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Thursday, 02 August, 2018 11:18:AM

En route Security, Assurance & Progress: BSF Counting Successes with K.K Sharma
    Hon’ble Prime Minsiter of India, Narendra Modi shaking hands with DG, BSF, K.K Sharma, in presence of IB and R&AW Chief

    Equipped and flawless internal security is an essential key to the security and harmony in a country. Recent developments in these spheres make things evident that it tops the list  of priorities and the agenda of Hon’ble Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Several consistent and constructive actions are being carried out to protect the border areas, and the present BJP-led government has brought India’s first ever Comprehensive Integrated Border Management System (CIBMS) into action. CIBMS is active along the riverine stretch that borders Bangladesh in Assam. It is based on the“Smart Fencing” concept with electronic systems on the barbed wire to detect movements along the border, which further helps in monitoring suspicious activities. And, this  is initiated and implemented by BSF. It is meant for sealing the vulnerable gaps on the borders of India, shared with Pakistan and Bangladesh. 

    If you give a quick glance at the recent past, at around April, 2018, you will be able to recall that the CIBMS, as a pilot project, was rolled out in Dhubri (Assam), on the riverine border area where no fencing can be done. KK Sharma, Director General, Border Security Force, was among the pioneers and leaders of this project, who had mentioned that technical surveillance and alarm gadgetry was operationalized recent then, in Dhubri’s 55-km-long stretch, across Brahmaputra river. 

    Previously, this was carried out by using investigationacts in the riverine area by the BSF forces so to protect the areas.BSF was quite instrumental securing the threat-lines on the border. BSF troops used speed boats to guard that patch of the border, which was highly prone to illegal migration and cattle smuggling. BSF and its chief, DG-BSF, K K Sharma have never taken a backfoot when it all meant to enhance these three aspects of an efficient country: “Security,” “Assurance” and “Progress.”

    Let’s run thinly yet thickly through BSF’s initiatives in achieving these 3 coins of success.

    The Border Security Force (BSF), primary and vigilant guarding force of India, is one of the five Central Armed Police Forces of India. The objective of the BSF is to ensure that the borders of our country are properly guarded and the security of the citizens is ensured. It was raised in the wake of the 1965 War, on 1 December 1965. Since then, it has grown exponentially to over2, 57, 000 personnel and 186 battalions, expanding its services to artillery regiments, commando units, marine wings, and air wings.

    Ranking as the world’s largest border guarding force, BSF is not just accountable for guarding India’s land border during peacetime and preventing transnational crime, but more than that. It’s a Union Government Agency, which has an administrative control of the Ministry of Home Affairs, is also one of the many law enforcement bodies or agencies in India.BSF has its own cadre of officers and headed by Director-General (DG), an IPS officer.

    Currently, K.K.Sharma, Director General, BSF is heading the force. K K Sharma is an IPS officer of 1982 batch, from Rajasthan cadre. He has been also assigned with an additional charge of Director General, NSG.

     Born in New Delhi, on 30th September, 1958, K KSharma pursued L.L.B. from University of Delhi before joining Indian Police Service. He is also a Post Graduate degree holder in Criminal Justice and Police Management from Police Training College, Bramshill United Kingdom and University of Leicester, United Kingdom.

    His career in the Indian Bureaucracy kickstarted in Rajasthan, and since then, he has neither given a back glance nor a pause. He went on to accomplish goals and bag different milestones. 

    From serving in the post of ADC to Governor in Rajasthan; Special stint in CID (CB); to IGP-& CVO (on deputation to India Airlines), Ministry of Civil Aviation, Govetrnment of India, he has worked in and handled different portfolios. He joined BSF in Sept 28, 2012 as IG- Kashmir Frontier. He served there as Additional Director General/ Director BSF Academy- Tekanpur; and served as ADG- Operational. It’s been two years (since Feb 2016); he has been supervising the force as DG, BSF.He is the 23rd BSF Chief, succeeding his immediate predecessor, D K Pathak.

    Striving for excellence has always been his underlying goal that worked as the basis of every intiative and action. Let us have a look at various initiatives and approaches that have taken place under his aegis.

    Let’s begin with training and initiatives that can don intangible benefits.

    STRENGTHENING MIND: EMOTION-FREE TECHNIQUE

    Nothing else can bring down the meter of a daring heart and strong body as much as an emotionally weak mind would do. Emotions are often intertwined with temperament, mood, personality, disposition, and inspiration. Emotions play within heart and mind making the body weaker and mind indecisive. On the other hand, emotions can also act as a strong source of strength. But the emotions that weaken create hindrances.

