To accelerate the pace of the Smart City mission in Varanasi, the Indian Institute of Technology Banaras Hindu University (IIT-BHU) signed a MoU with Varanasi Smart City Limited (VSCL) and also launched a virtual centre- ‘Smart City Cell’ at the institute.

Signing the MoU, director IIT-BHU Prof Pramod Kumar Jain and chief executive officer of VSCL and municipal commissioner Gaurang Rathi agreed to proceed with the modalities to ensure timely attainment of the goals and said that the initiative will expedite the process of transforming Varanasi into a smart city under the Smart City Mission of ministry of housing and urban affairs.

At the Smart City Cell, a team of academics and professionals of the institute will work in close coordination with the VSCL officials to address diverse needs of the project.

Jain said that the objective of this agreement is to further leverage the involvement of the faculty and students of the institute in the overall development of the city. The scope of the collaboration includes verification and evaluation of all VSCL designs (especially the structural designs) and drawings by experts from the institute.

VSCL will also associate students of the IIT(BHU) for the project related works, he said adding that under and post-graduate students will do their summer internship at VSCL in projects related to IoT, information technology, structural engineering, architecture, urban planning, smart mobility, environment, waste management, energy, GIS, ponds restoration, Ganga rejuvenation, sensor deployment and many other fields.

Furthermore, professionals from IIT(BHU) will be invited to be part of
the key technical discussions and strategic meetings being held at VSCL, to share their expert opinion and to provide appropriate solutions, he added.

IIT(BHU) team will be involved in the proper water management of the both groundwater and surface water resources including the accurate water budgeting of the city corresponding to domestic, industrial demand of Varanasi city, he said adding that 3D city modelling combined with IoT, AI Cloud, and Big Data Analytics is playing a crucial role in development of sustainable cities.

IIT(BHU) has recently established a centre of excellence in technology innovation hub (TIH) with support from DST in the field of data analytics and predictive technologies (DAPT). VSCL has shown his keen interest to apply IoT and DAPT in the field of traffic management and Pedestrian Management in the city areas.


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