Dehradun is all set to be developed into Uttarakhand’s first ‘smart city’, which will be equipped to provide its residents IT-enabled assured services monitored through a 24X7 online integrated command and control system. The concept will be modelled on Rio, one of the world’s most efficient smart cities in Brazil.
“We have decided to develop Dehradun as the state’s first smart city on the pattern of Rio de Janeiro, which has bagged a World Smart City Award,” said Ashish Kumar Srivastava, vice chairman, Mussoorie Dehradun Development Authority. Srivastava was part of a delegation of officials who recently returned after an eight-day study tour of Rio and Brasilia, the Brazilian capital.
“Our choice fell on Rio because it is a smart city, which was built at a low cost but offers the world’s most advanced services,” he said in an interview with Hindustan Times on Friday.
The Dehradun smart city project worth Rs 1200 crore would be implemented by June next year, Srivastava said. The process of its implementation will start in November by inviting requests for proposals from experts to be involved in the project.
“It will take 21 days in selection of experts and immediately after that its (project) implementation will start,” said the official. “Dehradun will witness a complete turnaround following implementation of the smart city project based on the internationally recognised Rio model.”
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