    Diving a bit deeper into this, we came across Charles Darwin’s work, “The expressions of the emotions in man and animals,” a landmark work whose chapter titles are based on different emotions like:

    Suffering and weeping

    Low spirits, anxiety, grief, dejection, despair

    Joy, high spirits, love, tender feelings, devotion

    Reflection, meditation, ill-temper, sulkiness, determination

    Hatred and anger

    Disdain, contempt, disgust, guilt, pride, helplessness, patience, affirmation and negation

    Surprise, astonishment, fear, horror

    Self-attention, shame, shyness, modesty, blushing.

    Robert Plutchik's theory talks about eight basic emotions. They are:

    Fear,   • Anger, • Sadness,  • Joy  

    Disgust, • Surprise,  • Trust  

    Anticipation (Expectation is more neutral)

    Literally speaking, the term “emotions” can be defined as any conscious experience characterized by intense mental activity and a certain degree of pleasure or displeasure.

    To make the tired heart muscles more concrete and stronger, one has to get the emotions steady and even not there. Last year, in the month of March and June, Ms Manpreet Kaur, a Psychological Healer, Hypnotherapist, and a breakthrough coach organized a program, “Emotion Free Technique” for the BSF officers and their families. It was organized at New Delhi, North Bengal and Rajasthan.

    CRIME FREE ZONE

    All the Director Generals of BSF and BGB have been working collectively towards creating a crime free zone at the borders and its nearby areas. They have declared 8.3 kms stretch of Indo-Bangladesh border as first 'CrimeFree Zone' that covers Gunarmath and Kalyani Border Out Posts (BOPs) in India and Puthkhali and Daulatpur BOPs in Bangladesh across border. 

    Both the border guarding forces are accountable to help in ensuring that no crime takes place along stretch with the help of civil administrations of two counties, NGOs and local population.

    Now, coming to some hardcore work areas of BSF, we will be citing you various technological based developments among others.

    SATELLITE COMMUNICATION:

    Satellites play an integral role in monitoring and assessing the domestic and international homeland security operations.

    Bhaskaracharya Institute for Space Applications and Geo-Informatics (BISAG), a state level Nodal Agency of Gujarat Government is set to facilitate the usage of spatial and geo-spatial technologies in satellite communication, geo-informatics system, remote sensing applications, photogram metrics, global navigation satellite survey and land survey, disaster management technology transfer, value added service, education, research and training.

    At present, this facility is being availed by BSF for broadcasting welfare, administrative and healthcare related programs for the troops that are deployed at BOPs and various Units/Headquarters. This has been immensely helpful in linking the farthest BOPs in addition to disseminating the essential information to the entire force in just one go. It reduces the communication &the information gap besides saving time.

    INTELLIGENCE SYSTEMS:

    Intelligent Data Analytics and Link analysis Toolkit (Prophecy)

    This is a useful and effective system that is introduced to tackle one of the biggest challenges in the field of intelligence: Data Explosion and Variety. 

    A mammoth range of data is usually received at G Dte (Intelligence Wing): Event Data from Battalions, Scanned inputs from NTRO, MAC data, Reports, News Social media, CDR etc. To manage them, this system is required. Additionally, most of the data is unstructured. 

    The Data Analysis and Link Relation Toolkit system helps, holistically, in overcoming this challenge by efficiently collating all this information into a 360 degree view and this view is intuitive enough to draw actionable intelligence from all this data. It also capacitates for a scalable Big Data system that leverages modern technologies like Artificial Intelligence and Machine learning to help us in having a better understanding of all this data in a collective manner.

    The Intelligence Analytical System has been established in 'G' Dte FHQ and 10 FTR Hors. The main objective is to create a system that facilitates and supports the Intelligence team to anticipate as well as take necessary actions, accordingly. It also helps in finding relevant information of the activities happened; people and organization involved in activities and analyze them to achieve a desired end. The main components of the Intelligence Analytical System comprises of:- Daily Intelligence Tracking System (DITS)

    It is ecosystems that enables BSF’s intelligence system’s set up to collect, report and disseminate event information, on a real time basis. Timely retrieval of information equips in reacting well and in a planned manner to the situations and in an effective manner. And, it also helps in mitigating prospective risks accordingly. 

