NAHARLAGUN, Feb 5: Addressing a citizens’ consultation meeting on ‘Smart City Proposal of Itanagar’ here on Sunday, IMC Deputy Chief Councilor Tarh Nachung sought the support of all stakeholders to join in on the mission to make Itanagar a smart city.
The 1,50,000 population now has to fill the citizen feedback questionnaire forms and suggest facilities for education, health, entertainment required for the next 25 years, as the project once approved would be beneficial for the denizens of the entire Capital Complex.
Smart City, if implemented, could change the face of the state capital city, but only with the wholehearted involvement of all city dwellers, said Price Waterhouse Coopers Pvt Ltd senior consultant Pawan Dwivedi. He pinpointed as to how the masses could prove to the central government their involvement in developing the city as a model city.
Highlighting the questionnaires, website of the IMC and GoI, he said that this is a unique mission of the GoI, which calls for personal association of the residents and would be visible through the monitoring system.
Booking a railway ticket five years ago was available only through counters, but today it can be done with a click on your mobile phones, said Bhubaneswar Smart City consultant Surya Rath, Subhadra Consultants Pvt Ltd MD and GoI consultant on detailed project report, adding that, once the city is smart the entire system will be systematic and citizen-friendly.
Arunachal Chamber of Commerce & Industries chief adviser Pradeep Kumar Behera exhorted all business communities of the capital to extend whole-hearted support to the Itanagar Municipal Council in making Itanagar a smart city.
ACCI Vice President Shillong Tajo, Itanagar Market Welfare Association GS Biri Basang and Nirjuli BWC GS Tok Tabin Kamdir also addressed the gathering of hundreds of people from Itanagar, Naharlagun, which included traders, NGO representatives and officers of the IMC.
The audience also assured full co-operation to the IMC in the preparation of Smart City Proposal and took away thousands of feedback forms to distribute them to the shopkeepers and other stakeholders.
Itanagar Municipal Council Executive Engineer cum Nodal Officer Smart City Tadar Tarang highlighted the objectives and processes of winning smart city race and informed that so far, over 40,000 feedback questionnaire forms have been distributed to the citizens.
Further, he has requested all citizens of the Capital Complex to participate as and when required for the success of the Smart City Proposal.
Spot filling up of questionnaires and mock polling on Area Based Development were also conducted as part of the sensitisation programme.
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