Coimbatore, Jan. 12
Even as the City is gearing up to enjoy the benefits offered by the Centre to convert the city into a ‘Smart City’, experts who interacted here emphasised how important it is to include people in making ‘Smart City’ a reality.
Interacting with public at the PSG Institute of Management today in a session titled ‘The Other City - Designing the City of the Future’, the panelists comprising of architects, authors and industrialists shared the development is possible only if the citizen who is attached to the city is developed.
The session was jointly organised by India Design Forum and Bonjour India, an initiative of the Institut Francais. The panelists included Author Pierre Ducrozet, Architects Pierre Guyot and Raphael Gastebois and Vanitha Mohan, President of the India Chamber of Commerce and Industries Coimbatore.
Explaining how the idea of Smart City had earlier planted scepticism amongst people, Pierre Guyot said the policy laid out for project helped people get involved in the conversion of cities. “The Centre had made it very clear that the people of the City should come out and give their ideas for their city’s development. Only such concepts can make city’s actually smart,” he added.
Raphael Gastebois, who is working with the Government of Pondicherry said that concepts for smart cities may not necessarily be new but holding back the heritage of the city. “Initially the previous Government of Pondicherry had a plan that was rejected twice by the centre. A lot of thinking went into it and it was decided to making conserving the heritage sites as a part of the smart city proposal,” he opined.
Pierre Ducrozet, who has authored more than three novels talked how the connection people have with the cities. “Cities reflect people and people reflect cities. So it is important to look at things from the perspective of citizens,” said Mr. Ducrozet.
The panelists also interacted with people at the end of the session.