wordpress blog stats
Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

125k citizens provide inputs for Pune Smart City development plan

pune aga khan palace

The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC), which distributed 350,000 physical forms to societies in the city earlier this week for its ‘Pune Smart City Challenge- Stage 2’, has collected suggestions from over 125,000 families in a week, reports TOI. The form, which includes filling out details like name, gender, pin code, email ID and mobile number, also has two questions which ask:

– What should be the vision for Pune?

– What are the 3 big issues you currently face in the city?

The initiatives are also accessible online through http://punesmartcity.in/ and http://smartcity.punecorporation.org/ where users can fill those details to submit the form. According to the TOI report, an additional 12,000 people have submitted these forms online. The drive to collect this info will go on till Monday.

Topping the list of Pune citizens’ concerns are environment and cleanliness and issues like water supply, traffic and transport will also be featured in the draft vision document. The PMC’s initiative, has of course, faced issues and more along the way, which the Municipal commissioner Kunal Kumar said would be addressed.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

Late last month, the Minister of Urban Development Venkaiah Naidu approved 98 cities of the initially submitted 100 cities, to participate in the Government’s smart city plan for the country. According to the minister, these 98 cities covered a population of 13 crore people or around 35% of the urban population.

Data collection from citizen in 3 phases
As of now, the PMC plans to seek various inputs from citizens over the next 2 months in three phases, in order to get selected in the first list of 20 smart cities by January 2016. In the first phase (Envision: 17- 28 Sept), it will collect the information from the forms we cited above. In the second phase (Diagnose: 29 Sept- 9 Oct), it will identify the ‘most vital’ issues which need to be resolved in the city, while the third phase (Co-create: 12- 23 Oct) will aim to address the issues using solutions the PMC has identified and create a plan ‘very close to reality’ to be practically implemented. The corporation also calls on citizens who want to become volunteers by emailing punesmartcity@gmail.com.

The PMC had also previously held an online and offline contest(pdf) with cash prizes of Rs 25,000, Rs 15,000 and Rs 10,000 for its citizens on ‘How to make Pune a smart city’, where people needed to submit ideas across a bunch of topics.

MediaNama’s take:
This is not a discouragement: While crowdsourcing initiatives are great ways to actually receive information and ensure public participation to a certain degree, the PMC must take note of critical issues like electricity and water supply along with public transport and infrastructure, before it is hit with Smart City woes (if Pune gets selected). Definitive development of a city will lead to less stress on its resources, while accommodating the needs of the masses and providing options for a better standard of living. Also, the data that the PMC is collecting casts questions on citizen privacy, given that info like date of birth, email ID and phone numbers are being provided to the corporation. There should be some clarity on how the PMC plans to store and use this data in the future, and not give it out to marketing companies.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

We’re not sure as to how many of the selected 98 cities have similar initiatives by their local governments and corporations. If you’re in one of these cities and know of such initiatives, please let us know in the comments below or on Twitter.

Also read:

Government to spend Rs 1 lakh crore on developing over 500 cities

5 Reasons Why You Should Install The Pune Traffic Police Android App – Lighthouse Insights

Image Credit: Flickr user Michelle Lee

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.
Written By

I'm a MediaNama alumna from 2015-16 (remember TinyOwl?) now back to cover e-services like food and grocery delivery, app based transport and policies, platforms and media in India.

MediaNama’s mission is to help build a digital ecosystem which is open, fair, global and competitive.



The US and other countries' retreat from a laissez-faire approach to regulating markets presents India with a rare opportunity.


When news that Walmart would soon accept cryptocurrency turned out to be fake, it also became a teachable moment.


The DSCI's guidelines are patient-centric and act as a data privacy roadmap for healthcare service providers.


In this excerpt from the book, the authors focus on personal data and autocracies. One in particular – Russia.  Autocracies always prioritize information control...


By Jai Vipra, Senior Resident Fellow at Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy The use of new technology, including facial recognition technology (FRT) by police...

You May Also Like


135 job openings in over 60 companies are listed at our free Digital and Mobile Job Board: If you’re looking for a job, or...


Rajesh Kumar* doesn’t have many enemies in life. But, Uber, for which he drives a cab everyday, is starting to look like one, he...


By Aroon Deep and Aditya Chunduru You’re reading it here first: Twitter has complied with government requests to censor 52 tweets that mostly criticised...


Google has released a Google Travel Trends Report which states that branded budget hotel search queries grew 179% year over year (YOY) in India, in...

MediaNama is the premier source of information and analysis on Technology Policy in India. More about MediaNama, and contact information, here.

© 2008-2021 Mixed Bag Media Pvt. Ltd. Developed By PixelVJ

Subscribe to our daily newsletter
Your email address:*
Please enter all required fields Click to hide
Correct invalid entries Click to hide

© 2008-2021 Mixed Bag Media Pvt. Ltd. Developed By PixelVJ