India launches Integrated Command and Control Centre of Naya Raipur Smart City
The Prime Minister of India, Mr Narendra Modi inaugurated the country’s 10th Smart City Integrated Command and Control Centre at Naya Raipur - the upcoming capital city of Chhattisgarh and the country’s first smart greenfield city, on 14 June. The Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs, Mr Hardeep Singh Puri and the Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh, Dr Raman Singh were present at the event.
Smart Cities are a part of the Smart City Mission that was initiated in 2015. The aim of the project is to use technology to manage and improve city infrastructure. As reported earlier, nine Integrated Command & Control Centres are already operational in the cities of Ahmedabad, Kakinada, Visakhapatnam, Nagpur, Pune, Rajkot, Surat, Vadodara and Bhopal.
Naya Raipur is one of the three Smart Cities of Chhattisgarh that were selected under the Smart Cities Mission; the two other cities are Raipur and Bilaspur. The Control Centre in the city will regulate and oversee the online water and power supply, sanitation, traffic movement, integrated building management, city connectivity and Internet infrastructure, under one roof.
According to the official press release, Naya Raipur is a hub for services that are offered by various sectors including, Information Technology, Bio-Technology, Finance, Trade, Hospitality, Medicine and Education. Naya Raipur is also the first Digitally Accessible Smart City in the country and has made Universal Access IT systems easily accessible for differently-abled citizens.
The Command and Control Centre will be managed through a Geographic Information System (GIS) platform, where residents, through helpline numbers, can register their complaints regarding the quality and delivery of services.
The city selected the infrastructure and development company, Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services (IL&FS), in partnership with Schneider Electric, to function as the Master System Integrator (MSI). The companies will develop, implement, and regulate a number of projects in the city such as Smart Governance (Portal and Mobile applications), Utility Management Systems, Intelligent Transport Management Systems, the city’s Surveillance System, Data Centres, Integrated Building Management Systems, and the Smart Network. These projects are expected to improve the quality of life of the citizens of Naya Raipur.