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‘Determined’ Thane citizens on Friday participated in an open forum for ‘Smart Thane’ as part of the second phase of the project and contributed their suggestions and views to make the city better.

The discussion forum was organised at Gadkari Rangayatan where Thanekars once again shared their views about ‘Smart Thane’ with Civic Chief Sanjeev Jaiswal, Mayor Sanjay More and Joint CP Laxminarayana. The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) is in its final stage of completing the presentation to be submitted to the central government by December 15.

Speaking at the forum, Thane Mayor Sanjay More said that it is essential for us to think out of the box as individuals and come together for ‘Smart Thane’.

He said, “I agree that citizens should get all facilities, but at the same point, people should think of the city as their home and take care, adding, we need change our mindset to develop the city with positive approach” .

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Expressing his view, Civic Chief Sanjeev Jaiswal said that it is not enough to merely define the word ‘Smart’ while he presented the action plan.

Joint CP VV Laxminarayana also addressed the forum, speaking about the issue of women’s safety. He said, “The city would be considered safe only when women and girls would walk on the street without any fear. ”

He also added that the TMC should cooperate to place CCTVs at important places in the city.

The discussion was followed by a question-answer session were doubts raised by the citizens were cleared.

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The corporation also felicitated 30 winners of the eassy competition by giving them smart phones, which saw participation of nearly 72,000 students.

Deputy Traffic Police Commissioner Rashmi Karandikar, Additional Commissioners Sunil Chavan, Ashok Kumar Rankhamb and Deputy Municipal Commissioner Sandeep Malvi were also present at the forum.

For smart city survey, the corporation had installed 49 distribution booths across the city. Around one lakh Thanekars shared their views through citizen engagement campaign, which was organised between November 23 and 27.

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