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With the gov­ern­ment cre­at­ing 100 smart cities in In­dia, now it is the turn of a ‘Smart Mall’. To kick­start the same Cap­i­tal Mall, Bhopal is gear­ing up to be­come the ͤrst ‘Smart Mall’ of In­dia. The mall is un­der­go­ing var­i­ous tech­ni­cal and in­fras­truc­tural changes to ac­com­mo­date the tag of a ‘Smart Mall’. It will pro­vide 100 per­cent In­ter­net (4G) con­nec­tiv­ity to all cus­tomers com­ing to the mall. The park­ing man­age­ment sys­tem is be­ing up­graded to make it cash­less and also with dig­i­tal park­ing man­age­ment, with the ease of navigation in the park­ing lot and also bay iden­tiͤ­ca­tion.

The Vis­ual Dig­i­tal ex­pe­ri­ence of the mall is be­ing cre­ated by an in­ter­na­tional com­pany from UK, to cre­ate the ͤrst 4D Dig­i­tal ex­pe­ri­ence in the mall, which will be spread over 40,000 sq. ft. across the mall. Even the am­bi­ent light­ing in the mall would be con­verted to dig­i­tal, with lu­men sen­sors. The smart Cap­i­tal Mall will have an app to help nav­i­gate shop­pers to var­i­ous stores, along with their range, of­fers and dis­counts (if any).

The own­ers of Cap­i­tal Mall have al­ready in­vested about `5 crore till now and shall fur­ther in­vest about `10 crore in the next 2 years to con­vert it into a ‘Smart Mall’. Speak­ing about the Smart Mall ini­tia­tive by the Mall, Mukesh Ku­mar, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of Cap­i­tal Malls says, “We would like to match our mall to the ex­pec­ta­tions of with to­days’ ‘Smart Cus­tomers’, hence de­spite be­ing in a Tier II city, we are tak­ing Bhopal on the na­tional map.”

Talk­ing on the de­vel­op­ment Susil Dun­gar­wal, Chief Mall Mechanic, Beyond Squarefeet says, “Our focus is to cre­ate a unique ten­ant and cat­e­gory mix, which will be the USP of mall.”

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