The industrial city of Kanpur has climbed up in all-India smart city rankings to reach seventh place from the earlier eight, and is expected to further improve its performance at the state and national level as most of its smart city projects are nearing completion, as per reports.
The rankings are calculated based on grades given for the progress of smart city projects. A city earns grade A for completed projects, grade B for ongoing projects and grade C for projects that are yet to be launched.
So far Kanpur has completed five schemes under the Smart City project phase-I, including installing garbage transfer stations at four places, opening air gyms at six parks of the city, laying Astroturf at Green Park, installing digital environmental monitoring systems at important public places and a plantation project.
The ongoing projects category included the expansion of Integrated Traffic Intelligence System (ITIS) in the city. Of the 10 traffic intersections identified for installation of ITIS, eight have already been fitted with sophisticated traffic management systems and work is underway at the remaining two intersections.
According to Kanpur municipal commissioner Akshay Tripathi, the city was expected to improve its ranking at the national level and maintain its lead in the state as a host of projects which are a part of the Smart City project were near completion; they will soon be operational and will strengthen Kanpur’s position.
According to Kanpur additional municipal commissioner, Pooja Tripathi, a command centre has also been set up at Nagar Nigam office at Motijheel and two of nine components of the Central Command Projects being monitored from here have been completed. She added that one dozen modern garbage dumping centers, which will be smaller in capacity than those at Chunniganj, Janta Nagar and Panki modern garbage collection centres, would also be raised.