Thousands of Crores are needed to solve and maintain the Civic amenities in the city of Jaipur such as better roads, street lights etc. Only awareness will not make any difference until unless there is proper implementation of the policies and shortage of resources are not fulfilled. These were the views expressed by Manish Pareek, Ex-Deputy Mayor, JMC in the Inception Meeting of MyCity project organised by CUTS International (Consumer Unity & Trust Society) on Friday, January 16, 2015 at Hotel Jaipur Palace, Jaipur.
Project is supported by The Asia Foundation, with the objective to improve service delivery of Jaipur Municipal Corporation through enhanced civic engagement. In last two phases, project MyCity remained quite successful in achieving its outcomes as it was visible in its recognition among citizen of the targeted wards. By this inspiration, project is continuing its activities in third year also covering eight zones of the city with the help of civil society organisations.
As chief guest of the programme, Justice V.S. Dave, former Chairperson of the Empowered Committee appointed by Supreme Court to make Jaipur world class city, in his address said that participation of younger generation is essential in order to make sustained efforts for better cities. He further said that on his recommendation the committee to make Jaipur world class city was dissolved. Further supreme-court appreciated the report submitted by the committee and advised High Court to take the issue through PILs.
George Cheriyan, Director, CUTS International in the opening remarks said that Jaipur is a fast growing city having population of 33.5 Lacs in 2014. He pointed out that in accordance with the 74th constitutional amendment and article 54 of the Rajasthan Municipal Corporation Act of 2009, ward committees need to be constituted in the JMC, however that has not happened resulting in low civic engagement which in turn results in poor service delivery.
During the event, awards and certificates were also provided to the winners of Pothole contest organized by CUTS to gather information on existing potholes in various roads in the city and bring the same into the knowledge of concerned authorities.
About 100 participants took part in the meeting including representatives of Jaipur based civil society organisation (CSOs), resident welfare societies, councillors of various wards, officials from JMC & other line departments as well as media.
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Amar Deep Singh, Project Coordinator
CUTS Centre for Consumer Action, Research & Training (CUTS CART)
D-218, Bhaskar Marg, Bani Park, Jaipur 302016
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