New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) has been asked by the Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs to ensure completion of smart city projects ahead of time so as to lead by example in smart city making across the country.
Timelines for the same have been fixed at a two hour review of implementation of NDMC’s Smart City Plan taken by Durga Shanker Mishra, Secretary (Housing & Urban Affairs) on Saturday.
Naresh Kumar, Chairman, NDMC and senior officials of the ministry and the Council attended the review.
Of the Rs. 1,800 crore Smart City Plan of NDMC, work on a range of major projects will begin in phases by October this year, for which tendering is in progress.
These include setting up of a unified command and control centre, smart water and power grids, multi-level parking at Khan Market, sensor-based smart parking, public bike sharing, converting an additional 333 classrooms into smart ones, sewage treatment plants, smart public hygiene centres, etc. Smart redesign of 13 roads totaling 31 kms including seven roads leading to Connaught Place will begin much earlier.
Implementation of projects worth another Rs. 500 crore will begin by March next year. These include; India Investment Centre at Yashwant Place, Shivaji Terminal Transport Hub, World Class Skill Centre at Moti Bagh, Incubation Centre, Paryatan Bhawan, etc.
Presenting the details of projects implemented so far, Naresh Kumar, Chairman of NDMC, asserted that NDMC has made a quiet smart beginning with smart solutions initiatives already yielding positive results.
“Student enrollment and OPD registration have shown good improvement further to converting 444 classrooms so far into smart ones and online registration in hospitals run by the Council. Mobile app Smart City 311 is finding wider traction with citizens availing various services online,” Naresh Kumar said.