Smart City Lucknow Gets Digitally Charged

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Udayraj Singh
Lucknow Municipal Corporation and CEO, Lucknow Smart City Limited

Under the Lucknow Smart City project, it has been proposed to invest about Rs 578 crore under the pan-city proposal for mobility, ICT, and e-governance. On the lines of identified goals, the focus would be on projects two prime focal points: Sugam Lucknow and Jeevant Lucknow, says Udayraj Singh, Commissioner, Lucknow Municipal Corporation and CEO, Lucknow Smart City Limited, in conversation with Arpit Gupta of Elets News Network (ENN).

“Street lights will be introduced with energy efficient lights to improve the quality and longevity of the service by reducing the energy usage.”

Give us an overview of Mobility-Sangam, Lucknow.

This is a part of Integrated Traffic Management System and has led to reduction in traffic congestion and improving travel time. We have started it to encourage public transportation, to provide a holistic, viable and effective approach towards traffic management through data driven measures for integration of operation, coordination and scheduling.

What is the idea behind Smart City Management System Portal?

The intent of the portal is to facilitate government and citizens for better interaction i.e government to government or government to citizens (G2G/G2C) interaction . The portal has led to better delivery of services and has enhanced inter-departmental coordination.

What are the focal points of the city proposal of Lucknow?

The pan-city proposal of Lucknow comprises a number of proposals under the focal points of Sugam Lucknow and Jeevant Lucknow.

Mobility Sugam Lucknow: This is an Integrated Traffic Management System which led to junction improvement, intelligent traffic signals and traffic sensors. There is a provision of variable message signs, pelican crossing, augmentation on and strengthening of existing command centre.

Smart City Surveillance System: It boasts of installation of additional CCTV Cameras, networking and augmentation and strengthening of existing command centre.

There are smart solutions for existing parking, an electronic ticketing system and ICT for city bus services.

There is also provision for GPS bus tracking system (automatic vehicle tracking system), CCTV cameras on board, on board display panels, automatic fare collection system and bus operation command centre, smart bus shelters, passenger information system, ticket vending machine and water ATMs.

Unified Smart Mobility Card – This is one card for all, one mode of payment card for buses, metro, parking and bicycle hiring (urban mobility nodes) in the initial stage which can be further extended to various other modes like city taxi service, auto etc.
Energy efficient street lighting (LED) – Street lights will be introduced with energy efficient lights to improve the quality and longevity of the service by reducing the energy usage.

“The portal has led to better delivery of services and has enhanced interdepartmental coordination.”

With the help of these digitial initiatives, what future plans do you have?

Lucknow Municipal Corporation plans to achieve various things n next five years through digital initiatives such as:

  •  Bus utilisation increment by 20 per cent (Current: 153.6km/bus/day)
  • Number of road cutting cases reduction by 50 per cent on account of better coordination among various departments through One Lucknow Smart City Management System (Average number of cases in last three years: 91, with an average affected road length of 76 kms]
  • Traffic on One Lucknow Smart City website/portal to be increased by 50 per cent (No such integrated website/portal exists and current annual traffic on LMC website: approx. 430,000)
  • Increment on a number of app users: 2.5 Lakh users (No such integrated app exits and current LMC PGRS has 9200 users)
  • Increment in house tax collection efficiency by 12.5 per cent (Current Level: 75 per cent with collection of Rs 143 crore (2014-15))
  • Timely response to citizen grievances as per charter: 99.9 per cent (current: 99.7 per cent)
  • Increment in revenue generation from international tourists: 25 per cent [current: Rs 30 crores)
  • Rs 0.88 crore saving in fuel consumption (public transport) by improving traffic condition on account ITMS and ICT solutions for bus system (current fuel efficiency: 4.4 Km/kg of CNG)

How such initiatives would serve the public at large?

Through these initiatives, average travel time by public transport will be reduced by 25 per cent on account of reduced congestion by provision of 179 junction with Intelligent Traffic Signals (Current: 20 minutes). There will be an addition of PTZ camera at 70 locations (Current: No PTZ cameras). 30 per cent reduction in time spent for parking vehicles in organised parking on account of IT enablement for 60 existing parking locations (smart parking) (Current time spent for parking: 11 minutes) is also expected.

Public transport share will increase by 67 per cent on account of ICT solutions for city bus system and 25 per cent addition in fleet and 200 smart bus shelters (Current modal share of public transport: 3 per cent).

There will be reduction in average number of non-functional street lights by 70 per cent on account of conversion of 91,000 conventional street lights to LED street lights (current average number of nonfunctional street lights: 10 per cent, total street lights: 1,14,000 approx.) \

There will be reduction in traffic congestion, ease of access to online services (E-suvidha Kendra-One Lucknow) on account of creation of 80 urban mobility nodes.

How Lucknow is targeting Area Based Development(ADB)?

Lucknow Smart City proposes to invest about Rs 1,475 crore in its ADB. The chosen retrofitting area, Qaiserbagh of 813 acres, is an inter-phase between the old city and the relatively newer part of the city. This basic nature of an inter-phase is used as an opportunity to create an area that not only binds various parts of the city but also tries to bring in layers of city level activities. The opportunities are tremendous for this area to not only become the socio-cultural hub of the city but also create continuum within the various parts of the city. Based on these facts, initiatives have been undertaken to set an example with significant interventions in a seamless manner, ensuring measurable impact and ease of replicablity. The projects identified are in line with the vision and goals.

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