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Charulata Somal, /
MD, , Shivamogga Smart City

16 works orders worth Rs 640.6 million issued so far

February 2019
Under the Smart City mission, Shimoga has about 74 projects worth Rs 11.84 billion, which are under various stages of project preparation or execution or tendering, says Charulata Somal, Managing Director, Shivamogga Smart City Corporation, and Commissioner, Shimoga City Corporation. She shares:

Current progress of works in the city: Shivamogga Smart City has so far issued work orders for 16 works worth Rs 640.6 million. We have also recently issued work orders for all the key smart roads (infrastructure projects) – five smart road packages and three other projects worth Rs 3.7 billion, which cover the entire ABD area road infrastructure works.

Smart infra: GIS mapping of all the street light poles in the city has been done, and a RFP has been floated to replace 19,500 existing conventional street lights with LED street lights and to deploy over 2,000 more new LED lights in the upcoming project proposals. Floated at an estimated Rs 310 million on January 4, 2019; the last date for bid submission is February 6, 2019. We conducted a pre-bid meeting for the project last month, for which, there was a good response from the potential bidders.

The idea of smart roads is to take all the utilities underground in the ABD area. Shivamogga Smart City has divided the ABD area into five zones for ease of tendering and execution. These smart road packages include the underground ducting of utilities such as electrical LT/HT cabling, water supply pipes, sewerage, OFC cabling and street light cabling, and gas pipelines. The work orders for these five packages worth Rs 3.7 billion has recently been awarded.

Further, there is a proposal for affordable housing for the poor and downtrodden with an estimated Rs 1.4 billion. Twelve notified slums have been identified and the stakeholder consultation for the in-situ development of the housing units is in progress.

What’s more, various approaches have been made towards achieving sustainable urban mobility. Apart from smart roads being developed with pedestrian-friendly footpaths and cycle tracks to encourage non-motorised transport in the city, public bike sharing is being introduce, in which 12 locations have already been identified for geo fenced bike docking stations. Under intelligent traffic management, the city has initiated to bring it as part of the Integrated Command and Control Centre.Critical junctions have been identified and existing traffic signals will be replaced with new signals and controllers that are capable of automatically optimising the signal timings based on the traffic density identified through cameras and sensors at these junctions. For parking related issues, existing conservancies are being developed as parking lanes by introducing the smart parking system with a dedicated app to send feeds to the users about the vacant parking slots in the core business district. Further, two multi-level car parking proposals have been made – DPR under preparation – to address the traffic congestion caused due to on-street parking in the city.

Total budgeted amount towards the city’s civil infrastructure works: About Rs 9 billion has been allocated towards civil infrastructure works, and works worth Rs 4.3 billion have already been awarded. The utilisation so far is about Rs 90 million.

- SERAPHINA D’SOUZA