05 June 2020

Interaction- Ashaad R Shariff, MD, Dvanagere Smart City Ltd

Our aim is to make smart model of the city in an area of 785 acres                                              



The city of Davanagere is located at a distance of about 260 km from the state capital of Bangaluru. Davanagere city is undergoing a major overall and the new smart model will include industrial development, basic infrastructure development like smart roads, smart water, smart street lights etc. ASHAAD R SHARIFF, MANAGING DIRECTOR, DAVANAGERE SMART CITY LTD spoke to CONSTRUCTION OPPORTUNITIES on the current status of the project and future plans.



Please brief us on the current status of your smart city project?


Davanagere Smart City has initiated 44 projects as per the smart city plan approved by the GOI. Out of which 13 projects costing around `86 Cr have been started on ground, 5 projects costing around `98 Cr are under tendering, 4 projects costing `60 Cr are awaiting technical sanction from the higher authority. For the rest of the projects, the detailed projects are under finalisation. The DSCL is aiming to tender the projects under DPR stage by the end of May 2018.




What are the expected long-term impacts and opportunities from the project?


The urban mobility developments such as junction improvements, footpaths, roads improvements etc. will improve the safety for the citizens, We aim to improve the walk ability by implementing the projects. Smart city has delineated the old and unplanned area of the city for area based development. This area is developed as a new smart model which includes industrial development, basic infrastructure development like smart roads, smart water, smart street lights etc. This overall will improve the living standard of the people. The impactful projects like retrofitting of Mandakki Bhatti area, will ultimately achieve socio-economic-enviro improvement.


In addition, The city is enabled with Information and Communication Technology interventions such as E governance, city surveillance, information kiosks, one city web and mobile app, Intelligent Transport System, Intelligent Traffic Management System, Environmental sensors, command and control centre. Through this project, DSCL is aiming to make the citizen participation in the government decisions, to ensure transparency, better governance and safety and better urban mobility.


To talk about the opportunities, by the implementation of smart city, job opportunities will be hiked. Projects like Mandakki Bhatti will make the city as a merchant hub for the puffed rice and increase the economic opportunities.




Expected cost of the project and funds disbursed so far?


Expected cost for the overall Smart City project `1307.18 crores. In the meantime DSCL has tendered `86 crores and few of the projects are going to be awarded soon.



Any interesting highlights or features which distinguish this project from other smart city projects?


One of the Davanagere smart city project named Rejuvenation of Manadakki Bhatti is demarked as a unique project by the Smart city mission. Apart from beautification of the city, we are aiming at socio- economic empowerment of the urban poor.


Our aim is to improve the living condition of the unnoticed urban poor by providing all the infrastructural and socio economic facilities.




What are the challenges specific to this smart city project?Key learning’s from your experience and how they can be applied to the forthcoming projects?


The main challenges which we face is the lack of competitive participants in the tendering process. As the concept of smart technologies and approaches like PPP made the bidders to hesitate in the participation. To overcome this, we had participated in the Investors meet held at Banglore organized by KUIDFC and Smart Urbanation Summit and Expo at Hyderabad. We could explore the opportunities and could explain about our projects to various investors.


Our most prestigious project “Rejuvenation of Mandakki Bhatti” has lot of socio -economic – health interventions. We are conducting continuous social and health awareness programmes like health camps to achieve the goal.




What are the green initiatives taken for this smart city project?


Smart city projects concentrate on non-transport facilities such as bicycle sharing, e- rickshaws which reduce the carbon footprint. Project of usage of treated sewerage water for parks and road side greeneries has been taken up by the DSCL which aims to reduce the usage of underground water. This project has been listed out as a green project as per smart city guidelines issued by GOI.


DSCL has tendered project of roof top solar panels for eight government buildings and will shortly implementing it. We have a proposal for installation of roof top solar for private buildings as well. In addition to this, the city street lights going to be installed with LED lights. So overall it reduces the energy consumption.



Detail us with regards to the latest technologies like construction equipment, software, building materials etc being used in your smart city project.


Gasifier based puffed rice units at the Mandakki Bhatti area rejunevantion, In the software’s like advanced video analytics softwares that will detect unattended objects, Suspicious object (such as Gun, knife, etc.) detection , Motion / intrusion detection ,Camera vandalism and tamper detection Virtual Fence / Trespassing People / Mass movement Vehicle tracking based upon the registration number/colour of the car ,Traffic violation detection (through integration with Signalling System), Facial Recognition System i.e. matching of suspect / criminal photograph with different databases available with Police .


Video Management System (VMS) is the application software of the Surveillance System which will be used to manage the videos received from various cameras. The VMS will be hosted at Data Centre.


At major entry/exit points of the city, Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) Cameras will be installed to capture registration numbers of vehicles entering and exiting the city.


The Smart Traffic Signals will be based on area traffic control system (ATCS) and will automatically alter the cycle time depending on the traffic queue on various arms of the junction, using vehicle actuated controllers. The Smart Traffic Signals will also be connected to the Command and Control Centre so that they can be remotely controlled/ configured to alter the signal cycle times, as per requirements.


Environmental pollution, particularly air pollution, is nowadays an alarming problem in most of the Indian cities. It is important to monitor the air quality at multiple points in the city as well as to provide real-time information about the air quality to the citizens, which will help in creating an awareness towards the pollution related problems among the citizens. As part of the Davanagere Smart City programme, it has been decided that the air quality in the city will be monitored at select identified locations.


One City-One Website with Mobile Application will comprise of a common Web Portal and Mobile Application for the city which will be the unified interface for specified citizens’ services. It will serve as a common platform of information dissemination about Davanagere City and to deliver services online including payment of bills.


The common Web Portal and Mobile Application will also allow Davanagere administration to engage with citizens through the use of social media and blogs, online voting platform, etc.


How will construction of your smart city impact the community?

The aim of Davanagere smart city is to assure following facilities to the citizens.

  • Adequate 24*7 water supply,
  • Assured electricity supply,
  • Sanitation, including solid waste management,
  • Efficient urban mobility and public transport,
  • Robust IT connectivity and digitalization,
  • Good governance, especially e-governance and citizen participation,
  • Sustainable environment,
  • Safety and security of citizens, particularly women, children and the elderly, and
  • Health and education.

By assuring this, we expect to improve the living standards of the community. And in addition to neutralize the economic and social imbalance existing between the old and new part of the city.



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