As part of its Smart City plan, Udaipur Smart City Ltd (USCL), the special purpose vehicle set up on March 12, 2016, with an initial corpus of Rs 199 crore to oversee project implementation, has chalked out an ambitious target to award seven ‘quick-win’ projects before June 25, 2016.
Under the ‘quick-win’ projects category, the proposal looks to implement systems and services that cater to convergence with AMRUT, development of an open-air gymnasium, heritage conservation of bazaars, smart classrooms, NMT with developing cycling facility, solar rooftop plant and a command and control center. A tender has been received and is under evaluation by Rajasthan Urban Drinking Water Sewerage & Infrastructure Corporation (RUDSICO) for the selection of a Project Management Consultant (PMC).
In convergence with AMRUT, the SPV will undertake sewer work in Area Based Development. For this, RUDISCO has already invited tenders and the process is currently underway.
For smart classrooms in Area Based Development, USCL has already received the tenders and is currently under the process of short-listing bidders. The total cost of the project is Rs 80 lakh.
USCL is also focusing more on use of renewable energy, especially solar. In this regard, the SPV has already issued a letter of award to Rajasthan Electronics and Instruments Ltd to implement solar rooftop projects on eight government buildings.
One of the ‘quick-win’ projects is the command and control centre. The SPV has worked out a cost of Rs 1.30 crore for the same and has already invited tenders, which are under scrutiny.
According to Arun Vyas, Superintendent Engineer, “There are ample opportunities for private players in SCP Udaipur as tourism is the base.”
Area and Pan-city Based Development
For Area Based Development, USCL has identified areas covering 828 acres (3.4 sq km), comprising 18 out of 55 wards. It comprises 5 per cent of the total municipal area but houses 20 per cent of the total population of the city. This area defines the unique identity of Udaipur and could have the maximum impact on its economy and people’s lives.
Under Area Based Development, retrofitting smart solutions are to be implemented for 24x7 water supply, use of renewable energy sources, 100 per cent sewerage system, walled city transport infra, piped natural gas, etc.
Under the pan-city smart solution, the proposal looks to implement systems and services that cater to transport, mobility and connectivity. These include city bus with smart bus shelters, GPS enablement of IPT, parking management with VMS, sensors, GIS technology mapping of utilities and sensors for leakage detection in water supply and manhole monitoring system.
Vyas suggested that the envisaged projects prepared by USCL are not revenue-earning projects, but are as per the aspiration of citizens which is the main goal of the Smart City mission.
For financing, the grant from the Government of India and matching contribution from Rajasthan shall be used like seed capital. All funding assistance, grants, contributions from the GoI and state government under various missions and schemes that could relate to the Smart City initiative would be channelised through the SPV.
However, there has been a slight escalation in the overall requirement for Udaipur’s Smart City plan.
For e.g., for the Area Based Development and Pan-city Development, the estimated cost as per 2015 prices was Rs 1,221 crore, which has now escalated to Rs 1,527 crore. Of the Rs 1,527 crore, projects worth Rs 400 crore will be up for grabs under the public-private partnership mode. In the meantime, Rs 980 crore will be poured in by the Government of India, Government of Rajasthan and Udaipur Municipal Corporation.