Heritage In Jaipur To Become Smart
Could you ever imagine visiting the Pink City Jaipur and not getting stuck in a traffic jam? How fun-filled your trip would be if you could visit more beautiful architectural wonders of the city that have been left abandoned for years? Or, moving across the city in public transport having to buy multiple tickets?
This could be a reality soon.
The first thing that you read once you visit the official site of Jaipur Smart City is – “The #SmartCity vision for Jaipur envisages a balance of heritage with modernism - we can be #smart while we keep our heritage protected.”
And, it is not just the hashtags in this statement that prove the city is adopting modernity, it is also the many plans to turn the city smart.
In a recent development, Ravi Jain, CEO of the Jaipur Smart City Ltd and commissioner of Jaipur Municipal Corporation in a PTI report said that projects worth Rs 200 crore have been completed and worth Rs 900 crore are in the pipeline under the mission.
Jaipur was selected for Area-Based Development under the Smart City Mission where the modernity will blend with heritage of the city through projects such as improvement and beautification of facades, restoration of heritage buildings and smart roads with integrated traffic management system, among others. These projects are divided under two – area-based development projects and PAN-city projects.
PropGuide lists various projects taken up to turn Jaipur into a smart heritage city:
The walled city of Jaipur will have an area selected that will see some of the first smart projects being laid. Under this, a compact area of the city will be taken and will witness sustainable and inclusive development. This will then become a model ecosystem to be followed in pan-city projects.
The area selected, according to the Jaipur Smart City website comes under ward No 74, 84 and part portion of ward No 57. Spread in an area of 600 acres, this will include two chowkries, on either side of the axis between Badi Chauper and Choti Chauper. It will further be extended to Albert Museum, Ram Niwas Bagh, and entire east west axis, extending up to Zurawar Singh Gate. The selected areas have the most number of heritage buildings, tourist spots and shopping arcades. Three key proejcts wioll be taken up under area-based development – smart heritage and tourism precinct, smart mobility and smart and sustainable civic infrastructure.
*Smart heritage and tourism precinct: With over 11 projects under this, the focus will be to restore and redevelop tourism at the heritage centres of the city. The projects include redevelopment of Govind Dev Ji temple, Talkatora lake and Ram Niwas Bagh. Restoration of the Rajasthan School of Arts, established in 1857, will also be taken up and it will be turned into a city museum.
There will be smart information displaying kiosks, smart heritage walks and eco-friendly corridors.
*Smart mobility: Seven projects will be developed to ease the ongoing menace of congestion across key areas of the city. Smart signaling, smart parking, smart roads equipped with CCTV and multi-modal two Metro stations will be developed. Public bicycle sharing will also be introduced.
*Smart and sustainable civic infrastructure: A gamut of projects will be taken up under this. This will include air-quality monitors, online water quality systems, upgrading to solar power and LED lighting across various key areas and structures, and a mobile app to let citizens report of street problems.
As a part of the infrastructure, the detailed project report of the development of four underpasses – two between the Sanganeri Gate and the Jorawar Singh Gate for the passage of traffic, and two for parking areas under Johri bazaar – will be completed soon, Jain informed.
These solutions will implemented all across the walled city of Jaipur. These projects, including multi modal mobility and smart solid waste management are expected to change the way Jaipur and its citizens are operating at present.
*Smart multi modal mobility: Under this, the multiple modes of public transport will be integrated using technology. This will include unified ticketing and payment system across the city. With this even the non-motorised transport connectivity will be integrated. To ensure smooth functioning, transit operation centres will be set up to monitor the situations in real time.
*Smart solid waste management: With this project, the government aims to turn Jaipur into a zero-waste city. Some of the developments here would include segregation of waste at source, increased recyclability, operational discipline through monitoring, and enhancing the service standards. Smart solutions will be created to achieve this along with increasing capacity of sewerage treatment plants. The government also plans door-to-door collection of waste and registering of recyclers and rag-pickers.