The New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) under the Smart City project aims to turn the city into a technology-driven metropolis in four years.
The 550-acre ‘area-based development project’ will take zones around Connaught Place which will be redeveloped by NDMC under the Smart City mission.
In its plan submitted to the Ministry of Urban Development, NDMC envisages intensive deployment of technologies. It will see an explosive growth in electric vehicles, mobile application for advance booking of cycles to enhance last mile connectivity, ‘happiness areas’, subways with pet adoption centres, and digital smart screens that will inform the public on traffic choke points, stock prices, temperature and score updates.
Electric poles will be transformed into smart poles by replacing them with LEDs, incident-driven controllers, Wi-Fi access points, air quality and noise pollution sensors.
Special transportation services for the differently-abled supplementing existing bus transit systems, electric vehicles, charging bays at NDMC multi-level parking facilities are some of the other things proposed.
“A citizen application for car-pooling, cycling, traffic conditions, CCTV videos, air quality and e-challans will be made available. There will be heat maps in the app. Red-coding will mean heavy traffic and green-coding negligible traffic,” the official said.
Parking for taxis and autorickshaws and smart bus stops with interactive bus information system will be developed. Door-to-door collection of garbage will be extended to commercial or institutional areas, and a horticulture waste-to-gas plant will be set up.