Three cities of Andhra Pradesh, Kakinada, Tirupati and Vizag have been shortlisted in the phase 1 ‘Smart city Challenge’ conducted by the Center. 20 cities will once again be shortlisted and will be given a funding of Rs 500 Cr to become the smart cities of India. While Tirupati and Vizag have applied some innovative ways to gather more support for their respective journeys, Kakinada has taken a more novel path.
A Facebook page by the name SmartKakinada has been created. Kakinada Municipal Corporation has jump started the promotion via this medium by conducting some heart warming events and campaigns. Only recently, a special essay writing competition was conducted for the visually impaired students. Nearly 22 students from the Greenfield School for the Blind at Timmapuram located on the city outskirts have come forward to convert their ideas into scripts by using Braille language.
“Cities like Mangalore are ahead of other cities with regard to social media interaction with their citizens, which is prompting us to reach out to the public in a different manner,” S. Aleem Basha, Commissioner, KMC said while speaking to the media.
More such novel ways of reaching out are being planned by KMC to publicize their prospects with the Smart City Challenge.
You too can be a part of Kakinada’s journey to become one of the smart cities of the country. Just like their Facebook page to get started.