Vishakhapatnam marching ahead in smart city initiatives

visakhapatnam-smart-cityGreater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC) will roll out Request for Proposals (RFP) for various smart city projects to be implemented according to area-based development (ABD) approach soon.

The corporation had already selected an area of around 1700 square km for development as a part of the smart city project.

The proposals would include smart schools, 24×7 water supply, public toilets, cycling tracks, bus stops and footpaths.

The civic body will also develop ‘complete streets’ where priority will be given to pedestrians and foot-paths would be developed according to the survey being undertaken.

“As far as the smart city project is concerned, we are going in a good direction though a bit slowly. But our intention is to deliver the best to people by taking their views,” said Hari Narayanan Municipal Commissioner, GVMC.

The US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA), planning to visit Vishkhapatnam again in December, has completed the first phase of the Smart City Master Plan Framework recommending skill development and transport sector.

USTDA had signed an agreement with the Andhra Pradesh government earlier to continue support to smart cities across the country. Asian Development Bank has sanctioned Rs.340 crore for a non-revenue water project as a part of the development of the Visakhapatnam-Chennai Industrial Corridor.

Also under Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) water distribution lines with a Rs.150 crore project to fill gaps is being proposed.

Detailed Project Reports for taking up underground drainage in Gajuwaka and Malkapuram areas at a cost of Rs.500 crore have already been submitted to Andhra Pradesh Urban Infrastructure Finance Corporation. Also the 54 Million Litres per day sewage treatment plant is under trial and two horizontal bore-wells are nearing completion.

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