'Smart Card' is our next ambitious project

Thu, 2015-09-10 15:53 -- SCC India Staff

Tejaswi S Naik, Municipal Commissioner, Bhopal Municipal Corporation

Bhopal is among the seven cities short-listed from the state of Madhya Pradesh under the Centre's '100 Smart Cities' Mission.

In a recent interview, Tejaswi S Naik, Municipal Commissioner of Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) spoke to a Construction World on some of the major developments and upcoming programme. The Corporator took pride on its successful launch of the ERP and BRTS, and hopes of similar success in its upcoming projects of plans to provide free drinking water and Lounges for women among others.

What are major developments in Bhopal?

The BMC has chalked out elaborate plans for SWM transfer stations, retrofitting of energy-efficient LED lights, conserving lakes, heritage zones and smart card system to bring all the essential services to a single platform for citizens´ convenience.

As part of its IT initiatives, BMC is toying with an idea of installing telecom signal receivers on the street light poles to strengthen telecom connectivity.

On Key achievements...

The Corporation takes pride in being India's first and only urban local body to have fully implemented Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP). It is also successfully operating the Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS), having the longest corridor of 22 km in the city, which has led to a reliable and faster mode of transportation to the residents.

Free drinking water plans...

The BMC has 14 lakes under its limits along with an elaborate plan in place for the conservation of these lakes. It has a pan-city vision of replacing its old ´piyao´ (water dispensers) with potable water ATMs. The corporation also intends to provide citizens free water to drink and cross subsidise it with commercial marketing.

Women specific amenities...

The corporation has floated tenders to engage a private firm to develop four 'She Lounges' under build-operate-transfer (BOT) mode for women. These lounges will be equipped with all basic amenities, available free of cost.

On waste management...

Bhopal generates around 700 metric tonne of solid waste every day, which consists of nearly 60 per cent of green waste. That said, BMC will set up bio-methanation plants to generate methane gas from solid trash and restaurant wastes to reduce carbon footprints.

New citizen friendly measures to be taken...

Another ambitious project in pipeline is to provide smart cards to people having properties in their name in order to pay property tax to the civic body. It is a futuristic project that envisages bringing all the essential services like petro card, BRTS and library cards to a single platform to make citizens' lives easier.

And finally, future growth potential path....

The upcoming Bhopal-Indore industrial corridor will add to Bhopal´s growth trajectory. There is also lot of scope for the software sector.

Bhopal is lauded as the ´City with no traffic-jams´ by visitors, now we are ready for the next stage of having a robust MRTS after successful implementation of BRTS. We are making provisions for the PM´s vision of walk to work and paid bike sharing (PBS) where one will be able to cycle through the famed parks and gardens of Bhopal.

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