The UT administration on Thursday hold a consultation camp and invited suggestions from residents to make Chandigarh a smart city.
The first smart city consultation camp kicked off at Community Centre, Sector 46, in which around 200 residents, heads of resident welfare associations, NGOs and ward councillors put forward suggestions related to the smart city and shared grievances related to the municipal corporation.
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The nodal officer for Chandigarh Smart City mission and SDM (east), Danish Ashraf, along with SDM (central) Prince Dhawan, had started the camp by inviting suggestions from the participants in written such that the suggestions could later be categorised and solutions could be found.
Ashraf said, “All the residents must participate in this initiative. We must ensure that the basic need of all the citizens of Chandigarh are fulfilled.”
He added that opinions and suggestions must not only be area specific, but pan city like suggesting a design of a dustbin or a type of flower required in a neighbourhood park.
“It doesn’t matter if we come in top 20 smart cities or not, but we need to improve our HDI rankings by working harder on each single aspect from sanitation to transport. Also, the purpose of holding these camps is to invite residents from periphery areas to share their problems so that we could work at grass-roots level,” added Ashraf.
He said the smart city project focuses on three main projects at present including redevelopment, retrofitting and greenfield. “The administration’s target is to get suggestions/ideas from at least 10 per cent (1.5 lakh) of the total population. Public participation is still very low. We just received around 1,500 suggestions.”
The majority of suggestions given by the residents at the camp were related to traffic chaos on roads, conditions of roads, proper garbage dumping places, Wi-Fi, improved bus routes and promotion of cycle culture in the city.
Principal of Post Graduate Government College, Sector 46, Gurjeet Kaurm who was also present in the camp, said, “Our college entrance gate is opposite to the residential area and students who come from far off areas to take exams on Sundays reach late because there are no indicators that could help them reach the college. Proper boards should be put up at the main road or towards the entrance to Sector 46.”
A resident said if the UT administration develops the southern part of the city in the same way it has developed the northern part, the city will become smart.
The nodal officer said the UT administration has prepared a quality comparison survey, which will be filled up by the residents.
The survey comprises 24 points, including water supply, road conditions, electricity supply, cleanliness, higher education, access to mobile connectivity and government schemes, public transport, safety, intercity connectivity rail, health services, traffic management, school accessibility, access to and citizen participation in city planning.