Being an industrial city, turning Pimpri Chinchwad into a smart city is a tough job. It requires a long-term vision, on which the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) is presently working on. The PCMC is in the process of designing the vision for the coming 30 years. It has already appointed an agency for city transformation. The corporation do not just want to make it a smart city but the most liveable city in the state. For achieving that, says Shravan Hardikar, Municipal Commissioner, “we have to work on all dimensions. It is not just about infrastructure but more about sustainability and management of it. We have three rivers; we need to clean them and make them open to the public. Pavna riverfront and other riverfront developments need to be carried out.”
That said, under smart city, PCMC has appointed a consultant and two expression of interest (EoI) have already been issued. The first EoI is for the creation of passive infrastructure of the fibre optic cable. Says Hardikar, “We intend to monetise it through O&M contract. We have also come up with the second RFP for active components of smart city like command and control centre (CCC), smart mobility, smart parking, smart water, smart lighting and city surveillance as active elements to boost citizen services and improve public safety.”
In area-based development, the DPR is being prepared for connected smart streets, connected green spaces, eclass rooms, smart health management and GIS-based city operations. The corporation also plans to start development of parking infrastructure to boost intermodal connectivity with the metro and bus rapid transit system (BRTS).
“We have also issued tenders for affordable housing under the PPP route of PMAY and are hoping to get a good response from the developers. Smart street lighting is a major project in the pipeline,” Hardikar says.
He further added: “We are the base of automobile manufacturing. We have to make use of all these to craft our own space in life and social infrastructure. We have the best infrastructure; we will build more on social infrastructure. We intend to invest more on sports infrastructure and make PCMC a modern sports city.”
“We have a healthy financial condition and a hefty surplus. We have an annual budget of Rs 35 billion and we have received an additional Rs 20 billion as capital grant from schemes such as AMRUT, PMAY, smart city and other projects. Hence, the budget is roughly around Rs 50 billion and we are capable of giving something more to the city,” Hardikar concludes.