At Vadodara, the focus is on sustainable and inclusive development; the idea is to look at compact areas and create a replicable model that will act like a beacon to other aspiring cities.
“The Smart City mission has two layers: Infrastructure projects and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) projects,” says Dr Vinod R Rao, Chairman, Vadodara Smart City Development and Municipal Commissioner, Vadodara Municipal Corporation.
“Under ICT projects, tenders have been floated in February for an intelligent transit management system (ITMS) and underground GIS survey project.” Upcoming projects under ICT include HMIS and health-cum-city card under project Urban Jeevan; retrofitting of the fire station; a digital library; smart night classes or e-learning; and a school management system.
Under infrastructure projects, Dr Rao shares that the tender has been uploaded for smart roads; the tender will be reissued for a multi-utility duct and for NMT - bicycle sharing. The DPR is under preparation for the smart hawker zone, rainwater harvesting, deep water recharging, a vocational training centre, development of City Square and Phase 1 development of a new compound wall at the periphery of City Centre, Sayajigunj.
He adds that the while civil work is in progress, expression of Interest (EOI) for a solar power plant for a rooftop solar project is under preparation; the tender is under scrutiny for 24 x 7 water supply; and a revised DPR is under review for STP upgradation.
Vadodara has completed Phase-I of the CCC Project. In October 2017, Prime Minister Narendra Modi dedicated to the nation the Vadodara City ultra-modern integrated command and control centre (ICCC), designed to operate both, in normal situations (day-to-day city management) as well as during emergency situations (disaster management). This 25-seater CCC has 27.5 ft x 9 ft state-of-the-art video wall. It includes CCTV surveillance, smart traffic management, GIS mapping platform, smart public transport (city bus tracking), solid waste vehicle tracking, environment sensors, emergency call box management, smart parking management, fire-brigade control, etc. It is now contributing to improving public safety, better management of civic services, efficient traffic management, better disaster management and faster resolution of public grievances.
Another project worth mentioning is the Public Wi-Fi Services and iPoles Project, the first phase of which was completed in ugust 2017, comprising of 12 intelligent poles with public Wi-Fi facility and smart billboards in the city, commissioned in a record 45 days. The project involves setting up of Wi-Fi hotspots across the city in PPP mode. It also involves setting up 450 intelligent iPoles, which are Wi-Fi hotspots and smart billboards. The poles will also have provision to install other smart elements such as CCTV camera, environmental sensor, public address system, emergency call box, etc. These poles are also shared infrastructure for all Smart City projects, as they have provisions for installing smart elements and sensors. The project is being done entirely on PPP mode for the first time in India under the Smart City mission