AURIC pacing towards becoming the centre of India’s Industrial Revolution
Inaugurated on the 7th September 2019 by the Honourable Prime Minister Shri. Narendra Modi AURIC city (Aurangabad Industrial City) has set the benchmark for the other industrial cities that are to be developed in the country. Shri. Narendra Modi in his speech, called out the strategic importance of the project by stating that “AURIC is already becoming a new smart city but will also become the center of our country’s industrial activity. It is also an important part of the Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor. Several big companies have already started production and in the near future many more companies will follow. This will generate employment opportunities for lakhs of young people.”
Spread over an area of 10,000 acres, AURIC is India’s first well-planned, Greenfield and Smart Industrial Cities. The strategic location of AURIC city in Shendra – Bidkin area of Aurangabad, allows it to be well connected to the major cities via air, rail and roadway. Due to its close proximity to Aurangabad International Airport and Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust’s (JNPT) dry port and container terminal at Jalna, the city is a profit hub for industries seeking investment in exports. The city is developed as a Transit Oriented City, with 60% of total land reserved for Industrial purpose and 40% for residential, commercial, institutional and socio-cultural amenities. In the 60% land reserved, 20% of the Land is reserved for MSMEs to enable them to set up industries. These city plans have the potential to create 3,00,000 jobs in the next 15 years.
E- Governance and Integrated Command Control Centre:
The city is well managed under the Aurangabad Industrial Township Limited (AITL), the special purpose vehicle between Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) and Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor Development Corporation (DMICDC) for AURIC. It brings all matters such as land allotment, lease documents, water supply etc. are under its purview there by enabling ease of doing business. The Key AITL staff is set to operate and manage the City operations from AURIC Hall.
The AURIC Command and Control Centre (ACC) will enable the city to carry out city operations in an intelligent, integrated and efficient manner. All city infrastructure and systems are integrated at ACC and the same and is visualized over a central GIS based platform (AURIC map view) for real-time monitoring and control. It also provides an integrated, holistic and bird’s eye view of all city operations on a video wall.
ACC entails that all departments of the city will operate and manage the operations on a day-to-day basis to enable collaborative decision making. The Smart City Platform forms an essential part of the ACC as it is an advanced tool for the City operators for city operations analysis and optimization. It is capable of functions such as threat detections in the city, emergency alarms, events, news and notifications etc. Through the central contact center solution at the ACC, citizens will be able to connect with ACC operators via different mediums including SMS, email, telephone, mobile application and social media for emergencies and other requirements.
ACC would enable to carry out advanced operations like Integrated monitoring of control of SCADA systems for water and power, geo-tagged monitoring of grievances and complaints filed by users. Real-time location monitoring of emergency vehicles such as ambulances, police vehicles and fire fighting vehicles for proactive response in case of emergencies will be available. Along with it, real-time streaming analytics on tweets and social media posts, blogs and other citizen engaging applications for refined citizen engagement and sensing of citizen environment will be done.
All systems use GIS as a base layer to ensure a truly integrated and collaborative tool for city operations and management.
Going by the name, often industrial cities are imagined to be good centres of commerce but are causes for an increase in the carbon footprint thus being poor in environmental management. In case of AURIC, it is truly an industrial city as the Environmental Impact Assessment clearance for it has already been obtained, with AURIC Hall receiving Gold Certification from Indian Green Building Council (IGBC). The city is set to recycle its waste and chemical generation through Common Effluent Treatment Plant (CETP) and Sewerage Treatment Plant (STP) of international standards with SCADA controls. The recycling of waste and chemicals generated in the city, the city has adopted a grass-root level approach whereby all utilities such as water and recycled water supply, electricity, optic fibre, CETP, STP etc. are provided to the door step through ‘Plug and Play’ features. These utilities are provided through and underground trunk infrastructure.
In order to provide an impetus to the city’s growth, ease of doing business was facilitated through an online land management system. It consists of a simple and efficient processes for land management by which AITL staff is able to review, validate and approve prospect land applications. This enhances operational efficiency of AITL officials for the purposes of the review process of land management. The ICT enabled e-Land Management System (e-LMS) allows both investors and AITL for tracking and monitoring the entire process of land allotment, building plan permits and other associated activities, whereby ensuring minimal in-person interventions.
It features the Single Window Clearance service that allows tracking all land related activities both pre and post application , it is an Integrated Online Payment gateway for seamless transactions and provides complete history of a particular property at one place through an e-Property Card.
In order to cater to the needs and queries of investors, businesses, citizens in a ‘smart’ way, Chatbot is introduced. It will provide the inputs for the questions or queries raised by citizens, businesses or potential investors in the form of text. Customers shall be able to interact with AITL through different channels. It could be either through the existing social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter etc.) or through the AURIC website and portals launched by AITL. The Chatbox will categorize inputs received and incidents registered under the following categories, thereby Chatbot layer enhancing the working of the city:
- Transaction issues
- General Queries
- Complaints/ grievances
- Feedback for any AURIC services
- Incidents related to filing of applications and/or document submission
In order to execute the vision of AURIC, a state-of-the-art smart technology is being used with a focus on infrastructure that is clean, reusable, recyclable and industrial growth will be encouraged in targeted areas to build upon the industrial success of the region.
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November 27, 2019