The special board meeting of the Dehradun Municipal Corporation (DMC), which has been called to discuss the smart city proposal of Dehradun city, is likely to be turbulent as corporators are planning to stage an aggressive protest against the alleged ‘sidelining’ of the civic body on this issue.
The last date of submission of Dehradun’s smart city proposal to the central government for qualifying for the first phase of the project is on December 15. Prior to that, the city’s plan will be put before the DMC board on December 11 for its ratification, in which the proposed acquisition of tea estates on Doon’s outskirts will also be discussed.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led civic body has alleged that the Congress-led state government did not ensure active participation of the corporation in preparing the proposal, despite the fact that the urban local body is at the epicentre of smart city plan.
Sushil Gupta, corporator of ward Lakhibagh, said that the corporators will register a strong protest during the board meeting.
Doon has been selected by the union ministry for urban development among one of the 98 cities to be developed as smart city which are meant to be self-sustained townships with well-network infrastructure and information technology. However, it now has to contest with other cities to make it to the first set of 20 cities to be taken up in the first phase of the project.
Amita Singh, corporator of ward Mohitnagar, said the civic body had been “totally sidelined”, except for participation in a public consultation workshop for the corporators. “The urban local body is at the heart of smart city planning but here we have not been involved closely,” she said.
City mayor Vinod Chamoli said the state government had not fixed the DMC’s role in the project but hoped that “positive opinion could be built in the city’s interest during the board meeting.”