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Smart City camps: Residents show interest, attend in large numbers

Apart from submitting ideas and suggestions in written format, the residents are also posting them on the official Facebook page of the UT administration, Smart Chandigarh, and on online portal - mygov.in

Residents are actively participating in the smart city consultation-cum-redressal camps being organised by the UT administration.

Apart from submitting ideas and suggestions in written format, the residents are also posting them on the official Facebook page of the UT administration, Smart Chandigarh, and on online portal – mygov.in.

The UT administration is receiving a number of ideas on how to make the PGI, roads, chemist shops, e-sampark centres, CTU buses, queue shelters, garbage disposal system and policing in the city smarter.

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The residents have also submitted suggestions on maintaining the greenery in the city. “Chandigarh has a lot of greenery, but it is depleting fast. Old trees, especially the medicinal ones like Imli, Neem, Arjun, are dying owing to termites. Most of the trees are more then 20-year-old and the UT administration and the municipal corporation should take care immediately by treating the termite-infested trees. Educate the residents on how to take care of trees and plants in their parks,” reads a written submission.

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Another resident’s submission reads, “On the road dividers, instead of putting tiles, the horticulture department must consider planting of hedges or shrubs to make the city more green and pollution-free.”

Another resident has written about the higher auctioning price of the chemist shops at PGI. The resident has written that the chemist shops make up for higher auction price by providing poor services to the patients. Many residents have also submitted ideas as to how to improve parking at the PGI and to provide shelters to the patients who sit in open areas waiting for their turn.

Posting suggestions on the national online portal, where the UT administration has been conducting a discussion on how to make the city smart, a large number of residents have also shared traffic and transport related problems.

Some have also commented on the UT administration’s official Android application as well. “There should be something smart in the Smart App. It gives information that is static, including the mobile numbers of MC staff. In the Smart App, the information should be changed dynamically and each section must have space for public review. Fixed data should be updated periodically and date on which the data has been updated should be mentioned,” reads a suggestion. Another suggestion was to create a smart Chandigarh website and a free SMS notifying service to go with the application. The suggestion was to make separate sub-domains such as discussions, news, information, updates from UT administration and others.

Mandatory helmets for women, facelift to e-sampark centres, public kiosks for fast food to stop adulteration, multi-storeyed flats instead of single-storeyed government houses, smart signals and directions and GPS navigation systems for the CTU buses are some of the other suggestions being given by the city residents.

Third camp today

The third smart city consultation camp for Ward No. 8 (Sector 37, 38 and 38 (West) and Ward No. 9 (Sector 39 and 40) will be held at the community centre, Sector 37, on Tuesday under the supervision of Prince Dhawan, the sub-divisional magistrate (central). MC Commissioner Bhawna Garg will preside over the camp.