Nagpur will be smartest city of India, says CM

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 02 Jan 2017 09:34:59


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•‘Smart Nagpur’ to have wi-fi by April

•4,000 high density CCTV cameras to keep tab on traffic, public places

•From Building sanction to birth certificate, all services will be provided at door-step

•Smart City project will change the face of Nagpur and make it safer, modern

Nagpur will become first city in the country providing public Wi-Fi system to entire city area from March 31. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis announced this while launching integrated smart city infrastructure on Sunday morning.

He said, the city will connect with 4,000 smart city surveillance high density cameras. This is one of the best information technology backbone of the world. He also congratulated Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) and Information Technology Department of Maharashtra for making orange city smart.

Fadnavis was addressing a gathering at launching of Nagpur Smart City Project organised in joint collaboration with Government of Maharashtra and Nagpur Smart and Sustainable City Development Corporation Limited. Union Minister for Road, Transport Nitin Gadkari, Guardian Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Mayor Pravin Datke and others were present on the dais.

Fadnavis said, Nagpur will be the most ultra modern state-of-art city of 21st century in coming days. Other cities of the country are adopting Nagpur model for their development. The NMC is preparing most advanced IT backbone infrastructure in the country. Almost 4,000 cameras will keep watch on every movement in public place and if any vehicle violate the traffic rules, then the challan will be delivered at their door step. This will improve traffic management in the city. The civic body and police will have command and control over the system and they can take decision as per need of the hour.

Earlier, Hindi cinema used to say ‘Kanoon ke haath lambe hote hai’ but now this dialogue would change to ‘Kanoon ki aankh paini hoti hai,’ Fadnavis quipped.
The civic body can use this system for disaster management while city police can smartly manage the traffic and keep a tab on law and order as well. The smart kiosk will provide almost 372 services of the state government and local body. Now, the people do not need to go to office of civic body for obtaining birth or death certificate or any other documents. They can get every certificate by click of mouse on kiosk. They can pay the bills from this kiosk, he added.

Fadnavis suggested to integrate this kiosk with BHIM applications so that the person can avail facility by using thumb impression through biometrics applications. He said, the IT department is preparing a software to sanction building plan without any human interference. The services will be launched soon. He appreciated Principal Secretary IT Vijay Gautam, Director IT M Sankarnarayanan and Municipal Commissioner Shravan Hardikar for providing this facility. He also appreciated District Collector Sachin Kurve for providing e-7/12 abstract in city.

Mayor Pravin Datke appreciated NMC Officials and Larsen and Tubro company for integrated smart city infrastructure.

Vijay Gautam, Principal Secretary IT made introductory remarks. Additional Commissioner Dr. Ramnath Sonwane compered the programme while Municipal Commissioner Shravan Hardikar proposed a vote of thanks.

Legislators Anil Sole, Sudhakar Deshmukh, Vikas Kumbhare, Sudhakar Kohle, Divisional Commissioner Anoop Kumar, Commissioner of Police Dr. K Venkatesham, Collector Sachin Kurve, Sandeep Joshi, Kaustubh Dhawase and others were present.