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A report by the Vishakhapatnam-based Laya Foundation and the Indian Network on Ethics and Climate Change said the city’s Smart City’s model is flawed and needs more civic engagement and adherence to sustainability. Most notably, there are serious lacunae in the manner of the execution of the Smart City project, the project leads said.

“The Pune Smart City Development Corporation is executing the project, and not the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC). If the PMC had executed it, the public would have a better chance at presenting their views, and be taken into confidence while implementing the schemes. But the PSCDCL is a company, which is held by a lot of private investors as well, besides the PMC and others. This is not good for civic engagement. Besides, 75% of the funds are being spent for projects only in the Baner-Balewadi-Aundh area, and the rest for so-called city-wide projects,” said Priyadarshini Karve.

She is the project in-charge of the report titled Sustainably Smart Pune 2030, which focuses on including sustainability in the concept of the Smart City and incorporating sustainable practices by 2030.

Karve said although social and sustainability indicators for the city may read on the better side, there is more behind the numbers, besides the obvious data gaps.

“There are issues regarding the availability and access of civic services, and scores of air quality and the impact of climate change can improve. Although scores of social inequities is satisfactory, there are issues over the gender gap in accessing education,” she added. Education over one’s ecological footprint, the sources of public utilities, and basic sustainable practices are necessary.

“Many city dwellers do not know where Pune’s electricity comes from. They don’t know the level of dams from which we get our water, not do they make the effort to know the condition of citizens in Uruli Devachi where the city’s garbage is dumped. Everyone should make our contribution to reduce our ecological footprint like taking the bus, or riding the bicycle for short distances,” Gurudas Nulkar, an environmental researcher, said.

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Quelle/Source: The Times of India, 23.12.2018

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