Kota has been chosen as one of four smart cities in the state of Rajasthan. The aim of the programme is to introduce systems that will ultimately improve the quality of life for local citizens.
The Indian government is committed to the creation of 100 smart cities across the nation. The smart city concept encompasses a wide range of approaches and solutions aimed at meeting the needs of India’s rapidly growing urban population. Fundamental to smart city proposals is the need to ensure that the water supply and sanitation requirements of the city are met. To achieve this, Kota City, with its current population of 1.1 million, has major plans for the improvement of existing infrastructure and introduction of smart technologies. Potential solutions include lake development, 24/7 water supply, rainwater harvesting, sanitation improvements, integrated urban road development, lighting, energy security and the improvement of gardens, parks and open spaces.
Kota Smart City - the company responsible for the work - has commissioned Royal HaskoningDHV in joint venture with STUP Consultants to provide project management consultancy services including design, construction supervision and project management for infrastructure solutions.
The team will also provide various ‘smart’ solutions as part of a scope of work encompassing the installation of systems such as smart metering, command control centres and area-wide internet.
Mr JVL Narayana, managing director of Royal HaskoningDHV’s water business in India, said: “We are looking forward to providing innovative solutions which will improve the city’s resilience and ensure that Kota City is ready for any challenges that lie ahead.”