The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has roped in various organisations for their inputs in the planning process for competing in the second round of Smart Cities Mission besides reaching out to citizens for suggestions on basic amenities.
The civic administration on Monday convened a meeting with several organisations, including the Confederation of Real Estate Developers’ Association of India (Credai), Hamal Panchayat and Indian Institute of Architects where deputy commissioner Anil Pawar made a detailed presentation on the objectives of the mission and urged the participating organisations to contribute in the civic body’s efforts.
“We are trying to reach out to the citizens via different platforms for their suggestions on various issues. They can also register their comments on www.punesmartcity.in,” he said.
Credai’s representative assured the civic body that it would assist in the environment sector, while the Indian Institute of Architect members said they would help in drafting a plan on water supply and sewage treatment. Representatives of autorickshaw organisations said their 45,000 members would help the civic body reach out to maximum people.
Elected representatives expressed dissatisfaction over the civic administration’s approach towards the mission. In a recent all-party meeting, leaders claimed that the civic administration was not consulting them while drafting the proposal for Smart Cities Mission.
Mayor Dattatraya Dhankawde assured the leaders that their views would be taken into consideration before the plan was finalised.
The Union government has asked the Pune and other municipal corporations to involve citizens while drafting the proposal for the second round of the Smart Cities Mission.
Union urban development minister M Venkaiah Naidu said only people’s participation could help cities succeed in the second round of the competition. “A smart city is what citizens want their city to be and plans for the city should involve extensive consultations with them. The plan will be evaluated in the second stage of the City Challenge competition based on such consultations and their economic and environmental impacts,” said Naidu in his communique.