Rio model to be replicated in Dehradun smart city, IT-enabled services to be provided
Dehradun is all set to be developed into Uttarakhand’s first ‘smart city’, which will be equipped to provide its residents IT-enabled assured services monitored through a 24X7 online integrated command and control systemUpdated: Aug 03, 2018 21:33 IST
Dehradun is all set to be developed into Uttarakhand’s first ‘smart city’, which will be equipped to provide its residents IT-enabled assured services monitored through a 24X7 online integrated command and control system. The concept will be modelled on Rio, one of the world’s most efficient smart cities in Brazil.
“We have decided to develop Dehradun as the state’s first smart city on the pattern of Rio de Janeiro, which has bagged a World Smart City Award,” said Ashish Kumar Srivastava, vice chairman, Mussoorie Dehradun Development Authority. Srivastava was part of a delegation of officials who recently returned after an eight-day study tour of Rio and Brasilia, the Brazilian capital.
“Our choice fell on Rio because it is a smart city, which was built at a low cost but offers the world’s most advanced services,” he said in an interview with Hindustan Times on Friday.
The Dehradun smart city project worth Rs 1200 crore would be implemented by June next year, Srivastava said. The process of its implementation will start in November by inviting requests for proposals from experts to be involved in the project.
“It will take 21 days in selection of experts and immediately after that its (project) implementation will start,” said the official. “Dehradun will witness a complete turnaround following implementation of the smart city project based on the internationally recognised Rio model.”
Once the model is implemented, he said, all services available in the Dehradun smart city -- from water and electricity supply to public transport to solid waste management to medical services and public transport -- would be IT-enabled. Besides, a state-of-the-art IT-enabled Integrated Command and Control System (ICCS) would be in place, which would keep a 24X7 vigil on the delivery of services across the smart city.
“This (ICCS) would be a control room that would be linked online with all services, which would be geotagged,” Srivastava said, referring to Geo-Positioning System, a satellite-based navigation system. As part of that process, he said, infrastructures relating to all services -- sewerage system, solid waste management, water and electricity supply, public transport, safety and security, medical and health services and safety of citizens, among others -- would be geotagged.
Citing an example, he said, all two- and four-wheelers used in policing or for the city’s traffic management would be geotagged like roads and streets. As a result, locations of all police vehicles would be visible on the huge digital screen at ICCS. In case of an accident in any part of the city, the information would pop up on the screen.
“Representatives of the traffic department at ICCS would immediately sound the driver of the vehicle nearest to the accident scene and ask him to rush the injured to a nearby hospital,” Srivastava said.
Similarly, in case of any damage to the sewerage network or blockage, the information would immediately pop up on the digital screen at ICCS, prompting those manning it to rush officials for repair. “All houses in localities falling in the ‘smart city’ would be geotagged so that problems pertaining to civic amenities could appear on the digital screen.”
Since all state-run hospitals, dispensaries and ambulance services would be geotagged, it wouldn’t take ICCS much time to have the emergency cases rushed for medical treatment.
Plans are afoot to bring private hospitals on the digital platform so that critically ill patients could be provided emergency medical aid and specialty treatment. “Besides, we are developing a special online application so that the residents of the city could immediately inform authorities about any problem they might face for redressal,” Srivastava said, identifying the proposed software as ‘Doon1 App’.
According to him, the app would come in handy even for the people living outside the city or the hill state. “They can download the app and through it can access any service they want to avail of, be it medical service, buses or booking of hotels,” he said. “We will also request the railways and transport department to join that digital platform.”
Through ICCS a real-time monitoring of the movements of dumpers carrying the city’s garbage for disposal at landfill sites would be possible. “It (ICCS) will also come in handy to officials while carrying out relief and rescue operations during natural calamities.”
Under the smart city project, MDDA plans to replicate the “highly useful and cost-effective sewerage system” of Brasilia. Under the proposed system, instead of expensive and cement concrete pipes, a network of PVC pipes prepared from synthetic plastic polymer would be used.
“Such pipes are not only less expensive but also occupy less space,” Srivastava said, adding the new sewerage system would suit the city as it would be propelled by gravity. “In all points where gravity will cease to be effective, sewage treatment plants would be set up.”
The treated water would then be supplied to an artificial lake, which would be built on the city outskirts. “Water of that lake could be used for irrigation and also for drinking as the residents of Brasilia do,” Srivastava said. “In fact, all of us officials used that water for drinking during our sojourn.”
First Published: Aug 03, 2018 21:33 IST