The Department of Civil Supplies and Consumer Protection, and the Consumer Protection Council of Tamil Nadu in Tiruchirappalli (Tiruchi) organised a seminar – 'Smart City – Tiruchi' to seek suggestions and feedback from various walks in its pursuit to make the city smarter.
Ideas and suggestions received from the city residents generally emphasised on sustainable and inclusive development, while highlighting the need to keep its city heritage, antiquity and ancient monuments intact.
The selected consultant Jones Lang La Salle made a presentation at the forum and said the whole development mission will be carried by engaging citizens and stakeholders at every level.
According to a The Hindu news report, Simon Selvaraj, Associate Director, Strategic Consulting of Jones Lang La Salle was quoted as saying “Improving the quality of life of the residents with IT intervention, augmenting basic infrastructure, applying smart solutions to ensure clean and sustainable environment were among the key objectives of the project.”
The former Commissioner of Tiruchirappalli City Corporation, Swaran Singh, was quoted as saying that planning should be in such a way that it encompassed several aspects, including good sanitation system, sustainable environment, creation of a robust infrastructure, and systematic and scientific ways of managing solid and hazardous wastes, besides focussing on health.
Citing the influx of foreign tourists given the heritage tag, a city hotelier said that the smart city plan should be conceived and developed without disturbing the antiquity and heritage monuments of the city.
Meanwhile, the Tiruchirappalli City Corporation has opened public booths at five different places in the city to receive suggestions from its city residents.
The booths were opened at strategic locations - Gandhi Market, NSB Road, Thillai Nagar Main Road, Woraiyur, and near Jamal Mohamed College.
The city Mayor A Jaya and deputy Mayor J Srinivasan visited some of the booths and encouraged residents to come up with their suggestions.
The civic body has also has welcomed suggestions from college students and announced cash prizes of Rs 25,000, Rs 15,000, and Rs 10,000 for the top three entries.