    In other words, it gives the intelligence setup a strong technological capability in form of a robust and intuitive GIS platform that enables us to visualize the situations efficiently and convert information into GEOINT in matter of seconds.

    - OS-Int/Social Media monitoring system

    OS-Int is a powerful tool to gather and analyze huge amounts of data that freely available on the internet and public domains. It extracts data feed from different sources such as News, Social network like Twitter, Facebook, Inst YouTube, Blogs, etc., and creates database repository. 

    The analyzed data helps in having an overview of various issues and in the identification of sensitive events, internal situation and public sentiments and various other analytics.

    - Electronic Media Monitoring (EMM)

    EMM is a full featured media recording and retrieval system for 25 News channels from Indian, Pakistan and Bangladesh. It does so in addition to some popular international channels. It can take multiple kinds of inputs and record them in internal or external storage. 

    It works as a comprehensive editing and tagging software for archiving in a database.

     

    K.K Sharma briefing his soldiers on the border areas
    K K Sharma, DG, BSF briefing BSF Personnel

    INTEGRATED OPS ROOM AT BSF HQ 

    To switch to IT-enabled decision making for enhanced precision, requirement has been felt for establishing Integrated Operation Room at FHQ BSF duly supported by advanced analytical tools.

    Modernization of BSF Ops Room was started in 2010, with the facility to communicate directly with all the frontiers, and receive, collate, validate and maintain incident data pertaining to operations. De was based on self developed software on MS Access and was localized. 

    Data required manual feeding by Data Entry Operators on a daily basis, which was time consuming Herculean task. It had limited capabilities to generate reports and queries. 

    Secondly, the database was not connected to GIS system and use terrain for briefing and analysis of incidents was not possible. Terrains play a major role in border security.

    With advancements in technology, a decision was taken to upgrade the Operations Room with the integration of online operational data received from Intranet Prahari Project (IPP) from Situation Reports generated by battalions and project it on satellite imagery available with BSF GIS in 3D Video Wall. 

    Currently, the ops room has been modernized and uses state of the art technology to monitor the happenings at border.

    The advantages of new Integrated Ops Room are: 

    a) Integration of IPP Ops Data with BSF GIS

    b) Automation of online data received from field units

    c) Validated and more accurate ops data

    d) Advance query and report generation

    e) 3-D visualization of ops data on satellite imagery

    f) Case study and animation of incidents

    BSF is in the process of establishing similar connected Integrated Ops Rooms at all HQ up to Battalions for facilitating operational planning at all levels. 

    BSF has introduced COPS (Counter Insurgency Operations Planning System) in LWE area. It is a kind of software, which was initially customized and designed for CRPF. BSF is also in the process of implementing a software BOPS (Border Operations Planning system) for operational planning of Border Operations specially to identify likely infiltration routes and vulnerable areas along the borders guarded by BSF.

    MAKING DIVYANGJANS SELF DEPENDENT

    BSF had declared the year 2016 as the "Year of Divyang Yodha" in unison with the Sugamya Bharat Abhiyan. 

    A Divyangjan Skill Development Centre (DSDC) has been established at BSF's Chhawla Camp, New Delhi. Its aim is to cater to all the training needs of BSF’s "Divyang Yodhas" and other CAPFs. It will extend its support in several fields, including Para-sports, technology, Electronics etc. 

    As its module entails, BSF had successfully organized a Para Cycling Expedition that started from Manali and ended in Khardungla for 10 days (05th Aug to 15th Aug, 2016). It was conducted for the BSF’s "Divyang Yodhas" with the support of Aditya Mehta Foundation under the umbrella of "Divyang Yodha Varsh” to promote, train and encourage them in the field of sports.

    As a part of the development plan, BSF is in process of signing a MOA with National Handicapped Finance & Development Corporation (NHFDC) for proffering financing facilities for various schemes for the BSF Divyangjans. This is an intiative to motivate BSF Divyangjans and bring about positivity in their attitude besides augmenting their confidence to lead a normal life.

    VISITS& CORDIAL RELATIONS WITH THE NEIGHBOURING COUNTRIES

    Border Security Force - The Face of the Nation

    Being the border guarding force of the nation, BSF's border guarding tasks are directly related to the country's relations with two of its immediate neighbouring states, i.e., Bangladesh and Pakistan.

    Under the leadership of KK Sharma, BSF’s endeavour is to maintain cordial relations with the counterpart border guarding forces, while maintainingcomposure in the borders. However, during adversaries, especially, in the view of threat to the nation's security giving a befitting reply to neutralize the threat has also been prioritized.

