Kanpur on a Smart City mission

Fri, 2015-12-18 10:28 -- SCC India Staff

Trans Ganga, Kanpur - Studio Symbiosis

As every city gears up to present itself with the golden chance of becoming a “smart city” and exploring its own potentials to the maximum, Smart City Council India, attempts to present an overview of the city initiatives.

Kanpur City has successfully completed the competitive process of the ‘Smart City Challenge’ and has been shortlisted as one of the 98 Smart Cities under Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD) ‘Smart City Mission’. It is one among the 12 cities that have been shortlisted from Uttar Pradesh against the 13 cities allocated to that state.

CITY Kanpur
POPULATION 2,765,348,
*as per official city website

The Municipal Corporation of Kanpur is preparing the Smart City Proposal for making its place in the list top 20 cities. The citizens of Kanpur have given their suggestions and ideas on the following issues:

  • Electricity
  • Transportation and mobility
  • Water supply
  • Environment and sustainability
  • Safety, security, and disaster management
  • Housing
  • Solid waste management
  • Sewage
  • Storm Water drainage
  • Sanitation

Though these are going to be the priorities for most cities, the real challenge lies in incorporating the new into the old, already existing infrastructure of the city. Kanpur is on the fast track with certain grass root level initiatives such as:

Organized zone-wise open discussion camps with local residents on Smart City
Stake holder consultation including bodies such as the KMC board, district administration and respective departments, NGOs, teachers, doctors, engineering colleges and commercial associations.

Children and students are involved in expression series of a smart city which Kanpur has the potential to be.

More of such eager and enterprising initiatives have been identified in the draft proposal by Dorsch Gruppe Consulting for Kanpur City. The SWOT analysis gives an exact picture of the existing dynamics of the program which could be retrofitted into new smartness paradigm. Depending on the strengths of the city nd its potentials, a few zones are identified and demarcated for their usage. In case of brownfield projects, identification of areas precedes redesigning and restructuring. Few zones identified as micro regions for redevelopment are Parade Xing to Parmat Ghat, Parmat Ghat to Sarsaiya Ghat, Sarsaiya Ghat to Nanarao park, Nanarao park to Narona Crossing, Narona Crossing to Ghanta Ghar, Ghanta Ghar to Pared Crossing, Ghanta Ghar to Zareeb Chawki, Zareeb Chawki to Rupam Crossing via Chandrika Devi Crossing, Rupam crossing to Mool Ganj, Mool Ganj to Ghanta Ghar, Ganga Bairrage to Kesa Crossing via Nawab Ganj Thana and Zoo, Kesa Crossing to Makri Khera and Pahalwan Purwa to Jyora, Jyora to Ganga Bairrage. Once these areas are identified, their present status can be studied and improved for the future. Following these area-specific approaches and solutions, a few pan-city solutions will be integrated. For instance, Intelligent Traffic Management, Traffic Signal Control, System Security, Public Address System, Travel Time Data, Smart Parking, Central Control Center, Red Light & Speed Violation System Detection System etc.

Apart from rejuvenating existing infrastructure, Trans-Ganga, a green field project, has been proposed as a modern and clean-green city endeavour to be developed by UP State Industrial Development Corporation (UPSIDC) in the neighbouring Unnao district. Unnao is strategically situated between the state capital of Lucknow and the industry town of Kanpur. It is the ground zero for the proposed Lucknow Industrial Development Authority (LIDA). The Unnao project will span 1,156 acres across the area near Ganga Barrage in Kanpur City. It will be located at a distance of 70 km from the Lucknow International Airport and has been conceptualised for spurring investment, job creation, education, health and industrial development in the region. It is proposed to be equipped with international infrastructure facilities. Under the project, along with industrial and residential areas, commercial and institutional areas would be developed. A housing society comprising an exhibition centre, multiplex, mega mall and multi-storied residential complexes has also been proposed. The industries in the enclave will be pollution free, zero discharge areas, to ensure no adverse impact on the ecology and Ganga river.

With the state's first-of-its-kind initiative housing green, non-polluting industries on 350 acres of the Trans-Ganga Project, Kanpur boasts of an unforeseen surge in a stronger economy in days to come. 

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