As the ‘smart journey’ begins, here’s a look at what’s in the works for the 20 chosen cities.
The deadline for commencing the execution of the smart city development plan—20 cities have been chosen under Smart Cities Challenge—falls on June 25. These cities have to finalise creating special-purpose vehicles (SPVs) and need to commence with detailed project reports (DPRs) to enable the request for proposal process. The money to be released for the mission from the Centre and states will be part of this exercise. So, what is the state of readiness among these cities?
Ahmedabad: With a budget of around R2,492 crore, the process of setting up an SPV will soon be completed. Opportunities include smart traffic management; common card payment; optical fibre network; control command centre; and surveillance.
Belagavi (Belgaum): With a budget of R3,500 crore, the proposal to form the SPV is under consideration. Opportunities include e-governance with ICT; renewable energy; traffic, transport and mobility; 24×7 water supply; solid waste management; and air quality.
Bhopal: With an estimated R3,500 crore, the SPV has been formed. Opportunities include smart unified governance and intelligent street lighting.
Bhubaneshwar: With R4,500 crore, the SPV has been formed. Opportunities include intelligent traffic management; smart parking; transit operations; common payment card; emergency response and incident management; and city command and control.
Chennai: The budget is Rs 1,366.24 crore, and the SPV is yet to be formed. Opportunities include non-motorised transport; electrical system; stormwater drainage; street parking management; smart water; and digital solutions for citizens’ services.
Coimbatore: With a budget of Rs 1,590 crore, the SPV will soon be formed. Opportunities are city-wide CCTV surveillance, energy-efficient street lighting.
Davanagere: With a total of Rs 1,337 crore envisaged, the SPV will soon be formed and the DPR should be completed in some time. Opportunities include an ICT-based mobility plan and urban transport; and ICT and e-governance.
Guwahati: With R2,256 crore budgeted, the SPV has been formed and the DPR will soon be prepared. Opportunities include an integrated ICT-based transport system; bus bays and bus stops; and improvement of footpaths, road crossing and roads.
Indore: With a budgeted R5,000 crore (the highest of all cities), the SPV has been formed and the DPR is expected soon. Opportunities include an intelligent city management system; central command and control centre with multi-purpose backbone communication network; intelligent transport; and intelligent solid waste management.
Jabalpur: With an estimated budget of Rs 3,998.5 crore, the SPV has been formed; on the anvil is the DPR. Opportunities include radio frequency identification components; vehicle tracking and monitoring; central command and control centre; hardware and software; street sweeping and fogging; cleanliness metering; IEC campaign for citizens; and capacity building programmes.
Jaipur: With funds of R2,400 crore envisaged, the SPV has been formed and the DPR process will soon be completed. Opportunities are smart multi-modal mobility; a multi-modal public transit operations and management centre; and smart solid waste management.
Kakinada: With a budget of R2,000 crore, the SPV has been formed and the DPR will follow. Opportunities include ICT-enabled waste management and ICT-based urban services.
Kochi: With a budget of R2,000 crore, the SPV has been formed and the DPR process will begin. Opportunities include smart card integration; integrated city app and intelligent water management solutions for 24×7 water supply.
Ludhiana: The budgeted amount is Rs 1,049 crore, which may be raised to Rs 1,500 crore. The SPV will be formed and the DPR finalised thereafter. Opportunities include smart IPT (e-rickshaw, GPS, charging stations, kiosk, control centre) and GIS-based mapping.
New Delhi: The budget is Rs 1,900 crore and the SPV is yet to be formed. Opportunities are installation of advanced metering infrastructure (AMI)/smart meters; IT enabling of the distribution network including technology infusion; phase-wise implementation of 40MW capacity from solar power; smart water and wastewater management; and smart health and education.
Pune: Projects worth Rs 2,932 crore proposed and SPV formed. Opportunities include smart public transport; intelligent traffic systems; smart traffic planning suite; ICT-based solutions to reduce losses and generate electricity; smart water metering; and web and app-based solutions for grievance redressal, complaint lodging and bill payment.
Solapur: The budget is Rs 2,247 crore, the SPV will soon be announced. Opportunities are water recycling and cleanliness; efficient monitoring and governance; and efficient citizens’ services.
Surat: With a plan of Rs 2,597 crore, the SPV has been formed and the DPR is expected to be prepared within three months. Opportunities include a smart city centre; S-Connect card management system; development of ERP with GIS platform; fibre-to-home connectivity (Wi-Fi); Surat IT-MAC (integrated transport-mobility administration centre); and automatic fare collection.
Udaipur: With R1,300 crore budgeted, the SPV has been formed and the DPR will be completed in a couple of months. Opportunities include water supply; electricity; and transportation.
Visakhapatnam: With a projected R1,700 crore, the SPV has been formed. Opportunities include environmental sustainability; mobility; urban infrastructure; underground cabling; disaster management and e-governance.
(The list is in alphabetical order)
The author is founder & director, Smart Cities Council India