Kalyan on way to be­ing smart city

IT com­pany chooses Kalyan, Dom­bivli for its pi­lot project on e-gov­er­nance; more jobs, bet­ter fa­cil­i­ties on cards

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - Live - - THANE - Sa­jana Nam­biar

KALYAN: The ci­ties of Kalyan and Dom­bivli will be de­vel­oped by tak­ing a leaf out of Los Angeles.

Or­a­cle, an IT com­pany, has cho­sen Kalyan and Dom­bivli for its pi­lot project on e-gov­er­nance and will repli­cate the same tech­nol­ogy used in Los Angeles.

This was an­nounced by chief min­is­ter Deven­dra Fad­navis on Fri­day while in­au­gu­rat­ing the two-day ‘Smart City Sum­mit’ or­gan­ised by Kalyan-Dom­bivli Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (KDMC) at the Kalyan Sports Com­plex.

The state will sign a con­tract with Or­a­cle in July.

Fad­navis said the state gov­ern­ment will de­velop 10 ci­ties, in­clud­ing Kalyan and Dom­bivli, in the state as smart city un­der the Cen­tre’s Smart City project.

“Ef­fi­ciency, trans­parency and in­clu­sive plan­ning is the base of a smart city,” said Fad­navis, while stress­ing on e-gov­er­nance.

“This will make ev­ery­thing avail­able to cit­i­zens on­line,” he said.

The sum­mit aims at look­ing at ways to de­velop the two ci­ties with bet­ter fa­cil­i­ties and show­cas­ing them as a land of op­por­tu­ni­ties.

The CM said lead­ers should be open to the idea to im­ple­ment clus­ter and Slum Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Scheme for Kalyan and Dom­bivli. “Larger pub­lic in­ter­est is im­por­tant as far as de­vel­op­ment is con­cerned. So I re­quest all po­lit­i­cal par­ties to change their age-old habits,” he added.

Thane guardian min­is­ter Ek­nath Shinde, state min­is­ter for hous­ing, labour and min­ing Prakash Me­hta, KDMC mayor Ra­jen­dra Devlekar, MPs Kapil Patil and Shrikant Shinde, MMRDA Com­mis­sioner UPS Madan, Thane col­lec­tor Ma­hen­draKalyankarandKDMC com­mis­sioner E Ravendi­ran were present at the func­tion.

He urged of­fi­cials and res­i­dents to have a pos­i­tive ap­proach to­wards the Smart City project. “A city can be smart only if all cit­i­zens have a pos­i­tive ap­proach to the project. The project will help gen­er­ate em­ploy­ment and give bet­ter fa­cil­i­ties.”

He stressed on solid waste man­age­ment in the state which was be­com­ing a big prob­lem.

He said all civic bod­ies should sci­en­tif­i­cally dis­pose garbage.

He said the project will look into 24 hours of wa­ter sup­ply, bet­ter roads and health ser­vices. Even as the pop­u­la­tion of Kalyan and Dom­bivli is in­creas­ing, the in­fra­struc­ture is the same. The ci­ties are strug­gling to dis­pose of solid waste, pro­vide ad­e­quate drink­ing wa­ter to res­i­dents and im­prove pub­lic trans­port.

RISHIKESH CHOUDHARY

Chief min­is­ter Deven­dra Fad­navis in­au­gu­rates the Smart City sum­mit at Kalyan Sports Com­plex on Fri­day. (Right) The CM, flanked by KDMC com­mis­sioner E Ravendi­ran and mayor Ra­jen­dra Devlekar, shows the Smart City app.

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