He said various activities were undertaken over the past one month to develop the vision and sub-goals for the city. Discussions with citizens were held by municipal councillors and Chandigarh Administration officials
The Chandigarh Administration on Wednesday uploaded the draft vision document, ‘Chandigarh, an ideal city’ in mygov.in, and urged citizens to share their views and perspectives on it by October 26 on the link https://mygov.in/group-issue/draft-document-vision-and-sub-goals-chandigarh-ideal-city/. Talking about the document on Wednesday, Danish Ashraf, nodal officer of ‘Smart City’ said the proposed vision of the City Beautiful has been developed through an all-inclusive participatory approach, encompassing the holistic aspirations of the citizens of Chandigarh.
He said various activities were undertaken over the past one month to develop the vision and sub-goals for the city. Discussions with citizens were held by municipal councillors and Chandigarh Administration officials. The inputs of citizens were also captured through a comprehensive questionnaire. He further said that online mediums like Facebook and Twitter were leveraged to allow citizens to contribute their ideas on making Chandigarh a ‘smart city’. Citizens also made their contribution through the city administration and myGov websites. “The councillors, with their first-hand knowledge and understanding of concerns and solutions, provided useful inputs to shape the vision,” he added.
He said workshops were held with employees of the city’s various leading companies. The workshops allowed participants to share their perspectives in a structured manner, which proved useful to articulate the proposed vision. To ensure participation of children, an all-school essay competition was held around the theme, ‘Chandigarh of My Dreams’. In addition, an open category essay competition too was held, which generated a huge response from citizens of various age groups.
He further said that to ensure no one was missed out, citizens were encouraged to submit their responses in writing to the office of the Home Secretary & Smart City Nodal Officer. Thousands of forms have been collected from citizens sharing their perspective on the city’s vision, and rating of the services provided.
The article is originally published at Economic Times here