Jaipur Smart City Limited (JSCL) is taking up initiatives in line with the Smart City mission. For heritage conservation, two work orders amounting to `14.62 crore and `1.80 crore have been issued for conservation for heritage bazaars in walled city and adaptive reuse of Rajasthan School of Arts respectively, says Sandesh Nayak, IAS, CEO, Jaipur Smart City Ltd in conversation with Kartik Sharma of Elets News Network (ENN).
Please brief us on the Jaipur Smart City Limited (JSCL).
Jaipur Smart City Limited (JSCL) is taking up projects mentioned under the Smart City Proposal (SCP), approved by the Government of India. JSCL is taking up projects independently as well as part of the convergence from line departments. We plan to integrate various civic bodies and have joined hands with Jaipur Municipal Corporation (JMC) and Jaipur Development Authority (JDA). We have also been working with several other departments including Jaipur Metro Rail Corporation limited (JMRC), Regional Transport Office (RTO), Traffic Police, Jaipur Vidyut Vitran Nigam Ltd (JVVNL), Jaipur Nagar Nigam (JNN), Department of Information Technology (DoIT), Ministry of Tourism, and many more. All these departments are shown in Figure 1. An activity chart is also prepared from the operational working of SPV as shown in Figure 2.
Please highlight the role of stakeholders in developing Jaipur as a smart city. Planning and project development, funding, procurement, implementation and Operations and Maintenance (O&M) are the major components required for the smart city operation.
We need to coordinate with MPs, MLAs and ward councillors and pay attention to their suggestions. It is required to build a political consensus. Further assistance in financial planning and fundraising with the help of World Bank, Asian Development Bank, and other financial institutions and consultants is sought. We have already talked about the line department and their role earlier. So, there are several activities that needs to be executed. An activity chart (Figure 2) is prepared from the operational working of SPV.
What are some of the other initiatives which are taking place in the smart city project of Jaipur?
JSCL is taking up initiatives in line with the smart city mission. For heritage conservation, two work orders amounting to `14.62 crore and 1.80 crore have been issued for conservation of heritage bazaars in walled city and adaptive reuse of Rajasthan School of Arts, respectively. A project for solar rooftop panelling has also been done amounting to Rs 81 lakhs with capacity of 100 Kilowatt Peak (KWP). We have also tendered four major bundled projects for the Area Based Development (ABD).
Development of smart roads (Package 1: civil works) in ABD area of Jaipur (Rs. 167.28 crore); development of smart roads (Package 2: ICT Works) in ABD area of Jaipur (Rs. 58.84 crores), development of smart classroom in various locations in Jaipur (Rs. 90 lakhs) and development of smart solid waste sorting centre in area of Jaipur (Rs. 9.75 crores).
Development of smart multi-level car parking at Anaj Mandi in ABD area of Jaipur on Public Private Partnership (PPP) basis (Rs. 30 crores) and supply, installation, commissioning and operation and maintenance of 50 e-toilets at various locations in Jaipur (Rs. 3.75 crores) are couple of other projects.
What kind of smart interventions these projects undertake?
All the projects men tioned above involve smart interventions. The smart roads include camera, wi-fi hotspots, Virtual Memory System (VMS), ITMS etc. The smart classroom includes biometric attendance, smartboard, tablets for students etc. The smart solid waste sorting centre is also a smart intervention with smart technology to help the Jaipur City overcome the waste sorting issue and reduce the transit cost and time.
Apart from these, JSCL is taking up projects for smart parking at few identified places in the Jaipur City. A project in convergence with Department of Tourism is being taking up as Krishna Circuit which includes rejuvenation of the tourism of the Jaipur.
Door to door collection (JMC), waste to energy (JMC) and 24X7 water supply in ABD area along with smart meters (PHED), etc are some other initiatives.
JSCL is in constant talks with Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and other industry experts for the projects as per SCP. The major challenges are retrofitting the existing city infrastructure to make it smart, financing smart city, availability of city development plan, dealing with multi-vendor environment, capacity building programme and reliability of utility services.