The Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) on November 1, will launch the first of the five initiatives under Bhopal smart city project––Bhopal plus app.
The four other projects include smart street poles, geographic information system portal, public bike sharing and intelligent public transport.
The mobile app will provide information about decisions and policies of the project at a touch of a button. People can send in their suggestions through the app. The utility of the app for residents and the response they will get, however, is a big question.
The BMC recently launched a Swachh map app, which has received poor response. In a span of more than three months, only 500 complaints were received through the app. Authorities say they will later integrate it as an option in Bhopal plus app.
“We did not receive the response we expected for the app. We thought people would really appreciate the app, but now we are planning to integrate it in the smart city app so that later on we can also expand our squads and effectively address public grievances,” said BMC commissioner Chhavi Bharadwaj.
The app is being viewed as another fancy project by residents and activists who believe that the app will not really help in the development of smart city.
The BMC recently tied up with Cisco and Intel to create an innovation hub but later scrapped the project, not seeing any utility of it presently.
“We have decided not to go ahead with the innovation hub as right now it would not solve any purpose but it would prove to be an added cost for us,” said Bharadwaj.
In July, when the project implementation workshop was held, the BMC did not given any information of ground-level implementation. “We see an app being launched, then a portal and probably a street pole,” said activist Pradeep Khandelwal.