Smart city plan for New Town
The plan has been prepared by the National Institute of Smart Governance (NISG)
May 11, 2015
Source : The Times of India


KOLKATA: The state government has handed over a concept plan to develop Rajarhat New Town as a smart green city to the Union urban development ministry. The plan has been prepared by the National Institute of Smart Governance (NISG). 
"We have submitted the New Town smart city concept plan to the urban development ministry. Besides, a meeting will be held on May 13 to discuss the ways to take forward the seven proposed theme-based townships in the state," said state urban development secretary and Hidco MD Debashis Sen. 
Talks have already been held at the secretarial level between the Centre and state on the smart city concept plan. 
The concept plan that has been prepared by NISG suggests developing modern and advanced web-based technologies. The plan mentions developing an intelligent public transport system, township-wide WiFi coverage, underground solid waste management system, sensor-based street light energy conservation modules, web-based property tax system, developing video-based health consultation clinics, synchronization of land and tax data on the database, drone-based surveillance systems, synchronization of land and tax data on the database, among other measures. 
The plan mentions use of analytics to automatically scrutinize CCTV footage, use of modern techniques to detect water flow in pipe networks. "Talks have been held at the secretarial level on the smart city concept," said a Hidco official. 
A number of systems have already been introduced in New Town. A 16-point list was earlier placed before the Centre on the initiatives that the authorities were taking to develop New Town as a smart city. 
The initiatives include a vehicle-tracking system for solid waste management and use of more energy-efficient devices like LED street lights and solar panels on rooftops. The authorities are also planning to set up a monorail system for better connectivity. 
The state's only online building plan sanction system has been introduced in the township and the authorities are working to make the arterial road fully WiFi-enabled. 
Apart from Rajarhat New Town, the state government has also identified nine other places across the state to develop smart cities. These are Raghunathpur, Jaigaon, Sagar, Kalyani, Baruipur, Durgapur, Bolpur, Debanandapur and Fulbari. 
The state government has also planned to develop "theme-based" townships at Bolpur, Kalyani, Asansol, Dumurjala, Baruipur and Debgram.

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