Partnering with local Municipal Corporation to aid Govt, policy implementation


Smart Cities Mission is an urban renewal and retrofitting program by the Government of India with a mission to develop 100 cities all over the country making them citizen friendly and sustainable. The mission envisions of developing an area within 100 cities in the country as model area based on an area development plan, which is expected have rub-off effect on other parts of the city and nearby cities and towns. The critical element is about citizens planning and interpreting smartness.


We came up with the idea of partnering with the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) to conduct the surveys for people in slum areas as these weren’t ordinally covered by PMC owing to the lack of property claims of the slum dwellers. Our aim, by focusing on their issues, was to highlight their plight with the hope that the Smart city project benefits them as much as it helps in the development of the city itself.


The following project was conducted in three phases in conjunction with the PMC in slum areas of Patil estate, Shivaji Nagar.The first phase included enquiring about the problems faced by the people of different sections of the society including students living in slum areas. A list of problems that are faced by the people were listed by our volunteers, with proper drainage, schooling facilities and proper housing topping the list in terms of priorities.In the second phase, we asked the locals how can we solve these problems and accordingly recorded the responses which were very generalized and included many ideas.In the third and final phase, we asked them how, in their opinion, we could implement few of the selected solutions to the given problems.We collected more than 500 sample responses and submitted the results to the PMC (Pune Municipal Corporation).

LIT volunteers involved:

  • Ahmad Shaikh
  • Mayureshwari Kamble
  • Sayed Shoeb
  • Vivek Karpe