Smart city poll: 95% residents choose Sector 17 for revamp

The other sectors in this league are 22, 35 and 43.

By: Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: November 20, 2015 3:36:44 am

As many as 95% residents, who participated in a poll conducted by the UT Administration for providing solutions for making Chandigarh a smart city, want sectors 17, 22, 35 and 43 to be revamped.

A total of 22,402 people participated in the poll, which was started on November 3.

Under the category of development of the area based on retrofitting, the administration had given three options: area I — sectors 17, 22, 35 and 43; area II — sectors 43, 44 and 45; and area III — sectors 38, 38W, 39 and 40.

The area of sectors 38, 38W, 39 and 40 got 3% votes while only 2% participants selected sectors 43, 44 and 45 for development based on retrofitting.

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A total of 46% participants have identified digital connectivity as the key issue for improvement in the area of sectors 17, 22, 35 and 43 while 16% people identified parking as the main issue. As many as

12% voters identified traffic management as an area which needs improvement in the four sectors.

For pan-city solution for the city, a total of 68% people want online delivery of citizen services while 15% selected integrated public transport and smart traffic management solutions. Enhancing safety and security of citizens through technology was a priority of only 16% participants.

As many as 98% participants agreed on developing the stretch along Vikas Marg as a business and financial centre.

Chandigarh has been shortlisted by the Union Ministry of Urban Development as one of the 100 cities to participate in the Smart City Challenge. Based on their smart city proposal, a total of 20 cities will be picked for the first round to be funded in the financial year 2016.

Danish Ashraf, nodal officer of the smart city project, said: “Now we know what people want and our proposal will be based on the feedback given by the residents.”

Ashraf stated that the exercise was aimed at identifying components which were required to improve infrastructure and quality of life of city residents. He said that their proposal was shaping up well and were hopeful of making it to the list of first 20 cities to be funded in the next financial year.

What people want

95% participants want development based on retrofitting for sectors 17, 22, 35 and 43

46% participants identified digital connectivity as the key issue for development based on retrofitting

68% participants opted online delivery as pan-city solution for making Chandigarh a smart city

98% participants want the stretch along Vikas Marg to be developed as business and financial centre

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