The Jalandhar municipal corporation on Tuesday started the public participation drive for the second round of smart city competition with the launch of Smart City website for Jalandhar city.
Municipal commissioner GS Khaira and mayor Sunil Jyoti launched the website at the MC office on Tuesday. Unlike the first phase where the local bodies department had initiated public participation by distributing forms that asked as to what development works they want in the city on priority, the MC this time will focus on increasing the citizen engagement in the smart city project through digital media.
The process of public participation will be carried out till May-end as they have to submit the revised smart city proposal in June.
Along with the launch of smart city website, the MC is also trying to engage people through its Facebook, twitter handle and through WhatsApp groups.
Public participation is termed as a major aspect under the smart city project and it is also being considered one of the reasons why Jalandhar city failed to make the cut in the first list of smart cities.
In the first round, Jalandhar was able to get view of around 18,000 citizens and Ludhiana succeeded in engaging around 1 lakh residents.
Ludhiana is the only city in Punjab which is in the top 20 list of the smart city project. Jalandhar came at 27th position out of first 98 cities that competed in the first round of smart city competition.
Khaira said though the MC had primarily focussed on citizen engagements visiting various educational institutes, holding meeting with the people of different sectors and conducting plays and various competition, they were not able to show the same numbers on papers and it was not included in the first list of smart cities.
“This time, we are having a digital approach as the number of visitors and the likes that we get in our social media will be counted which we then could show on our revised documents to be sent to union urban development ministry,” said Khaira.