The Army’s plan to develop Jaisalmer Military Station into a smart facility, has not yet received green signal from the Defence Ministry. It may be recalled here that in January last year the Indian Army had drawn a detailed plan to develop the Jaisalmer Military Station in Rajasthan as a smart facility patterned on the Centre’s Smart Cities. Unconfirmed reports say that lack of adequate funds is proving to be an obstacle in taking it forward.
A detailed plan has been formulated in consonance with eight key areas identified by the central government for development of Smart Cities. Some of the unique facilities provided in these dwelling units would be rainwater harvesting, centralised garbage disposal system, solar water heater, solar security lights, underground electric cabling, LED lighting system, provision of LPG through pipelines, prepaid electricity and water meters, waste disposal chutes, passenger and service lift etc. Along with this, other facilities as per the plan, include Central Sports Complex which would have synthetic volleyball, tennis and basketball courts, an athletic track, squash and indoor badminton courts and a gymnasium. A state-of-the-art military hospital is being developed. It will also have an auditorium with a capacity of 1200 people, a state of the art shopping complex and Sainik Institute located in the middle of the station for easy accessibility.
The smart military station is also supposed to have the concept of smart building and green buildings, when approved. Special attention will be given to preserve and develop ecological balance. A special ecology force is engaged which is mandated to plant one lakh trees every year. The station has already developed a herbal garden, which is one of its kind in the entire district.