After the success of its online initiative of seeking people’s ideas on smart city project during the first phase, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has decided to broaden the initiative’s scope by taking field surveys among the public.
The PMC is competing to make it to the top 10 slots in the smart city list from among the selected 98 potential cities.
“The PMC would launch the citizens participation initiative for smart city in an extensive manner by reaching out to every household in the city. The initiative would be undertaken in three steps and finally the smart city plan (SCP) would be prepared on the basis of the initiative that would be started from Thursday,” said Mayor Dattatraya Dhankawade.
A manpower of at least 4,000 would be engaged in the door-to-door exercise and civic staff, students and National Service Scheme (NSS) candidates, along with representatives of social organisations, would carry out the job for PMC, municipal commissioner Kunal Kumar said.
The first step, preparing the vision, would be conducted from September 17 to 28, in which citizens will have to spell out their dream for the city and list three important problems faced by the city, he said, adding, “This could be done by filling up the form and submitted to the representatives of the civic body. The exercise would also be carried through online facility.”
In the second step, the citizens have to identify where improvement is needed in the 12 core sectors, and it would be done from September 29 to October 9. The citizens will have to give suggestions and suggest projects for the identified sectors during October 12 to 23 so that they would be considered while preparing the smart city plan to be submitted to the union government.
“A mini lab would be set up by the PMC for selecting projects. The lab will have teams for each sector and each team would have experts, vendors, organisations, concerned department civic officers to do brainstorming to finalise the project along with the strategy to implement the proposed project,” said Kumar.
The municipal corporation would have a war room where the Smart City Plan work would be carried out and finalised so that the citizens can also have access to it during the entire process.
Earlier, the PMC had launched a contest titled `Maza Swapna, Smart Pune’ and the PMC got over 6,000 suggestions and ideas while there were 5.35 lakh hits registered on the smart city web page of PMC in just one week.