RailTel Corporation of India Ltd is a Mini Ratna Public Sector Unit (PSU) under the Ministry of Railways that has been assigned a work order by the Department of Revenue and Disaster Management, Government of Puducherry, for the purpose of designing, developing, supplying, installing, testing, commissioning, and operations and maintenance (O&M) for Puducherry Smart City’s Integrated Command Control Centre (ICCC) and other associated activities for five years.
The estimated total value of the work order is Rs 170.11cr (including GST) which will be completed in 10 months’ time.
As per the official statement, RailTel has been selected through competitive bidding and it is the first smart city project awarded by Puducherry Government.
It further said that besides ICCC, the project includes Data Center Disaster Recovery (DC-DR), On Street Parking Management, Intelligent Traffic Management System, Creation of online/mobile based platform to facilitate tourists and visitors, City level application and Smart Dashboard, Smart Kiosks, Smart Poles with CCTV, Wi-Fi, Air Quality Monitoring, Digital Billboard etc.
According to Sanjai Kumar, Chairman and Managing Director of RailTel,
“Smart Cities Mission (SCM) launched by the Government of India is a very ambitious program with the objective to ensure people gain access to core infrastructure, a clean and sustainable environment, and a decent quality of life through the application of smart solutions.”
It has been noted that several cities where the ICCC is implemented are becoming cleaner due to monitoring of cleaning work through CCTV cameras leading to a reduction in instances of garbage throwing, littering, urination in public, and nighttime burning of garbage etc. Moreover, the Intelligent Transit Management System has helped cities to improve its operational efficiency by reducing their operational cost while improving services.
Smart City Centres are also providing technical support in ensuring better safety of women on the streets, environment sensitivity of people, faster response and better preparedness for emergencies and disasters.
The Puducherry order is an important step for RailTel to enter this business segment which is close to our core competence.