It’s raining tenders for the city of Visakhapatnam. Come this December, the Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC) is likely to float proposals including smart schools, 24x7 water supply, cycling tracks, public toilets, bus stops, modern walkways and many more facilities under the area-based development plans for its Smart City.
The GVMC, a major stakeholder in Visakhapatnam’s Smart City mission, will utilise an area of around 1,700 sq km for area-based development.
Meanwhile, the GVMC has already conducted a stakeholders’ meeting on development of ‘smart’ schools in the selected area involving local citizens, teachers and parents.
The urban local body, as per the instruction of the Urban Development Ministry, is taking up ‘Complete Streets’ on a priority basis. By doing this project, priority to pedestrians will be taken up in the selected areas, and modern walkways would be developed to the best standards. Currently, GVMC is conducting a survey in this regard. According to GVMC officials, the walkways on the Beach Road were the best and that should be the norm in the ABD too.
What’s more, in the beginning of December, GVMC is likely to float another RFP for the command & control centre under its pan-city project.
The United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA), one of the major partners in the city’s Smart City plan has completed the first phase of the Smart City Master Plan Framework, with recommendations for skill development and the transport sector. It is expected that the team will make a visit again in December.
Meanwhile, as a first step to revitalising the urban centre into a smarter and more sustainable city, GVMC, in its first phase, has launched a state-of-the-art centralised City Command Centre. Council’s lead partner IBM, with two other US-based organisations — AECOM and KPMG — has prepared the entire master plan for Vizag Smart City, marking a strong American role in the city’s ambitious plan.
Apart from ABD under the Smart City Project, the civic authority has emphasised on developing core infrastructure projects including a non-revenue water project worth Rs 340 crore funded by Asian Development Bank. The detailed project report (DPR) is being readied.
Also, under the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT), water distribution lines with a Rs 150 crore project to fill gaps was proposed. These DPRs are for taking up underground drainage in the Gajuwaka and Malkapuram areas (at a cost of Rs 500 crore) were submitted to the Andhra Pradesh Urban Infrastructure Finance Corporation.