Raipur. The Smart Road Project in the capital has come to a halt. Municipal Mayor Aijaz Dhebar and the new Municipal Commissioner IAS Sourav Kumar had some disagreements on the subject. The overall cost of the project is 250 crores. The development of each road will cost around 6-9 crores; for now, only seven main routes will get developed into Smart Roads. Presently, the tender has not begun, and then the work will begin.
But there are disagreements regarding the tender. Raipur Smart City Ltd. has an expert panel that finalises all the processes concerning the development, like What facilities will it have for the citizens? And how the construction will get planned around Raipur traffic. The Collector, Municipal Commissioner, Municipal Mayor are part of the panel.
Mayor Aijaz Dhebar wants that the selected routes should not get bigger but smaller so that most of the capital can come under the project. Apart from this, he also wants the tender process to be easy and transparent so that even small contractors get a chance to participate in it. On the other hand, both the Municipal Commissioner and Raipur Collector want it to be according to the Central Government guidelines for Smart City. If this happens, then only one agency will get the work.
Raipur Smart City Limited has prepared a plan after surveying the concerned area through Tata Consultancy. The tender will soon get fixed. After that, the work of Smart Road will gain some momentum. Roads of different zones are part of Smart Roads. There is a real possibility that if the work does not get completed on time, the central government can withdraw the amount given under Smart City!
What is a Smart Road?
Under this, a road will be fully developed, so that; people can see a model of the smart city. For this, first of all, they will get rid of all the encroachment. The development of Smart Road includes a road distance of 1.2 km with Tower Chowk (a heritage building and a landmark). It will have a separate way for underground drain, electricity and water pipeline. It will also have junction improvement, dedicated lanes for pedestrians and cycling, development of MUZ (Multi Utility Zone) including roads, two-wheeler parking, dedicated vending areas, seating areas, and landscaping. In addition, there are ICT craniums like bio-toilets, cycle docks, bus shelters, dedicated lanes and parking for auto-rickshaws and taxis, four wheeler parking at squares, smart poles, cameras etc.