Smart City Corp to manage city roads

ST Correspondent
Monday, 16 July 2018

PSCDCL has decided to introduce a Road Asset Management System for better development of roads

PUNE: The Pune Smart City Development Corporation Limited (PSCDCL) has decided to introduce a Road Asset Management System (RAMS) for better development of city roads by preparing a database of past three years. It will help Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) to stop wastage of funds and use money on priority roads in city with better financial planning.

PSCDCL has adopted RAMS, which will help plan the budget in order to better manage city roads. The RAMS project envisions the collection of all road asset and infrastructure data for a period of 3 years, development of a web-based tool for use by road engineers, provide a network based maintenance management report for roads before the annual budget and training of PMC engineers for long term operation of  RAMS. The system will generate a Unique Identification Code (UIC) to each road so that the corporation can search a particular road and detailed information related to it, which will help to allocate development funds in the budget and plan according to necessity of that particular road.

While speaking to Sakal Times, Aniruddha Pawaskar, Chief Superintendent, Road Department, PMC, said, “The system will help us to plan budget for a particular work as per requirement. It will stop duplication of work, optimum utilisation of funds and give priority to roads in the budget. It will also help curb malpractices. PSCDCL has prepared a database of all city roads and they will hand it over after validation of information.”

A meeting was held on Friday with Additional Municipal Commissioner (Special) Rajendra Nimbalkar, Chief Executive Officer of PSCDCL Dr Rajendra Jagtap, all department heads of of PMC where the project brief about RAMS, its impact and utility were presented. 

The current problems facing urban road management is detailed information of road assets not being available at a single location, absence of unique identification (numbering system) for roads in the city, non-availability of annual maintenance data of roads in a single location, limited budget for road maintenance as compared with long road network, neglected roads in fringe areas of the city, wasteful expenditure and deterioration of serviceability level of the overall road network.

Dr. Rajendra Jagtap, CEO, PSCDCL, said, “In line with global best practices on road management, this system through data collection will transform the city’s assets and enable better management of city’s infrastructure while ensuring that the city is able to avoid unnecessary recurring expenses, avoid duplication of work by Ward office and the road department and execute capacity building for the engineers by providing real time data on their workstation.”

Existing Road length 1,398.65 kilometer (developed road length) 
- Less than 12 meter in width - 970.86 km 
- 12 to 24 m - 314 km
- 24-30- 60.54 km
- 30-36-29,96 km
- 36-61-23.29 km

- Street light poles - 64858 
- High Mast poles- 737 
- Other utility Poles- 15884
- Roadside Advertisement ( only along road ROW) 727 
- Roadside Trees- 70562
- Street vendors -5371
- Length of footpath - 716.47 km 
- Storm water drain (SWD)  length- 630 km 
- SWD chambers 22771

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