Area-based model put on back-burner; entire city to turn Smart

BHOPAL  : The authorities have decided to shelve the area-based development model and adopt pan-city model of Smart City. At least this was the gist of the deliberations of a meet on the Smart City Project, held at a city hotel on Saturday to mark the first anniversary of the launching of the project.

Interestingly, barring Gopal Bhargava, the minister in-charge of the district, no politician attended the meet. Barring Rameshwar Sharma, all the local MLAs – Babulal Gaur, Umashankar Gupta, Surendranath Singh, Vishwas Sarang and Arif Aqueel were conspicuous by their absence. Whether this was just a coincidence or a design was not clear.

The pan-city initiative, in which smart solutions will be applied, will benefit the entire city.

The project was shifted from the Shivaji Nagar-Tulsi Nagar areas to TT Nagar amidst stiff protests by environmentalists and local residents.

There were indications that the choice of the new site would also invite protests. Now, the authorities seem to have decided to providing facilities to all the residents of the city instead of making a particular area ‘Smart’.

The discussion at the meet was not on the new venue but was focussed on

pan-city facilities. Five pan-city facilities were launched at the meet, which was christened “Project Implementation Launching Function”.

These facilities are: Smart Street Poles, City level GIS, Bhopal Plus mobile App, Smart Public Bike sharing and Intelligent Transport System.

None of the speakers except UAD commissioner Vivek Agrawal referred to

area-based development.

Agrawal said, “We could not communicate properly to people about area-based development, which was misinterpreted”.

In fact, smart city project means smart facilities like water, sewage treatment, public transport, power supply which will be available for all. When BRTS Corridor was developed, it was alleged that a large number of trees were felled. But the project has come as a big relief for the people. So for long-term benefits, ‘short term pain’ has to be endured” he added.

District in-charge minister Gopal Bhargava said, “In the approach to the Smart Cities Mission, the objective is to promote cities that provide core infrastructure and give a decent quality of life to its citizens – a clean and sustainable environment and application of ‘Smart’ Solutions.”

Principal Secretary (UAD) Malay Shrivastava said, “It is great that seven cities of the state figure in the list of 100 cities to be turned Smart.

Minister of State for UAD Lal Singh Arya said, “Better late than never. Had the Smart City Project been implemented in 1947, the entire country would have been transformed into a smart country by now. But due to vision of PM Narendra Modi, now the project has been conceptualised.”

Leaders, Babus wait in vain for

2 hrs to speak to PM



The leaders and officers, who were hoping of speaking to Prime Minister Narendra Modi over Smart City through video-conferencing on Saturday in the city, had to face disappointment.  Modi only spoke to chief ministers Vasundhara Raje Scindia, Chandrababu Naidu and Navin Patnaik through video-conferencing.

MP Alok Sanjar, mayor Alok Sharma, MLA Rameshwar Sharma and other leaders were at Mantralaya for video-conferencing.

 Principal secretary, urban administration, Malay Shrivastava and commissioner Vivek Agarwal were also present.

In the video conferencing, no discussion on the progress of work in the project after one year in all three cities of the state, as far as Smart City is concerned, took place. Principal secretary, Shrivastava maintains that only those 20 cities were included in the video-conferencing, which were included last year as Smart Cities. Shrivastava said works to the tune of Rs 2000 crore have been done across the country so far, including works of Rs 500 crore of the state under the said project.

 Vegetable vendors should not be looked down upon: Parashuram

BHOPAL : Viability and sustainability of any project, be it Smart City, depends on potential to generate employment, entrepreneurship. This was the view of experts participating in a panel discussion with solution providers of various companies on Smart City project implementation launching ceremony on Saturday.

State election commissioner and former chief secretary R Prasuram said, “Small starters (entrepreneurs) should be given equal scope and space in the smart city. Small vegetable vendors, retailers and others should be respected on the parameter of ease of doing business as we all depend on them. We all go to purchase vegetable and grocery items. Smart city can not be confined in covered campus colonies or by providing facilities. We have to associate all such people in main stream of Smart City Project.”

UAD commissioner Vivek Agrawal said, “Earlier, an officer used to feel himself proud by boasting that he made a business big shot to sit for two hours outside the office. But now such kind of attitude is not good in smart city. We will have to respect even small starters. We will have to create conductive atmosphere for entrepreneurship.”

Oracle India Pvt Ltd director Niraj Prakash said, “There are lot of servers and system of various facilities in the smart city project. It will make the situation complicated for common man. There are 7 cities to be transformed into smart city. Therefore, there must be one such integrated and consolidated platform to run all servers, apps and system.”

3M India Ltd senior manager Pawan Kumar Singh said, “We do not brand the cities. So it is missing on our part. In foreign, even if a city is only 100-year-old, they brand it but here we do not brand even 5000-year-old city. We should make branding of city covering its monuments, water bodies, tradition and culture so people will automatically prefer to link with it while introducing themselves.”

 Pan-city facilities

*         Smart City App: It will provide all information about decisions and policies about the project at one touch. People can also give their suggestions.

*        Smart Street Poles: These will be multipurpose electric poles with facility of Wi-Fi, LED lights, advertisement panel boards, optical fibre network, surveillance camera, battery charging socket and environment sensors.

*        Smart Citizen Services: Geographic Information System(GIS) will provide location of all facilities on the map of Bhopal. Besides, property data and infrastructure, it will cover citizen’s portal, tourism model, know yours wards, Transport, location-based information, cultural and community events and public feedback.

*        Smart Public bike sharing: There will be 50 bicycles centres to provide light bicycles to people. It will promote non-motorised vehicles. Nearly 500 bicycles will be purchased at a cost of Rs 3 crore.

*         Intelligent public transport: It will have various facilities like automatic vehicles locating system, passenger information system and management information system.

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