Visakhapatnam: Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu launched an integrated Command and Control Centre (CCC) here on Saturday, a first step towards revitalising Vizag into a smart and more sustainable city.
The services introduced initially include, a revenue system, citizen charter, environmental data forecasting (pollution levels, temperatures and weather), bin monitoring, solid waste management, vehicle tracking, Energy Management System for street lighting and smart traffic and surveillance.
Planned along the lines of Rio de Janeiro’s Centro de Operacoes Rio, a permanent building for this CCC will come up in the RK Beach area as part of the Smart Cities Mission at an estimated budget of Rs 140 crore. It is likely to take another one or two years to develop fully.
The CCC, which primarily serves as an e-government centre, will also double up as a disaster management centre, housing several departments, including the GVMC, APPCB, Revenue, Tourism and Police, among others, and respond in a co-ordinated manner during an emergency.
Connecting together for the first time, multiple vital city-level services and providers on a single platform, the CCC is expected to usher in smarter and more efficient governance capabilities for GVMC, helping lay the foundation for implementing the city s smart city agenda.
It will have smart streetlighting dashboards, air quality monitoring, integration of the Water SCADA system for reservoir and city water distribution systems, more centralised solid waste monitoring capabilities, tools for revenue assurance and enhanced city surveillance, and green maps for urban forestry monitoring and beach safety.
GVMC Commissioner Pravin Kumar said that they would bring in more services in a phased manner, such as proactive revenue protection, mobile workforce management, video analytics, smart energy, open data portal and smart transportation in a phased manner to the centre.
Managing director & CEO Fluentgrid Limited (formerly known as Phoenix IT Solutions), Murali Krishna Gannamani, said that they had helped the GVMC set up and launch a state-of-the-art centralized CCC, “a large transformation initiative that will soon enable far-reaching benefits to the community and general improvement in city services.”...