Though the civic body here was confident that Jalandhar will make it to the first 20 cities in the country under the Smart City mission but it missed the chance against Ludhiana with a difference of some points.
The reason for the debacle in the second round the officials here mentioned was less public participation and having failed to state the independent financial source that the city has for carrying out various projects.
For the third round, the municipal corporation Jalandhar (MCJ) carried out the digital voting system where the public were able to do multiple voting. MCJ asked people to vote on its citizen consolation website where they were asked to choose their priority area of development.
In addition to this, people were also to vote on other social networking platforms. The civic body had succeeded in gathering around 3.5 lakh votes on its Smart City project, which was 35% more from the last time. More than 55% of population participated in the citizen consultation process.
It is to be mentioned that citizen participation was the major component of Smart City competition.
In addition to this, the MCJ asked various government departments to provide the various details of the funds that they are investing for carrying out various projects and also for mentioning as to whether they are funded by the state and the central government.
After synchronising the funds received by various government offices for various projects along with their own independent earning status, the document was included in the upgraded Smart City vision that was submitted in the third round.
In addition to this, the civic body also mentioned that they are carrying out geographic index survey (GIS) in the city.