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14 Nov 2017 06:20am IST

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VIKANT SAHAY

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14 Nov 2017 06:20am IST

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VIKANT SAHAY

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Eagle eyes in form of cameras; Integration of service monitoring, and mobility is on the menu; Automated Integrated Command and Control Center (ICCC) will monitor and map implementation with minimum human interface

Goa’s 174-year-old capital city of Panjim, which reminiscences the days of the Portuguese colonial rule, is now set to have a modern makeover under the Smart City project. The prime objective of this project, which is being undertaken by the Imagine Panaji Smart City Development Ltd, is to remove the worries of the common residents of Panjim and bring-in “happiness”.

To ensure that this project takes off in a more inclusive way, the managing director and CEO of the Imagine Panaji Smart City Development Ltd (IPSCDL) , Swayandipta Pal Choudhuri, under the supervision of  the Director of the company, Sidharth Kuncalienkar (ex-MLA of Panjim), has sent letters on November 10 to the Presidents of NASSCOM, GCCI, ASSOCHAM, CII and FICCI to meet and exchange their views  along with helping IPSCDL  to come out with a more robust and modern technology and even monitor to help develop Panjim.

“What we want is that we should give happiness, comfort and safety to the residents of Panjim. Secondly, we want that there should be good and unhindered supply of quality, water, electricity, good solid waste management, transport, places for recreation and other basic amenities. This makes a society a worry free. I am confident that under the Smart City, AMRUT mission we are going ahead with the same goals in place,” Kuncalienkar told Herald.

According to the plans which are to be implemented within three months from now, security cameras will be installed all over Panjim which will monitor people and traffic movements within the city. These cameras are sensitive enough and technology driven to do face reading and can help match suspects moving around the city to alert security teams through automated messaging. Due to this, minimal human intervention will be required and errors can be minimised.

All data will be collected at the Integrated Command and Control Center (ICCC) which will be heavily automated with advanced technology, leading to minimum human engagement. This center will not only be a video wall to watch the activities through various cameras (nearly 400) across Panjim but there will be standard processing systems and all information will immediately be passed on to the responsible agency for its immediate and quick action. “In case the person is lackadaisical is taking action, the same information will be scaled up automatically to his or her supervisor with a note that no action has been taken yet. It is technology driven and concerned people will have to respond within a given time frame,” said Choudhuri.

For all this Panjim becomes the only city in India which has not appointed any private project management consultants and all work is done by the staff of IPSCDL and some help from professionals picked up from institutions like the School of Planning and Architecture, Goa Institute of Management etc. 

For the first phase, which is likely to be rolled out in about next three months, plans are also on to provide free unlimited Wi-Fi to any person in Panjim, modern city surveillance system, technology-based solid waste management system, environmental sensors and smart parking systems. The second phase would entail smart lighting of streets which would save energy and intelligent transport system.

“We want to make Panjim ‘going Goa carbon neutral’ and adding rental bicycles for the general public at vantage points is one of the initiatives taken by us. We want Goa to be completely carbon neutral. We are now mapping every single green asset which we have in Panjim by use of drones and this will help us plan and execute better to achieve this goal.  We want to be one of the top cities in the country which can claim of being carbon neutral through its exact matrix,” said Kuncalienkar. Pleasantly, the walls of the office of IPSCDL which is housed in the Adil Shah Palace (old Secretariat) talks about its transparency as there are no doors and its gives one a sense that everything planned or even executed here, will be transparent. 

It is only time which will tell. But for a change the deliverables are clear and the people know it.



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