Mussoori Dehradun get inputs on smart city proposal

DEHRADUN: A litany of feedbacks was received on Friday by the Mussoori Dehradun Development Authority (MDDA) during its seminar organised to get inputs for its revised smart city project proposal. Dehradun is among 23 cities that have been asked by the Union Ministry of Urban Development to resubmit smart city proposals till April 15. The state capital did not make it to the Centre’s recent smart city list. Several reputed government institutions and private companies gave their feedbacks in the seminar.

Indian Institute of Remote Sensing of Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO), Hitachi, SMPL Infrastructure, Urban Mass Transit Company and University of Petroleum were among a few which gave their inputs.

Col Rajendra Prasad of DRDO recommended the use of high- quality public sanitation called “bio-digesters”, which have proven to be highly effective for human waste management. “Environmental conservation and curbing of open defecation is critical to making a city progressive, and bio-digester is a good solution that Dehradun can consider adopting,” he said. Amit Gupta of Hitachi India highlighted how the development has to be harmonized with the nature. Siddharth Jain of SMPL Infra Ltd said that the state capital has the potential to come up with innovative ideas. “People here are smart and they have been segregating waste into bio- degradable and non-degradable. However, adequate facilities for recycling of these are not available. We would ideally want to make Dehradun a model city for solid waste management,” he added.

Abbas Rawat of KPIT highlighted the need for electric buses in Dehradun, to check the rising pollution level in the city. Laghu Parashar of Urban Mass Transit Company said, “The city should be planned for the people and not for vehicles. We should have good focus on pedestrians, for instance. If you plan a city for people, you will get good people.” Meenakshi Sundaram, nodal officer for smart city proposal said, “The online polling has been going on well and we have received 12,000 votes so far. If this continues then we might even extend the deadline by another week.”

Credits ET Realty

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