Unlike many of the 99 other cities that have been picked for redevelopment as smart cities in the first instance, laid-back and leisurely Udaipur may have had a head start in its tryst with
The picturesque city of seven lakes and many hills on the Aravalli Range boasts of a population of approximately 5 lakh, relatively few vehicles, comparatively clean air and a
well-earned reputation as a favoured tourist destination with a rich heritage, attracting every year global and Indian tourists in numbers twice that of the city’s own population.
“Eternal Udaipur: Worlds favourite Lakeside Heritage City”
The underlying philosophy of the Vision statement: Udaipur has been known as the Venice of the East for its unique setting of beautiful lakes and heritage architecture. While
conserving its rich, legacy, the city would also innovate and adapt to the changing global environment to remain timeless in its appeal. It would thus create an urban ecosystem that
encourages the existing residents, institutions and businesses to thrive, while also emerging as an attractive destination for new inhabitants from across the world.
The vision relates to the city’s profile and context in several ways as also to the plethora of works being currently undertaken as part of the Smart City Initiative.
- Tourism would continue to drive the economic and social transformation in the City, as this will create the maximum job multipliers and consequent inclusive growth. The
potential is unlimited. The vision aims to strengthen the existing tourism base through conducive policy and infrastructure support, thereby fostering entrepreneurship and investment in a sustainable way. With an eye to achieving the same, extensive works have been undertaken to conserve the century old heritage structures within the City.
The city has a strong historic built fabric, mainly visible within the walled city, which is also the most visited part of Udaipur. The aim is to build upon Udaipur’s century old history by proposing a conservation area in the walled city to ensure any development is undertaken in a sensitive manner, and to use the built environment to promote the city and its identity.
- Smart, resilient Infrastructure: Despite the heritage value, the infrastructure in walled city is in need of major upgradation to sustain the demands of growing
tourism and urban activity. The smart city initiative presents the opportunity to overhaul the supporting infrastructure to international standards of hygiene,reliability and quality of water, power and clean transportation, etc. thereby making the area more resilient to future growth pressures. The Integrated Infrastructure Package taken as part of the Smart City Initiative is an effort made along the similar lines that aims to retrofit and overhaul the existing infrastructure within the Walled City
- Extensive Works have been undertaken in the field of Solid Waste Management (SWM) with an aim to improve the cleanliness of the overall surroundings, roads and open spaces within the City. Among the Works that have been undertaken in the area of SWM includes Capping and Land Reclamation of Old Solid Waste Dump site at Titardi, Bio remediation / Bio-mining of Old Dumped waste at Balicha, Development of an MRF (Materials Recovery Facility) Centre and Wet Waste Composting Unit at Titardi, Commissioning of decentralized Transfer Stations, Construction of C&D Waste Processing Units, Commissioning of 20 TPD capacity Bio-methanation plant, Development of Plastic Waste to Fuel Plant on VGF Basis at Balicha and Construction of 15 KLD FSTP Plant in Udaipur
- With a view to improve Urban Mobility within the City, Smart Car Parkings have been set up at various places within the City, State of the Art Smart Road Projects have been taken up at 2 locations within the City, Bus Q Shelters equipped with PIS and PAS Facilities have been set up at 50 Locations across the City and has been planned for 50 more Locations, and lastly Junction Improvement Initiative has been taken up at prime locations within the City
- To help reduce the Carbon footprint in the City as also to help connect the first mile and last mile connectivity initiatives such as Public Bicycle Sharing System have been taken up in addition to the adoption of various modes of eco-transport
- To help facilitate upliftment of Social Infrastructure while Smart Classrooms have been setup in different Government Schools both within and outside the Old City, works have been undertaken in various Schools and Anganwadis in order to not only provide a facelift to the existing structures but also to provide children with the basic necessities required for their upbringing.
- In the area of Sewerage Treatment, Udaipur Smart City Limited (USCL) conceptualized to develop a decentralized system for sewage treatment in the city of Udaipur with three sewage treatment plants at Eklingpura (25 MLD), FCI Godown (10 MLD) and Karjali House (5 MLD) on SBR or Higher technology on PPP mode to develop a total 60 MLD sewerage treatment capacity in the city.
For the 1st time in Rajasthan, STPs’ are being constructed under the Hybrid Annuity Model. Capacity has been increased from 20 MLD to 60 MLD. Current Sewerage
Discharge is 57 MLD. Therefore, for the first time the treatment capacity will commensurate with the discharge.
- Lastly in addition to the setting up of a Central Command and Control Centre, with aview to interconnect the City with ICT based smart networks for easy delivery of
services and monitoring the maintenance, management and health of assets, theiroutput parameters on real time basis, for immediate fault identification, and for possible optimisation of resources, all of which will yield significant benefits over costs on a life-cycle analysis efforts are underway. In line with the efforts taken up in the field of ICT, the City will in the near future shall boast of a robust intelligent traffic management system with state of art surveillance and a city based app providing a one stop shop for all the Citizens(including the Tourists visiting the City) catering to all their daily needs.