Dr. P.B. Ananad, a faculty member from Bradford
University, a leading institution of quality learning in England, was on a
visit to Bhubaneswar to meet and discuss with officials of the Bhubaneswar
Smart City Limited (BSCL) on aspects of inclusiveness in the Smart City
Ananad visited Masjid Colony within the Bhubaneswar
Town Centre District (BTCD) area and had discussion with Accreditated Social
Health Activist (ASHA) and Auxiliary Nursing Midwifery (ANM), besides community
He tried to acquire firsthand knowledge of the issues
and challenges of working in the slums from the health workers. With regard to
his interaction with community members he was keen to know about their
livelihood and the challenges they are facing in their day to day life.
It may be mentioned here that on November 18 last year
BSCL signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the United Nations
Population Fund (UNFPA) to make Bhubaneswar a Socially Smart City. This is part
of the initiative under the Bhubaneswar Smart City plan to achieve Social
Equity through New Urbanism in action.
The BSCL-UNFPA project will aim to promote
people-centric interventions through engagement of youth, especially women and
girls, with focus on the most marginalised, in order to build Bhubaneswar as a
Socially Smart City.
The project objectives include, developing a youth-centric
and youth-led integra-ted social intervention model to support citizen connect
initiative, promoting safety and security of girls and women in Bhubaneswar
with specific focus on urban slums through community partnerships and
increasing availability and accessibility of social, health and other
development programmes for the vulnerable and marginalised population.
Dr. Anand is a reader with the Faculty of Social
Sciences in the field of Environmental Economics and Public Policy. He is also
the divisional research leader with British Academy Project on Sustainable
Cities under Division of Peace Studies and International Development.