Ranchi Municipal Corporation (RMC) is taking help of social media to prepare its Smart City Proposal (SCP) under the Smart City project, which it has to submit to the Centre by December 15.
RMC has sought suggestions from citizens on facebook, twitter and blogs for an ideal plan, though the corporation is yet to identify the zone that would be developed under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s pet project.
“Citizens’ participation in preparation of the SCP is a must. So, we have invited citizens to participate and express their views and suggestions on our Smart Ranchi page on facebook, twitter and blogs. People can also suggest us via mail to email@example.com,” RMC department head (Information Technology), Rajesh Kumar told Hindustan Times.
Union ministry of urban development has sought the final SCP drafts from selected cities under the project by December 15. The first challenge will be the submission of a concept plan by October 8, followed by a draft SCP by November 27.
Out of 100 marks set for evaluation of SCP, 30 are for citizens’ participation for preparing the final draft and the rest is on RMC’s report card, an RMC official said.
“We have just started the pages about four to five days back. Promotional activity for the pages is yet to be done,” Kumar said. The facebook page has got only 225 likes till date.
Ranchi will have to undergo a stiff competition to qualify for the first 20 Smart Cities for the first phase. The city has to pick one of the four categories-Greenfield development (250 acres), retrofitting (500 acres), redevelopment (50 acres) and pan-city development.
However, Ranchi has neither picked a category nor the zone that has to be developed as Smart City. “We are busy with housing schemes for all,” Ranchi mayor Asha Lakra said, adding that a concept plan for smart city was ready. “A campaign on social media for suggestions has been launched. It will not take much time to pick a zone,” said Lakra. She said ward-level meetings would be held soon to pick the best ward as smart city zone.