See how Naya Raipur is emerging as one of the best-planned smart cities

Fri, 2018-06-08 10:23 -- SCC India Staff


Naya Raipur is being developed as a sustainable, modern ‘green city’ with major eco-development projects such as rainwater harvesting, solar energy and Internet connectivity. Compulsory installation of rainwater harvesting systems on all buildings helps in conserving the water resources. The Naya Raipur Development Authority (NRDA) maintains 55 reservoirs in the region.

Public buildings will be erected on the basis of the green building concept. Green buildings use less water, optimize energy efficiency, conserve natural resources, generate less waste and have minimum impact on environment. The offices of NRDA and Housing Board Corporation are examples of such buildings.

The smart city is also accoutred with an underground utility corridor, which means that services including water supply, sewerage, telecom and electricity are developed underground. Roads are lit with LED lamps and garbage containers are set up at every 500 m across the main streets. Also, NRDA is in consultation with institutes like IISC and IIT-Bombay to develop a suitable plan for waste management and disposal system for the city.

Inclusive governance
Naya Raipur will have smart utility services for the residents connected through a well-outreached network of optical fibers and wholly connected to a registered mobile number making it easier for residents to pay their income tax, bills, transport passes, municipal services, etc. This system also ensures computerized accountability of all public offices and a database of all complaints to public department, thereby making the redressal much easier to track.

In its smart city initiative, NRDA is conducting an online citizen survey, seeking priorities, demands and innovative suggestions from people. This is the first time a newly developing town plan is being prepared with public involvement.

Digital dashboard
As a smart city, Naya Raipur will leverage the collective intelligence created by connecting physical, institutional, social and economic infrastructure to deliver a quantum improvement in the quality of life of the local population.

Naya Raipur will have a centralized digitally-enabled Command and Control Center (CCC), which will be the central hub for city management. CCC will help in managing the city operations and emergency response. Citizen services will give digital platform to citizens to interact with city administration, knowledge management for NRDA Staff, improving overall efficiency of NRDA operations.

The other city management systems include intelligent lighting systems, pay and use parking systems, a digital city guide map, intelligent transport system, city level Wi-Fi touch screens across the city, display boards across the city for providing real-time information, emergency alert and crisis response systems, traffic re-routing applications based on real time traffic data.

Zero sewage discharge system
Naya Raipur is a ‘zero sewage discharge city’ equipped with decentralized sewage treatment for better efficiency and advanced water management programs, including wastewater recycling, smart meters, rainwater harvesting, and green infrastructure to manage storm water runoff. The city utilises recycled water from its four sewerage treatment plants (STPs) for watering trees and plants as part of its massive greening exercise – a smart way to turn green and be environmentally responsible at the same time.