    K.K Sharma patrolling on border areas
    DGs of Border Security Indo-Bangladesh Shaking hands with each other

    Joining Hands with  Bangladesh:

    BSF's stake in the Indo-Bangla bilateral relations is of immense importance. DG BSF leads the Indian delegation during Indo-Bangladesh border coordination meeting, which takes place biannually, once in Delhi and the other in Dhaka every year. Apart from this, K K Sharma, DG BSF by virtue of his personal initiative has been able to maintain extremely cordial relations with BGB and BD Govt. His efforts are a part of present country's effort in strengthening overall ties between India and Bangladesh.


    Hon’ble Bangladesh PM, Sheikh Hasina with KK Sharma and his wife

    Last year, when Bangladesh Prime Minister visited India for the first time after Narendra Modi had taken over the charge, discussed and gave a remarks on the border related issues, mainly, apart from discussing accommodating refugees from Rohingyas.

    Though one of the unresolved and yet-to-be-addressed issues, i.e., sharing waters from Teesta and that Teesta is drying up in Bangladesh, she gave a resolute and viable remarks that on the bilateral front, lawmakers of the two countries can make a mutual covenant to seal the land boundary agreement and exchange the former enclaves. Bangladesh and India have been known to take peaceful ways and resolving attitude twards addressing the bilateral issues.

     

    Hon’ble Bangladesh PM, Sheikh Hasina with KK Sharma and his wife
    K K Sharma, DG, BSF maintaining affable relations with Mongolia

    Joining Hands with Mongolia

    BSF is actively maintaining relations with GABP (General Authority of Border Protection) & NEMA (National Emergency Management Authority), two important government agencies of Mongolia, apart from upholding cordial relations with Pakistan and Bangladesh. 

    Treading on the directions given by Government of India, BSF is holding meetings every year with GABP, Mongolia, while alternating the venues; once in New Delhi and once in Ulaanbaatar. K K Sharma has been instrumental in maintaining excellent rapport with GABP. 

    As a part of this exercise, an exchange of officers from both the forces also take place for the purpose of training at each other's domain, which are taking place on regular basis.

    PM Visit:

    Honorable Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, Visited BSF Academy Tekanpur, Gwalior, MP. PM Narendra Modi visited BSF Academy, Tekanpur, MP, on the occasion of Annual DsGP/IsGP Conference - 2017 (held on 06th to 08th Jan 2018), which took place for the first time. On his visit, he was greeted by K K Sharma.

    During his two-day visit, he explored and visited various BSF establishments at Tekanpur. He lauded the work and role of BSF in maintaining the sanctity and concord of the India's Borders, in addition to the efforts put in internal security duties.

    Hon’ble PMNarendra Modi with KK Sharma, DG, BSF
    Indo- Pak DG level Meet

    Joining Hands with Pakistan:

    BSF holds a biannual meeting with the Pakistan Rangers. However,at the moment, every year this meet-up takes place, alternatively,in New Delhi and Lahore. K K Sharmaled the Indian delegation during the last meeting, which was held at New Delhi in November 2017.

    During these meetings, BSF and Pakistani Rangers sit on the table to discuss border-related issues and disputes to further take actions to curb them and strengthen their ties, for better coordination.

     

    Gujrat Frontier Visit

    Harbouring upon a new phase of participation by the industries through CSR, in order to facilitate border-personnel, a Gujrat Frontier visit was organized. The visit was graced by Rajnath Singh, Home Minister, Government of India.

    KK Sharma, DG, BSF with Rajnath Singh, Home Minister, Govt. of India
    KK Sharma, DG, BSF with the Child

    ACKNOWLEDGING & ADDRESSING CONCERNS/ GRIEVANCES

    Honorable Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, Visited BSF Academy Tekanpur, Gwalior, MP. PM Narendra Modi visited BSF Academy, Tekanpur, MP, on the occasion of Annual DsGP/IsGP Conference - 2017 (held on 06th to 08th Jan 2018), which took place for the first time. On his visit, he was greeted by K K Sharma.

    During his two-day visit, he explored and visited various BSF establishments at Tekanpur. He lauded the work and role of BSF in maintaining the sanctity and concord of the BSF has tried its optimum level to create a work-life balance system for its personnel. And, addressing the personnel’s concerns and grievances is one of them. “We care” approach towards the BSF personnel, or towards any human being (in general) for that matter, helps. It also helps in maintaining transparency along with harmony.

