Although the smart city projects in many cities have been a slow take-off, some of the cities have started showing some visible results on the ground. For instance, three cities in Punjab—Ludhiana, Jalandhar and Amritsar—were selected in a nation-wide selection process.
Ludhiana: Leading the pack
In terms of progress, Ludhiana has scored well in planning, selection and implementation of projects. At present, around 25 projects have been proposed for the city, of which, detailed project reports (DPR) have been prepared for more than 50 per cent of projects, amounting to more than Rs 650 crore and these projects are expected to be awarded by March 31, said a local government department official who didn’t want to be named.
In Ludhiana, under the pan-city component, phase 1 of installation of rooftop solar panels on existing buildings has started. For execution of some projects, tender were floated inviting bids for works. But, after failing to get positive response, re-tendering will be done in such projects in the near future. Projects in which re-tendering will be done include installation of way-finding and signage (digital and analogue), different types of toilets across the city, comprising of pre-fabricated modular, mobile public toilets, DUAC (Delhi Urban Art Commission) toilets and masonry toilets.
The LED street lighting installation project is in the final stages of approval of competent authority before its execution starts. Project DPR of construction and demolition waste management, carcass utilisation plant, integrated central common and control centre and smart poles have been prepared and are being vetted before final approvals.
Other project proposals under the pan-city component include dedicated cycle track in selected industrial area, smart poles and citizen collaboration platform.
Under ABD component, projects awaiting final approval of the competent authority include smart water supply scheme, replacement and rehabilitation of sewerage network, construction of storm water network, underground laying of electrical cables and conversion of Malhar Road to smart road including complete streets. Retrofitting of Sarabha Nagar market, conversion of Malhar, Ghumar, National, Rotary Club, and Pakhowal roads to smart roads; a road over bridge for Pakhowal Railway crossing and multi-level parking for the Feroze Gandhi market are some of other projects proposed under the ABD component in Ludhiana.
Amritsar goes smart
In Amritsar, a couple of projects are already under execution. Under the pan-city component, work on implementing bus rapid transport system (BRTS) corridor in the city and providing piped gas network for household and commercial usage is under execution. A proposal for provisioning of e-mobility solutions for decreasing vehicular traffic has been submitted to the department of heavy industries, government of India. Feasibility surveys for smart roads, solar roof tops at public facilitation centres and command and control centre for e-governance are in progress.
Under the ABD component for the city, DPR are being prepared for re-development of parks and development of parking lots. Also planned are cashless transaction facilities and provision for Wi-Fi facility around the Darbar Sahib for pilgrims for which feasibility is being examined on public private partnership (PPP) model.
Jalandhar is not far too
In Jalandhar, some of the pan-city components identified for development include buying buses worth around Rs 55 crore, increasing depot and bus shelters. Setting up of an intelligent transportation system (ITS) and an advance traffic control system (ATCS) infrastructure is also proposed. For improving public safety, an integrated technology solution for public utility and public safety has been proposed, it comprises of installation of cameras, servers and command and control room, and IT support for public utilities. Installation of LED street lights is also part of the pan-city projects proposals so far.
Under the ABD component in Jalandhar, Burlton Park Area retrofitting, which comprises water, power and utility ducting, and gas distribution is proposed. Traffic circulation, pedestrian facilities and roof top solar power are some of the other proposals identified under ABD Jalandhar. Also proposed is the re-development of Burlton Park Sports Hub comprising international swimming pool, multi-level car parking, area and a hotel.