The municipal corporation (MC) will submit its upgraded Smart City proposal by June 15. Earlier, the MC had proposed to submit the proposal by May 31. Municipal commissioner GS Khaira said that the civic body is currently occupied with completing various parameters of the proposal.
Khaira said that the MC and the consultant, hired to prepare the proposal, are working on various factors that lacked in the proposal sent for the first round. “We have done a thorough study of the details of the proposal that was submitted by Bhubaneswar and Pune in the first round. We are trying to upgrade our proposal according to their proposal,” said Khaira.
Bhubaneswar and Pune had bagged first and second position respectively in round 1 of the Smart City competition in which 98 cities of the country had submitted their proposals. Jalandhar had stood at the 27th position.
“The drawback in our earlier proposal was that we had not mentioned facts and figures about the resources and the kind of vision like Bhubaneswar and Pune,” Khaira added. MC officials said that they were gathering details of various projects under implementation by various departments and compiling them to include in the proposal.
Round 2 of the Smart City competition is being considered tougher as about 54 cities will be competing for the top 40 positions. The city will also be competing with 13 fast track cities.
MC officials said that the corporation has so far received 3 lakh votes online. They said that the maximum citizen participation will give them an edge over other cities in the competition.