With a focused plan of economic diversification, improved living environment, sustainable infrastructure, promotion of tribal culture and citizen centric governance the Rourkela smart city is adding extensive work to its plan. The special purpose vehicle (SPV) has already appointed Tata Consulting Engineers (TCE) and Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu India as a Project Management Services (PMS). The two agencies will be involved in planning, designing, implementing and monitoring the Rourkela Smart City projects. The SPV intend to spend Rs 2,571 crore on its plan.
The flagship projects are redevelopments of three old market areas, construction of a state-of-the-art skill development centre and a 1,000 capacity auditorium with all modern amenities. Under area-based development, 1,241 acres would be taken for retrofitting. The ambitious Brahmani Riverfront Project envisages development of exciting world class features to attract local and outside tourists. To ease traffic congestion, there would be two multi-layer car parking places, dedicated cycle tracks and no vehicle zones and many more.
Similarly, Green Rourkela Project envisages development parks, LED street lighting systems and tapping solar power as alternate energy to curb carbon footprints. Surakshit Rourkela project includes electronic surveillance with special thrust on women’s safety and security, while Paribahan project aims at effective traffic management, GPS tagging of buses and information displaying at bus stops.
Other projects include uninterrupted power and water supplies, rain water harvesting, slum area development, smart classrooms for schools, introduction of telemedicine, solid waste management system and environmental monitoring. The sources said detailed project reports (DPRs) have been prepared for some projects, while layout designs of infrastructure works are in final stages and others are under survey to tendering stages.