Transforming Bhopal, its Tradition, and Heritage into a leading destination for Smart, Connected, and Eco-Friendly communities focusing on Education, Research, Entrepreneurship, and Tourism is the vision for a City of Lakes. Bhopal is the 14th largest and 3rd greenest smart city in India. The city was also ranked 3rd in best governance and administrative practices by a renowned Not for profit organization (Janagraha). It is also ranked as the 27th least polluted city amongst 102 cities in Asia. The economy of Bhopal is split between contemporary and traditional industries. MSMEs, which account for more than 7100 billion dollars in exports, require special attention since they may create jobs and allow for skill development.
Despite significant investments in electrical machinery and the transportation industry, tourism, government, education, and health care are the driving forces behind the city's image. Bhopal is home to a slew of national and state-level government agencies and financial institutions. The city's major unit belongs to BHEL, the world's largest manufacturing and engineering company. Many prestigious enterprises are headquartered in Mandideep, a Bhopal industrial suburb, including Eicher, Crompton Greaves, Procter & Gamble, Larsen & Turbo, Fujitsu, and HEG. A Software & Hardware Technology Park is being built in Bhopal by the Madhya Pradesh State Electronics Development Corporation Ltd. Multinational corporations (MNCs) such as Taurus Microsystems, Fujitsu, and Genpact want to establish operations at this Technology Park.
The industrial sector now employs roughly 28000 people directly, with that number expected to rise to 45000 in the next 3-5 years. Bhopal is home to some of the country's most prestigious research facilities and educational institutions. Bhopal competes in the league of cities with the unique mix of industrial presence, research, and a large talent pool thanks to ISRO's Master Control Facility, AIIMS, National Law Academy, MANIT, and SPA, as well as 200 engineering, management, and medical schools.
STRENGTHS OF OUR CITY
Bhopal's magnificent geography and surroundings, along with solid government, have made it one of the most liveable and happy cities in the world. The city appears to have a high tourism potential and the ability to create an atmosphere favorable to commercial growth, allowing Bhopal to be a forerunner in the next economic wave fuelled by the Smart City Mission. Bhopal is centrally located in India, with excellent train, road, and air access. This is a fundamental requirement for attracting investment and industry. There are around 1200 MSMEs in Bhopal. Electrical machinery and transportation equipment businesses have a lot of money invested in them. As the state capital, the city gets significant investments and government attention since it is the engine of the area's economy. Its closeness to Mumbai also facilitates access to India's financial hub. Bhopal is home to several of the country's most prestigious educational institutions, including Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology, National Law Academy, School of Planning and Architecture, and IISER, making it one of the country's most important educational centers.
POTENTIAL OPPORTUNITIES IN THE CITY OF LAKES
Bhopal is renowned as the "City of Lakes" because of its fourteen lakes, which make it a popular tourist destination. Bhopal has a plethora of historical buildings and art and cultural institutes, such as Bharat Bhavan and the National Museum of Man, which make tourism a key draw. Three UNESCO World Heritage Sites are within 50 kilometers of the city, adding to the city's tourist potential.
There is a lot of opportunity for the government's current land pool to be used profitably for developing residential/commercial hubs. The tourist business, as well as adjacent industries such as hotels, restaurant chains, and travel agents, have a lot of room to grow. Local engineering, medical, and management institutes will provide lots of new talent to industries wishing to set up shop in Bhopal. The establishment of a Health/Medical Hub in support of AIIMS might convert Bhopal into a major medical hub in central India.
CHALLENGES IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF BHOPAL
Urban sprawl wastes resources by necessitating the development of utility networks and lengthening travel times within the metropolis. This must be addressed by long-term urban design changes. While there are several education institutes that produce new talent, there may be a need to increase education quality and curriculum standards to suit industrial expectations. Cleanliness is a big problem that necessitates infrastructure and monitoring. In the absence of a creative funding mechanism, projects connected to waste management and sanitation necessitate a large financial expenditure.
Inadequate basic infrastructure, particularly in the areas of sanitation and waste management, is a major source of contamination. Bhopal's urban expansion has yet to be contained. A population of 2 million people lives in a 450-square-kilometer municipal region and an 800-square-kilometer planning area. Infrastructure sustainability is being threatened by uncontrolled sprawl. The desire for travel is steadily increasing. Congestion is caused by a high rate of vehicle population expansion and fewer options of local transportation with a smaller service area. Graduating students are being forced to look for work outside of the city due to a lack of job possibilities.
WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS OF A SMART CITY?
SMART ROAD PROJECT
BSCDCL launched the Smart Road Project. people with the goal of serving the people with road connectivity, as well as smart features such as wise smart poles to provide internet services and lighting with CCTV monitoring, weather reporting, and pollution level detectors. These poles have been put 5 in number at equal distances beginning with Bharat Mata square (Ch.0+000) and ending at ploy technique square (Ch.2+200).
BHOPAL CITY GIS
Smart Map Bhopal is an enterprise-wide web-based GIS solution built on the ArcGIS platform that works across many online and mobile platforms. The GIS System will give a detailed representation of the Bhopal City area with multiple points of interest (POI) layers that will assist city managers and inhabitants in locating POIs and obtaining information about them. This approach makes government data more available to citizens; it not only includes several map data formats for citizens to examine and evaluate, but it also allows citizens to genuinely engage by offering input and reporting problems. Smart Map Bhopal GIS Application is now available for Bhopal citizens, with over 100 layers covering a wide range of points of interest and heritage SITES.
SADAR MANZIL ADAPTIVE REUSE AND HERITAGE CONSERVATION
Bhopal is a city of lakes and tradition, with 114 cultural monuments and some lovely surroundings. Sadar Manzil, one of Bhopal's most notable historical structures recognized for its blend of Asian and Western architectural forms, is being rebuilt and will soon become a tourist attraction. Sadar Manzil will now feature a gallery, performance space, museum, and other amenities. The municipal administration, which is currently planning a refurbishment, is eager to restore the building's original splendor and dignity.
AUTOMATED FARE COLLECTING AND INCOME MANAGEMENT SYSTEM
The Revenue Management System will collect and manage all revenue produced by Automatic Ticket vending Machines (ATVM) and points of sale.
- Point of Sale: 14 Point of Sale counters have been set up across the city to give Smart Passes to Bhopal commuters.
- Electronic Ticketing Vending Machine (ETVM): ETVMs are used to issue electronic tickets on all buses.
- Off-Board Fare Collection Solution for BRTS Buses.
- Feeder bus fare collection solution
- On-board video recording using two CCTV cameras and synchronizing the feed over Wi-Fi anytime the bus is at the bus terminal.
- Management Information System (MIS): A system for recording, archiving, and producing reports from the ITS given.
Bhopal is one of twenty cities chosen in the first round of the Government of India's smart cities competition (GoI). The Area Based Development (ABD) proposal for Bhopal involves the reconstruction of 342 acres of North and South TT Nagar, making it the sole redevelopment and rehabilitation project among the 100 smart cities chosen by the GoI.
THE SHIVAJI NAGAR
The redevelopment & rehabilitation project aims to maximize the value of unused government land in the city's central business district. It will completely change the land into a model that is both environmentally benign and financially viable. It will merge all smart city characteristics into a new urban landscape, guaranteeing that people and buildings have a healthy interaction with each other. It is strategically placed between two major transportation axes (BRTS and projected Metro) and incorporates ToD concepts to create a compact, walkable, and sustainable spatial morphology.
BHOPAL SMART PARKING
Bhopal is fast developing in the contemporary environment, owing to the city's rising population. Wherever there are people, there is traffic, and as the population grows, so does traffic. The Bhopal smart city has various ideas to address the traffic issue. Parking will be made available in busy places such as the New Market, City Market, Bittan Market, and others. These parking spots would feature a variety of capabilities, such as parking infringement detection, online portal booking, smart meters, and so on. In all, this project would have an impact on people by providing integrated smart parking solutions that offer rapid, speedier entry with single spot identification, real-time parking recommendations, and the ability for guests to reserve a parking slot. This would also give a smart answer to the city's journey time, carbon emissions, search time, and traffic congestion. It also enhances traffic flow within the parking lot through effective design and creation.
INTELLIGENT TRANSPORTATION MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (ITMS)
As part of smart city initiatives, Bhopal Smart City Development Corporation Limited (BSCDCL) has undertaken a project for smart traffic management – Integrated Traffic Management System (ITMS), which will provide greater information to authorities in order for them to proactively manage the ongoing traffic situation, improve traffic discipline through effective enforcement, increase road safety by preventing accidents, and allow citizens to make informed travel choices. With ITMS, the entire strain of traffic on the roadways will be reduced, resulting in increased reliability for people and local companies, hence increasing overall productivity levels.
