Once a thriving textile hub Solapur, which is now in decline, is betting on the Smart City project to shape its destiny
Currently there is no regular water supply in Sholapur and its roads are in a ramshackle state: less than 40 per cent of the roads are surfaced. Only two-thirds of the 400-ton waste generated daily is collected, and much of it is dumped at designated disposal sites.
Now the state of the town is set to change with efforts to turn it into a Smart City. Improving the water and sewage disposal systems tops the agenda.
Municipal Commissioner Vijay Kalam said the chosen model for area-based development is retrofitting of the central, densest part of the city. “We did not go for greenfield development as it would have benefited only a select few,” Kalam argues.
In addition to the standard bootstrapping of civic infrastructure, the plan provides for solar-panelled cover for the stands at the currently dysfunctional cricket stadium, solar street lights, a sound-and-light show at the decrepit Bhuikot Fort and enabling ‘night markets’.
The plans, prepared with citizens’ participation (over 2,000 students volunteered for the door-to-door engagement), have enthused local folks.