Samvad – Citizen Participation for Smart City Jabalpur
Jabalpur Municipal Corporation organized a kick-off meeting and talk show “Samvad” as a part of citizen engagement program under smart city mission. The event was held on 3rd October 2015 at Hotel Kalchuri, Jabalpur between 4:00 and 6:00 pm. More than 250 stakeholders including MP, MLAs, all Municipal Corporators, all MIC members, 2 former Mayors, heads of various educational institutions, student representatives, senior citizen representatives, RWAs, Press, representatives of various associations of advocates, doctors, engineers, CAs etc were present in the program.
As a symbol of launching the event, tricolor balloons were released in the air with smart city tags at the hands of Hon. Minister of State for Health, Sh. Sharad Jain, Hon. Mayor Dr. Smt. Swati Sadanand Godbole, MLAs Sh. Ashok Rohani, Sh. Tarun Bhanot, Sh. Ashok Tiwari, Speaker of the Corporation Smt. Sumitra Balmik, Leader of opposition Sh. Rajesh Sonkar, All Municipal Corporators, All MIC members, and Municipal Commissioner Mr. Ved Prakash. This was followed by a presentation wherein citizens were informed about the Smart City Mission and Guidelines and how they can become a part of proposal making process. They were also informed about the various ongoing and planned citizen engagement activities through various online and offline forums. A brochure containing all the information about mission and citizen engagement process were also distributed.
This was followed by a talk where stakeholders shared their suggestions and ideas on how to make “Apna” Jabalpur a Smart City. Questionnaire seeking information on general suggestions, Area based development and Pan city initiatives were also filled by stakeholders.
Vote of thanks was given by Hon. Mayor Dr. Smt. Swati Sadanand Godbole.