REPL, Grant Thornton and ANB Consortium appointed as consultants for Varanasi
For the implementation of Varanasi Smart City project, the Varanasi Municipal Corporation (VMC) has appointed consortium of three reputed firms as Project Management Consultants -Rudrabhishek Enterprises Pvt. Ltd. (REPL), Grant Thornton and ABN consulting. The agreement was signed last week in Varanasi by the Municipal Commissioner Hari Pratap Sahi. REPL was represented by Mr. Harish Kumar Sharma, VP- Group Infrastructure & BD.
In the Varanasi Smart City, approach of Area Based Development (ABD) will be taken, along with the pan city solutions. The plan, spreading over total 1389 acres, will include retrofitting of old city along river Ganga comprising of major temples, heritage sites & cultural places with emphasis on socio-economic growth. Massive citizen engagement program was undertaken to determine the priority areas. Consultants will prepare detailed project reports (DPR) on various components such as water supply & sewerage systems, intelligent traffic management, smart security system, heritage conservation, tourism promotion activities etc.
Pradeep Misra, CMD of REPL said, “The Varanasi Smart City is certainly going to be uniquely challenging for us. We feel absolutely privileged to be part of this project which has immense historic, cultural and heritage importance for the entire nation. While keeping the core essence of the city intact, we have to make the city smart, so that it becomes a model for replication. I hope we would also be able to leverage our experience and learning on our other Smart City consultancy works in Indore and Bhopal.”