Mangaluru: The district administration held a press meet to discuss the criteria for the Smart City at the DC’s Office here, on September 30.
Addressing the mediapersons, DC A B Ibrahim said that Mangaluru city is in the list of 100 cities chosen to be the smart cities. “It is the duty of every individual to give their feedback for Mangaluru to be selected in the list of top 20 cities in the first phase for the Smart City. We have held many meetings in this regard but the people are not coming forward to give their feedback.”
October 5 is the last date to send the vision statement and December 15 is the last date to submit the report. “Citizens participation is the main criteria and suggestions can be given at www.mygov.in. Some people have started to give feedback. We have received 320 feedbacks in total; even through Gmail we have received 109 feedbacks. We have put up hoardings in the city. We will circulate pamphlets to every house. We have also started bulk sms so that the message reaches a minimum of 3 lakh people. The district administration has announced Rs 1 lakh for the best vision statement. If we will not receive a suitable statement, we will divide the prize money and the best four statements will be given Rs 25,000 each.”
“We have also started TV shows where discussions will be held from September 30 with the officials, a NGO representative and a representative from Kanara Chamber of Commerce and Industry. On Sunday October 4 at 5 pm, we will have a public interaction at the Mini Soudha. We will come to know the people’s vision on October 4. We are currently in third place as far as citizens’ participation is concerned.”
“In the smart city concept, citizens’ participation is very much important. We have tried our best to reach out to every individual but people are not showing much interest.”
Consultant Dilip Kumar said that one of the main criteria for selection of smart city is people’s participation. “Press and media can play a vital role in reaching out to the people. We need to collect the feedback from the people and prepare a report based on it and send it to the government by December 15. A smart city uses digital technologies or information and communication technologies to enhance quality and performance of urban services, to reduce costs and resource consumption, and to engage more effectively and actively with its citizens. Sectors that have been developing smart city technology include government services, transport and traffic management, energy, health care, water and waste. Smart city applications are developed with the goal of improving the management of urban flows and allowing for real time responses to challenges. A smart city may therefore be more prepared to respond to challenges than one with a simple ‘transactional’ relationship with its citizens.”
Ramanath Rai said that the district administration’s aim is to bring our city in the list of first 20 cities. “An American agency will finalize the city based on the criteria. People think that Smart City means development of the roads, but it is not that type of a programme; it has a different angle. There is a committee that will finalize the cities. In the first phase, 20 cities will be made into smart cities and we need to be in the list of the first 20 cities. The state government and the central government will pay Rs 100 crore each year for 5 years for the development of the city. People’s participation is an important criteria and we need to fulfill it.”
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