‘Doon Declaration’ amid Smart City woes

  • | Sunday | 26th November, 2023

DEHRADUN: Since the start of the Smart City project in 2019, the Uttarakhand capital has witnessed growing discontent among locals over the mismanagement and inconvenience caused by ongoing developments.Amid mounting grievances, a group of residents in the capital has come out with the Doon Declaration, a memorandum comprising 31 demands and suggestions addressed to the state government.We conducted multiple meetings over the past month, incorporating public concerns and proposing potential solutions. Our aim is for the government to recognise the severity of these issues and implement solution-oriented measures, activist Anoop Nautiyal, representing the joint citizens group, said.We want to extend this memorandum statewide, creating a roadmap for authorities and the public, not just in the capital but in other cities as well. We are weary of the current approach that neglects critical issues affecting ecology, public safety, and resource conservation, Pradeep Kukreti, another member of the group, said. He also emphasised the need for enhanced citizen engagement and public representation in decision-making processes.We also published the following articles recentlyIt is boom time for real estate sector in capital cityThiruvananthapuram has witnessed a positive growth in the number of residential units, including villas and mixed projects. The city has become an ideal place to settle, with good traffic facilities and infrastructure. Pan Indian players and firms from outside Thiruvananthapuram have invested in the city. Prices have increased, but this hasnt deterred buyers. Rental values have also increased, along with the emergence of commercial infrastructure like shopping malls. Real estate projects in Thiruvananthapuram are providing good returns, with around 20% appreciation in investment. Some projects were put on hold due to increased fees and revisions in the draft master plan.India issues travel advisory to citizens as unrest grows in MyanmarIndia issues advisory to citizens regarding unrest in Myanmar; Indian nationals advised to avoid non-essential travel; Precautions urged for those living in Myanmar; Indian nationals requested to register with Embassy of India, Yangon; Ethnic minority groups launch coordinated attacks on military posts in northern Shan State to challenge juntas rule; Alliance aims to safeguard civilians, assert self-defense, and combat online gambling scam centers.Cruise CEO Kyle Vogt resigns amid growing safety concerns and AV recallsKyle Vogt resigns as CEO of General Motors autonomous vehicle unit, Cruise, amid safety concerns. California Department of Motor Vehicles revokes Cruises license. The recent recall of all 950 Cruise vehicles for software updates follows an incident in San Francisco where an autonomous vehicle dragged a pedestrian. Mo Elshenawy appointed as new president and CTO as part of a broader restructuring. Safety concerns involve unexpected stops and potential risks to public safety reported by Cruises AVs.

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