Bhubaneswar gets smart command, control centre

Bhubaneswar:  From traffic to solid waste management, a centralized network housed under the Bhubaneswar Operation Centre (BOC) has been launched to monitor public service delivery in the Bhubaneswar smart city.

The first-of-its-kind centralized command and control centre was inaugurated by Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today.

“Bhubaneswar Operation Centre has been inaugurated today. This will help in the effective delivery of public services,” said Patnaik.

The advanced system along with an adaptive traffic signal system will play a crucial role in tracking buses and municipal vehicles from a single place. Besides, a grievance redressal system has also been incorporated within the BOC system.

Official sources said the BOC has been envisaged to keep an eye on several functions like traffic management, incident management, city surveillance, emergency services and disaster management.

A senior official of Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) informed that the centralized monitoring system will ensure surveillance on existing public transport system and will be handy for effective emergency response management in the city.

BMC Commissioner, Krishan Kumar informed that the Bhubaneswar Operation Center is a two-year project and all the 50 major traffic junctions along with street lighting can be controlled from here.

GPS will be installed in city buses so that they can be monitored, he added.

Kumar further informed that residents can also lodge their grievances on a toll-free number 1800-345-0061.

Apart from the Bhubaneswar Operation Center, Smart Parks and adaptive traffic signal project was also inaugurated by the chief minister today.

Foundation stones for a sensory park for children with disabilities and an integrated public service building were also laid on the occasion.

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