Workstreams | Smarter City

How can a city continue to deliver value, attract skilled professionals and become a liveable one? Traffic that flows, neighbourhoods that are safe, integrated transport systems, communication networks that are fast and reliable, environment friendly pocket of communities and dedicated tracks for cyclists.

But how exactly can we deliver, when indicators for our capital city are at its worst? The Economist's Global Liveability Survey ranks Kathmandu consistently as one of the top 10 worst cities in the world to live in, on par with Harare and Dhaka.

LIG takes a leaf out of IBM's Smarter Planet project to learn and deliver.

As our first pilot under Smarter City initiative, LIG plans to float two alternatives to Kathmandu's ambitious, pricey and unfeasible underground metro rail service. Our partner, a British multinational behind New Delhi's underground rail service, will do a preliminary comparative study on cost-effectiveness and achievability between an underground metro and light rail service. Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) could be another alternative, which costs a fraction, can be delivered swiftly, and provide immediate relief to the public.

Other smarter City enterprises at later phase will include mapping security black spots within the city and working with law enforcement agencies and communities to make neighbourhoods safer, identifying energy grid pressures and devising smart solutions, identifying pollution pockets within the city and working towards smarter waste management, and using Swiftriver application to track and identify traffic bottlenecks and public transport cracks to come up with interlocking public transport.

* Note: Smarter City programme will launch only in late 2013, as LIG currently is focused exclusively on Open Government and Crowdsourcing workstreams.