UIT Changing Kota’s Landscape

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R K Mehta
Urban Improvement Trust (UIT), Kota

The Urban Improvement Trust (UIT) has started a project to improve the sewage system in the city inviting tenders worth Rs 200 crores. There is a plan to start new treatment plant to treat more wastewater also, says R K Mehta, Chairman, UIT, Kota, in conversation with Harshal Y Desai of Elets News Network (ENN).

“The command and control centre in Kota, with its sensor based data feeds and real time monitoring is ensuring the safety of the city.”

Kota is one of the four places from Rajasthan to be developed under the Smart Cities Mission, how is the State Government planning to develop it?

Kota is abundant with resources like water and electricity which are perhaps the two most crucial resources for any city to become smart. The city is well-connected with railway lines too. Recently, flight services between Kota and Jaipur have started allowing people to travel here easily. The city, in the past, has been known as an industrial place. However, the pace of industrialisation has been little slow in the past few years. Soon, we will see Kota like development in other parts of the State. As you are aware, in the sphere of education, Kota has already proved its mettle. The city has great heritage and is known for its historical places.

How UIT is contributing to transform Kota into a Smart City?

UIT is an important body that plays crucial role in the city’s development. The chairman of UIT holds the position of Vice Chairman of Kota Smart City Limited as well. We have a great responsibility to help the Municipal Corporation of Kota and Kota Smart City Limited for the execution of the Smart Cities Mission. I am glad that UIT has been successfully participating in the initiatives and playing its role well. Under the guidance of Dr Manjit Singh, Chairman, Kota Smart City Limited, we ensure that we are well on track and moving in the right direction.

Please share your views on making Kota a safer city.

The Abhay Control and Command Centre, recently been inaugurated by Hon’ble Chief Minister of Rajasthan Vasundhara Raje, is an integrated and holistic infrastructure developed to assist the police department for monitoring traffic and criminal activities with its surveillance. It also has a response management system and an intelligent traffic management system. The command and control centre in Kota, with its sensor based data feeds and real time monitoring is ensuring safety of the city. As a significant step, the Government of Rajasthan has deployed women police personnel to attend emergency calls. E-challan system is also being initiated. The recently inaugurated hanging bridge in Kota will also reduce the number of road accidents and traffic in the city.

PM launches projects worth Rs 15,100 crore in Rajasthan

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated National Highways projects worth Rs 15,100 crores in Rajasthan. PM inaugurated 12 National Highways projects worth Rs 5,610 crores and did Bhoomi
Poojan for 11 projects worth Rs 9,490 crores.

Besides 6-Lane Cable Stayed Bridge across river Chambal at Kota, Modi inaugurated four-laning of Gomati Chauraha – Udaipur section of NH-8 at a cost of Rs 1,129 crore, four-laning of Rajsamand Bhilwara section of NH-758 at Rs 1,360 Crores, Nagaur Bypass to Netra village on NH-65 at a cost of Rs 301 crore and 48 road safety projects at a cost of Rs 381 crore.
The 11 projects for which Prime Minister did the Bhoomi Poojan include:

  • Four-Laning of Bar-Bilara- Jodhpur section of NH-112 at Rs 1,249 crore
  • Six-Laning of Kishangarh-Gulabpura section of NH-79A and 79 – Rs 1,184 crore
  • Six-Laning of Gulabpura-end of Chittorgarh section of NH-79 – Rs 1,378 crore
  • Six-Laning of Chittorgarh to Udaipur section of NH-76 – Rs 1,223 crore l Six-Laning of new Udaipur Bypass on NH-8 – Rs 726 crore
  • Six -Laning from Udaipur to Rajasthan / Gujarat Border section of NH-8 – Rs 1,616 crore, Jaipur Ring Road – Rs 1,668 crore
  • Two-Lane paved shoulders section of Balotra to Sanderao (Pkg – II) of NH-325 – Rs 178 crore
  • Two-Lane paved shoulders section of Balotra to Sanderao (Pkg – III) of NH-325 – Rs 164 crore
  • Four-Lane CC road with safety imp. in Jhalawar city of NH-12 – Rs 80 crore
  • Two-Lane ROB and its approaches on NH-709 extension near Sadulpur Railway Station- Rs 24 crores.

What plans do you have for turning Kota beautiful?

We have started a project to improve the sewage system in the city. UIT itself is going to invite tenders worth Rs 200 crores. We are going to start new treatment plant soon to treat more wastewater. Further, we have also provided significant fund to the Municipal Corporation of Kota which will be used to streamline the waste disposal and management system in the city.

A very innovative technology is being used to install underground dustbins in the city. We are also working on beautifying our parks. We plan to add new entertainment facilities in the amusement parks. Sport complex development is also on the cards. We have also proposed the construction of a couple of flyovers in the city to ease the traffic.

We are constantly working on developing infrastructure in the city to make the city liveable and attractive. From parks to sport complex and from sport amusement areas to biological parks, work is under progress. We want to develop city as a green city. I personally feel that citizen engagement is very crucial for turning any city into a smart city.

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