Allaying fears that setting up of special purpose vehicle (SPV) for smart city would take away the authority of elected representatives in the local bodies, chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Sunday said that smart city scheme would be successful only through participation of citizens of Pune.Fadnavis, while delivering a talk on smart city in Pune, said that smart city concept was nothing but creating a mechanism to provide all the services to citizens at affordable cost with efficiency and transparency. He was delivering the lecture on smart city to mark the 50’th death anniversary of Late Kakasaheb Gadgil. Among present were former union minister Jairam Ramesh, guardian minister for Pune Girish Bapat and MLC Anant Gadgil.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Fadnavis said that special purpose vehicle is nothing but forming a separate company for achieving particular target of development. In smart city case, he said that the SPV would not transgression to the authority of elected representatives of the local bodies.Fadnavis said that the urban life can be transformed with the help of information communication technologies (ICT). He said that by providing services efficiently through ICT, one can improve quality of life in the cities. He said that Pune city has been leader in many ways and I congratulate citizens of Pune for being selected in the list of smart cities.Fadnavis said that for making the city smart, Pune would have to deploy technologies through SPV for improving health, education and public transport along with solid waste management and treatment of waste water and sewerage. He said that improving urban life does not mean opposing rural development since with improving quality of life in cities and joining the interest of the urban life directly to the rural produce would provide the solution on massive migration to cities.He added that big cities have a problem of slums and it would also have to be taken care of in smart city scheme. Fadnavis said that while finding out solution on slums by providing affordable housing and by providing employment to rural youth, cities as well as rural areas also would be transformed.Fadnavis said that city of Pune is known for its educational institutions and has provided leadership in many fields. He said that all the sectors, including growing IT sector in Hinjewadi, educational institutions and corporates would have to contribute towards making city smart so that life of average Punekar is improved.

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Participation of citizens will make smart city scheme successful, says Fadnavis