    Here, we’ll have a glance at Grievance Attending mechanisms existing in the system of BSF.

    1) Mobile applications “MHA Grievances Redressal” and “My BSF App"

    All Central Armed Police Forces have a well organized mechanism for the redressal of grievances conveyed or registered by their personnel. Needless to say, there are some personnel, feel that their grievances need further consideration and better solution.

    As a result, they have an unavoidable need to raise their grievances to the level of Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). This is why, BSF developed a common system in which all personnel of various CAPFs can submit their grievances through a Mobile Application and the same can be further provided to respective forces for taking appropriate action.

    The mobile application also has a provision that MHA can continuously monitor the action taken by numerous CAPFs on their grievances and regulate the process for further improvement in the grievance redressal system. The name of the system itself is, 'MHA Mobile Application.' This app is solely developed by BSF.

    My BSF App:

    Additionally, BSF has also developed a Mobile application, namely,“My BSF App,” catering to the requirement of grievance redressal along with other services. It also caters to welfare-related issues of the force personnel, who are deployed in the field and crossing every tide on its fringes to protect us. It provides mechanism to the address issues related to Pay, GPF, Leave, Deputation etc. The most useful and significant feature of the application is that its financial literacy module, which not only educates BSF personnel about the investment of their savings but also facilitates investment in a safe and systematic manner. It was launched by Hon'ble Union Home Minister Sh Rajnath Singh on 11th May 2017.

    Grievance Redressal Mechanism

    Grievance Redressal Mechanism is an integral and important aspect at BSF.

    At Bn level, 2IC (Adm) of the Bn, at Sector HQ, Comdt (Adm), at Ftr HQ, DIG/PSO and at FHQ, DIG (RR) is the Nodal Officer. A toll free Helpline No. 1800-11-3455 is functioning 24X7 at Delhi.

    Any serving personnel can lodge their grievance through toll free helpline. Such complaints are acknowledged within three days and redressed in 15 days. In addition to a well structured Grievance Redressal Mechanism in place, BSF has also maintained a pace with the technological advancements in telecommunications, whereby all such other latest modes of communication areintegrated for prompt and effective grievance redressal. They are:

    -    Intranet Prahari Project (IPP) based grievance redressal mechanism

    Adoption of IPP in office works begins with zero paperwork as well as brings optimum yet safe utilization of the internet into place; thus, saving on both time and recourses. Utilizing the facility of IPP, BSF started Intranet Prahari Project based personal grievance redressal system, whereby all grievances of the Force personnel is registered and redressed through IPP based computerized system.

    The present status of any such personal grievance cases can be seen/ tracked/ monitored by entering unique ID of the force personnel in the IPP system.

    -  E-suggestion portal

    E-Suggestion Portal has been made functional on IPP to invite suggestions from all the serving personnel, and they can have contingency with different aspects like operational, training, administrative and welfare.

    There have been numerous untold stories of BSF’s lead in making country safer and better. Only a few are mentioned here. But, collectively, one ting is for sure that we aren’t stopping, but progressing in a right direction with proper footsteps.

    K K Sharma has been honoured with the Indian Police Medal for Meritorious Services in August, 1999; and the President’s Police Medal for his Distinguished Services in August, 2009. He has been awarded with several DG’s awards and commendations. Needlessly, BSF is slated to see success in the able and experienced guidance of K K Sharma.ndia's Borders, in addition to the efforts put in internal security duties.

Thursday, 07 June, 2018 07:12:AM

NDMC SCL: Where Need-based Innovations Roll
    Signing of Twin City Agreement with Leuven City in presence of Hon'ble PM

    One of the lighthouses of Smart Cities, NDMC is taking smart footsteps to create a smarter cosmopolitan. With A++ credit rating, it stands tall as the ong the lighthouse cities, which are the first batch of 20 cities of the Smart City mission.

    NDMC Smart City Limited is an NDMC owned SPV, established on 28th July, 2016, and is vested with an authorized capital of INR 500 crores, and INR 250 crores of Paid up Capital. It has been strategically utilizing the capital  different effective measures to justify the smart city ranking that it bears, in fact to enhance its smart steps towards creating a sustainable society. Its initiatives are can be classified into three broad categories: smart governance, Resource Conservation measures, and development of Smart Physical and Social Infrastructure. Here’s a comprehensive look at their initiatives, and let’s start with smart governance.

