Smart City is ‘Wave of Future’: Union Minister Puri

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 09 May 2018 10:20:25


Staff Reporter

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that Madhya Pradesh will play a special role in building a new India. After registering significant achievements in every field of development, Madhya Pradesh has now come out from the category of ‘Bimaru’ state. He added that agriculture growth rate remains constant at double digits and agriculture growth rate of state is highest in the country. He asserted that country is changing fast under the guidance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

He was addressing the first conference of Chief Executive Officers of Smart City on Tuesday. The two-day conference has been organised by the Urban Development Ministry, Government of India. As many as 77 CEOs are taking part in the conference from all over the world.Union Minister of State for Urban Affairs Hardip Singh Puri said that for Smart City, a dynamic Chief Minister like Shivraj Singh Chouhan is needed. Terming Smart City as a ‘Wave of Future’, he said that advisory committees will be constituted on subjects like climate change, education, security, sewage, entrepreneurship, skill development.

Moreover, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said that people’s mentality will also change along with building of Smart City. Citing an example of ‘Swachhata Mission’ he said that now this has become a public movement. A change has come in the mentality of people. Just like when the Smart City is taking its form, there will be a positive transformation in the mindset of people towards their city. Chief Minister said that if the lives of the poor will change, then the country will also change.Bhopal Mayor Alok Sharma said that the work of smart cities has speeded up under the guidance of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan. Chief Secretary B P Singh said that the planning and management of smart city began with Madhya Pradesh. CM also took stock of exhibition based on smart city projects. Director, Smart City Mission, Sameer Sharma proposed a vote of thanks. Mementoes were presented to the guests.

Prior to the conference, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan inaugurated the integrated command and control centre and incubation centre under the Smart City project in Govindpura area. Chief Minister took stock of all the branches of the centre and the system of data processing and analysis. He said that this centre will play a central role in the operation of Smart City. Integrated command and control centres will be set up in all selected Smart Cities.The Integrated Command and Central Centre will provide a platform for various facilities obtained from the city under one roof. Information received from different departments like transport, water, fire police, meteorology, e-governance from the centre will be redressed and analysed under the same roof. Apart from this, after receiving the information of the entire city, it will be analysed and presented for action immediately to the concerned person through proper procedure.

The data of the projects and systems of all sensors of the city like GPS sensors in public transport buses, status of Dial-100 vehicle, status of 108 ambulance, smart poll and smart light, traffic management camera, public bike sharing, solid waste management, Meteorological Department, solar panels, smart map etc. will be stored here.The arrangements of the whole city can be seen on real time under one roof at the centre. The centre will be of assistance for prompt action in emergency situation and disaster management. Essential services like fire brigade, Dial-100 and 108 ambulance can be informed promptly by watching live video from the control room in case of accident or any other emergency situation. In this model the data of the city can be stored in the data centre which will analysed from time to time. This data analysis will be helpful in taking decisions while making departmental scheme and changes in them with reference to city services and will also prove to be important in implementing the administrative services effectively. This centre will play an important role in controlling every situation for governance. Meanwhile, incubation centre has been established to provide guidance to begin new start-ups and for entrepreneurship development among youths of the city. Youth will be provided technical knowledge related to the start-up, all aspects related to the trade besides information about the possible risks and assistance. Minister of State for Co-operatives Vishwas Sarang, MP Alok Sanjar, former minister Babulal Gaur, Additional Secretary-cum-Smart City Mission Director Dr Sameer Sharma, Union Secretary for Housing and Urban Affairs Durga Shankar Mishra and Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Vivek Agarwal were present on this occasion.