Jaipur, popularly known as the Pink City that draws lakhs of tourists monthly from across the country and abroad, is now all set to be developed into a World Class Smart City. The capital city of Rajasthan was positioned at third place when the first list of Smart Cities Mission was declared by the Ministry of Urban Development and Housing – now Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Elets News Network (ENN) explores the City’s ongoing development into a World Class Smart City.
For the implementation of the Smart City project, a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) was formed in March 2016 which was made the nodal agency to take up works proposed under the Smart City proposal.
The objective of Smart Cities Mission is to promote cities that provide infrastructure and give a decent quality of life to its citizens, and a clean and sustainable environment by application of smart solutions.
The focus of Jaipur Smart City Limited is on sustainable and inclusive development and the idea is to look at compact areas, create a replicable model which will act like a lighthouse to other aspiring cities.
The Smart Cities Mission can be replicated both within and outside the Smart City, catalysing the creation of similar Smart Cities in various parts of the country.
Smart Heritage and Tourism Precinct (SHT), Smart Mobility, Smart and Sustainable Civic Infrastructure, Smart Multi-Modal Mobility, Smart and Solid Waste Management, etc, are the main components being focussed to turn Pink City into a Smart City.
As per the statistics available, under the SHT, about 11 projects have been decided or planned, which cover all major heritage buildings and infrastructure in the Area Based Development (ABD) area. Further, with the help of Integrated Traffic Management System and various other measures, JSCL is making efforts to streamline transportation and parking within the city.
Development of smart multi-level parking, smart roads, public bicycle sharing schemes, etc are some other initiatives. JSCL is also working on plans to ensure smart and sustainable civic infrastructure which will include projects to ensure air quality monitoring, electric supply, automated online water quality monitoring, installation of CCTV cameras, rehabilitation of old sewer lines, smart toilets and Wi-Fi connectivity.
The facelift of walled city has already started and plans to build raised platforms are already underway. Further an art gallery, e-rickshaw stand and car parking will also be constructed.
The authority has huge plans to execute initiatives related to solid waste management. Like other cities, door-to-door waste collection, waste segregation, awareness campaigns to educate citizens on the significance of waste management, etc, are already in place.
Recently, 30,000 ragpickers were engaged by JSCL to segregate solid waste in the city. The move will reduce financial burden on Jaipur Municipal Corporation and JSCL who are currently engaged in collecting waste. According to officials, the corporation is planning to hire a NGO that will identify these ragpickers.
Wi-Fi zones are being created in various parts of the Pink City. JSCL is working on ensuring seamless connectivity around the city. Further, 15 schools have been identified where Jaipur Smart City Limited is going to induct smart classrooms.