‘IPSCDL did not have any problem with CCP’
A source at the Imagine Panaji Smart City Development Ltd (IPSCDL) revealed that the firm did not have any problem with the CCP over the Smart City works in the past, and was seeking help from the mayors.
All past may
ors Surendra Furtado and Vithal Chopdekar were very co-operative, and co-ordinated with the IPSCDL, the source added.
Under the Smart City Mission, which is the flagship programme of the Centre, the IPSCDL is undertaking Goa Intelligent City Management System-Panaji City (GICMS) project. The project includes putting in place city WiFi, city surveillance, ICT-enabled solid waste management, environmental sensors, intelligent traffic management system, smart parking, Integrated Command and Control Centre and Security Operation Centre (SOC); Larsen and Toubro Ltd has been awarded the said project for expeditious execution.
“Former mayor Vithal Chopdekar had written to IPSCDL on the installation of smart streetlight poles through the firm. And, one of its important themes was Smart and Sustainable Infrastructure and one of the key components was universally accessible walkways in city,” the source said.
Even Furtado had asked to show the councillors how universal walkways /pathways project can be implemented and had even asked for the feasibility report and proposed that it should prepare a DPR and then bring it before the corporation, the source
Even there was a request from Chopdekar to take up e-governance project of Corporation of City of Panaji, and even the councilor Madkaikar had expressed his opinion that ex-commissioner should have discussed the issue with the Mayor and then the e-governance would have gone through, during the earlier meet, the source said adding “this shows that IPSCDL has no grouse against any one, and if despite that the Mayor felt so, then CEO S Pal Chaudhury is willing to retrospect,” and added that the inclusion of the Commissioner in the IPSCDL board is not the decision of the firm, but it was the decision of the government.