January 2018

Surat to Realise Smart City Dream with all Inclusive Approach

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M Thennarasan, Commissioner of Surat Municipal CorporationMunicipal Corporation of Surat has been implementing various projects to enhance the quality of life of the citizens, creating accessible and quality infrastructure, and mobility by leveraging advanced technology with major focus on development of economy of the State, says M Thennarasan, Commissioner of Surat Municipal Corporation in an interview with Hemangini Rajput of Elets News Network (ENN).

What are plans formulated for Smart City Surat?
As far as Smart City project is concerned, by 25 June 2018 we will try to implement at least 10 Smart City projects. Currently, there are 31 projects in progress and 10 projects near completion. In upcoming next 4-5 months, we would be completing smart city housing works, Integrated Transport Management System (ITMS), traffic control systems, 24X7 water supply projects, a smart road along with other lined up projects.

In the wake of Swacchta drive, what initiatives have you undertaken to implement the same?
Our city is clean. And, it needs continuous efforts and upgradation to keep the city clean which we have been doing from last several years. In this aspect of cleanliness, we would be building public toilets in various regions of the city. In addition, conversion of waste into compost, energy projects and vermicompost plants are also taken up.

Further to this, we have come up with nearly 20 Organic Waste Converter (OWC) plants where-in waste to be segregated and converted into compost. We have also placed smart dustbins with sensor-based mechanisms. A door to door services to pick waste has been deployed in the city along with GPS monitoring system. All in all, automatic systems have been deployed with real-time monitoring through central systems.

“Surat city is one of the about 100 cities to be developed as smart city. The city has developed and various initiatives have been undertaken with all inclusive approach.”

What is this Comprehensive Mobility Plans 2046 all about?
Have you conducted some workshop regarding it? We have organised CMP – Comprehensive Mobility Plans 2046. Development is taking place at a very fast rate in the city. Looking at this rate, we need to formulate a comprehensive plan for next 30 years. In this regard, we are working on creating the Comprehensive Mobility Plans.

To take it forward, the consultation process is going on and shortly we will start implementing the same. For next 30 years, we have planning to invest Rs 37,000 crore in terms of developing infrastructure, Metro services, etc in the city. We are working in a holistic way on all the components of mobility which have been incorporated in a structured way. Also, we are considering safety and shortest possible road in the light of major time consumption.

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