Coimbatore, is one of the 12 cities selected from the state of Tamil Nadu, had its first joint discussion for its smart city plan was held at the district collectorate on 29 September, 2015.
Each of the 98 shortlisted cities, from 35 states and Union Territories need to submit the proposed smart city plan by the end of the year, based on which top 20 cities will be selected for Rs 200 crore annual funding in this fiscal.
According to a Times of India news report, the meeting was chaired by district collector Archana Patnaik, corporation commissioner K Vijayakarthikeyan and deputy commissioner of police R V Ramya Bharathi. Among others, officials from all departments, general public representatives and NGOs were present at the meet.
The suggestions pooled from the meet ranged on various topic from better transport system to addressing basic needs.
Deputy commissioner of traffic police T K Rajashekaran emphasised on the need for an traffic monitoring and an integrated traffic control system, as more and more vehicles were getting added to the city roads on a day-on-day basis.
The commissioner was quoted as saying that vehicular count was increasing by 150,000 every five months, hence regulating traffic in the city without a sophisticated system is difficult.
An official from the telecom major - Bharath Sanchar Nigam (BSNL) suggested to lay separate underground ducts for telephone cables, in order to prevent possible damage to optic fibre cables in case of road digging.
Other suggestions included – need for a sewage treatment facility for all lakes, laying of underground electric cables covered with concrete slabs like in Mumbai and ring rail route - to connect Irugur, Peelamedu, Podanur, Coimbatore North and Coimbatore Junction.