“Eternal Udaipur: World’s favorite Lakeside Heritage City” goes the vision statement
Udaipur : Udaipur’s fate in the decision making process of first 20 smart cities would be known later, however, the best part that has come out so far is the overwhelming response of the people at large who are coming out with their suggestions in making the best proposal for the city of lakes. On the basis of offline and online suggestions received from the citizens the Administration in co-operation with its consultants prepared a Draft Smart City Proposal document for the city which encompasses different aspirations and dreams to be realized for the lake city.
This draft document has been uploaded on the government website seeking public accent to make it to the final Smart City Proposal. In the draft, ‘ Eternal Udaipur: World’s favorite lakeside heritage city’ has been taken as the vision statement. Around 1200 review suggestions were registered on the very first day on friday, thus indicating the people’s immense enthusiasm and interest on the issue. ‘We have invited the citizens to participate in this review process till November 25, where they can give their opinion about the documents to make it the best Smart City Proposal’ collector Rohit Gupta said.
Twelve parameters were prioritized on 1- 5 scale under round 1 citizen’s consultation and more than 64 thousand feedbacks were received then. 44% of the people voted tourism as city’s top priority, water and sewerage came next. Eighty percent green buildings, Bin-free city model, smart mobility solutions like low carbon intermediate public transport, traffic management center, real time lake water quality monitoring etc are some of the salient features discussed in the draft. However, experts find the draft below expectation.
“ They have not taken into consideration the most important point i.e the Swachh Bharat rankings in which Udaipur had failed miserably by falling in the 417th rank” said Mahesh Sharma an activist and member of the development committee. 5493 households do not have latrines and 6.18 % of the population use public toilets or openly defecate. “ The city sanitation plan had proposed 570 community toilets in 57 complexes but surprisingly, this aspect has not been considered in the smart city draft” Sharma added.