Voted as people’s favourite, Pimple Saudagar and Wakad suburbs near Pune in Maharashtra have been chosen for area-based development (ABD) intervention by Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC).
PCMC invited the citizens to vote online for selecting their favourite areas for ABD intervention. Wakad Pimple Saudagar received as many as 50,710 votes, Nigdi Pradhikaran got 35,497 votes and Sangvi bagged 32,961 votes, The Times of India reported.
“We had to hurriedly prepare the smart city proposal for submitting it to the Union government by March 31. We shall be seeking the approval of the civic general body while implementing the approved proposals,” PCMC Commissioner Dinesh Waghmare was quoted as saying.
“We shall be installing pollution measurement and display devices across the city for monitoring pollution. A control and command area would be set up to monitor the pollution levels of the entire city. Its location is yet to be finalised,” said PCMC Chief Information and Technology (IT) Officer Neelkanth Poman.
“We need to plant more trees in the city. We shall concentrate on implementing urban forestry in the city. We shall be planting indigenous tree species at public spaces considering the climate of the city,” he added while speaking about the improvements to be made in city’s transportation.
“We shall not provide assistance to the Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited for creating any infrastructure. But we shall help it in having modern signalling system, retrofitting of bus shelters and implementing intelligent transport system, under which mobile alerts would be provided to citizens about the location of buses,” he suggested.