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Smart Technology Can Make Or Break A Smart City

BY LODHA
15 July, 2016

Smart cities are the need of the hour and they have to adopt and take advantage of information, communication technologies and data analytics to improve the management of traffic, solid waste, energy, water and citizen services.

Nestled in 330 acres of sylvan surroundings and home to over 5,000 residents, India’s Rashtrapati Bhavan is being given an ‘intelligent’ makeover with smart technologies and devices like smart meters and smart security, water and waste-management solutions besides smart citizen services.

To ensure that all these services are connected and work seamlessly but without destroying the iconic institution’s heritage, the self-sustained presidential estate in New Delhi now has an Intelligent Operations Centre (IOC) that was launched by President Pranab Mukherjee on 19 May.

The IOC system, implemented by International Business Machines Corp. (IBM), has been integrated with the electrical billing system to provide data on consumption patterns of consumers, public and common areas within the estate. Given that Rashtrapati Bhavan consumes over 100,000 units of electricity daily, the move will help optimize energy management.

Additionally, newer eco-friendly technology such as solar power, LED lamps for street lighting and other applications to reduce energy consumptions are deployed. IBM has also mapped all water domain assets such as underground water reservoirs, pump locations and tube well assets the entire water distribution pipeline on a Geographical Information Systems (GIS) layer to enable faster diagnostic and resolution of water incidents, and allow residents to track complaints in real-time.

IBM has also mapped waste management from waste bin collections, rickshaw routes, disposals, landfill, and processing onto its IOC system. A mobile app platform assists teams in maintaining a cleaner estate. Besides, a Citizens Mobile App, created by IBM’s IOC allows residents to report issues using the web and mobile. The data will be supplied to city offices which can use the insights to make informed decisions.

“The move to convert the Rashtrapati Bhavan into a smart city is unique not because of the significance of that institution but because we also had to preserve its heritage, which means that we could not simply redo the place and put up a lot of instrumentation that would mar the look of the place,” Prashant Pradhan, director-smarter planet business, IBM India and South Asia, said.

As with the work done in the Rashtrapati Bhavan, a poster-boy for the government’s Smart Cities vision, a typical smart city would take advantage of information and communications technologies (ICT) and data analytics to improve the management of traffic, solid waste, energy, water and citizen services. While smart transportation can reduce traffic congestion and air pollution with the help of parking meters and sensors, enhancing surveillance systems can reduce the crime rate and create a smart public safety system. A smart city’s power distribution infrastructure would be built on smart grid technologies and integrated with power demand patterns and grid supply variations.

Cisco Systems Inc. has been collaborating with several state governments in India for Smart City projects across areas like surveillance, smart cities, automation, etc. Cisco recently named Jaipur as the first Smart + Connected Community Lighthouse City in South Asia. The Cisco Lighthouse City status credential is assigned to a select list of cities all over the world.

Cisco has also established a Smart City surveillance system in Lucknow with 280 cameras, 10,000 drones and night-vision mobile vans. Smart surveillance projects that drive citizen safety with round-the-clock monitoring will make digital crime fighting a key focus area.

Vizag Smart City is equipped with the Andhra Pradesh (AP) fibre Net, a state-wide broadband project. Cisco has announced an Internet of Everything (IoE) Innovation Centre in Vizag and is also deploying technologies like Smart Wi-Fi, Smart Safety and Security, Smart Lighting, Smart Parking, Smart Transport, Smart Bus Stops, Smart Kiosks, a Remote Expert for government Services (REGS) and Smart Education.

Microsoft Corp. has partnered with the Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) in Gujarat to transform Surat; the hub of India’s diamond trade into a smart city. Surat is the fourth-fastest growing city in the world, with a population of 5 million and a business hub that processes 80% of the world’s diamonds and meets 40% of India’s demand for textiles, according to Milind Torawane, Surat’s municipal commissioner. SMC is working with Microsoft and its partners to develop solutions for water management and urban planning (building plan approvals). Surat has already implemented several e-governance and citizen-centric solutions developed on Microsoft technologies, including those for property tax and revenue collections and material management. Microsoft has also created a city dashboard that provides a customized view of key performance indicators for the city.

Palava’s smart technology, for which it has partnered with IBM, also extends to 500 surveillance cameras that capture real-time data and, in future, will support face recognition for entry and have panic alarms every 200 metres. A smart card given to all Palava citizens will allow cashless transactions at retail centres, access to bus service, public Wi-Fi within the city’s premises, buildings and commercial points of entry.

