In a bid to create a “super smart city” by providing public services via technology, Gurugram has become the first city in Haryana to get an Integrated Command and Control Centre. Built for Rs 38 crore, the center was inaugurated by Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar. The centre at the IRCTC building in Sector 44 aims to integrate “smart services” in the future.
The Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) CEO V Umashankar, said, “To integrate smart services in the future, services like water supply, public WiFi facility, smart parking, monitoring and control of the power distribution system, various message signals, and property management will first be added to the control center so that efforts can be made to provide as many services as possible to the people.”
The center will provide online real-time access to these facilities; allow evaluation and reporting of data and help decision-making and paperless work. Officials said that although all government buildings and police stations have to be connected to the fiber network in order to make this project effective, currently, 160 such structures have been connected. Officials said 400 km of optical fiber has been laid out so far by three different agencies.
In the coming “six to nine months”, however, all government buildings are expected to be connected to public WiFi. Additionally, a mobile app has also been developed for the centre to bring all civic services to citizens on one platform, said officials, and added this application is currently in the trial stage and will be launched soon.
“To increase the reach of this center, 358 intersection points have been marked where 1,200 CCTV cameras will be installed. At present, 50 intersection points have been covered using 250 CCTV cameras. There are 28 intersections, where a maximum of 24 cameras have been installed so that every small activity can be monitored,” said Umashankar. “Apart from speed identification, number plates of vehicles, as well as drivers of two-wheelers travelling without helmets,” he added.
With the help of the cameras, in the event of road ditches, waterlogging, and protests and demonstrations, crowd counting will also be possible along with facial recognition,” he added. Officials said streetlight facilities can also be controlled from the centre, allowing lights to be turned on and off, and a complete record to be maintained of this activity. Monitoring of vehicles engaged in solid waste management will also be done from the centre. Sewage treatment plants, drinking water supply meters, and “smart environment metres” installed to check pollution status have also been integrated with the centre.