Ajmer has a vision of becoming one of India’s leading tourist destinations. A good national and state highway network connects the city to other parts of Rajasthan and many important cities in India. And now, having made it to the Government’s list of smart cities, the city is executing its smart plans in haste.
The Ajmer Corporation, under its Rs 1,947 crore smart city plan has outlined 10 module development plans to kick start its much awaited mission. The 10 module development plan is focused on tourism, lake development, green energy, integrated infrastructure improvement, modernisation of railway stations, taskforce management system, surveillance, WiFi, and smart transportation.
Under tourism plan, the urban local body will upgrade the city road for swift traffic flow. The ULB is also developing a, Subhash Udyan as cultural park. This apart, the corporation will promote public art and culture, street painting and music and plan an auditorium, tourism centre and pedestrian pathways.
In our second module, the corporation is developing the Ana Sagar Lake at about Rs 110 crore. Here, the corporation is making an open-air amphitheatre with LED lighting, a musical fountain, boating, and water sports activities. Under green Ajmer, says Priyavrat Pandya, Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, Ajmer, “We are planning to install rainwater harvesting in 55 public buildings and are installing solar panels in public buildings and open parks. The government has declared Ajmer a solar city.”
He further added: “Under Centre’s Akshay-Urja programme, we will invest about Rs 100 crore on non-conventional energy.”
That said, Ajmer is leaving no stone unturned for strengthening the city’s integrated infrastructure. For its improvement, the corporation is engaged installing smart meters, a pipeline, new pumps and all it takes to ensure that water reaches the tail end of the city with sufficient pressure. That apart, the corporation is also looking into solid waste management with RDF plant installation at land fill site; since April 1, says Pandya, “we have started 100 per cent door-to-door collection in all sixty wards. Further, we are planning about Rs 125 crore worth of work on prepaid meters and underground cabling”.
In its fifth development module, the ULB will undertake modernisation of railway stations with a provision of Rs 300 crore. The sixth module is a taskforce management system, under which, the corporation has already cycle-sharing booths at two locations. The seventh module involves making the city economically viable. We plan to renovate Patel Stadium where functions are organised and will enroll about 54 public schools in smart classes.
The next module involves ensuring Wi-Fi connectivity and e-governance at a cost of about Rs 100, including CCTV cameras to stop crime, multi-speciality hospital development and mobile healthcare services. The ninth module involves smart transportation, shelters and information centres for passengers, mini buses, IT centres, a multilevel modern bus stand and multi-level and open car parking, with a provision of about Rs 178 crore. And the last module focuses on making the city safe and healthy with CCTV cameras for surveillance, a command control centre, traffic management and reduction of noise pollution.