The fact that cities are bursting at the seams is not lost on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government, which, on 29 April 2015, signed off on a plan to create 100 ‘smart cities’ and the rolling out of a new five-year urban development mission for 500 cities. The combined cost: Rs.1 trillion. This January, the government selected 20 cities, including five state capitals, to launch its larger urban makeover plan—the first phase of the larger plan to set up 100 smart cities. The next round of the competition is to select 40 cities this year.

To be sure, there are major challenges that the government needs to address as it goes about the task of building smart cities. Besides, building a smart city is “not always about IT but is more about smartly designing a city” according to Jaijit Bhattacharya, partner, infrastructure and government services, at consulting firm KPMG.

Bhattacharya pointed out that most of the work that technology companies are doing for the designated smart cities so far has been ‘pro bono’, implying that now tenders will have to be floated to execute the projects. According to Bhattacharya, a “command and control system (referring to the IOC) is important but there is also a need for a common IT architecture for all states, failing which they (the states) will have to retrofit this”.

Another hurdle is that India has a federal democratic structure, so it needs the cooperation and coordination of states, coupled with that of urban local bodies, to build smart cities.

This article first appeared on Live Mint.

Read more to find out how Palava has adopted smart technology for a brighter future on Palava’s website.

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Airoli-Katai Naka Freeway’s Second Phase Estimated to be Completed in 2024

BY LODHA
19 November, 2020

Work on Airoli-Katai Naka Freeway in full swing, first phase set to be completed by May 2023.

Will reduce travel time to Palava by 30 mins.
 

As per the latest report, the first phase of the Airoli-Katai Naka Freeway is expected to be completed by May 2023. Once ready, the 12 kms long Airoli Katai Naka Freeway will provide direct and quick access to people travelling from Mumbai to Kalyan and Badlapur region. Airoli Katai Naka elevated road will decongest the heavy traffic and will bring Palava closer to Mumbai, cutting travel time by 30 mins. Additionally, the work of Palava Junction flyover will now be fast tracked owing to the approval from Central Railway. This will decongest the traffic flow and provide traffic-free access into Palava.

MMRDA has already started the work on the Airoli Katai Naka freeway which is being constructed in 3 phases – a link between Thane-Belapur road and NH4 (phase 1), elevated road from Airoli to Thane-Belapur (phase 2) and a link between NH4 and Katai Naka (phase 3). Work is on full swing for a tunnel at the Parsik Hill and Airoli Katai Naka elevated road near Airoli Bridge.


Snapshot of work in progress of Airoli Katai Naka road

1.7 km long tunnel through Parsik Hill




Elevated section of Airoli Katai Naka freeway near Airoli Bridge

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Casa Carnival

BY LODHA
18 March, 2018

Watch out for the upcoming Casa Carnival

Casa Carnival is a fun-fair evening organised in Palava by the Palava Citizen Management Association. To be held at the Amphitheatre, by the Rio riverside promenade, it promises to entertain all with funfilled games, delicious food, shopping avenues and more. The last carnival saw over 800 residents revel together from the Casa Bella neighbourhood.

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Fun And Frolic At The 2nd Casa Carnival!

BY LODHA
29 April, 2016

The second Casa Carnival was held at the Rio amphitheatre at Palava on 17th April 2016. With an array of mouthwatering snacks, beautifully handcrafted goods and electrifying performances it enthralled all family and friends. There was something for everybody, shoppers indulged in beautiful artifacts and jewellery, friends competed at game stalls and kids bounced high in air castles. The evening was enlivened by a series of dance performances beginning with little ones dancing to Bollywood beats, followed by folk dances, Garba and a dash of hip hop! And in addition to this action, guests were treated to two flash mob performances! The Palava Citizen Management Association was delighted to host wonderful guests, and make the evening bigger, better and bolder for them all. Here are some glimpses of that weekend. For those who missed out, we hope to see you at the next one!

A number of stalls were set up where our citizens displayed their handicrafts, jewellery, home made food and much more.

The air castle was every child’s favourite spot.

The amphitheatre was packed with people. From the minute the electrifying performances began, till the very end, the audience was absolutely entertained.

Everyone was surprised by the flash mob. It definitely was the highlight of the evening!

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Palava’s Go Green Initiative

BY LODHA
20 June, 2016

Palava laid the foundation of a green future for generations to come with the Go Green initiative that kickstarted in May last year. Organised by PCMA with the support of the citizens, this initiative encourages each to do their bit for the environment while enjoying fun weekends bonding with their neighbours.

The Go Green initiative held across the weekends saw young and old citizens plant over 5,000 saplings of various trees including Coconut and Sita Ashok, across the neighbourhoods of Palava. Guided by the city’s expert horticulturists, the citizens planted saplings from the Palava’s own nursery located at Posari, a few kilometres away from the city. With each passing weekend, citizens participated with double the enthusiasm, toiling with shovels and getting their hands dirty in the mud. 

