Bhubaneswar: Housing and Urban Development (H&UD) Minister Niranjan Pujari Saturday visited the office of the Bhubaneswar Smart City Limited (BSCL) and reviewed the progress of various major projects being undertaken by the latter.
During his one-and-a-half hour stay in BSCL office at BMC-Bhawani Mall in Sahid Nagar, the minister also visited the Bhubaneswar Operations Centre, the new office floor which is under construction and took stock of all major projects under the special purpose vehicle (SPV).
The minister saw a presentation detailing the status of projects like Smart Janpath, Smart Solutions – Intelligent Communication and Operations Management Centre, Adaptive Traffic Signal Control System, Common Payment Card (PPP project), Rooftop Solar City, Sahid Nagar and Raj Mahal Multi-Level Car Parking, Social Equity Centre, Integrated Public Services Centre, Smart Parks, Sensory Park, Integrated Infrastructure Improvement, Railway Station Multi-modal Hub, Lake Neutral, Satya Nagar Institutional Core and Making Bhubaneswar Socially Smart.
The redevelopment of Janpath Road as Smart Janpath includes streetscape design, beautification, landscaping, intersection redesign, and infrastructure upgrades with construction of new pavement and rehabilitation of existing pavement. The minister asked several questions on the different design interventions and how they would benefit citizens.
He appreciated the progress of all the projects coming under the Smart City Proposal and also advised the officials to give more emphasis on slum redevelopment and rehabilitation projects. He also said the city should finish all the listed projects in time.