A smart city is an urban development vision targeting at incorporating practical solutions concerning infrastructure facilities and services. Indore smart city of India is in progress. The primary objective of building a smart city is to enhance the quality of life. Leveraging urban IT enriches the efficiency of service delivery and meets people’s requirements.
However, in the context of a smart city, the features targeting enhancing life in a city are primarily examined. The elements comprise transportation, solid waste management, water supply, and wastewater treatment. Additionally, it also includes planning, education, public administration, health care, energy efficiency, and safety and security.
Once renowned for its life of leisure, Indore now looks to reverse its urban decay
Historically, the Malwa plateau is famous for its extremely fertile soil. Since 1960, Indore has had a dubious distinction of becoming one of the worst water-starved cities in India. However, only until the Narmada River came to its rescue.
Today, this city has a critical distinction of buying the costliest water in India. Rs 18 per kiloliter of the Narmada waters. The town has putrefied over the decades. Primarily owing to irresponsible development, neglect, urban migration, and was crying for a makeover. Indore will undergo a transformation that will merge heritage with modernity.
Baptized after an old temple of Lord Indreshwar, Indore is a 500-year-old city. It functioned as a capital of the Holkar dynasty. From the early 19th century until 1948, when the princely states merged with the Indian union.
Indore is an educational, business, transport, and medical hub. Additionally, the city is home to the only stock exchange in central India: The Madhya Pradesh Stock Exchange, founded in 1919. Indore accounts for nearly 40% of the State’s tax revenues.
Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu unveiled its reprint of the city master plan. A group of conscientious citizens of NGOs like Nature Volunteers, Abhyas Mandal, and Mahanagar Vikas Parishad made the copy possible.
Revisiting the Master Plan
Like Surat and Ahmedabad in neighboring Gujarat, Indore was in the grip of a plague in the early 20th century. He also favored a massive tree-planting drive and the creation of large open spaces, rather than developing the city vertically.
Indore is the only Indian city to have both an IIT and an IIM. Several blue-chip companies have come forward to partner and become knowledge associates in sectors like education and health. These companies have offered smart solutions, making their own presentation on how the smart city of Indore would look like.
IT companies, including Microsoft, Cisco, Infosys, and IBM, have chipped in. They offer solutions to address the city’s drinking water, electricity supply, and sanitation needs. Additionally, provide solutions in citizens’ hands –– on a mobile phone, online, or at their doorsteps.
The Indore Municipal Corporation plans to provide digitized smart solutions in areas like water supply, sewerage, public transport, and e-governance. The initiatives include the establishment of a ‘backbone communication network,’ a smart transportation system, and a waste management system.
Under the Area-Based Development model, some 742 acres, centered around the erstwhile Holkar Palace Rajwada, will undergo retrofit-cum-redevelopment. The Rajwada area is home to 1.2 lakh people, including 29,000 slum-dwellers. The initiatives like ‘backbone communication network,’ intelligent transportation, and waste management systems are focused. There are several plans. For instance, the development of roads, junctions, multi-level parking, multi-model transportation, and pedestrianization. However, they plan to add non-motorization of ways by creating no-vehicle zones.
Additionally, the planning of heritage conservation and promotion of tourism takes place. Subsequently, environmental up-gradation, green open spaces, redevelopment of public roads, employment generation centers, upgraded water supply, and management are also included.
Indore is situated on the banks of Saraswati and Kanh. Subsequently, they will be redeveloped as a riverfront tourist attraction. The city is famous for its food hubs like Sarafa Bazar. It will undergo a total transformation. The proposed redevelopment hub, known as the Majesty’s Official Guards’ Lines (MOG Lines), will be the new upscale business-cum-residential district.
For the implementation of this ambitious plan, budget estimates are INR 2,131 crores.
Indore Smart City – The Makeover Mission
Indore Smart City’s Vision Statement: “Imagining Indore to Inherit, Innovate, Include, Incubate and Invest for an ideal world-class smart commercial metropolis that thrives on investment opportunities, incubating business and ideas, rich inheritance and inclusive development”
1. Pan-City Initiatives
There are three components to Indore’s pan-city proposals. Firstly, the establishment of a “backbone communication network” with a central command and control center for multi-purpose use. It will be capable of real-time data analysis and information dissemination. Secondly, an intelligent transportation system. Subsequently, it will provide for lane monitoring, pedestrian-activated signals at crosswalks, and e-payment through smart cards across all modes of transport. Thirdly, an intelligent, robust waste management system. However, this will ensure better waste collection and environment-friendly waste-to-energy processing.
2. Area Based Development
Indore’s area-based development proposal envisages the rejuvenation of the Rajwada area. This central business district is today a chaotic and congested place. The plan seeks to transform it into a vibrant, exciting spot for business and recreation while protecting its historical, social, and cultural integrity. Most importantly, streetscapes for heritage walks are planned. Traditional market streets are planned to be pedestrianized. Subsequently, power and telecom cables will be taken underground. Similarly, provisions will be made for rooftop solar power plants and rainwater harvesting. Subsequently, the riverfront area will also be developed.
Indore Smart City – SWOT Analysis
Diversified economy, Commercial and trading capital, Strategic location, Excellent quality of life, Moderate cost of living, Skilled labor force
- Poor urban spatial planning
- Every third resident is a slum dweller
- Only half of the city has sewerage
- Few roads have storm water drainage
- Can draw IT/ITeS services looking to Tier 2 cities to cut costs
- Has 18 lakh internet users
- Will benefit from knowledge-based sectors
- Depleting Narmada waters
- Inadequate open spaces
- Lack of adequate multi modal transport options risks degrading air quality
To sum up, Indore Smart City is emerging as an urban ecosystem. It aims to incorporate digital technology, knowledge, and assets. Additionally, to become more responsive to citizens, improve city services, and make the city more loveable than it already is.
We believe that Indore is gracefully embracing the changes and developments. It is in the process of metamorphosing the character and livability of the city. However, at the same time rejuvenating its economy and heritage, while enhancing its resilience and sustainability.
Moreover, hoping for Indore Smart City to be the smartest, cleanest, and happiest city in the nation!
Indore Smart City in Progress, India’s Cleanest City is written by santosh sarang for emxcelsolutions.com