PROJECT FOR SMART POLES AND INTELLIGENT STREET LIGHTS
Under the Smart Cities Mission, Bhopal has started India's first public-private partnership (PPP)-based on smart poles and an intelligent street lighting project. The project is innovatively organized in such a way that it provides bundled smart services to people while providing the municipal authority with the best value for money.
THE MAYOR'S EXPRESS
Mayor Express (Dynamic Market Place) has been developed to make domestic work of Bhopal city's citizens available simply and over the phone, with 12 domestic services such as carpenter, electrician, plumber, driver, painter, and so on included. The people of the city are given facilities.
VISION OF THE GREEN AND BLUE MASTER PLAN
To make Bhopal the most liveable, environmentally sustainable, and self-sufficient city in the country by employing the most advanced sustainable growth planning methodologies. The research will focus on five important sectors: energy, buildings, waste, and water, green and blue cover, and transportation. Specific interventions have been proposed in various areas to reduce energy consumption, boost energy efficiency, and transition to greener fuels.
The following are the primary goals of the Green and Blue Master Plan for Bhopal Smart City:
- To create and execute policies, initiatives, and projects that promote integrated urban planning and environmental management, therefore improving the social and environmental sustainability of urban infrastructure and services.
- In stages, attain 100 percent green buildings and neighborhoods.
- To provide essential services (such as water supply, sewerage, and urban transportation) to all families and to construct facilities for all.
- To arrange the optimal use of land parcels.
PUBLIC BIKE-SHARING SYSTEM
Under the PAN city project of the Smart City Mission, Bhopal Smart City Development Corporation Limited intends to develop a Cycle Sharing System to give a low-cost, environmentally-friendly mobility option to city inhabitants. Cycle sharing is a versatile form of personalized public transportation. Cycles are offered in a network of semi-automated stations that are closely spaced. Cycles can be checked out at one station and returned to any other station in the network.
ICCC (INTEGRATED CONTROL AND COMMAND CENTRE)
To handle city operations in seven cities, the Madhya Pradesh Urban Administration and Development Department (MPUADD) plans to construct a Common Cloud-based Data Centre for Smart Cities (CCDCSC) and an Integrated City Command and Control Centre (ICCC) for each. This will be utilized to make cities smarter by managing the operations of the smart components installed across the cities. This would eventually benefit the people of Madhya Pradesh's smart cities by utilizing ICT as the backbone and seamless integration with all necessary & existing ICT systems / Smart components. The common CCDCSC is being developed with the best use of resources from all seven cities in mind.
SOLAR CITY BHOPAL
It is one of the first 20 cities chosen in the first round of the smart cities challenge as part of the Government of India's (GoI) smart cities mission (SCM) to execute the smart city plan (SCP). This requires that at least 10% of the power consumed come from renewable sources. As part of the solar city objective, Bhopal Smart City Development Corporation Limited has taken the initiative to create green electricity through the building of rooftop solar power plants. To accomplish the same, BMC signed an agreement with Solar Energy Corporation of India, New Delhi, for the installation of 3MW and 1MW rooftop solar projects with MP Urja Vikas Nigam Limited, Bhopal.
BIOGAS PLANT FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY
The idea of a biogas plant is founded on the principle that "Nothing Should Go Waste" and that all organic waste products should be put to good use in order to provide high returns in terms of Biogas and Organic Manure. The waste-to-energy facility will use municipal solid trash on a daily basis to make biogas, which will subsequently be used to generate electricity to power street lights at Bittan Market.
SMART CITY BHOPAL & THE WORLD OF REAL ESTATE
Under the Smart City Development of Bhopal, a total of 940 projects were introduced by the government. And, a total of 862 projects have been completed with a staggering growth of 95% in the building infrastructure. After the implementation of the RERA Act in Bhopal, there’s an uptick in the prospect of investment in the real estate sector. The Real Estate Regulation and Development Act (RERA) of 2016 established a single sectoral regulator for real estate projects to safeguard the interests of buyers. In most places, the lack of trust between developers and property buyers has been a major source of worry. There have also been multiple cases of failing to deliver on promises made to property purchasers, as well as undue delays.
