BHUBANESWAR: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday inaugurated a slew of Smart City projects including Bhubaneswar Operations Centre (BOC), a state-of-art centralised command and control centre that will regulate all citizen centric services in the State Capital.The centre will monitor, operate and control the existing services like traffic signal monitoring system, grievance management, city transport, tracking of solid waste vehicle, street light management, city enforcement management and water tanker management.
Patnaik also inaugurated a new office of Bhubaneswar Smart City Limited (BSLC) at BMC-Bhawani Mall, smart parks in Saheed Nagar and adaptive traffic signal control system. Managing Director of BSLC and Municipal Commissioner Dr Krishan Kumar said more services will be integrated with BOC in the coming days. Besides, the centre will monitor water-logging menace and provide real-time decision support to deal with the situation.
The centre established with an investment of `75 crore, the biggest among all cities across India, will have a 24x7 surveillance system. The centre includes a massive video wall of more than 100 feet in length (with 16x2 configuration of 70 inch panels) which will be used to monitor traffic, CCTV footage, highly sophisticated sensor data and emergency services. Similarly, six parks in Saheed Nagar have been redesigned as interactive play space for children under smart park project. While four different parks divided by lanes have been integrated as a single park, BDA-OMC park and triangular park have also been redeveloped.
The adaptive traffic signal control system will ensure better traffic management and faster response to traffic conditions and emergencies. The project is 100 per cent solar power operated and covers over 50 major intersections across the city. Eight pelican signals near schools and institutions for safe crossing by pedestrians and cyclists have been developed under the project, the sources said. The Chief Minister also laid foundation stone for a sensory park for children with special needs and an integrated public service centre that will be developed on ‘one space-multiple uses’ concept and have facilities such as multipurpose hall, library, bill payment centre, dispensary, creche and skill centre.