COVER STORY / JABALPUR SPECIAL
Although major roads are covered by the public transport system, feeder roads are yet to be covered by the same. The issue of last-mile connectivity needs to be addressed. However, Jabalpur has good citizens’ involvement that has led to the quality of governance being good. The Municipal Commission, too, has carried out intensive citizen engagement exercise for preparing the Smart City proposal. The total outreach was more than 2,56,300, which is about 20 per cent of the city’s population. The exercise was extensive both in terms of participation as well as diversity of mediums used. The extent of consultation through various online media was more than 99,462 and through offline media was over 1,56,838. And, the consultation covered diverse segments of the society, including students (41 per cent), women (7 per cent), senior citizen (5 per cent), businessmen/traders (12 per cent), service providers (17 per cent), and specially-abled children, slum dwellers and helpers (18 per cent). Jabalpur’s citizens engagement strategy “Samvad” was targeted at reaching out to the maximum number of citizens to be a part of the process to shape city’s future by co-creating solutions for common urban problems – all resulting in a smarter Jabalpur. Jabalpur has a unique location, surrounded by hills, built around water bodies, structured by cantonment area, railway lines and river. The area-based development (ABD) strategy for Jabalpur is, in fact, an opportunity to contribute positively to the urban landscape through a compact, well-designed development model that integrates with the existing urban structure. The ABD may also have government, spatial, economic and social impacts Government impact: Improvement in service provision and recovery of charges on account of establishment of SPV. Spatial impact: Built form changed to incorporate more density or more public space. Economic impact: New commercial space created for organised economic activity. Social impact: Poor and declining neighborhoods will be provided affordable housings. Sustainability including environment impact: Intensive 24/7 use of public space results in reduced traffic and reduced pollution. In pan-city angle, too, JMC is a pioneer in solid waste management (SWM) and waste-
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Population (2011 census): 2,463,289 Male: 1,277,278 Female: 1,186,011 Population Growth: 14.51% Average Literacy: 81.07% Male Literacy: 87.29% Female Literacy: 74.37% No. of Blocks: 07 No. of Tehsils: 07 No. of Gram Panchayats: 542 Area (Metropolis): 367 sq km (142 sq mi)
to-energy (WTE) in the State. Thus, leveraging existing effort in the city, RFID-based, real time, smart waste management system has been selected as a pan-city initiative. Now, Jabalpur and its administration are all set to implement the projects necessary to transform it into a Smart City. Union Urban Development Secretary Rajiv Gauba recently called a meeting of a few cities (selected in the first list), including Jabalpur, to discuss the road ahead for developing Smart Cities across various states in India. Gauba, according to the government officials, in the meeting asked the municipal commissioners to expedite implementation of the Smart City projects in their respective cities. The Union Cabinet has allocated `48,000
crore towards creation of smart cities and each city will be funded Rs. 100 crore per year for the next five years. There will be an Initial investment of Rs. 5,000 crore for the selected cities to prepare City Development plan. Allocation of funds to be provided by the Centre will be 60 per cent in infrastructure, 10 per cent for e-governance initiatives and the rest will be equity contribution for building townships, along with private developers. Each state will form a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) for smart city financing, it has been decided. The total project investment under the Jabalpur Smart City project, to be spent across mission period (2016-17 to 2020-21), is `3,998.5 crore. It has already formed SPV under the chairmanship of Jabalpur District Magistrate Mahesh Chandra Choudhury, whereas Gajendra Singh Nagesh, the Additional Commissioner of Jabalpur Municipal Corporation, has been appointed CEO-SPV. “Now we will definitely implement all the projects in a phased manner. Jabalpur is very rich in tourism and garment sector, so we will also try to bring big players to invest in this city,” said Choudhury. Jabalpur now wants big investment on its soil and that is why they are ready to extend all possible help to the big players and corporates. “We are ready to provide all necessary help to the domestic as well as foreign players, who are ready to come and invest in Jabalpur,” said Commissioner Ved Prakash.
eGov May 2016