Taking the smart city mission forward, the UT Administration has decided to make all the sectors ‘smart’ in the first phase itself instead of only four sectors, as planned earlier. Now, all the sectors of the city would get 24X7 water supply, sewerage disposal, designated car-free zones, smart water meters, smart grid, Wi-Fi spots, intelligent traffic lights. Apart from these, smart pipes will be connected with a wireless processor to help detect leakage in real time, with a system of online monitoring of the entire distribution in place everywhere. “Since Chandigarh is a small city, so it has been decided that instead of Area Based Development in these four sectors, we would implement it across the city,”said Baldeo Purushartha, nodal officer of the smart city mission and MC Commissioner. The administration had earlier decided to make all ‘smart features’ available for Sectors 17,22, 35 and 45 under the Area Based Development (ABD) plan initially. The retrofitting-based development of these sectors was decided via an opinion poll called from the public wherein 71 per cent voted for these four sectors.
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