Kochi To Be One Of India's First Integrated Smart Cities
Express Computer|April 2019
Kochi To Be One Of India's First Integrated Smart Cities

THE KOCHI SMART CITY MISSION will have an investment of 1500 crore. Kochi Metro Rail has an overall investment of 9000 crore, which also includes, the soon to be launched Kochi Water Metro. The plan is to have an open data initiative, wherein smart city, metro rail, feeder vehicles and water metro will run in absolute alignment

Abhishek Raval

A total of 700 crore of work is already tendered and under construction, under the Kochi Smart City Mission. The work is underway in areas of Intelligent Traffic Management System (ITMS), Integrated Command and Control Communications Centre (ICCC), Smart Poles, roads, solar rooftops, e-governance programmes, public bicycle sharing system and sewerage management.

The data is collected and pooled from the ITMS and ICCC to devise digital solutions for the benefit of citizens. A mobile app has been launched and the digital solutions are made available on it.

Data from the 10 departments of the Municipal Corporation will be collected at the ICCC, over a dashboard. Decisions will be taken with proactiveness on the basis of technology-enabled alerts. For e.g. in case of a street light in a particular ward, which is shut since the last one hour, can be tracked and resolved as soon as it is reported. Citizens can also complain to the ICCC. For instance, in case of water leakage on the road, citizens can lodge a complaint on the mobile app and immediate action will be taken by the water department. Currently, there are cases of local people and councilor complaining about similar instances. Different departments of the corporation can closely coordinate and operate as one unit, instead of operating in silos. The ICCC is under the primary stage of construction.

IT interventions are also being used for multi-level car parking. The e-health project is under implementation. It’s a medical health advisory based IT intervention. The smart poles are not just used as an energy tower, but they also serve as a mobile tower.

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