In order to complete smart city projects ahead of its 2020 deadline, New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) will start implementation on project worth Rs.1,800 crore in October this year.
It came after a two hour review meeting by Durga Shankar Mishra, Secretary, Housing and Urban Affairs and NDMC Chairman, where MoUF has fixed timelines for the implementation of NDMC’s Smart City Plan and have instructed NDMC to ensure completion of smart city projects ahead of the deadline.
“Of the Rs.1,800 crore Smart City Plan of NDMC, work on a range of major impactful projects will begin in phases by October this year, for which tendering is in progress,” the Ministry said in a statement.
Another chunk of projects worth Rs.500 crore by early march this year.
NDMC, which houses some of the most powerful addresses in the country was among the first 20 Municipal bodies selected to be developed under the smart cities mission.
The projects which will see implementation include setting up of a unified command and control centre, smart water and power grids, multi-level parking at Khan Market, sensor based smart parking, public bike sharing, converting an additional 333 classrooms into smart ones, sewage treatment plants, smart public hygiene centres etc. Smart redesign of 13 roads totalling 31 kms including seven roads leading to Connaught Place will begin much earlier.
Implementation of projects worth another Rs.500 cr will begin by March next year. These include; India Investment Centre at Yashwant Place, Shivaji Terminal Transport Hub, World Class Skill Centre at Moti Bagh, Incubation Centre, Paryatan Bhawan etc.
The Secretary also asked NDMC to include more services on 311 app like bus schedules and frequencies at all bus stops, information related to parking lots and availability of slots therein etc. He also directed the Council to ensure all residents of NDMC are brought on this platform besides promoting use of this app among the large floating population.
NDMC has assured that with most of the projects getting into implementation mode by October this year and the remaining by March next year, all smart city projects will be completed before the scheduled timeline of 2020.
“NDMC has made a quiet smart beginning with smart solutions initiatives already yielding positive results. Student enrolment and OPD registration have shown good improvement further to converting 444 classrooms so far into smart ones and online registration in hospitals run by the Council. Mobile app Smart City 311 is finding wider traction with citizens availing various services online”.
Other senior official of NDMC and the ministry were also present in the review meeting.
NDMC has also asked the Ministry to consider allowing NDMC to install solar panels on central government office buildings either free or on nominal charges.