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Construction : Special Report | January 2016 | Source : CW-India

Navi Mumbai | Smart City becomes a Reality

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis recently announced the launch of South Navi Mumbai and CIDCO´s vision to make it Maharashtra´s first smart city by 2019.
As our planet becomes more urban, our cities need to get smarter, using information and communication technologies to enhance quality, performance and interactivity of urban services, reduce costs and resource consumption, and improve contact between citizens and government. And now, with the Maharashtra-run City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO) launching the Navi Mumbai (South) smart city project on December 4, 2015, smart cities are becoming a reality. According to Dinesh Waghmare, Commissioner, Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC)´The smart city will pave the way for sustainable development for Navi Mumbai into a clean, green and economic hub.´

The plan
Maharashtra is expected to have its first smart city spread across 120 sq km in Navi Mumbai by 2019. According to Sanjay Bhatia, Vice Chairman and Managing Director, CIDCO, the smart city vision aims to develop an environment-friendly and financially sustainable city.

The South Navi Mumbai development plan has 88 smart sub-projects, based on 10 major building blocks. ´We have taken up smart organisation, environmental sustainability, e-governance and ease of doing business and Swachh Bharat as building blocks,´ adds Bhatia. ´We are focusing on 10 such projects. All have passed the DPR stage and most are expected to be completed by 2019.´

CIDCO´s brownfield and greenfield projects will extend the benefits of development to adjoining areas. Bhatia says, ´The seven towns we are developing already have a population of around 6 lakh, so it´s a mixture of brownfield and greenfield.´ The brownfield project will cover Panvel, Dronagiri, Kamothe, Kalamboli, Kharghar, Ulwe and Taloja nodes where existing systems such as transportation, water supply and wastewater management will be retrofitted using smart technologies.

The greenfield project in Pushpak Nagar, a modern township adjacent to the international airport on 230 hectare with a plan outlay of Rs 941 crore, will be developed from scratch. The emphasis on transit-oriented development will draw people and businesses.

For the smart city project, CIDCO has teamed up with Accenture, SAP, Stockholding Corporation and Zensar. SAP India´s smart city solutions use the latest technology to keep pace with change; for instance, sensor technologies can be a game changer in waste management. According to Subrata Das, Industry Director, Public Services Value Engineering, SAP India Pvt Ltd, ´With sensor technology and a platform that allows visualisation of real-time data and sends alerts and modifications to stakeholders, the world of possibility is large.´

Further, an MoU has been signed between NMMC and European Business and Technology Centre (EBTC), making EBTC the ´Handholding Agency´ for the project. ´The idea is to track technology options developed by European nations related to smart cities,´ says Waghmare. ´Besides, it will pave the way for European funding agencies. EBTC will act as a facilitator.´

The total investment for Navi Mumbai (South) smart city and other projects is Rs 34,777 crore. CIDCO has earmarked Rs 2,033 crore of this, to turn seven nodes of Navi Mumbai under its jurisdiction into a smart city. ´Rs 2,033 crore is only on smart features,´ says Bhatia, ´and the remaining Rs 32,744 crore is proposed for new infrastructure.´ These will include roads, metro, affordable housing and the development of the port city.

The Navi Mumbai (South) smart city and other projects will be totally financed by CIDCO and not require funding from the state government. As Bhatia says, ´The speciality is that we are generating all the funds on our own. This is a different model not included in the Smart Cities Challenge, and we have taken it up on the State´s Chief Minister´s suggestion.´

Besides, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has asked CIDCO to set up a revolving fund to provide loans at low interest rates to civic bodies to ensure development of basic civic amenities, optimal use of water resources and cleanliness. CIDCO is studying the plan floated by the him.

The way forward
Chief Minister Fadnavis has focussed on three important areas: Augmenting drinking water supplies, ensuring optimal use by recycling grey water, and solid waste management. The first step will be to remove the red tape, streamline processes and minimise graft. CIDCO plans to make its administration efficient and transparent through IT and remove the cumbersome process of obtaining occupation certificate. In the new system, flat owners and builders will obtain all permissions by uploading documents on CIDCO´s site. This will also prevent encroachment on its lands and deter malpractices. What´s more, CIDCO wants to connect all civic schools through broadband, supply fully treated sewage water to homes through two different pipelines (for drinking and other household purposes), employ latest technology for waste management and build low-cost housing units.

NMMC, heading one of the 10 smart cities selected in the state, and CIDCO, have laid stress on recycling grey water. The civic body has a sewage treatment plant (STP) that yields between 200-240 mld of grey water but this is drained out into the sea owing to lack of infra facilities like pipelines to supply gardens and housing societies instead of precious drinking water. Free broadband services and computers to all zilla parishad schools and 55,000 homes for the economically weaker section at a cost of Rs 10,700 crore are the other highlights of the project.

Work has started in all the 88 sub-projects in some way or the other, affirms Bhatia. He adds, ´Work on the metro is ongoing and expected to be completed by 2017. The Metro-II, III and IV are given to RITES and we should get started with it in the next year.´

The opportunities
´If there is an investment of over Rs 34,000 crore, there is obviously going to be a tremendous opportunity for job creation,´ says Bhatia. ´In fact, one study shows that in these regions, in the next four-to-five years, about 8.7 lakh jobs will be created.´ Further, for gondola transport, CIDCO is implementing the Swiss challenge model and will float tenders in future.

A model for others
If CIDCO can pull off its smart city project in Navi Mumbai, it will give a major boost to the Prime Minister´s vision and become a showcase for Maharashtra. For Waghmare, the smart city will act as ´A model to be replicated in other cities and act as an inspiration.´

Rise and shine, Navi Mumbai!

Investment by CIDCO

  • Smart features:
    Rs.2,033 crore

  • New infrastructure:
    Rs.32,744 crore

  • Total investment for
    Navi Mumbai (South) smart city and other projects:
    Rs.34,777 crore


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