Srinagar: In a more than 120-page tender document, the Srinagar Master Plan Limited has invited firms to be Project Management Consultant (PMC) for projects under the Smart City Mission (SCM), the total capital cost of which has been fixed at Rs 3,815.98 crore, including 5 percent contingency funds.
An amount of Rs 2,774 crore has been allocated for Area Based Developments (ABD). A share of Rs 277 crore has been kept for a Pan City Proposal (PCP). The cost includes Rs 24.99 crore for Technical & Administration support expenses, such as survey and investigations, preparation of Draft Proposal Report (DPR), project management and supervision, etc. The ABD projects comprise 80 percent of the total capital cost. Pan City Solutions cost Rs 765.03 crore, the reaming 20 percent.
As per the tender document, the list of projects identified for ABD are to be vetted in consultation with “stakeholders”, in regard to technical and economic feasibility, sustainability, etc. As such, the projects may change and other projects may be envisaged in consultation with the stakeholders. “However, the total cost of project should remain the same,” says the document.
The projects and sub-projects identified under Srinagar Smart City proposal in ABD section include Jhelum waterfront beautification; creation of pathways and cycle tracks along Bund Road; Improvement of Ghats along Jhelum; dredging and silt removal of Jhelum; water transport terminal – boats, shikaras, area illumination along riverbanks, embankments along riverbank; biodigestors/interceptors for sewage treatment; eco-STP for treatment of wastewater; and façade restoration of heritage buildings.
There is a rejuvenation plan for Baba Demb lake which includes Baba Demb STP augmentation, de-silting and capacity enhancement, boardwalks, walkways and cycle tracks, landscaping and beautification of lake, temple restoration, water transport to Dal Lake, floating restaurant, fountain show (including light and sound), urban renewal of Nallah-i-Mar and Brari Nambal.
Heritage and tourism have been given special focus, with plans for Sher Garhi tourism and an interpretation centre, heritage walks, uplift of shrines, craft museum at Yarkand Sarai, a Lal Ded centre, a City Museum at Ganpatyar, and a Textile Museum.
Jhelum waterfront beautification
Creation of pathways and cycle tracks
Improvement of Ghats along Jhelum
Dredging and silt removal of Jhelum
Water transport terminal
Biodigestors/interceptors for sewage treatment
Eco-STP for treatment of wastewater
Façade restoration of heritage buildings
A new sheen is to be added to historical markets like Maharajganj, Bohri Kadal and Zaina Kadal and an Artisan Cluster Development is to be created for craft revival. An exhibition centre is to be established at Kawdara, Nallah-i-Mar, with a special focus on institutional strengthening, and a Craft Development Institute at Bagh-e-Ali Mardan Khan in Nowshera. Car parking at 7 locations and common facilities are to be established under the plan.
For city beautification and urban renewal, there are plans to improve major junctions, street furniture, signages and urban art, street lights, wi-fi hubs, green corridors (including revival of parks), hawkers’ zones, smart health centres, telemedicine, sports infrastructure which includes 3 stadiums and 5 educational institutions, and seven Smart Classrooms.
To improve urban mobility, there is a redevelopment plan for roads, pedestrian walkways, further creation of footpaths, a number of battery cars for IPT route, EV charging stations, Bicycle Sharing Scheme, multilevel parking lots, junction improvements at 12 places, and a cycle track road with a width of 2.5m.
Smart utilities management includes multi-services underground ducting, smart water metering, non-stop water supply, smart power metering, smart street lighting, smart solar city, and smart drainage.
To address sewage and sanitation, the project envisages creation of a new sewerage network, bio-toilets at major nodes, GPS-enabled vehicles for waste collection, Reverse Vending Machines (pilot project), 3-bin segregation dustbins, and community waste composting.
Under the Pan City Projects section, the plans proposed include electric buses, smart bus stops with EV charging stations, provision of common mobility card, and intelligent traffic management system.
Community engagement and grievance management system includes E-governance, Smart Data Centre, property development approval system, and a one-stop App: ‘Discover Srinagar’.
Disaster management and environment protection has been given special focus. An Emergency Response System (early warning/evacuation system) would be established for disaster preparedness.
An automated fire response system, fire services including hydrants, smart surveillance and CCTV centre, an earthquake-resistance structural audit, a real-time water quality monitoring system, air pollution monitoring units and real-time display boards, a modern abattoir with waste management system are among the other smart city projects.