Shimla becomes part of green growth cities project
By Times of India.
Tourist town of Shimla has become part of "Green Growth Cities" as the
municipal corporation launched the ambitious project to identify and
develop applications and solutions to support the concept of green
growth with the use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT).
The civic body has initiated the project with the help of World Bank,
the Korean Green Growth Partnership and Price Waterhouse Coopers (PWC).
The other cities selected to implement this project in India is Panjim
in Goa and Hubli-Dharwad in Karnataka.
The Korean Green Growth Partnership and the World Bank
group are the key financing agencies for this project, whereas, the
consultant for the project is PWC. To start with, municipal Corporation
on Monday gave a brief presentation on development scenario of Shimla.
Afterwards the team of World Bank gave a presentation on brief
objectives and outcome of this project. The project has been divided
into three phases.
"The first year is the assessment stage. The development objective of
the proposed activity is to provide preliminary diagnosis and
assessments in the ICT, urban, transport, energy, and water sectors with
the intention of engaging Municipal Corporation and other stakeholders
in the process of development of a green city initiative and provide
foundation for large scale projects and smart city initiatives," said
Shimla Deputy Mayor Tikender Singh Panwar.
He said that
project will cover introduction of smart technologies to the city such
as smart grid technology, smart water management system, intelligent
city planning and ICT for government transformation.
assessments, the funding agencies and consultants will conduct a
national level workshop for the key staff of Municipal Corporation
Shimla. The project report will however present a comprehensive scenario
and will include strategy for smart city architecture of the Shimla
city," he added.
He said that second phase of the project is
selection of pilot projects based on the priority of Shimla city. The
pilot project will cover ICT services for governance, waste management,
smart grid, transportation and urban administration and smart water
management, he added.
He said that initial amount proposed for
the pilot project is of $150,000 to 200,000. The consultants in this
phase will provide end to end solution for the successful implementation
of project and its sustainability. The third phase of the project is
the assessment of the project works and its monitoring.