    SMART GOVERNANCE > Some key highlights

  • Launch of 311 App
  • Designated toll free number
  • Centrally control
  • Collaboration with MTNL
  • Mobile-Governance

    NDMC launched “NDMC 311 App”, two years back in March, with an aim to provide real- time services to its users or residents; and register online GPS based real-time complaints to be mapped for immediate response. Impact: 99.5% grievances are addressed within time.

    Most of the civic services are available through mobile phones. There is mobile-based monitoring of core municipal functions, online building plan approval, yellow fever vaccination appointment, applying for and obtaining birth & death certificates, OPD registration, e-waste disposal, traffic and parking. A toll free No. 1533 has been designated for citizens wishing to approach NDMC for various issues.

    NDMC is now 100% cashless transaction enabled, to the extent that even challans for various regulatory functions are issued through mobile e-challaning.

    SMART GOVERNANCE > Some key highlights

  • 100% cashless transactions
  • Smart employees
  • Tree Plantation in NDMC with Hon'ble Vice President of India, Shri Venkaiah Naidu
    Plantation drive by NDMC

    Unified Command & Control Centre: NDMC has embarked into development of world class Command and Control Centre i.e. a nerve centre for all of its activities so that each and every activity - be it electricity, water, CCTV, complain, etc. will be brought to this state of the art centre and will be controlled. The bids are opened and under evaluation and would be awarded soon.

    Smart Optical Connectivity

    NDMC SCL along with MTNL is setting up high speed Fibre to Home (FTTH) and Wi-Fi in Connaught Place and its adjoining arteries using high speed fibre backbone of MTNL, which is likely to start on 1 st June, 2018.

    Smart Employees

    NDMC has delegated employees in Beijing, Seoul, Tokyo, Singapore and Belgium for gaining first-hand experience of smart solutions. There are 700 field functionaries of supervisory level equipped with Smart Phones, Smart Cards, Mechanised Tools, have recognition of prior learning for field functionaries and well-trained in the use of digital technology for supervision and field inspections. All Muster roll employees have been covered for life insurance and accidental insurance under PMJJBY/ PMJSY.

    Now, coming to utilizing and conserving resources is of utmost importance to make a sustainable headway to the future. Let’s learn how NDMC has delved into this.

    RESOURCE CONSERVATION - Some key highlights:

  • Harnessing Solar Energy through solar panels, solar roads, solar BQS, solar tree and poles
  • Electric vehicles for public commutation
  • Decentralized Sewerage Treatment plants to treat sewerage at its origin
  • Water ATMs
  • Bio-Methanation at an NDMC run hostel
  •  Solar Initiatives

  • Solar BQS: Now one is an amazing initiative, which is not just sustainable, but also enhances safety of the peopl (including non-passengers). NDMC is the first municipality in India to develop Solar Bus Queue shelters made of solar panels sandwiched between tempered glass sheets, with roof and sides that are transparent solar panels. They light up the structure at night. It is done in collaboration with SAIL and CEL. Two such BQS are completed and four more are being developed at Shanti Path.
  • Solar Power: NDMC generates 3.1 MW energy through solar panels set on all the buildings and a further of 5.4 MW (on 71 buildings) is connected to its grid through net-metering system.
  • Solar Road: NDMC has developed a pilot Solar Road (200 sqm Patch) in its own Headquarters, generating 14.08kw.
  • Solar Tree: In collaboration with SAIL, NDMC has developed a Solar Tree generating 1.26 KW. This tree is equipped with charging stations and interactive panels. One such tree is completed and installed at Connaught Place. Five more are being developed.
  • Solar Light Poles: NDMC has installed 95 innovatively designated light poles at various round-abouts, where the body of the light pole itself acts as solar panel, which are sleek poles having upper half covered with solar panels and a small circular LED light at the top.
  • Inauguration of NDMC Smart City Ltd with CEO NDMC Smart City Ltd. Ms. Juhi Mukherjee
    Discussion on NDMC development issues

    Electric Vehicles and Public Charging Stations

    We all have travelled in the electric cars (popularly known as battery rickshaw) for a shorter distance like 2-3 kilometres at a nominal charge. It saves the city from pollution to a greater extent as we need not take an auto rickshaw for that. NDMC has ordered for the procurement of 80 Electric Vehicles from EESL. Of which 32 are already delivered. Charging infrastructure is in place for captive charging for such electric vehicles with 28 AC chargers catering to 74 vehicles at a time, and 9 DC chargers. Further, 10 public charging stations are being installed.

