PM Narendra Modi recently launched the BHIM app to further the digital India dream, and to complement that, Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis has announced that Nagpur will receive a public Wi-Fi system by March 2017 under the Smart City project.
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Larsen and Toubro (L&T) have been appointed by the Maharashtra government to assist in Nagpur’s digital expansion, which will also make Nagpur the first of its kind in India.
CM Fadnavis has pointed out that the entire city will be Wi-Fi enabled.
As part of the Wi-Fi project, L&T has been working on laying over 1200 km of optical fibre network, which will enable 136 Wi-Fi hotspots citywide and are also powering the CCTV cameras across and digital kiosks on bus stops a well.
“We are proud for having bagged this prestigious order which is a significant step forward towards achieving the smart city mission. We had initiated activities on the ground post-August 15th and have already covered a fair bit of ground to transform Nagpur,” said Mr S.N. Subrahmanyan, Deputy Managing Director & President, Larsen & Toubro Limited.
Moving towards forming the digital landscape on such a large scale, the implementors have already installed 4000 CCTV cameras which can assist the Police in ascertaining facts about an accident or criminal activities and also help in planning traffic movement in real time.
The city bus stops will be installed with digital kiosks, which will help passengers check bus timings and seating arrangements.
Other cities which are in the list of Smart City project include Mumbai, Pune, Amravati, Pimpri-Chinchwad, Thane, Aurangabad, Nashik, Kalyan-Dombivali and Solapur.
The government and L&T are also working towards a six-kilometre smart strip in the city (from Japanese Garden Square to Orange City Hospital Square) which will sport smart lighting, smart transports, smart parking as well as smart bins.
Moving towards a digitised economy, such upgrades to city infrastructure will also enable digital literacy to grow as the public will get more used to using such services.
Smart city implementation isn’t going to be easy over as many cities because such infrastructure bears huge cost on the government coffers and maintaining it takes its toll on them as well.