2 lakh smart city sug­ges­tions in 2 months

Views and con­cerns of stake­hold­ers will have ma­jor con­tri­bu­tion in for­mu­lat­ing the vi­sion for the city, says NMMC com­mis­sioner

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - HT NAVI MUMBAI - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

CBD BE­LA­PUR: Two months since the civic body in­vited sug­ges­tions from res­i­dents to make Navi Mum­bai a smart city, around 2.75 lakh sug­ges­tions have poured in from the res­i­dents.

“We wish to mo­ti­vate the res­i­dents to get in­volved in the process of de­vel­op­ment of the city. The views and con­cerns of the stake­hold­ers will have ma­jor con­tri­bu­tion in for­mu­lat­ing the vi­sion for the city,” said Di­nesh Wagh­mare, mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner, Navi Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (NMMC).

Wagh­mare was ad­dress­ing me­di­a­per­sons at a press con­sul­ta­tion at the civic body head­quar­ters in Be­la­pur on Tues­day to con­firm NMMC’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in the smart city chal­lenge launched by Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi.

The con­sul­ta­tion work­shop was opened by city en­gi­neer Mo­han Da­gaonkar who ex­plained the cri­te­ria to be met for the smart city chal­lenge.

“A smart city re­quires com­pre­hen­sive de­vel­op­ment of phys­i­cal, in­sti­tu­tional, so­cial and eco­nomic in­fra­struc­ture. Th­ese are im­por­tant to im­prove the qual­ity of life and at­tract peo­ple and in­vest­ments to the city,” said Wagh­mare. “Navi Mum­bai is el­i­gi­ble in all re­spects to earn the ti­tle of smart city NMMC will leave no stone un­turned to meet this chal­lenge.”

“The me­dia plays an in­te­gral role in the city’s progress. So, we wanted to take the me­dia’s in­puts for the project,” said Wagh­mare.

Me­dia rep­re­sen­ta­tives sug­gested bar­rier-free walk­a­ble foot­paths, trans­port ser­vice em­pow­er­ment, un­con­ven­tional use of en­ergy to save elec­tric­ity, bet­ter park­ing fa­cil­i­ties among oth­ers.

They also sug­gested de­vel­op­ment of mari­nas and sea trans­porta­tion, set­ting up of yoga and en­ter­tain­ment cen­tres, beau­ti­fi­ca­tion of lake, ru­ral and slum de­vel­op­ment mea­sures, im­proved drainage and sewage fa­cil­i­ties to pre­vent pol­lu­tion.

Some me­dia rep­re­sen­ta­tives said thrust should be given to dis­as­ter shel­ter cen­tres. The civic body should also strengthen the fire bri­gade sys­tem, set up larger num­ber of Englishmedium mu­nic­i­pal schools. Pro­vi­sions of bet­ter pub­lic toi­let con­ve­niences should be drawn in the smart city blueprint.


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