IIT Kharagpur to Turn Varanasi into Smart City

With the mission of turning Varanasi into a smart city, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur has partnered with British Geological Survey.

Both will work to develop three dimensional (3D) geological modelling of the geology under Varanasi which is going to help improve new transport and service infrastructure. They will also focus on the preservation of archaeological sites, flood hazards management and water supply sustainability.

According to Project Leader at IIT Kharagpur’s Department of Geology and Geophysics Abhijit Mukherjee, the city and its rural places are affected due to the degradation of resources and environment but both are a linked ecosystem. The project will try to draw a precise sketch of the evolution of Varanasi. The project includes application geoscientific methods.

A multi-scale 3D conceptual model will be created based on the retrieving information on rock and sediment lithologies, physical and chemical characteristics, geotechnical properties, hazard potential and groundwater distribution and flow. This model will help visualise the ground beneath the city.

“The ultimate aim is to develop the methodologies and approaches of urban geosciences and engineering to urban geology at Varanasi as a pilot for other cities and to inform India’s Smart City mission,” says Mukherjee.

Source: ET Realty



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