Smart Cities Challenge: Techies Hand Over Suggestions


Thiruvananthapuram: The suggestions of Technopark employees for Thiruvananthapuram City Corporation’s Smart City proposal, to be submitted to the Union Government, were handed over by the representatives of Prathidhwani, the socio-cultural organisation of Technopark employees, to Mayor V K Prasanth recently.

Prathidhwani had put up suggestion boxes across the campus to collect employees’ suggestions. Techies also had the opportunity to meet V K Prasanth as part of this campaign. Hrishikesh Nair, CEO, Technopark was also present at the meeting.

Speaking on the occasion, Mayor said the Corporation is leaving no stone unturned to involve all stakeholders in the democratic process.

Smart Cities Mission, announced by the Union Ministry of Urban Development in 2015, aims at developing core infrastructure, and a clean and healthy environment, ensuring good living standards, and essentially achieving these targets through the application of cost-effective latest technological advancements.

To win the Smart Cities Challenge and become eligible for the Central funding, cities have to present project proposals evolved in consultation with the public and various other stakeholders. Once chosen, the city will receive Rs. 500-crore assistance from the Union Government in a span of five years to implement the proposals. The city administration and the respective state government together have to contribute an equal amount. Though Thiruvananthapuram was not selected among the first 100 cities, it was given an opportunity to be included in the mission.

Some of the major suggestions made by the techies include beautification of main roads, construction of footpaths along all main roads, children’s/leisure parks in all divisions of the Corporation, ward-based decentralised waste management system, centralised drinking water supply system, refresh/rest rooms at important centres, online application tracking system in Corporation offices, facility for tracking city transport buses and display of arrival timings at all bus stops, synchronisation of traffic signals in city, multi-level parking at main centres, solar power for government offices, mobile app for interaction between medical college doctors and patients, mobile app for identification of damaged street lights, ban on disposable plastic goods, machines to collect plastic bottles, total ban on honking, hygienic slaughter houses, revival of Parvathy Puthanar as a new water highway and classification of restaurants.