Considering the need for knowledge sharing and partnership and also challenges to overcome the existing knowledge gaps of city development based on smart concepts, a case driven approach was proposed where cities interested or prioritized by GoI for smart city development and key officials associated with city management were invited for an exposure visit to Singapore - a smart city. The exposure visit promised to empower participants with knowledge about holistic approach towards smart city development with emphasis on understanding the key aspects of a smart city DNA - liveability, workability and sustainability.
The objective of the exposure visit to Rajkot was to study the good urban practices with unique technical, financial and sustainable aspects at RMC. In all, eight officials Kanpur, Lucknow, Asansol - Durgapur and Bhubaneswar along with two representatives from NIUA participated in the visit. The programme was inaugurated by the Mayor and the Municipal Commissioner of Rajkot. Prior to the project site visits, officials from RMC presented. Various projects implemented under the JnNURM were visited. An excerpt of these is provided below:
- RITE e-Governance Services: Both the RITE e-Governance and m-Governance services initiated by RMC provide different citizen centric services, back office administration services, alert services, interactive services and management services and are provided through 24x7 transaction kiosks, online payment, interactive Voice Response System, Mobile services, City Civic Centres and Post Offices.
- Raiya Water Treatment Plant (WTP): To overcome problems of scarce water supply, RMC has proposed water supply projects for an estimated cost of 85.62 cr. One such completed WTP project was visited.
- Solid Waste Management (SWM): An integrated solid waste processing facility where private partner processes the waste on no-cost basis and generates income through sale of by-products like organic fertilizer, RDF, ecobricks, sand, etc was made.
- B.R.T.S (Blue) Corridor Project: Phase 1 of the total 63 kms proposed BRTS Corridor has been successfully completed for a stretch of 10.7 kms and has 11 AC public transport buses operating.
- BSUP: Housing for urban poor under JnNURM - BSUP scheme has been constructed. Some of the houses have already been handed over to beneficiaries through a lottery system.
Apart from these, participants also visited the Solar Energy Project initiated by RMC. Another important feature was installation of solar energy units and rainwater harvesting plants at the residential units in some areas. The exposure visit basically helped to visualise some of the best urban practices in urban infrastructure projects like roads, BRTS, BSUP, SWM and also heritage areas of the city under JnNURM.
NIUA, under the CA grant for PEARL Project of Ministry of Urban Development organized a study tour to Seoul (Korea) from 1st to 5th April, 2013. The purpose of the study tour was to learn from Korea’s PPP models for financing land and transport. The focus was not only on how individual projects on PPP basis or urban renewal projects were delivered, but also on the institutional, regulatory and governance structures that were developed to support effective delivery of such projects.
An Exposure visit to Pune and Pimpri Chichwad Municipal Corporations for the Mayors and Councilors from Mission Cities under JnNURM was organized under the PEARL Programme on 30th and 31st January 2013. This was organized by the Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD) in collaboration with the National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA), New Delhi. The objective of the exposure visit was to showcase the successful projects completed by the hosting cities under JnNURM and share their experience.
A “National Exposure Visit to view Urban Initiatives under JnNURM Projects in Nanded”,was undertaken as part of PEARL where a well performing city (i.e. Nanded) is visited by the cities who are keen on learning from that city with an objective to share and transfer capabilities from the former to the latter. In this connection, a two day visit was organised by Nanded Waghala City Municipal Corporation for Executives in collaboration with Ministry of Urban Development and NIUA.
Training cum Exposure visit to the Elected Representative and the officials of the Urban Local Bodies representing the NURM cities and towns from North East States and Jammu and Kashmir was organised by National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA) in collaboration with the State Institute for Urban Development (SIUD), ATI, Mysore from 26th February to 29th February 2012. The objectives of the Exposure visit was to show case the Works undertaken by the implementing Agencies of JNNURM.
“Exposure cum Group Workshops for Women Councilors from mission cities under JnNURM”, where a better performing city is visited by other cities who are keen on learning from that city with an objective to share and transfer capabilities from the former to the latter was recently held under the PEARL Project.
This exposure visit followed the objective of PEARL i.e. to create manageable networks between JNNURM cities for cross learning and knowledge sharing on urban reforms and city governance so that objectives of the mission can be successfully achieved to make cities more livable, economically vibrant and environmentally sustainable.