The Imagine Panaji Smart City Development Ltd (IPSCDL) has maintained that the notice served to it by the North Goa Collector will hamper the ongoing work of installation of CCTV cameras around the city.
IPSCDL is a wholly owned government company and special purpose vehicle (SPV) of the state government, functioning as the State Mission Directorate for Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) as well as the State Level Nodal Agency, and the State Mission Management Unit for Smart City Mission.
The managing director and the chief executive officer of the IPSCDL, Swayamdipta Pal Chaudhuri stated that the digging taken up in the city by multiple agencies is a wrong trend, which defaces the city, and is an eyesore to the visitors and impediment to the pedestrians as well as vehicles.
“Instead, these agencies should stop digging the roads till the IPSCDL lays the underground Common Utility Duct, which will have provision for insertion of electrical wires, fibre optic cables, telecom lines and so on, and hence no digging of roads would be necessary,” Chaudhury informed, pointing out that the Common Utility Duct would be covered by route marker, which will provide information about the Fibre to the Home (FTTH) duct fitted inside the Common Utility duct and carrying all types of cables and wires.
“The Common Utility Duct project in the city will start in six months time, under the Smart City Mission,” he noted, observing that Panaji is not a Greenfield city but a brownfield city, and effective solutions to its management problems should be provided through co-ordination of all involved agencies.
Speaking further, the MD and CEO of the IPSCDL informed that the government has recently handed over the responsibility of handling the sewage network in the city to Smart City Mission, but related data is just not available.
“The IPSCDL has already rolled out two projects namely Goa Integrated City Management System with command and control centres, and underground cabling for remaining power cables – around 15 per cent – in the capital city,” he maintained, adding that installation of smart meters for the city power consumers is another project, which would soon be taken up by the IPSCDL, in conjunction with the electricity department.
It was also informed that the IPSCDL has been entrusted with the task of replacing 24,000 electricity poles.
Chaudhuri further maintained that Goa is lagging behind by 10 to 15 years as far as Internet of Things (IoT) revolution is concerned.