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North India's largest integrated command centre to come up in Lucknow

This unified command centre, that will monitor 16 other smart cities in UP, will begin operations from December 2021

Lucknow will soon have a unified Integrated Command Control Centre (ICCC) for 16 other smart cities of the state. This centre will be one of the largest cloud-based command centres in Northern India and will help improve traffic flow, pick up traffic violations and control pollution in the cities, besides a host of other services and utilities.


Lucknow's ICCC is likely to kickstart operations in December

To be stationed in Lucknow, the unified ICCC will have advanced integration, visualisation along incident-management for peacetime or emergencies. The proposed unit will single-handedly improve traffic flow, identify road safety violations and check the rise of pollution in smart cities. In addition to this, a host of accessory services and utilities also be relayed through this primary command and control centre.

"The ICCC of Lucknow was built at a cost of Rs 150 crore in Lalbagh, which included the cost of the building along with other infrastructure. We have the building of the directorate of urban local bodies on Sultanpur Road, where we will create the infrastructure of the unified command centre, but this time the cost will be around Rs 25 crore for the remaining 16 smart cities. We hope to start this centre in December," informed Indramani Tripathi, special secretary urban development department.

An IIT-Kanpur approved project

The official further informed that there are 10 smart cities declared by the Centre, while the state government has named seven cities of the state as smart cities. While Lucknow, Kanpur, Agra, Varanasi, Prayagraj, Aligarh, Jhansi, Bareli, Saharanpur, and Moradabad figure on the list of smart cities announced by the centre, the districts of Gorakhpur, Ayodhya, Shahjahanpur, Meerut, Firozabad, Mathura, and Ghaziabad have been declared smart cities by state.

Notably, the state's premier technology institute, IIT-Kanpur has reviewed and affirmed the detailed project report of the ICCC at the request of the urban development department. As per this review, the upcoming cloud-based command centre will be one of the largest units of its kind in Northern India and it will help in the integration of various smart elements in the listed cities.

Installation of smart street lights, environment sensors, city surveillance systems, intelligent traffic management systems and solar-power cells are included under its scope. Provisions such as e-governance, e-health, house tax collection, complaint portal and GIS System among others will also be taken care of.

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