JAIPUR: The city of lakes is leaving no stone unturned to secure a place in the first 20 cities to be developed as smart cities in the first phase. Rajasthan has four cities-Udaipur, Ajmer, Kota and Jaipur to be developed as smart cities out of 98 in the country.

In the first phase, Centre will develop 20 among the selected 98 cities under the scheme. The shortlisted 20 cities will get Rs 100 crore for next five years. Those cities, which will not make it to the first round, will be eligible for the subsequent rounds.

The guidelines issued by the urban development ministry says that the proposal needs to have extensive citizen engagement for formulation of smart city proposal. The last date for submitting the vision for the smart cities is October 10. Among the four smart cities, Udaipur has adopted an innovative method to chalk out proposal for the scheme. The city has set up 100 booths with almost two booths in each ward asking the citizens five top priorities for the city.

Sixty thousand forms have been submitted by the citizens of Udaipur which is a classic example of citizen’s engagement. The team is analysing the data for determining the citizens’ priority. “The whole idea is to qualify for the scheme in the first phase. The main priority areas are tourism, sewerage, cleanliness, water supply and solid waste management,” said S C Kothari, mayor of Jaipur. Whereas other Rajasthan cities, which are in the race is yet to come up with any such initiative. It is learnt that Jaipur and Ajmer has is yet to initiate any step ensuring involvement of its citizens. “Jaipur is relying more on the bureaucratic input rather than its citizens,” said an officer at mayor office in Jaipur.