Jaipur is firing on all cylinders to make its Smart City plans a success.
It has already taken a lead in the formation of a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) — Jaipur Smart City Ltd. Dr Manjit Singh (Principal Secretary, Local Self Government) is the Chairman of the SPV.
According to V Saravana Kumar, CEO, Jaipur Smart City Ltd, around Rs 194 crore of Central grants have already been received, and these funds will be utilised for executing the Smart City projects, both for Pan City Development and Area Based Development.
The Detailed Project Reports (DPRs) for various Smart City Projects are being prepared by a project management consultant, and these are expected to be in place by 15th June, 2016.
Among these projects, a rooftop power plant (grid interactive type) has been awarded to Rajasthan Electronics and Instruments Ltd (REIL). Most of the other projects are in the bidding stage, and work will start within the stipulated deadlines as soon as they are allocated.
While rolling out its Smart City plans, Jaipur is following the path of sustainable development for its various projects, keeping in mind financial viability for revenue generation. These projects include plans for smart parking, public bike sharing, smart solid waste management and multimodal mobility using information and communication technology (ICT).
The city has planned for biometric devices for mapping waste recyclers, GPS trackers, radio communications, route optimisation and digital infrastructure for an intelligent operation data integration platform. It is expected that these envisaged plans will be ready to take off by 2017-18.
The city corporation, under Jaipur’s multimodal public transit operations, will enhance the digital infrastructure for an asset management system, bus and crew scheduling system and fleet management. In addition, for passengers’ information, the corporation will install a passenger information system for journey planning including LED/LCD display for bus shelters.
Many of the projects have been designed to be financially viable on a standalone basis. However, understanding the importance of private players in the development process, a total of Rs 355 crore has been provisioned under the public-private partnership (PPP) mode of implementation.
The action plan
Jaipur Smart City CEO Saravana Kumar’s first priority is streamlining the Smart City plans with the project management consultants. Subsequently, the authority will also identify short-term and long-term projects and finalise the execution plans for the same.
In addition, the SPV will prioritise projects to be taken up on a PPP mode — preparing a specific policy for procurement strategy; fund-raising through private equity and debt from multilateral funding institutions, information, education and communication with organisations and citizens for their feedback and suggestions.
1. Dr Manjit Singh, Principal Secretary, LSG (Chairman)
2. Nirmal Nahta, Mayor (Vice Chairman)
3. V Saravana Kumar, (CEO)
4. Dr B L Jatawat, ED, RUDSICO (Director)
5. Rakesh Sharma, Addl. Commissioner, JMC (Director)
6. Hemant Gera, Commissioner, JMC, (Director)
7. Subhash Chand Gupta, CE, JMC (Director)
8. Sameer Sharma, Addl Secy, MoUD, GOI (Director)
9. Shikhar Agrawal, Commissioner, JDA, (Director)
10. Siddharth Mahajan, Collector, Jaipur (Director)
11. Gopal Lal, FA, JMC, (Director)