From ET Realty
DEHRADUN: After failing to make it to the smart city list, Uttarakhand government has announced to launch an opinion poll to involve people for deciding the contours of the planning of the latest project which will be submitted to the central government on April 15.
Addressing a press conference, housing secretary R Meenakshi Sundram said, “From February 28, an opinion poll will be started online in https://mygov.in/ where all the people can give their opinion and expectation from the smart city project. The findings of analysis of the responses will be culled out to prepare the new smart city plan.”
In the first phase, out of 98 proposals from different states, only 20 were accepted while others, including Dehradun, were given more time to rework the overall contours of the planning. “This doesn’t mean the proposal has been rejected, we have been asked and given more time to finetune the plan as per the benchmarks set by the central government. For this, two agencies nominated by the central government are assisting us for bigger participation from the people before making the plan.”
He clarified that earlier the state government had submitted the proposal for the greenfield project but now, it has added the retrofitting component as well. “In the new scheme, we have built up different options for the citizens to choose in the opinion poll that include redevelopment and greenfield project for the smart city.
“The residents of Dehradun can and must give their opinion in the website and it will be a real help in shaping up things more than hold randoming protests or sloganeering,” said Sundram.
Explaining the four zone earmarked for the smart city project, the secretary said, “In the four different zones, the people can check the exact places, land bank availability in all the four zones. All the details are mentioned in the website, and the decisions of the selection of zone and the planning would be taken on the basis of the findings.”
Asked what went wrong last time in the project, he said: “We had opted for the door to door feedback and did not give much emphasis on the online responses. This time, we are engaging common citizen in big way like holding focused discussions at the community level, youngsters through social media and holding series of event to involve everyone in telling about their expectations.”