To add another feather in its cap, the Chhattisgarh government is now aiming at Naya Raipur to get the Smart City tag soon. The Naya Raipur Development Authority (NRDA) has started developing ICT infrastructure for efficient operations, and maintenance in the new capital.
If the officials are to be believed, the city, sprawling over 8,013 hectares, is a well-planned capital and going to be the first Smart City of India.
The development plan of Naya Raipur was chalked out long back even before the talks of Smart Cities project began. Now, moving ahead with its development plan, NRDA has started implementing the different components of Smart City project. The city will have a road network of 225 km, of which 75 km has been completed.
“We are focusing on Smart Utilities, that is, SCADA-enabled (Supervisory Controlled and Data Acquisition) for 24×7 Water Supply, Electrical Distribution Network, underground drainage system, solid waste management and city surveillance in the first phase. Besides, IT-enabled transport and land management system, with a common Command and Control Centre, will also be implemented,” said Salil Rai Shrivastava, Chief Engineer, NRDA.
Monitoring system for real time tracking system for BRTS buses is likely to take off in November 2015, he added.
In Naya Raipur, Optical Fibre Cable (OFC) in 40 km stretch has already been laid and a network of controlled street light management system on 50 km stretch is on the verge of completion. On finishing the first phase of Smart City project, Healthcare, Education and smart home will come in the second phase.
NRDA Chairman N Baijendra Kumar says Naya Raipur is a city of the future. “I believe, a Smart City is a hassle-free place where people can avail all basic facilities and live a easy life. On the lines, NRDA has been working to make Naya Raipur a state-of-the-art technologies based Smart City, which will deliver better services to its citizens,” he said.
There are certain guidelines laid by the Government of India for 100 Smart Cities project, which needs to be fulfilled at any cost, henceforth, the NRDA officials are leaving no stone unturned to make Naya Raipur the first Smart City of India. “We are developing developing ICT infrastructure to implement IT-enabled land management system, traffic and transport, city surveillance and such other systems,” told Kumar.