INDIA’S FIRST ‘SMART MALL’ COMING UP IN BHOPAL
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.”