Mangaluru, September 24: Aiming to get Mangaluru selected as smart city in the first list of the Central Government among the list of 20 cities across the country, Minister B Ramanath Rai has sought public suggestions on how they would like to visualize Mangaluru in future as Smart City.
Addressing a press meet here on Wednesday, September 23rd he said, to get Mangaluru listed among the twenty cities of the country in the first list; the public’s may send their suggestions to the already launched website regarding the necessities and specialities of Mangaluru. The suggestions may be sent via letter or emails to the concerned address. Vision statement has been invited from the public’s with a view to get Mangaluru listed among the first list of twenty cities in the first phase. Along with view of the economical, social, environmental aspects, it must also represent the geological and cultural richness of Mangaluru, he explained.
Dakshina Kannada Deputy Commissioner A B Ibrahim said, the city vision must provide the future developments down the line of 20-30 years. This vision must also include the economical aspects also. Then on the basis of vision statement, the tag line depicting the actual image of Mangaluru will be formed, he said.
MCC Commissioner Dr Gopalkrishna said, it has been decided to systematically implement the smart city vision on yearly basis. In the first phase, twenty cities will be chosen for the project, and we have to put efforts to get Mangaluru listed in it. For this, Smart city proposal (SCP) has to prepared and submitted for the city challenge. If Mangaluru is successful in getting listed as Smart City, Special Purpose Vision (SPV) will be prepared in the form of public limited company, and Mangaluru City Corporation and State Government has to be made the share holders in SPV. In addition, full time CEO has to be appointed for this, he informed.
The selection procedure for the Smart City will take place in two phases. Based on selection criteria, Central government has to choose 100 cities from various states. Among six cities of Karnataka including Mangaluru, total of 98 cities are selected and with this the first phase selections are completed. Now, for the second phase with the co-operation from the thinkers / counsellors in city, the cities have to prepare a proposal which is going on at present. The proposal has to be prepared within October 15th and the report along with the public’s suggestions has to be sent before November 27th to the higher level committee of the state. Later from there it will be submitted to the central government prior to December 15th. There the after the inspection by the higher level committee, first twenty cities will be selected, explained DC A B Ibrahim.
In the press meet Mayor Jacintha Vijay Alfred, Deputy Mayor Purushottama Chitrapura, MUDA Chairman Ibrahim Kodijal, MCC opposition leader Sudheer Shetty Kannur, Shashidhar Hegde, Standing Committee president Harikrishna and others were present.
Vision statement competition:
Vision statement from publics maximizing of 50 words on visualization of smart Mangaluru has been invited. Selected vision statement will be honoured with a certification and cash reward of Rs one lakh. In case, none of the vision statement gets selected, best three statements will be awarded with cash prize of Rs 25,000. October 15th will be the last date for sending the suggestions.
Vision statement has to be sent at the following address:
https//secure.mygov.in/ group-issue/smart-city-vision-mangaluru-through-peoples participation/
https:/ www.facebook.com/ smartcitymangaluru.
Along with this, suggestions may also be dropped at the drop boxes situated at the Mangaluru City Corporation office, sub-offices located at Kadri and Suratkal, Bharat Mall in Bejai, City Center Mall located in KS Rao Road, and Forum Fizza Mall in Pandeshwar.