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Panaji Smart City SPV invites public opinion on projects

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Imagine Panaji Smart City Development Limited (IPSCDL) has invited feedback and suggestions on various proposed projects, including the beautification and pedestrianisation of Café Bhonsle Square, redevelopment of Dona Paula View Pont and a new policy to improve parking spaces in the state capital.

IPSCDL is in the process of redeveloping the beautification and pedestrianisation of Café Bhonsle Square, redevelopment of Dona Paula View Pont with the pedestrianisation of the approach road and the parking policy for Panjim. In view of the same, IPSCDL shall be organising a series of citizen consultation engagements for these city-wide interventions,” said a public notice signed by IPSCDL chief executive officer and managing director Swayandipta Pal Chaudhuri.

While the draft parking policy would be kept for public consultation at the Old Secretariat building from November 14-16 at 6 pm, a report on the other projects has already got the approval of the Ministry of Urban Development and this too would be open for public suggestions, although no major changes can be done by the SPV in it.

According to Chaudhuri, a survey to take stock of the traffic situation in Panaji has showed that paid safe parking facilities are highly underutilised in the city, while free parking is over utilised.

IPSCDL will put a proper plan for parking vehicles in the city in place after taking feedback and suggestion from the public, he said.

“The Smart City projects should b decided through suggestions from the grassroots level and not from the top,” Chaudhuri added.

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