Efforts are on to make the capital a Smart City before Feb 2019; Of the four bidders tested for a week, the lowest will get the contract with a four-year maintenance clause
One of the major problems in the capital city – traffic menace is set to find a solution with Imagine Panjim Smart City Development Ltd taking up the task on priority alongside other projects to make the capital city a Smart City by February 2019.
The week-long trial project that saw vehicular traffic movement under surveillance has fetched quite a good response. The HD cameras and speed traps were installed at four locations in the heart of Panjim to handle the surveillance. Four companies, BSNL, Honeywell, L&T, and NEC that put in their bids for the city surveillance trial had placed traffic signals and HD cameras at Church Square, Titan showroom, Old Education building, and HDFC Bank junctions along the 18th June Road.
The project titled Goa Intelligent City Management System (GICMS) comprised of special features including face detection, vehicle tracking, smart traffic signal, auto traffic flow, parking assistant, free Wi-Fi, garbage detection, all with the help of the cameras installed at these junctions.
“It was good to see that the otherwise crowded 18th June Road had road discipline. The traffic signals and CCTVs are a must for every purpose besides regulating traffic issues,” Anita Kandolkar, a private bank employee along this route, said.
Another local Rohan Samuels echoed the views citing ease in traffic congestion. He, however, wants an immediate implementation of the parking system too as double parking, etc, is also a menace. “The demo was a success to many of us. Let it be implemented full-fledged now,” he added.
The criteria of the pilot project was to ensure that the bidders, who so far projected themselves on paper, put a live demonstration. After this technical exercise, the financial bids will be opened for the qualifiers and the lowest bidder will be awarded the project. The qualified company will have the task of overseeing the maintenance of the GICMS-related equipment for five years.
“We had a lot of visitors to the control rooms (temporarily set up at Old Secretariat) including Union Urban Development Minister Harpreet, IT Minister Rohan Khaunte, TCP Minister Vijai Sardesai, City Corporators, Mayor Vithal Chopdekar, SP Traffic Dinraj Govekar and Union Minister for Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri among others. They were satisfied with what was projected. A lot of suggestions have poured in and it will be incorporated once the project is implemented,” Managing Director and CEO at IPSCDL Swayam Chaudhari told Herald.