In the current fiscal, Agra Smart City (ASCL) has been allotted Rs 216 crore, out of the total approximate Rs 1,200 crore. ASCL is working on a war footing mode to implement various projects in the city. In this endeavour, the project management consultant (PMC) at ASCL has already submitted reports (DPRs and RFPs) for some projects under the Smart Cities mission.
“We had recently (in January) implemented the Public Bicycle Sharing (PBS) project on PPP mode under pilot basis near the Taj Mahal area. Also, a facial recognition system (FRS) project under PoC (Proof of Concept) has been launched in January, along with the Agra Smart City logo, branding and website. The PMC has submitted RFPs for about Rs 60.5 crore projects, which are under review. These projects will be floated for tenders soon. Under convergence projects, we already have about Rs 220 crore worth projects completed,” says Arun Prakash, CEO, Agra Smart City.
In the area of solid waste management, door-to-door waste collection is currently being undertaken by the Nagar Nigam from its own sources. Also, for waste-to-energy, a PPA has been signed for 10 MW electricity from 500 MT waste (extended upto 750 MT) from gasification technology. The waste-to-energy project is at approval stage. What’s more, an MoU has been recently signed between ASCL and SEAK s.r.o., Slovakia, for smart lighting control technology POC in the ABD area, which will later be extended throughout the city.
Further, Prakash adds, “We will be floating tenders for several projects, for which we are looking for civil contractors. These include junction improvement (Rs 18.17 crore); street vending zone (Rs 2.84 crore); improvement in the vicinity of lesser known monuments (Rs 2.72 crore); beautification and streetscaping of Fatehabad Road (Rs 34.28 crore); construction of e-toilets (Rs 2.40 crore) on PPP mode; beautification of 2-km radius around the Taj (Rs 11.23 crore); rehabilitation of major or minor roads (Rs 250 crore); pilot 24 x 7 water supply (Rs 136.45 crore); sewerage network (Rs 153.95 crore); and the Taj east drain improvement plan (Rs 14 crore), among several other projects.”