Smart City is now the talk of the town. The euphoria of Imphal becoming a dream city has hit almost all platforms – either it may be in a formal or informal way. Media advertisement, sensitization programme, calls for feedback and discussion are being taken place under the initiative of MAHUD and IMC in a very speedy way as it is necessary for the Govt. to finalize choosing one priority from the Pan city development and another priority of the area base development in a stipulated time period, probably before Dec 15. This selection of priority area will be done as according to the wish of the people living in Imphal, which is being listed among the 100 chosen cities to be developed into smart city. According to Gitkumar, Director of Manipur Housing and Urban Development department selection of priority area is the need of the hour as that should be forwarded to the Ministry of urban development. Well this is the enthusiastic part of the government Machineries working effortlessly to make the dream come true.
Another area of concerns for citizens is the purpose of smart city. Well according to the guideline provided by the Ministry of Urban development, government of India it is being stated that there is no universally accepted definition of Smart City. It said the conceptualization of Smart city varies from city to city and country to country, depending upon the level of development, willingness to change and reform, resources and aspiration of the city residence.
But one thing that is commonly understood is that a smart city is some innovative government project to improve the standard of life of the people living in the city. For that, people need to be smart in everything by providing the best infrastructures including technology.
Earlier, this editorial column had discussed about the condition of the traffic management and parking system in Imphal area which is included in the section urban mobility. We also drew the attention of those implementing the smart city project to make the government officials, politicians including Ministers and MLA ‘smart’ before imagining a life with all the urban facilities.
When we said ‘smart’ it literally means people with more civic sense, creating sense of patriotism and making them more sincere and dutiful to make a civilize developed city.
Crime free city should also be a priority area of smart city. This is being stated because for a smart city the there should be a smart police. But how smart are our police who are mean to control the smooth flow of our society.
According to Women Action for development, an NGO working in the field of crime against women and children, a total of 279 cases of crime against women and children are reported in 2015 counting from January 1 to December 16. The NGO recorded 29 cases of rape; 7 cases of attempt to rape and murder; 12 cases of attempt to murder; 20 cases of murder; 9 cases of suicide; 2 cases of burnt alive; 16 cases of suspicious dead; 5 cases of delivery dead; 2 case of molest; 85 cases of assault; 63 missing cases; 6 kidnapping; 5 trafficking; 8 cases of cyber crime; 2 cases abuse to girl child and 1 force abortion.
WAD said this are reported case but there are also equal number of cases which are not reported to police. Surprisingly, none of the victims had been delivered justice. In some of the cases police even denied to carry one a free and fair investigation to punish those involved in the gruesome crime. There are reports of high corruption among some of the police officers.
In a city where the police are not smart enough to deliver justice to the people how could the city which is harnessing with all its energy to make it smart will ever become smart ?