The Maharashtra government and Larsen & Toubro (L&T) — a technology, engineering, construction and manufacturing major — have joined hands to convert Nagpur into India’s “first large-scale integrated Smart City”.
“L&T Construction’s Smart World & Communications Business Unit announced today the signing of the formal contract with the Department of Information & Technology,Maharashtra Government, under which Nagpur will be converted into the country’s first large-scale integrated Smart City,” L&T said in a recent statement.
The work under the project will include laying of 1,200 km of optical fibre network backbone, creating 136 city wifi hotspots at key locations, establishing 100 digital interactive kiosks and developing city surveillance systems with 3800 IP-based cameras.
About 6 km of land from Japanese Garden Square to Orange City Hospital Square has also been identified to be developed as a ‘Smart Strip’ with smart ICT interventions and IOT (Internet of Things) solutions like smart lighting, smart transport, smart parking, smart bins, etc.
S.N. Subrahmanyan, Deputy Managing Director and President, Larsen & Toubro, said, the project is “a significant step forward towards achieving the smart city mission”. “We had initiated activities on the ground post the award of the LOI on August 15 and have already covered a fair bit of ground to transform Nagpur,” he added.
L&T has done surveys of the proposed junctions, smart strip and zonal ring and even procured the requisite approvals for conducting the LiDAR survey for surveillance and wifi deployment.
Vijay Kumar Gautam, Principal Secretary, Government of Maharashtra, said that L&T has proven expertise and track-record to execute the project.
The $16 billion company said its ‘Smart World’ business has been helping several major Indian cities to create smart solutions.
L&T has developed surveillance and intelligent traffic management systems in three major cities of Gujarat — Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar and Vadodara. It also executed the smart city project in Jaipur and launched India’s largest city surveillance project, Mumbai City Surveillance, recently.