As the city is competing for a spot in the second round of Smart City project, the Jalandhar municipal corporation (MC) is currently in the process of upgrading its Smart City proposal, which they are likely be submit in the month of May.
Mayor Sunil Jyoti informed HT on Wednesday that for the second round they would only be focusing on upgrading the proposal theoretically, and thereafter they would submit it to the state high power committee for Smart City, which in turn would submit it to the urban development ministry.
It must be mentioned here that unlike the previous round where the local development authority had carried out various awareness programmes and had conducted public participation campaigns, including essay competition, quiz, conventions in educational institutes, this time the office would only work upon improving its presentation on papers.
A MC official informed that they had recently held a meeting with the Smart City consultants on the same and had directed them to work on certain parameters of the proposal.
Other than Jalandhar, Amritsar will also be competing for a spot in the second round.
No idea what led to failure in first round
Though the MC has begun the process of preparing itself for the second round, the local development authorities till date has no idea so as to what led to their failure in the first round.
Jalandhar was at 27th position with a score of 53.8, while Amritsar was at 25th position with a score of 54.55. Only Ludhiana from the state could become part of the Smart City project in the first list.
However, the MC officials believed that lesser public participation had been the major reason why Jalandhar could not make it in first 20 cities’ list.
Officials informed that though the government had stated the total points which all the 98 cities had scored last time, they had not received the details of the factors on which they were lacking.
Sunil Jyoti informed that the MC had directed the consultants to upgrade the proposal based on the first five smart cities, including Bhubaneswar, Pune, Jaipur, Surat and Kochi and look after the factors in which they were lagging behind.
As the cities have geared themselves up for the second round, the competition is going to be tougher as 54 cities will be competing for the second round. The MC will also have to maintain its position ahead of 23 cities which have been chosen by the ministry irrespective of the points they would score in the second round for the attaining top 40 position.