'Small is beautiful' is a phrase commonly used to acknowledge to 'small champions' or 'appropriate technologies' that are believed to empower people. In economic terms, smaller organisations or states are said to be functioned more effectively given its size.
However, the 'small size' of population in Dharamsala seems to have kept the town planners work overnight in order to prepare a comprehensive and effective proposal to be select in the next round of the '100 Smart Cities' Mission.
Dharamsala has made it in the list of first 98 Cities, the challenge to get in the next round, is to make it in the top 20 by submitting a strong proposal so as to secure Rs 200 crore funding for each of the next five years. Herein lies the problem for Dharmasala – as its a small town with a population of just 22,000-odd citizens. How can such huge funds be used?
According to recent news report in The Tribune, it has been reported that the Town and Country Planning Department is contemplating including neighbouring towns - Dehra, Nagrota Bagwan, Kangra, Jawalaji and Palampur in the Dharamsala Smart City Project.
The department will propose to develop various facilities such as solid waste treatment plant under the public private partnership (PPP) mode by clubbing the facility for all cluster towns, the report stated.
The report also quoted JS Pathania, director of Town and Country Planning, as saying that even before the scheme was conceptualised, the state government was working on a plan to create clusters of towns in various parts of the state and create facilities for them under the PPP mode.
Other cities with population of less than 100,000 to be selected in the '100 Smart Cities' Mission are – Pasighat in Arunachal Pradesh (24,656), Diu in Daman & Diu (23,911), Silvassa in Dadra & Nagar Haveli (98,032) and Kavaratti in Lakshadweep (11,210).