Aboard apps, Bidhannagar in smart city race

  • Shiba Nanda

    November 4, 2015 | 06:02 AM
Aboard apps, Bidhannagar in smart city race

Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation, which is competing to be among the first 20 cities to get Central fund under smart cities project, is cashing in on 'mobile governance' and faster delivery of civic facilities, say sources in the corporation.

Sabyasachi Dutta, mayor of Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation, who recently took part in a programme organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), said that they were open to new ideas which could provide faster civic services with the use of technology.

“We have already chalked out our plan to be among the first 20 smart cities. We will submit the plan to the Centre shortly. However, we are not in a position to disclose the actual idea,” said Dutta.

But an officer at the corporation said that they were focusing on complete e-governance through mobile phones, towards which they have already started working. Except Rajarhat, the number of smart phone users is high in Salt Lake and New Town.

“It is important to introduce innovative smart initiatives to develop public places into Wi-Fi zones so that people can register their opinions and complaints regarding civic facilities using public places,” the officer said.

Not just registering complaints, people can use a host of facilities using various apps in their mobile to get information related to Bidhannagar. Civic authorities are also contemplating interconnecting various apps that are already in use. Bidhannagar City Police has already developed a mobile application which residents can use for various purposes.

“The basic idea is to give citizens a single platform where they can perform multiple actions with interactive features,” said the officer.

Mayor Sabyasachi Dutta said that they were keen to use technology to improve civic services. It will be cost-effective too. “Smart city is not possible without smart governance. We are committed to upgrading civic facility, which is the basic element of ensuring overall development,” said Dutta.

Bidhannagar municipality, which had recently organised a canvas painting, is lauded by common people who expressed their opinion on a 10-kilometrelong canvas.

However, some people have raised questions about socio-economic disparity between Bidhannagar and Rajarhat.

“When we are talking about overall development, we are dedicated to all the 41 wards. Our blueprint to develop Bidhannagar municipality into a smart city includes every part of the area,” said Dutta.

"We will submit the plan to the Centre shortly," Dutta said.