also be solved automatically. Our approach is to take one problem at a time.”

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