Mumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis plans to reach out to the people on the occasion of his government's first anniversary on October 31, state revenue minister Sudhir Mungantiwar said here today.
The Maharashtra government will organise a 'Vikas Parishad' (development conference) in prominent cities to understand common people's views on development of their respective cities.
"We will ask people what they need in their cities and will allot funds according to their demands. Of course, we will accept only pragmatic demands," Mungantiwar said.
He said that these conferences will be part of the Maharashtra government's first anniversary celebrations, adding that the first such conference was held in Chandrapur and the next one will be held in suburban Dombivli.
"We will seek the people's views on 47 issues including clean drinkable water, transport, cleanliness, roads and sanitation," Mungantiwar said. Fadnavis has asked every department to list their top five achievements to be showcased on the anniversary, he said.
Meanwhile, an urban department official said that 10 cities in Maharashtra have been selected for the "city challenge" round as part of the smart city project, for which they would have to compete with 99 other cities.
"Though public participation in making a city smart is one of the mandates, few cities have actually held meetings with citizens to seek their opinion," a senior official from the urban development department said requesting anonymity.
"We have set a target so that all 10 cities are selected for the smart city project in the first phase," he said. "The Vikas Parishad is aimed at achieving the aim of public participation and 47 cities which are being considered would be in the state's second list to participate in the next phase of the smart city project," he said.