THE MUCH-AWAITED smart city project will take off from Sector 17 which will see the revival plan being put into action. As part of the area-based proposal, sectors 17, 22, 35 and 43 will be first developed as “smart sectors”.
Under the project, 250 acres of city centre here will be rejuvanated.
With an aim to tap the local talent, there will a centre for innovation and start-ups too. With this, students coming out of institutes like Panjab University and PEC will be provided opportunities. Space at Government Press building has been earmarked for the centre.
These “smart sectors” will have uninterrupted water supply. As per the proposal, there will be segregation of water supply network of this area from the rest of the city network to ensure 24×7 water supply. A monitoring system shall be installed across the network to curb wastage and leakages, and digital meters will replace all existing mechanical meters prone to errors. The re-cycled water shall be made available at an increased pressure so that people can use it for lawn watering.
Footpaths and cycling tracks will be laid on roadsides all along the inter-sector roads as well as those leading to markets to encourage people to switch over to non-motorised transport.
Traffic sensing lights shall be installed for smoother flow of traffic and lesser pollution. “Also, there will be e-surveillance with CCTV cameras and sensors at every point. So it will help in better traffic management and there won’t be any congestion since this will provide real-time data,” said nodal officer Baldeo Purushartha.
For, strengthening the electricity system here, meters with facility for taking the reading remotely shall be installed along with shifting of all loose or shabby conductors underground, wherever possible. Here, for proper lighting, LED lights will replace the street lights.
According to the area-based proposal, there will be installation of more solar panels to achieve 10 per cent of 156 MW.
These sectors will have an efficient solid waste management as well. Stainless steel dual garbage bins shall be distributed to residents to facilitate the segregation of solid waste at source. Also, horticulture and organic waste shall be converted into compost by a combination of compost pits and machines for composting horticulture waste in green belts.
Parking lots will be converted into smart parking lots.
For Sector 17, landscaping and lighting of the existing open areas in Sector 17 as part of its redevelopment into a car-free zone is being planned. The work on the revival plan for Sector 17 will begin in the last week of June.
Later, under the pan-city proposal which aims to improve public life and safety, a unified portal to access services with a personalised profile-based mobile app, which will act as one-stop app and a gateway to enable two-way citizen engagement, will be started. Smart kiosks will be developed to provide access to government offices.
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