    Decentralised Sewerage Treatment Plants

    11 de-centralized Sewerage Treatment Plants with capacity of 3.1 MLD have been developed under PPP model to treat sewerage de-centrally near its point of generation to make NDMC area more sustainable and utilize the treated water for horticulture purpose total water treated. Further, MoU signed with NEERI for 12 Phytorid based STPs and one such STP is installed in Girls’ school at Gole Market, New Delhi.

    Water ATMs

    Water is life. Be it any season, we need water to quench the thirst, though more in summers. In this process, the waste generation, especially of plastic products like glasses, and bottles, increases. To reduce plastic usage and the resulting pollution NDMC has taken up a sensible step. 37 Water ATMs for drinking water have been installed at public places to reduce use of ecologically unsustainable plastic bottles for providing affordable and pure potable water. These are very popular in market areas.

    Bio Methanation

    One bio methanation plant with a capacity of 500kg per day has been developed and is functioning at the Working Women’s Hostel, Laxmibai Nagar. It converts waste generated from nearby commercial areas into fuel.

    SMART PHYSICAL & SOCIAL INFRASTRUCTURE - Some key highlights:

  • Smart Electricity Poles & Power Grid
  • LED screens, Digital Display, Façade Lighting
  • Integrates MSW Management
  • E-hospital
  • Smart PTUs
  • Public Gyms
  • Sensor-based parking
  • Happiness Areas
  • Kill development in solar and health             
  • Rain Water Harvesting
  • Unique Addressing in its properties
  • NDMC has carried out an extensive research and has done an extensive work in this segment. For the better understanding of the work, all the implementations have been divided into two segments here: 1) Smart Physical Infrastructure and 2) Smart Social Infrastructure.

    SMART PHYSICAL INFRASTRUCTURE

    Smart Power Grid

    In an initiative under the IPDS Scheme of Government of India, NDMC aims for better energy efficiency through Smart Electricity Grid, one of the ambitious projects of NDMC. It contains the following three parts:

    a. Strengthening of 11 kVA Grid: Rs. 185 Cr project, work of which has been awarded to L&T on 29.03.2018, and which is likely to be completed within 2 years

    b. Smart Metering Project has been given to EESL, a PSU of the Ministry of Power, to develop smart meter with mobile app facility for offering various services to the citizens as well as easing up the maintenance and billing of the consumers.

    c. Strengthening of Cable Infrastructure: With project cost of around Rs. 40 Cr, the bids have been called in which 3 eligible bids received and the work is likely to be awarded in May 2018 

    Smart Water Systems

    Water Management is another area and the tender for first part for provisioning of House Service Connection, Smart Meters, SCADA, Water quality sensors, and Central Control Centre with creation of DMAs has been floated with last date for bidding as 11 th June, 2018. It is envisaged that with the implementation of this project, the pinpointing of leakage, theft, management of NRW would become easy through analytics.

    Smart Roads

    31 kms of roads are being converted to Smart Roads with features such as Warm LED street lights, 3D Zebra crossings, public operated pelican crossings, Smart Poles having CCTV, Wifi, Environmental sensors, Smart Parking, Digital Interactive Information Panels and touchscreens, and Kiosks providing services. A consultant has been appointed. Work is being awarded for the first Smart Road. Plans for 2 other roads finalised and estimates being

    prepared.

    Smart Parking

    NDMC awarded work for Sensor-based-Smart Parking Phase I to identify occupancy of each parking slots, with features like LED Screens to display parking availability, Mobile App for parking availability and pre booking, Web Portal for parking availability & pre booking, Auto Pay stations for payments, Camera’s for security, Command & control Centre for online monitoring and Smart Cranes for enforcement, which is being commissioned shortly. NDMC has floated e-tender for Sensor-based-Smart Parking for rest of NDMC area.

    Digital Interactive Panels

    NDMC has awarded work under PPP model for 50 Digital LED Interactive Information panels for providing information to citizens, with features like Mobile charging point, free wi-fi. The work is under progress and likely to be completed by end of June, 2018.

    Digital Information Panels

    NDMC has awarded work under PPP model for 55 Digital LED Information panels for providing information to citizens and advertisement to improve the aesthetic and hygiene in CP corridors by covering the corners, with features like Mobile charging point, free wi-fi, information display for 20% of time. 30 nos. of screens have been installed in Connaught Place and rest under progress and likely to be completed by end of May, 2018.

