Improving the state of governance in our cities is something that we can no longer afford to delay. In a bid to address these concerns, the Centre embarked on its Smart City Mission (SCM) in 2015.
Progress has been slow, but, the Madhya Pradesh government potentially took the first few steps towards fulfilling the mandate set by the SCM.
In Bhopal, the government launched India’s first Integrated Control and Command Centre (ICCC), and it is for all the seven smart cities in Madhya Pradesh—Bhopal, Indore, Ujjain, Gwalior, Jabalpur, Satna, and Sagar. The ICCC is located at the Bhopal Smart City Development Corporation Ltd. (BSCDCL) facility in the Berkheda area.
These utilities include traffic cameras, solid waste management units, meteorological department centres, dial 100 police vehicles, 108 ambulance services, street lights, water supply centres, and public buses, among others.
Based on this direct interface with citizens and real-time data this platform provides, authorities can make better-informed decisions and take pro-active measures.