17 IAS probationers visit Smart City Office, project sites

Bhubaneswar: Seventeen Indian Administrative Service (IAS) probationers of 2018 batch from Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration visited the office of Bhubaneswar Smart City Limited (BSCL) and some key projects.

The young IAS probationers were briefed about the various projects under the Area Based Development, Pan City Programmes, making Bhubaneswar Socially Smart.

After the brief on various projects by General Manager BSCL Saroj Kumar Swain and Technology Officer Asit Rajhans, the probationers also saw the Bhubaneswar Operations Centre (BOC) or the command and control centre for the city.

They also visited sites for gathering field experience at Adaptive Traffic Signalling System at Rupali Square, Smart Janpath near Sishu Bhawan Square, Bus Queue Shelters, Public Bicycle Sharing (PBS) station near Sishu Bhawan Square and Mo Bus Service.

It can be mentioned here that the young IAS probationers go out on a 45-day-long study tour-cum Bharat Darshan from every batch to gain field-level knowledge. The visit to Bhubaneswar would enable the team to gain knowledge on the Smart City project and studying public-private partnership initiatives. The team will leave for Visakhapatnam on January 14.

Ashutosh Dwidedi, from the visiting team termed the experience “interesting’’. In fact, the Smart City project proposal of the city was adjudged as the best proposal in the Smart City Challenge as the proposal from Bhubaneswar was based on the unique concept of child-friendly design and implementation.

Kuldeep Meena and Mahendra Pal also expressed their happiness over the progress of various projects across the state capital, which is known as the Temple City of India. The probationers also checked “Mo Cycles’’ at a PBS docking station near Sishu Bhawan Square.

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