    Facade Lighting at front facet of Palika Kendra, NDMC Headquarter Building

    NDMC Headquarters Building front facade has been covered with high quality LED display of 1257 sq. mtrs in three parts, which is visible from 2-3 kms distance.

    Giant LED screens at Market Places

    Three 20'x10' giant LED screens have been built at Connaught Place (two of them) and Khan Market (one as of now) for disseminating social information as well as for running advertisements. Non motorised vehicles

    NDMC has awarded work for Public Bike Sharing under PPP model for minimum 500 bikes at 50 dock stations with central control centre, interactive panels at stations. The work is likely to be launched in first week of June, 2018 and will be completed by July, 2018.

    Rose Garden Shanti Path
    Naresh Play Cricket

    Skill Development

    NDMC has developed Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Kendra at Mandir Marg offering courses in health and solar energy with a capacity of 5000 students. 2000 students have been passed out and 500 have got job and the placement of rest are going on.

    Rain Water Harvesting (RWH)

    NDMC has installed 98 modular type RWH in Chanakya Puri, Gole Market, Laxmi Bai Nagar,Kidwai Nagar area. These are modular, robust, load bearing and easy to install.Unique Addressing in NDMC area NDMC has awarded the work for provisioning of Unique Addressing to properties in its area,which will enable it to manage and maintain the records of these properties and their duesmore effectively and scientifically.

    Whew! There is a lot happening at NDMC SCL. As is evident, NDMC has been persistently working on it unwavering commitments towards creating a better and smarter city.

    Undoubtedly, the underlying force here is a thick blend of strategically thought-through and worked out solutions that are not just eco-friendly, but also contribute to the social welfare while addressing some of the core problems. What makes NDMC’s recipe for a smart city? In case you’re still wondering, then you must know, it is: People-Centric Approach + R&D + Out-of-the-box solutions + Stanch Dedication Looks like something good is cooking!

Thursday, 07 June, 2018 07:12:AM

Safeguarding the Borders

    It wasn’t that long when a historic constitution amendment bill was passed to settle the then 41-year-stretched Indo-Bangladesh border issues. The government had appointed A.K. Mangotra, IAS officer of Manipur-Tripura cadre, as the Secretary, to head the Department of Border Management, Ministry of Home Affairs. The department looks after different aspects of the Border and Disaster Management in India. India has a varied geographical identity. 7,000 kilometers of the country’s borders have different geographical existence and features ranging from snow-clad Himalayan terrains to desserts, and oceans. Each geography has its own pros and cons, and certainly throw some amount of challenges. These challenges are unique, varied, not encountered elsewhere. In such a scenario, the involvement of an experienced officer who knows the in and out story of the borders, is imperative.

    Not to forget, a whole range of natural and man-made disasters occur in India, on a daily basis, which necessitates the emergence and implementation of initiatives that can reduce the risks of disasters and its aftermath, while building resilience, which top the list of national priority. This agenda will be worked out under the supervision of Mangotra. The Hon’ble Supreme Court has now appointed Mangotra as the Chairman of the Indo-Bangladesh Border Committee, after his retirement. His rich experience in this segment will account for resolving various allied issues.

    And, the recent developments also show that a lot of constructive action is being carried out to protect the border areas. The BJP-led government has brought into action, India’s first ever Comprehensive Integrated Border Management System (CIBMS) along the riverine stretch that borders Bangladesh in Assam. It is based on a Smart Fence concept (have an addition of electronic systems to the barbed wire to detect movement along the border), which is initiated and implemented by BSF, meant for sealing the susceptible gaps lying on the borders on India, shared with Pakistan and Bangladesh. Smart fencing work in Assam is being led by Modi government, and is very different from the barbed fencing (securing of the border with physical fences that obstruct infiltration) and CIBMS (using sensors to detect any form of movement in the water, on the land surface and in the air, to tackle issues that a physical border security system may have due to the geographical reason like in case of Dhubri, where fencing can’t be erected). Earlier, this was done by using reconnaissance in the riverine area by the BSF forces, so to protect the areas. The Government of India, in association with the BSF has kick-started border securing process through CIBMS in the Eastern region of the country, and will soon launch it, along the borders of Pakistan.

    However, among all the hullaballoo about the border security and its disaster management, three issues yet prevail between India and Bangladesh, which may affect the bi-lateral ties. They are: Teesta water issues, Rohingya refugees, and National registration of citizens being conducted in Assam.