India is indeed going all out for its Smart City Mission (SMC) programme. The seriousness has come from none other than urban local bodies (ULBs), which are de facto part of the newly established special purpose vehicles (SPVs) for every winning Smart City and have floated around 15 requests for proposals for their respective Smart City elements.
These ULBs have issued tenders for various elements that include smart transportation, project and programme management consultants, public bicycle system, sensor-based ITMS, greenfield Smart Cities, command & control centre, and Smart City management unit.
To begin with, the Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD) has issued a request for proposal (RFQ) for selection of a Smart City Mission Management Unit (MMU) for the effective implementation, monitoring and evaluation of mission activities, and providing technical advice to states and ULBs. The MMU will ensure that project objectives are accomplished, projects are executed, and capacities are institutionalised.
In a recent development, Bhubaneswar has floated requests for proposal (RFPs) to implement an intelligent traffic management system (ITMS) under its Smart City Mission plan. Once the tender process is completed, the implementing agency will have to complete the project in just nine months. Canada-based firm IBI Group will be the programme-implementing agency for the ITMS in the city.
In addition, the city will also add a multi-level car park (MLCP), which will be the central command control unit so that after being operational, the users of the parking area can pre-book their space and parking duration. While shopping, they would enjoy hassle-free parking.
The MLCP can manage 450 cars (Equivalent Car Space) at a time and it will come up in an area of around 1 acre. The sixth and seventh floors of the MLCP will be used for commercial and office space.
The agency, after getting the contract reward, will take 12 months to execute the project. Egis, a consulting firm of international repute, will help in executing the project in the city through a contractor.
In principle, the state government has agreed to provide the plot for the MLCP in Unit II area. A modern traffic management system that works on real-time sensor data is the next thing expected to deal with traffic problems here.
What’s more, the Government of Haryana has floated expressions of interest (EOIs) to formulate guidelines and policy parameters for establishment of Greenfield Smart Cities (GFSC). The state government, in joint venture partnerships with private players, is looking at introducing these smart solutions over a land parcel of 250 acres, using innovative planning, planned financing and implementation tools, with a provision for affordable housing.
Meanwhile, Raipur is all set to get a command and control centre. The Raipur Smart City Ltd (RSCL), a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV), has proposed to implement several smart solutions projects through the More Raipur City Operations and Control System (MRCOS). In this regard, the SPV has called for requests for proposal (RFPs) for appointment of a Programme Management Consultant (PMC).
Apart from Raipur, joining the ranks were Nagpur Smart City, Ajmer Smart City and Kota Smart City. These Smart City SPVs have come up with requests for qualification for appointing programme management consultants and project management consultants.
That said, the Vadodara Municipal Corporation (VMC), under its Smart City Mission, has invited expressions of interest (EOIs) to develop an integrated Smart City transportation hub on a design, build, finance and transfer basis, in the city. This project will also be the first major work undertaken by the VMC.
A few cities are following the systems set by their global counterparts. Since cycling is the most important means of transportation in Amsterdam, the Dutch capital, there are well-planned and extensive cycle tracks around the city, which makes it convenient for cyclists to pedal around.
Following this example, the Naya Raipur Development Authority (NRDA) has issued requests for qualification (RFQs) for design, procurement, installation, commissioning, operation and maintenance of a public bicycle sharing (PBS) scheme in the city.
The PBS will have 100 cycles spread over a minimum of 10 stations across the city, at locations mutually decided by NRDA and the service provider.