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Panaji set to get ‘urban living lab’



The Imagine Panaji Smart City Development Ltd (IPSCDL) with the help of Denmark will explore the possibility of exchanging latest technologies as well as work on capacity building for the engineers of Corporation for the City of Panaji (CCP).

This was revealed by IPSCDL director Sidharth Kuncalienker along with IPSCDL CEO Swayandipta Pal Chaudhuri

Addressing the media, Kuncalienker along with Chaudhuri informed that memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between Denmark and India when the Prime Minister of Denmark Lars Lokke Rasmussen met with the Prime Minister Narendra Modi at ‘Vibrant Gujarat Summit -2019,’ which saw participation of Denmark as a partner country.

They said that during the meeting, two MoUs were exchanged – MoU on maritime issues between the Ministry of Shipping of India and Ministry of Industry, Business and Financial Affairs of Denmark and MoU between Imagine Panaji Smart City Development Ltd and Danish Embassy in New Delhi for establishing an urban living lab in Panaji.

“Under urban living lab, Goa will get technical knowhow. Our outlook will get a boost. Technologies will be exchanged and we will have innovative projects and it will be two- sided excellence and Panaji has been selected as a training centre,” they said.

Meanwhile, Kuncalienker and  Chaudhuri said that around 460 CCTV cameras will be installed at a cost of Rs 305 crore in the Greater Panaji, and added that  new Mandovi  bridge, Old Goa junction, Ribandar junction, Dona Paula jetty, and Cujira Educational Complex besides other important spots have been identified for installing the CCTV cameras for keeping a watch on traffic violations, crime  and garbage dumping.

There will be waste management system, CCTV management system, environment management system besides a system for managing smart signals, being executed by Larsen and Toubro, they said and added that there were many bidders from Japan, USA and other countries, but L&T’s bid was selected.

Speaking further, they said that free WiFi will be provided to establish a complete co-ordination between different departments like CCP, Goa Police, PWD, and power department, so that instructions could be issued by one agency and followed by the other.  They also said that they are trying to have a wireless system for entire city, which is important these days.

They said that Denmark will spend Rs 10 core for the first year, and later on, they will spend as per the requirement in the remaining two years and added that IPSCDL has identified three key areas: urban flooding, urban mobility, and urban rejuvenation and by May 2019 the systems expected to be in operation.

They further said that the services will be under the control of contractor for five years due to warranty, so that authentic data should flow and will cover entire Panaji city, Greater Panaji area besides places of tourist importance.

Nearly 80 per cent of the material required for entire project has arrived in the state, they concluded.

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