According to a report published by AmCham and PwC, the Pune has achieved the maximum progress in projects launched under smart cities mission followed by Surat, Ahmedabad, Jabalpur, Vishakhapatnam, Chennai, Ludhiana and Bhopal.
But, of all, Pune has an advantage! The city has recently raised Rs Rs 200 crore via bond issue and has setup a Command and Control Centre to monitor over 2,000 buses. Ahmedabad has monetised land of Bus Rapid Transit corridor via optical fibre cabling, whereas Bhopal has launched a citizen safety app called Bhopal Plus and Public Bike Sharing with 25,000 registered users, according the report.
On the southern-side, Vizag has undertaken work on pollution monitoring systems, construction of solar rooftops, shore protection along beach roads, construction of a solar city, beach beautification projects and disaster management and e-government projects, says the report.
The report notes that maximum progress has been witnessed in areas of command and data centre projects, traffic management solutions, smart and efficient street lighting solutions, waste collection and disposal solutions and in case of mobility and transport solutions.
The total amount sanctioned for Smart Cities Mission projects as of today stands at Rs 36,600 crore and completed projects at over Rs 1000 crore. Projects worth Rs 1,500 crore have been tendered, or are work-in- progress. Most of the completed projects involve capital expenditure below Rs 200 crore.
The report tracks these cities against eight solution categories - Integrated command and control centre, mobility and transport roads, street lighting, smart lighting, safety and security, smart grid and energy efficiency, solid waste management, water supply and water treatment, dredging and land monetisation.