Monday, 27 April 2015

A mission for clean, green, smart city unites agencies in Gurgaon

Gurgaon's evolution into a smart city will have two phases, says the district administration, the brains behind this ambitious project. It has also decided to rope in civic bodies HUDA and MCG, power discoms DHBVN and HPVN, and the Power Grid Corporation for this purpose. While the first phase will see development of sectors 25A to 80 in New Gurgaon besides Civil Lines, the rest of the city will be taken up in the second phase of the project.

As a smart city, Gurgaon will eventually have systems to harness renewable energy and create virtual infrastructure for seamless flow of information between departments, while improving on all other regular fronts - beautification, consumer indexing, GIS mapping and essential public services.

Gurgaon's deputy commissioner T L Satyaprakash said the first step in working towards this, to formulate a course of action and have full information about the status of each service being provided to residents by departments. "We have appointed nodal officers to study and provide information on services managed by the departments. A follow-up meeting will be held after these officers are ready with their proposals and related data," he said.

Satyaprakash said traffic DCP Vinod Kaushik been made the nodal officer for preparing a draft plan and providing details for a smooth traffic plan in the city. He said additional deputy commissioner Vinay Pratap Singh has been made the nodal officer for renewable energy, while HUDA superintendent engineer A K Gupta and MCG chief engineer R K Singla have been appointed nodal officers for water supply and waste water management, respectively. DHBVN's general manager Sanjeev Chopra will provide data on power supply infrastructure, while MCG's chief town planner Anirudh Sharma will work on GIS mapping of the city's infrastructure and services.

"Details of the master plan of each sector will be studied, besides electricity demand, power supply arrangement and future development plans. Measures to harness renewable energy, beautification, consumer indexing and GIS mapping, as well as essential public services such as treated water supply and waste management, will also be incorporated in this project report, which will be discussed with the Power Grid," he added.

Satyaprakash added that the Power Grid Corporation has offered to support the local administration to provide all necessary techno-economic advisory to help Gurgaon achieve the status of a Smart City.

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