Smart cities in the making are set to rise to an entirely a new level of monitoring and delivery of civic services through digitally-integrated Central Command and Control Centers (CCCs). At present, CCCs are under implementation in 11 cities – Pune, Nagpur, Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara, Jaipur, Raipur, Naya Raipur, Bhubaneswar, Visakhapatnam and Kakinada. The Pune and Nagpur centers are [already] partly operational. Apart from these 11 cities, 23 other cities have completed bidding process for setting up such centers.
These centers would serve as the ‘brain centers’ of smart cities for ensuring effective coordination in the functioning of various agencies of urban local bodies resulting in improved monitoring and delivery of services to citizens.
Says Durga Shanker Mishra, Secretary (Housing & Urban Affairs), the Government of India: “These centers based on a host of censors connected to a central server function as the ‘eyes’ and ‘ears’ of cities as well by enabling monitoring of garbage collection and its transportation truck-wise, filling and emptying of garbage collection bins, traffic and red light violation, noise pollution etc.”
According to Dr Samir Sharma, National Mission Director, Smart City Mission: “Different IT-based projects taken up by cities in recent years have been operating in isolation, and CCCs seek to integrate all such systems with several enhanced features for better integration for better information and service delivery