Two stretches of the Jharkhand state will have smart features like better CCTV surveillance, integrated traffic management system and variable message sign boards from the last week of January.
“Calcutta-based Honeywell Automation India Limited will make the command control and communication centre (a.k.a. C4, a Rs 164 crore pan city component of the Ranchi smart city project) operational,” said Shashi Ranjan, Director of State Urban Development Authority (Suda).
“I had inspected the C4, which has been set up at the smart city project in Dhurwa, last month and directed Honeywell to make operational vital components of C4 by January end in at least two important stretches and they have assured that the component would be launched this month,” said Ranjan, who is also CEO of Ranchi Smart City Corporation Limited.
One is the 8.85 km stretch between Birsa Chowk and Raj Bhavan via Main Road, and the other is the 2.55 km long Birsa Chowk-Airport stretch (Hinoo Chowk).
The Birsa Chowk-Raj Bhavan stretch is being constructed by Chhattisgarh-based Amar Infrastructure at a cost worth Rs 162.7 crore while the Birsa-Airport stretch is being constructed by Ranchi-based Mini Axle at a cost worth Rs 42.52 crore.
“These will serve as pilot projects,” said Ranjan. “We will take feedback, incorporate new features and replicate it in phases on other important roads,” he added.
Suda spokesperson Amit Kumar explaining what the launch of two stretches would include said, “The integrated traffic management will make it easy to detect traffic signals and speed violations along with adaptive traffic control (based on traffic density and including streetlights that adjust according to natural light), better CCTV surveillance, public announcement system for emergencies, along with variable message signboards informing of traffic snarls and other important information, environment monitoring system (real-time data on air quality and weather), smart parking system and tow-away zones.”
Both the stretches will have emergency call boxes on more than 12 points and over 40 automated number plate cameras.