Bhubaneswar: Seven IAS probationers of Maharashtra Cadre of 2018 Batch on Thursday visited the Bhubaneswar Operations Centre (BOC) — the command and control centre of the Bhubaneswar Smart City Limited (BSCL) — and studied various projects undertaken by the special purpose vehicle to expedite the implementation of Smart City Proposal.
The visit was part of the `”Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat” programme. The visitors took stock of all the projects including the area-based development, pan-city proposal, implementation of IT-based applications and the Socially Smart Bhubaneswar project in order to make girls, women, youth and elderly of the slums to have better life and opportunities for their livelihood support.
The visiting IAS probationers were especially impressed by the Socially Smart Bhubaneswar scheme. “We are visiting cities across India and have also gone to see several Smart Cities under the Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat programme, but we have found that this unique initiative in Bhubaneswar is doing wonders to uplift the life of the slum residents and especially the youths,” one of them said.