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Indore ranks 4th in Smart City run-up for citizen engagement

Indore has ranked fourth in citizen engagement among the list of 98 cities selected by Central Ministry of Urban Development under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ambitious Smart City Mission.

indore Updated: Nov 06, 2015 19:53 IST
HT Correspondent
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Confederation of Indian Industries organised a conference on Smart City in Indore on Friday. (Shankar Mourya/HT photo)

Indore has ranked fourth in citizen engagement among the list of 98 cities selected by Central Ministry of Urban Development under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ambitious Smart City Mission.

A survey conducted by Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology (CEPT), Ahmedabad, has placed Indore in the fourth position with respect to citizen engagement, one of the key parameters for Smart City Mission.

Speaking at a conference organized by Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) on Friday, Hitendra Mehta, official consultant for Indore smart city programme, said, “People’s participation and pouring suggestions has helped us a great deal in drawing a roadmap for development of Indore into a Smart City.” The citizens have been very critical in their suggestions, he added.

With participation of over 3 lakh citizens through various platforms like online poll, citizens’ feedback, citizen engagement conferences, painting and essay-writing competitions, the city has registered engagement of at least 15% of its total population with the mission.

The Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) and district administration swung into action after announcement of the Smart City Mission in August this year. The corporation had floated a dedicated web portal, a facebook page being followed by over 32,000 people, a twitter handle with over 1,300 followers and a whatsapp number for inviting suggestions from citizens. The website has received 42,632 suggestions from the citizens and the civic body has received over 91,760 suggestions through other media.

“70% of the suggestions have poured in from people belonging to the age group between 18 and 34. 16% of suggestions have come from housewives while suggestions from businessmen and industrialists were only 4%,” said Mehta.

People have chosen Rajwada area for retro-fitting development. Rajwada being a cultural and economic center of the city, it should essentially be included in the smarty city planning, he said.

Detailed proposals of the city’s development have to be submitted on December 15 to the Centre that has announced to fund Rs 100 crore every year for five years to develop 100 cities in India into smart cities. The state government will set up a special purpose vehicle (SPV) for this purpose.

Earlier, the commissioner of urban administration and development department of state, Vivek Agrawal said the Centre’s support of Rs 100 crore per year will not be sufficient for developing a smart city as it would require public private partnerships and soft loans from international agencies. “For realization of smart city project, we would at least need investment of about Rs 1,500 - Rs 2,000 crore per annum,” he had said at a conference in Indore.

The seven-point proposal

Development of Super Corridor on the lines of best cities in the world

Development of Medicity

Rejuvenation of Rajwada and other heritage monuments in the city

Kahn riverfront development

Transit-oriented development along BRTS corridor

Land development for private mills

Redevelopment of old government campus