Coimbatore’s smart ambitions
The Corporation of Coimbatore has emphasised technology as the engine that would drive its Smart City ambitions. Under its area-based and pan-city solutions for building Smart City, the civic authorities have proposals to link, rejuvenate and develop eight water tanks…

The Corporation of Coimbatore has emphasised technology as the engine that would drive its Smart City ambitions.

Under its area-based and pan-city solutions for building Smart City, the civic authorities have proposals to link, rejuvenate and develop eight water tanks that are part of the Noyyai basin and install smart electric poles across the city.

The civic body, which submitted its proposals on Dec 28   to the Ministry of Urban Development, has made its proposals in collaboration with its management consultancy firm ICRA.

The Corporation intends to improve the tanks’ catchments, prevent sewage inflow, install micro sewage treatment plants, remove silt and garbage and set up recreation spaces on the bunds.

The smart electric poles will have solar-powered street lights along with closed-circuit television cameras and Wi-Fi transmitters. The poles will be numbered which could be used to convey address, to facilitate pick up by taxi operators.

To acquire technology, the Corporation is expected to float a company, a special purpose vehicle, to implement these proposals.

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