As a result, laws to safeguard the buyer's rights became necessary. Thus, on 1 May 2016, the Indian parliament approved the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act (RERA), 2016, notifying 56 provisions of the Act in order to create a single sectoral regulator to manage the real estate market. However, actual RERA implementation began only in 2017, with the other 32 provisions coming into force on May 1, 2017. There has been a gradual progression in the property market of Bhopal as the Monsoon advances towards Central India. The real estate sector in the city has been showing a promising pattern of people opting to buy residential and commercial spaces.
Smart Sustainable City Projects and developmental activities have provided an influx of opportunities for the people. There has been a surge in the housing projects for people belonging to the Lower Income Group (LIG) & Economically Weaker Section (EWS)of society under PMAY (Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna). The real estate sector has been a contributing factor to the development of smart city. Agarwal Construction is a prominent real estate conglomerate. We are dedicated to offering the greatest commercial and living spaces in Central India. Over 30+ projects have been completed by the Group, including flats, bungalows, apartments, commercial complexes & shops, and numerous facilities. We deliver on our promise of quality. Quality in construction, quality in education, and quality in healthcare. Through our combined efforts, almost 13,000+ families in Bhopal have found their ideal homes. We believe in producing world-class amenities for the crucial sectors that impact every individual's day-to-day life while adhering to ethical business practices. Our various RERA-approved housing projects are now available for habitation. These projects are equipped with all the facilities that are synonyms with the facilities provided by the Bhopal Smart City Project.
We have quadrupled the number of apartments in our second phase. We have consistently pioneered newer technology, modern architecture, and precision engineering to construct landmark residential and commercial townships in an IoT-based SmartCity, Bhopal. Our residential spaces are elegantly designed with an eco-friendly factor. They are the synonyms of peace that aren’t limited by the hustle of urban living. The architecture is in cognizance with the comfort of beautiful abodes as well as a fresh environment. We are ecstatic to provide you with, state-of-the-art facilities, a modern architectural landscape, and astute smart technologies to make your living more efficient. Keeping in mind the blue and green cover initiative in the Smart City Development Project, we have developed various architectural projects that align with this idea. In order to promote the business ecosystem, we built projects that can act as the center of economic activities.
The SAGE Group's flagship project Sagar Green Hills & Sage Green City is the face of Smart Township. The overall setting provides peace of mind among the hustle and bustle of daily life, as well as the necessary conveniences. It's a project that exemplifies the ideals of all of our services in a greenfield smart city. Sagar Green Hills' limitless architecture offers you a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to purchase your own house. It's close to Chunabhatti Extension, Shahpura, Kolar Road, and Near Mansarovar Dental College, Suhagpur, Kolar Road Bhopal. These residential spaces have been thoughtfully created with an eco-friendly aesthetic in mind. They are synonyms for city life in nature's lap. This architecture is not constrained by its surroundings since it is concerned with the comfort of beautiful homes as well as a healthy environment. We are thrilled to provide you with cutting-edge facilities, a utility-focused landscape, and insightful smart technology to make your life easier. Sagar Green Hills and SAGE Green City are the locations where you may live in regal style.
In the business world, Sagar High Street is synonymous with productivity. It is your ideal entry point to a low-cost working environment. The SAGE Group's flagship commercial project. It is situated on the Main Ayodhya Bypass, near the SIRT and the Sagar Landmark in Bhopal at a smart mobility location. The business complex is intended to meet the city's economic demands. The project's location is critical to meeting the need for sophisticated market space. The exquisite stores and office space will be encased on Sagar High Street.
There’s an even smarter architecture that we have created which propagates the ‘mixed utility’ or ‘mixed use’ of spaces. SAGE Milestone and SAGE Golden Springs are our latest addition to the ‘residential-cum-commercial spaces’.
The facilities rendered in our projects have been meticulously developed showcasing Smart City Infrastructure. These features are in harmony with the corporate atmosphere that you demand in today's working environments acing smart city solutions. It screams convenience and efficiency. A real promoter and seasoned developer in the domain of cutting-edge commercial and residential spaces. When it comes to building places with integrated smart technology that gives a combination of uniqueness and originality in your living environment, the firm is today one of central India's most notable builders. Our projects and initiatives offer a technology-driven working lifestyle with the goal of making your living more comfortable. We constantly keep your demands in mind while designing in harmony with the environment as well as modern architecture. We have made a significant effort in synergy with the government to develop the Bhopal and make it the most liveable and affordable smart city in Central India. Various schemes and systems that will be integrated under the initiative will be in cognizance with our architectural models enabling the blend of modernity and serenity into its full potential.