Pune –A sprawling city racing ahead in Smart City Mission

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By Nimisha Gupta, Accommodation Times

Pune, a vibrant 9th most populous city in India and the 2nd largest state of Maharashtra after Mumbai stands on 10th rank in world in terms of population. Pune is also known for its glorious history as in 18th century it became the political centre of Indian Peshwas & Marathas. Situated above the Deccan plateau it is known as the administrative headquarters of Maharashtra. Being a cultural capital too Pune holds a strong heritage base. It is also known for its IT sector growth and educational institutions, manufacturing industries, research institutes, management institutes which have attracted many students, IT professionals and migrants to reside in the sprawling city. It has invited many from Mumbai, South East Asia, Middle East, and Africa. One of the fastest growing cities in Asia-Pacific region Pune ranked at 145 in the title of “Mercer 2015 Quality of Living Rankings”.

Leveraging of its rich culture and natural heritage, strong human capital and strong business environment as key strength Pune has aspire to be in list of “Smart City”.  The Smart Cities Mission is designed to inspire greater creativity from Municipal Officers and their associates, more involvement in development for citizens and concrete benefit in people’s lives. Let’s strive into the detailed Smart Cities Mission of Pune Module to know better the developmental plans.

Pune city has been selected as the Smart City in the list of 98 smart cities. It has successfully completed the competitive process of the ‘Smart City Challenge’. The Ministry of Urban Development and Municipal Commissioner Shri Kumal Kumar is formulating the Smart city with general participation of public for Suggestion & Objections. Prime Minister Narendra Modi launching the program in Pune said, we should not consider urbanization as a problem but consider it as an opportunity. It is now our responsibility to provide strength to cities so that it can mitigate the maximum poverty in the shortest time.

The Pune Smart City Development Corporation Limited has in total 15 Modules of structure which has
A) Module 1-  a)Physical Infrastructure: In Module 1 major attention is given to Transport Development which focuses on Road & Road Widening -45km of uniform RoW across locality, Footpath Retrofit– 60km of footpath will be re-designed, Junction Redesign- redesigning of 14 junctions in Aundh –Baner-Balewadi, Non-Motorized Streets, Re-design of Streets, Bus Stops– 54 state of the art bus stops to be revamp, BRTS– An additional corridor of 8km is planned along the river front. The second most important feature is

b) Water Development in Module 1 which is keen on Adequate Water Supply– 5 pilots DMAs that will be provided with 24×7 water supply, Storm Water Use– additional storm water drainage infrastructure, Helium Leak Detection– successfully identify invisible leaks through pipes, Two Fire stations in each area, Waste Water Recycling, Rain Water Harvesting, Naidu STP-Energy Generation.

B) Module 2Affordable housing – Building Affordable Housing- in the ABB area 300-400 affordable houses will be built by 2020.

C) Module 3a) Customer Care– Creation of world class consumer centre which will be the single point of contact for grievance, enquiries, billing, information and payment b) Customer Mapping Survey which will give a fully fledged customer survey.

D) Module 4) a) River Water Cleaning –river water cleaning will beautify the rivers, massive use of sewage treatment like root-zone technology.

E) Module 5) a) Riverfront Development– ABB’s 3.5km stretch of riverfront will developed into a world class recreation hub

F) Module 6) a) Goods & Service– bicycles sharing systems, express airport services like 10 buses running between the area and airport, Smart Metering, Sanitation will include 74 world class public toilets, 30 drinking fountains and 357 smart dustbins, 100 electrical buses, E-Rickshaw will boost sharing and walk ability by ensuring last mile connectivity, Solid Waste Management

G) Module 7ICT with RoW- a) Security will provide 100% CCTV coverage integrated with a 911 dispatch call centre b) IT Connectivity c) Pilot DMA for 24×7 water.

H) Module 8ICT without RoW – a) Smart Parking multilevel across b) Adaptive Traffic control system will have 319 signals with solar powered and UPS backups c) Bus ITMS equipped with services like in-bus wi fi systems with panic buttons and monitoring violations d) Command Control Centre e) Intelligent Road asset Management f) E-Challan g) Smart Domestic Meters h) E-Governance give integrated solution and establishment of an intelligent operations centre, also it will get connected the communities through “DigiTel” or “MI card” i) Online Billing j)Total smart parking (Pan City) k) Traffic Modeling l) smart commercial Meter m) Bulk Meter will collect real time date on flow & direction of water and view everything n) Mobile App and Website.

I) Module 9– Smart Lighting

J) Module 10- Open Space to increase the percentage of open space from 4% to 10%

K) Module 11- Skill Development-low income skill development and healthcare will equip 800 individual with vocational training

L) Module 12- Smart Grid –Electricity distribution smart grid and metering to minimize distribution losses and to promote electricity savings

M) Module 13- SolarSolar Energy Supply to ensure that atleast 10% of the Smart City’s energy requirement comes from solar and makes the maximum solar city

N) Module 14- StartUP to creates a culture of innovations and promotes mixed use development

O) Module 15-   Transit Hub to facilitate long distance commutes a multi model transit hub will be created the entry point to Pune.

8th rank in terms of Urban Agglomerations population size

6 million population by 2030 equivalent to Denmarks population today

1,065 billion GDP value ranks 5th in the country

2nd in software exports

100RC selected among 100rc by Rockfeller foundation

2nd largest varsity in the country with 811 colleges

Best city in the country on quality of life

11% GDP contribution of Maharashtra


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