Adopting the city retrofitting approach, Imphal has been developed with the help of smart mobility, modern facilities and other smart features. Selected in the second round of the Smart Cities Challenge, the core vision statement for Imphal Smart City was ‘Urban Revitalisation and Regeneration’. This was subdivided into five city visions: Revitalisation of the central business district, promotion of tourism and heritage, smart mobility, smart infrastructure, and smart governance. The city will get two new roads: Work on the construction of the Imphal-Kangchup-Tamenglong road has already started under the SASEC road connectivity improvement project while a revised proposal is being prepared for the construction of the Greater Imphal Ring Road. What’s more, the city has been declared ‘Open-Defecation Free’ by the Quality Council of India.
The city is in the process of engaging a project management consultant (PMC); this is getting finalised. Besides, the city has a women’s vendor market to be developed that will accommodate about 700 women; construction has already started. Surveys are on for the Imphal Riverfront Development, which is in close proximity to the inner city. The basic groundwork and feasibility study are going on. As soon as these are over, we will invite project preparations. We are also planning to take up the establishment of command and control centres.
The city is also planning to install smart street lighting and smart poles, which will include lighting and other surveillance systems. This will be the second level of priority for us.
“We are already in the process of converting the existing street lights into LED lights, for which almost 90% of the work is completed,” said TH Harikumar Singh, Municipal Commissioner, Imphal Municipal Corporation. He adds: “We have constituted a committee with the transport and traffic departments to resolve traffic movements. One proposal is to introduce a mass public transport system, followed by multi-layered parking to decongest roads and streets in commercial areas.” The municipal corporation is waiting for the committee’s final report; it will go for approval to the state government. Following this, says Harikumar, “we will be able to go for tendering, which will be in about three months’ time.”