In order to encourage students to suggest ideas for the smart city mission, SDM (Central) Prince Dhawan Tuesday invited school children and college-going students to attend the smart city consultant-cum-redressal camps being held in the city every day. The decision was taken during the third such camp held
at the community centre in Sector 37.
Commenting on this, Prince Dhawan, who had hosted the camp, said, “I think it’s a very good idea because students belong to a new generation. They are innovative in their ways, are very enthusiastic and can give more practical suggestions that are technology-driven. Therefore, we will organise a smart city consultation camp at Panjab University on September 23 such that students can participate in it.”
At the camp, some of the issues that were highlighted included maintenance of parks and cleanliness in the sectors, senior citizen policing, proper medical facilities for senior citizens, traffic management, encroachment, and lane discipline. Speaking on the issue of encroachments, a senior citizen at the camp claimed that Municipal Corporation officials were lax in taking action against fruit and vegetable vendors.
To this, MC Commissioner Bhawna Garg, who was present at the camp, said, “I do not like when such allegations are made against my inspectors. We have made available provisions that if you find anyone doing such things and getting involved in corruption, immediately call up the police station.”
Prince Dhawan said that he would allot numbers to encroachers in each sector such that residents could directly complain to the SDM office or the concerned police station.
Nodal officer for the smart city mission, Danish Ashraf, area councillor of Sector 37, Arun Sood, and Deputy Mayor Gurbax Rawat were also present on the occasion.
Danish Ashraf, SDM (East), shared a letter written by a class V student, Khushi, where she has stated that CTU buses should have dustbins, smoking should be banned in all places, and that dry leaves should not be burnt.