CII & UT hold Drishtikone Workshops to draw roadmap for Chandigarh as ideal Smart City

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  • Role of citizens key in making Chd smart city – Adviser
  • MC Counsellors should act as a bridge b/w Admin & citizens

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NewZNew (Chandigarh) : “To make Chandigarh an ideal smart city which is innovative, democratic, economically vibrant, accessible & safely liveable, the role of its citizens and all stakeholders like the residents, industrialists, institutes, MC Counsellors, officials, commercial establishments, students etc , in providing bright and sharp ideas as  also work together cohesively as a unit is the key”, emphasised Mr Vijay Kumar Dev, Adviser to the Administrator, UT Chandigarh at a Visioning Exercise – DRISHTIKONE organised  jointly by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and Chandigarh Administration, with Deloitte as the Knowledge Partner at CII Northern Region Headquarters in sector 31-A, here today.

Sharing the example of Scandinavia, the adviser added that “The bright and ignited minds of the normal citizens and laymen and their collective concern and endeavours for the city converted this city into the best place to live in Europe.

“Our objective is to provide all services to citizens through Smart Route only. For this, it is imperative that the MC Counsellors, citizens and UT officials work hand in hand in a coordinated manner. It is important that MC Counsellors act as a bridge between the citizens and the Administration”, he added.

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In today’s historic workshop, we would intensively discuss on 7 key parameters to finalize the vision and Sub Goal for the Smart City Chandigarh, which we would send to the Govt of India for approval. This document would be a mouthpiece of all the citizens of Chandigarh.

He also shared that “Sector 17 plaza would be upgraded and showcased as the World’s best market and heritage place. We have already made the initial plans to increase the footfall as well as enrich the experience of families visiting and shopping in sector 17 and would be implementing it very soon”.

The workshop which featured participation of all key UT officials including Mr Anurag Aggarwal, Home Secretary cum State Mission Director (Smart City), Chandigarh Administration; Finance Secretary, IGP, DC, Municipal Commissioner, and Municipal Counsellors aimed to draw a roadmap for finalizing the vision and Sub Goal for the Smart City Chandigarh.

The participants brainstormed and shared their views and suggestions in seven groups on different parameters to make our own Chandigarh a Smart City. The seven parameters were – Mobility, Utilities, Economy and Employment, Safety, Health and Education, e-Governance and Solid Waste Management.

“CII is committed to work with UT Administration to make Chandigarh a Smart city with focus on providing basic amenities like unpolluted air, safe drinking water, easier access to smart and good quality education, convenient and cheaper transport facilities, sufficient incomes, nutritional food, shelter, clean and hygienic conditions and security to all people including those living at the base of pyramid”, shared Mr Amarbir Singh, Chairman, CII Chandigarh Council.

Today’s engrossing deliberations and suggestions on various problems and probable solutions relating to these 7 key parameters would be collated and analyzed in order to take the form of the final vision document for Smart Chandigarh”, he added.