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Bhubaneswar: City Authorities will launch a sustained and detailed campaign to make the citizens aware about the various projects successfully completed and undertaken under the umbrella of the Smart City Initiative and convergence mode.

Housing & Urban Development Minister Pratap Jena, during a review of the progress of various works under taken in Bhubaneswar Smart City Limited (BSCL) here on Thursday, advised the city authorities to take up massive plantation drives across the State Capital in order to increase the green cover.

The Minister stressed assessing the capacity, deadline, facilities, capacity and other details of on-going projects like ICOMC- BMC Building in which work is completed up to the 9th floor.

The iconic structure, once completed, will house the BMC and Smart City offices and the Integrated City Operations and Management Centre (ICOMC), which is currently functioning at the Smart City office at BMC-Bhawani Mall in Saheed Nagar.

The entire structure will have 11 floors, including top seven floors meant for renting to make the operation of the building sustainable.

Projects like sensory park, a facility for recreation of the specially-abled persons at Saheed Nagar, Smart Janpath from Sishu Bhawan Square to Vani Vihar, two multi-level car parking at Rajmahal Square and Saheed Nagar, Integrated Public Service Centre (IPSC) building at Bapuji Nagar, Socially Smart Bhubaneswar-Mission Awaas (taken up by BDA in convergence mode), smart traffic management system, smart tracking system, smart parking management, smart response and incident management system, smart governance and smart connect e-Governance, solid waste management, communications network and ICOMC were discussed at length.

Projects in the pipeline– Lake Neutral, Railway Station Multi-Modal Hub, Bhubaneswar Museum of Urban History and e-Rickshaw were also discussed at the review meeting.

CEO Smart City Prem Chandra Chaudhary briefed the Minister regarding the progress of each project.

Other senior officials of BSCL were also present on the occasion.

Among the completed projects of the Bhubaneswar Smart City initiative, Socially Equity Centre at Kharvela Nagar, IPSC building at Saheed Nagar, Smart Park in Saheed Nagar, Adoptive Traffic Control System, Common Payment Card, I am Bhubaneswar Initiative, Bhubaneswar Urban Knowledge Centre, Bhubaneswar One, Public Bicycle Sharing Scheme were included in the discussion.

The Minister was also briefed about the City Investments to Innovate, Integrate and Sustain (CITIIS) project under BSCL, which will focus on the development of open spaces across the city.

The project is currently in its maturation phase.

The Minister also advised the City Authorities to have a sustained and detailed campaign to make the citizens aware about the various projects successfully completed and undertaken under the umbrella of the Smart City Initiative and convergence mode.

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