The Thiruvananthapuram Municipal Corporation in Kerala is gearing up for the Smart Cities Challenge rolled out by the Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD). The municipal corporation has decided to invite requests for proposals (RFPs) from 48 consultancy firms enlisted by MoUD for preparation of Smart City proposal as part of the Smart City contest. The last date to submit proposals is November 21, and financial proposals have to be submitted by November 23.
The selected consulting firm will have to prepare a city-wide concept plan which will be based on the old or revised City Development Plan (CDP). In case the city does not have a CDP, the consultant will develop a city-wide concept plan (a non-fully complete CDP).
The city-wide concept plan will include the Smart City Vision and key challenges identification, situation analysis (physical, economic, social, legal and institutional infrastructure or as-is description, review of previous plans, interventions and documents of all departments and agencies (e.g., City Sanitation Plan, City Mobility Plan, Master Plan) and an overall strategy focused on Smart City criteria, objectives and targets.
Moreover, based on citizen consultations, the concept plan will also define the Smart City and clearly state the objectives based on the Mission Document and Guidelines.
One of the important assignments of the consultant would be to prepare a proposal to participate in ‘Challenge’ (competition) according to the Smart City Mission Statement and Guidelines. The proposal will contain retrofitting or redevelopment or greenfield models, and at least one pan-city initiative.
The focus will be on transformative projects with the highest possible impact on (a) economic growth in the city (e.g., number of new jobs created, new firms attracted, increased productivity and business climate in the formal as well as informal sectors, recognition of and incorporating urban vendors), and (b) improving the quality of life of all, especially the poor: (e.g., reduction in commuting time, support of non-motorised transport, improvement in air and water quality or increased coverage of water, solid waste management, street lighting, enhanced green public spaces, improved safety and security).
The Smart City Proposal to be prepared by the consultants will include financing plan for the complete life-cycle of the proposal. This financial plan will identify internal (taxes, rents, licenses and user charges) and external (grants, assigned revenues, loans and borrowings) sources of mobilising funds for capital investments and operation and maintenance over the life cycle of a project.
The financial plan will provide for sources for repayment of project cost over a period of 8-10 years, O&M cost, and also include a resource improvement action plan for financial sustainability of the Urban Local Body (ULB).
The consultant is required to submit the Detailed Project Report in 100 days after the receiving of award.