Smart City: Cables to go underground

road-cuttingIn a move towards adapting a look of Smart City, the Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) is widening roads and aiming to ensure road free from overhead cables and electricity lines.

The corporation has started working over it by carrying out work the city’s
Tori corner, Mhow naka, subhash marg to after carrying out demolition work.

IMC officials said while over 50 per cent of the road construction work has been completed, the underground work would begin soon.

The IMC had received suggestions to create an underground passage with all cables and electric wires. However, officials said that they found that the suggestions were not feasible for a city like Indore.

“We were not setting up a new city, in renovating an old city like Indore, there is certain restriction, so we thought of creating ducts at regular distances,” an official of IMC said requesting anonymity.

He said that the ducts would be like manholes that can be easily used for all sort of maintenance.

The ducts would be of 3 by 3 feet. Storm water drainage lines and drinking water pipelines would also be through them. They would be constructed at an interval of 20 to 30 feet on both sides of the road.

When the ducts will become functional, the electric poles and transformers would be removed from roadsides. In the current system, the corporation has to dig up roads and identify the fault each time there’s a problem with an underground line. It also costs a huge amount. While preparing ducts is also a costly affair, officials claimed that in long run it would be cost effective.

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