Palava’s Go Green initiative has been immensely successful, thanks to the overwhelming support from its people. Citizens of all ages came out on the weekends, put on their caps and planted several saplings. While parents felt there was no better way to have their children bond with nature, children couldn’t get enough of the saplings and gave them each a nickname to remember!

Palava citizens appreciated the initiative that made their environment greener and cleaner. Owing to the success of the events and the spirit in which Palava citizens participated, Go Green initiative led to the onset of Go Green tours that took citizens to spend an afternoon at Palava’s nursery. Such has been the support towards this initiative that now Go Green activities are being featured regularly in the city calendar through the year. Today, Palava is home to over 20,000 trees and the number only keeps growing!

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December 2016 Brings to You Palava’s Biggest Art and Cultural Festival, Tarang!

BY LODHA
16 December, 2016

Palava Tarang is the city’s cultural festival that brings together some of the most renowned names from the field of art, music, and theater together to Palava. It keeps in mind the city`s vision of promoting various arts and culture initiatives.

‘Palava Tarang’, the festival that celebrates performing arts and culture began in 2015. Last year the event showcased maestros of music, dance, and theatre. The event took place over a period of four weeks and it explored the diverse art forms from across India. Artists such as Padmavibushan Hariprasad Chaurasia and Padmashri Ustad Rashid Khan enlivened the Palava Amphitheatre with their soulful performances.

This year things are a little different at Tarang 2016. The lineup this year includes the Indie rock band Indian Ocean, who are widely regarded as one of India’s foremost indie-rock band along with the folk-rock band Swarathma, who are known to leave the audience enthralled. The show also brings to you one of India’s finest sitarist Niladri Kumar.

As we see a day of incredible performances from some of India`s best-known artists we also see an entire day dedicated to the young ones in the family. To get your kids in a creative mood we have Rob, India’s biggest and most popular kids’ icon conducting his workshop ‘Mad Stuff With Rob’. Meanwhile, to bring back your childhood memories we have an enchanting retelling of Alice in Wonderland in the form of ‘Dastan Alice Ki’. We end the day on a happy note as Story Circus performs Tik Tak Tales, it’s fun Hinglish play which can be enjoyed by people across all age groups.

Schedule:

Saturday, 17th December

4 pm – MAD Stuff with Rob | 6 pm – Dastan Alice Ki | 8 pm – Tik Tak Tales |
11 am to 9 pm – Flea market & exciting cuisines

Sunday. 18th December

3.30 pm – Kramashah | 4 pm – Swarathma | 5.30 pm – Indian Ocean | 7.30 pm – Niladri Kumar |
11 am to 9 pm – Flea market & exciting cuisines

So, come along to celebrate art, music and our vibrant culture at Tarang 2016. Book your tickets now on bit.ly/Tarang-2016 to have a memorable weekend!

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The champions come out to play at Palava Junior League

BY LODHA
16 November, 2018

Palava’s football field became the arena for excitement and fun as the second edition of the Palava Junior League took centre stage over the weekends of 29-30th September and 6-7th October, 2018.

The Palava Junior League is a 7-a-side football tournament that takes place across three main categories- Under 10, Under 12 and Under 14. This year, the championship saw an unprecedented number of teams participating and the ground was packed with cheering parents and lived ones.

Among the 154 of clubs and schools across Mumbai participating in this competition with over 1500 players, The Rising Star took the Under-10 title, while Father Agnel’s took the Under-12 and Braveheart Academy was crowned the Under-14 champions.

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The city welcomes a Green Ganesha

BY LODHA
16 November, 2018

Palava has always been envisioned as a green and environmentally conscious city. To further the same, this year Palava introduced a green Ganesha.

Replicating Mayureshwar of Morgaon, the first among the Asthavinayakas, renowned artist Haribaabu Naatesan created a Ganesh idol made completely of alum. Placed in Xperia Mall for 5 days, the Ganesha attracted shoppers and visitors alike who were seen seeking blessings.

Alum, locally known as ‘fitkari’, is a natural ingredient that is known for its purifying capabilities since the ancient times. The Ganesha idol at Palava, on visarjan, did not pollute the water but in fact cleaned it.

Palava has always been conscious of keeping natural surroundings clean and building new means of sustainability. The Green Ganesha further established the desire of the city to be seen as an environment friendly enclave.

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Situated in the economic triangle of Navi Mumbai, Thane and Kalyan, Palava is set to become India’s next metropolis.

Conveniently located, Palava offers effortless connectivity to major business hubs, so that getting to work is always a breeze.

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