No one can deny the fact that Chandigarh built up to become the perfect city in the world. Now, it has become smarter as well just like our smart Chandigarhians (hehe).
Wi-Fi spots, smart power system, 24/7 water supply, designated car-free zones and intelligent traffic management system is what you can expect to get under the Smart City project. You will be surprised to know that the total cost of City Beautiful makeover amounts to Rs 6,200 crore out of which Rs 5,950 crore is for area-based development whereas Rs 250 crore is for the pan-city proposal.
Source: Smart city – Elets Technomedia
What Is Smart City Project?
Chandigarh will get Rs 200 crore for the smart city project. Under this project, there would be a sustainable habitat, accessible transport system, best quality of life for residents and a healthy environment for Chandigarhians. Apart from this, some other initiatives have been taken up by the Government:
- Cycling tracks and footpaths will be laid on roadsides along the inter-sector roads.
- Traffic-sensing lights and lesser pollution.
- Sensors at every point to help in better traffic management system.
- Suitable employment opportunities, incubation and knowledge hub.
- Food courts and street cafes just like you see in abroad countries.
Smart Water Supply
The smart water supply proposal also comes under the smart city project. With smart water meters set up in every household, a supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system would monitor the transportation and distribution of water.
For smart meters, 8.25 crore has been allocated and 12.2 crores for the SCADA system. On the other hand, Rs 2.20 crore would be spent on networking for 24/7 water supply in sectors 17, 22, 35 and 43.
With Rs 250 crore to be spent on city’s transport system, people can expect facilities that are available in foreign countries. Here are a few of these:
- There will be smart ticketing for people and passenger information system.
- People would receive real-time information about arrival and departure time of buses, the route it will take and stoppage time through mobile apps.
- Maximum funds have been allocated to the use of electric buses which would be operated on electricity within the city.
Smart Power System
Under the smart city project, the UT administration strives for smart power meters, LED lighting and solar rooftops.
The UT Administration has introduced an LED bulb scheme where they have started giving LED bulbs and fans on nominal rates at the e-sampark centers.
Presently, the total electricity bill of the street lights amounts to Rs 12.64 crore annually.
Chandigarh definitely has a long way to become the smart city. But, till that smart time comes let’s cheer for our own City Beautiful 🙂