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Indore: Mixed emotions of smart residents


Indore: Indore’s Smart City project promises significant economic and industrial growth. The initiatives by our government will surely bring some changes, but the larger question remains are they enough to make the change the citizens desire and deserve. A smart city of course needs smarter people to realise the very essence of the purpose. AKSHIKA PRABHAKAR catches up with cross-section of city residents to dig their mind and hearts

The city can only become developed and smart when its people will upgrade and update themselves. A smart citizen is the one, who has civic sense and respects the law. There are many people in the city who do not follow the traffic rules and drive beyond the speed limits. The chhota bangarda crossing at super corridor is a highly unsafe; I have personally faced the problem of Jaywalking as the residents of nearby areas do not wait for vehicles while crossing the intersection. The speed limit on the stretch is also not indicated so the motorist does not hesitate to drive at whatever speed they please. Last weekend, a rickshaw driver was beaten in the saket colony because he stopped two people from urinating in public. Many people get angry if they are corrected in public, but going to the extent of beating someone is sickening. There is nothing “smart” in a smart city if the people lack basic integrity and humankind. A smart city is how its people behave in the rapid developments
– Vaibhav Gurnani, Product Engineer

You cannot have a smart city without smart people. The city is promising a bright future with the recent installation of ‘robocop’ to regulate traffic and issue challans to those who violate it. However, it is a hilarious sight to see few motorists stopping in the middle to see the robot and making the traffic move even slower. Our MP government is initiating economic and technological development, but majority of our population is illiterate. Therefore, it’s imperative to first train their brain and allow them to actively participate in every aspect, from cleaning to safety requirements
– Sonal Chawla, Student

It’s a false perception that our city is smart. It requires the cooperation of our government and the citizens to make a smart city, and the efforts are slightly lacking from both the sides. This is reflected in the traffic problems and mismanagement. Many people hang halfway out the door of buses and city vans. They also perform stunts on their bikes without wearing helmet. This should be a primary focus of our government, as it is the cause of fatal accidents in the city
– Deeva Vora, Writer

While the door to door garbage collection service has been lauded, people still follow the ‘jagadari system” .The collection vans are equipped to handle segregated waste but people do not dispose garbage properly. They continue to throw garbage on the vacant lands. All the developments are waste, if the people are not ready to inculcate civil habits. After our city has been detected open defecation free, some people are still seen reliving themselves out in open. Our government should penalize these offenders and educate them. Incorporating few positive changes, would benefits both ourselves and the city
– Sameer Prabhakar, Digicable Pvt Ltd

Yes with smart city, comes the basic requirement to make people smarter. You can have smart facilities but we need to make optimum use of it. In the near future, digisation is taking place and people need to adapt to it, facilities like free internet and organized public transport are being promoted by the government. But what use are they if they are not maintained by people. Citizens still need to learn road sense and follow traffic signals. For example, RLVD system was introduced by the government couple of years back, people still break the traffic signals and when they receive the fine, they still don’t pay it. So as the city is becoming smart, we need people to be more civilized and smarter in abiding by the law and not otherwise
– Mrityunjay Sharma, Business

For Smart cities to function we need smart citizens. Today, most of us don’t qualify for basic citizenry; we are not able to follow basic civilized rules, which we tend to break with impunity. So the challenge is to educate, enroll and engage citizens and help them in the transition of smart city ambience. The smart city plans should address this key element before commencing future projects
– Sunita Baweja, Doctor

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