Smart City project: e-Services top on city residents’ mind

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
  • Updated: Nov 20, 2015 13:19 IST

City residents want technology-based government services and want the administration to introduce e-governance at all levels in the city. Among the city residents who voted for ‘Smart City’ solutions, majority (68%) want introduction of e-governance — technology-based citizen services. Of the 21,759 residents who voted, as many as 14,804 wanted online delivery of citizen services.

The second priority residents gave to use of technology for better security of citizens for which 16% (3,401votes) were polled. 3,285 residents (15% of total votes) wanted integrated public transport and smart traffic management solutions.

The UT administration had sought online suggestions on Smart City project from city residents on November 4 till November 18.

More than 65,000 votes were received for different categories and maximum (22,402 votes) went for redeveloping some prominent sectors.

Among the given options for redevelopment of sectors, the residents gave top priority to ‘Area 1’ comprising Sectors 17, 22, 35 and 43, receiving about 95% votes (21,208). As many as 682 votes were received for redevelopment (retrofitting) of ‘Area 3’ comprising Sectors 38, 38-West, 39 and 40, while 512 voted for ‘Area 2’ comprising Sectors 43, 44 and 45.

The administration had also sought suggestions from residents on what facilities they would like to see in the areas selected for re-development. For this, in all 22,051 comments were received and majority — 46% or 10,236 votes — wanted digital connectivity.

Parking solutions accounted for 16% and better traffic management 12%.

Apart from voting online, the residents could also submit suggestions by filling up forms at the e-sampark centres.

As per the data, the residents appeared to be satisfied with the education and health facilities in the city. The residents voting pattern also reflected that they were satisfied with employment generation, power supply, water supply solid waste management and cleanliness in the city.

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