To promote the smart city concept among its residents, the newly formed Bidhnnagar Municipal Corporation (BMC) will organise a march and wall painting on 31 October. The residents of the corporation area are being urged to participate in the event. The exercise is aimed at gleaning public opinion on what constitutes a smart city as well as committing the citizens to the objective.
West Bengal Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd (HIDCO) and BMC have received nearly one lakh proposals relating to the smart city, and HIDCO authorities will choose the best proposal soon.
Soon after the formation of BMC, mayor Sabyasachi Dutta instructed all the councillors to obtain public opinion on the smart city concept during Durga Puja days. Accordingly, councillors in Salt Lake and Rajarhat personally visited pandals and sought public opinion. Mr Dutta said that they received overwhelming response during the past few days and would use some of the ideas they had received.
This time the BMC is organising the walk and graffiti making campaign, which will begin from Sports Authority of India (SAI) complex in Salt Lake.
Invitations have been sent to schools located in the area urging their students to participate in the walk and encourage them to take part in the graffiti campaign. Students of private art schools located in the area have also been asked to participate in the graffiti making, where they will could give expression to their vision of the smart city, Mr Pawan Kadyan, commissioner of BMC confirmed.
“This is an attempt to consolidate the relation between the Corporation and its residents,” Mr Kadyan said.
Mayor Saybyasachi Datta, will be take part in the march along with all the councillors.Invitations have been sent out to other dignitaries who are residents of the corporation area.
Meanwhile, National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) has decided to hold a seminar on the issue on Thursday, which will be attended by civic authorities of the four cities Rs Salt Lake, New Town, Durgapur and Haldia Rs which have been shortlisted for the smart city project.
“Apart from public opinion, IT has an important role to play in shaping a smart city. We believe that this seminar with software giants would help in shaping a blueprint for the smart city,” said Mr Debasish Sen,chairman HIDCO.
The residents are being urged to participate in the event.