Keeping the promise made a mere five months ago, Mumbai has rolled out its first phase of 500 Wi-Fi hotspots throughout the city. Yes, you heard it right! 500 Wi-Fi hotspots! With this, Mumbai has become the only city to deploy more than 500 public Wi-Fi hotspots across the city. In fact, the city is not likely to stop here. By May 2017, the number of public Wi-Fi hotspots is going to see an increase from 500 to 1,200.
Driving targeted development in one of India’s most diverse district (Chandrapur) is not easy. Despite having vast natural resources of coal, lime, wood, and more, Chandrapur still remains an underdeveloped district. Around 33 per cent of the district is still under forest cover. There are immense coal reserves in the Wardha Valley Coalﬁeld along with numerous cement factories. Despite this, around 50 per cent houses in Chandrapur are kachcha, with mere 10 per cent of households use LPG for cooking.
It’s been almost two years since the Smart City Mission was launched by PM Narendra Modi on June 25, 2015. Each and every state has put [and is putting] their best foot forward towards making his dream a reality. Of the 29 states, Rajasthan is leading the race. The Rajasthan Government is set to complete around 100 Smart City projects, with a minimum extension of three months.
Increasing road accidents will no longer be a news! The Maharashtra Government—in order to curb the increasing number of road accidents—is all set to install two greenfield e-learning tracks in Thane and Nagpur. Maharashtra has been always leading from the front in smart initiatives.
Gandhinagar has now become the first city in the country to go smart! Setting up an example for other cities, the Gandhinagar Municipal Corporation (GMC) has equipped the entire city with Wi-Fi (open to sky), IP surveillance, smart street lighting, environment sensors, digital display, speed and face detection system, automatic number plate recognition system, public address system, smart call centre and a centralised command centre to monitor and control all activities.
Under the Smart City Mission, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) is rapidly improving the physical and social infrastructure within the city. To meet the transport requirements of its growing population and to tackle the ever-increasing problem of pollution, PMC has proposed to add 100 hybrid buses in the transport fleet with private sector participation.
Taking a clue from its counterpart (Chennai Municipal Corporation), the Vijayawada Municipal Corporation (VMC) will install as many as 200 smart garbage bins (three at each location) to tackle its solid waste menace. The total cost of the project is Rs 18 crore. For this, the Corporation has called for an expression of interest (EOI).
The next time you think of jumping a traffic signal, think twice. The Pune Smart City Development Corporation Ltd (PSCDCL)—with an aim to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of traffic on roads—is developing an Adaptive Traffic Management System (ATMS), which in turn will provide a secure and pleasant road experience to the citizens of Pune.
For Centre’s Smart City plans, New Year has got some good news! The month of January will witness five municipal corporations issuing request for proposals (RFPs) for project management consultants, system integrators, pan-city development, intelligent street poles, among others.
E-governance is the future! It can make governance more efficient and more effective, and bring other benefits too. Slowly but steadily, some of the Indian states are moving from no-governance to e-governance.