New Delhi, India (Urban Transport News): Urban Mobility is one of the key sectors identified by Smart Cities under their plans with estimated investments of about Rs 42,000 crore. Smart Cities are implementing Smart Roads’ projects with the objective of transforming important mobility corridors, said Durga Shankar Mishra, Secretary, Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs today.
These Systems include features as Adaptive Traffic Signals, Red Light Violation Detection system, Automated Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) System, Sensor-based Parking Management System, National Common Mobility Card, etc.
Talking about the Chandigarh Smart City project, he said that Chandigarh is developing as a green & pollution free city. For this, Chandigarh Smart City is implementing Public Bike Sharing (PBS) System as one of its PPP projects with a network of 5,000 bicycles complemented by over 184 km of the cycle track infrastructure.
For promoting digital payments & cashless economy, Surat Smart City has launched a co-branded Surat Money Card, an Open Loop Smart Card. It empowers citizens to access various municipal services (transit and non-transit) using a single card. Being an open-loop card, this card is useful in the retail ecosystem outside SMC. Integrated with the Automatic Fare Collection System, Surat Money Card permits easy commute in City Bus & BRT through just tap-and-go, he added.
Chartered Bike in Bhopal Smart City is India’s first bike-sharing service. By choosing a bike for short distance commute, citizens can beat traffic, reduce pollution & remain healthy. 500 lightweight modern bikes are available in a closely spaced network of semi-automated stations.
Users can check out cycles at one station & return them to any other station in the network. Integrated with a smart fare collection system, these cycles are accessible through smartphones or smart cards.
To make public transit more attractive to commuters by making it more reliable, user-friendly, efficient, secure/ safe & economical, Indore Smart City has implemented Automatic Vehicle Location System, AFCS & Passenger Information System across the entire city buses infrastructure.
Jabalpur Smart City has developed a 1.2 km Non-Motorized Transport (NMT) corridor on Omti Nala. This pilot project has brought a visual appeal to the area & contributed to utilitarian changes of abutting land use. Public utilities are available all along this section.