Bhubaneswar, 30/9 ( Odisha Samachar / Abhisek Mohanty ) : “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams” and it is with this conviction 200 children from different walks of life across the city of Bhubaneswar came together to paint their dream and their future of a smart, child friendly Bhubaneswar on Wednesday. Humara Bachpan Campaign in partnership with Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) organised a painting competition for children on the theme, My City, My Dream – Towards making Bhubaneswar a Smart Child Friendly city.
Bhubaneswar has been shortlisted in the first round for the Smart Cities Mission of the Government of India and is competing to be in the list of first 20 cities to be selected for implementing the Smart Cities Mission. Bhubaneswar has plans to become the first child and family friendly smart city in the nation. Bhubaneswar, to become a smart child and family friendly city,has to take into account the needs and aspirations of its citizens especially children and youth.Their views and recommendations will help Bhubaneswar Development Authority and Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation in developing proposal for the Smart Cities Challenge.
Hence, to ensure maximum citizen participation, BMC has started ‘Citizen Connect Initiative’, which entails a series of dialogues, polling, and consultations with various stakeholders. HumaraBachpan Campaign (HBC) has been chosen as the lead partner to represent the voices of Children and Youth in the city. HBC is a national campaign on safe and healthy environment for young children living in urban poverty in India. HBC aims at inclusion of ‘child friendly components’ in the urban renewal policies of the Government of India.
“I have attended many painting competitions but this competition is unique because we have been asked to envision Bhubaneswar as the city of our dreams and portray it through paintings which will be considered while developing the city plans and this feels like a huge responsibility”, remarked Samrudhi Panda, a class 9 student from DAV School.
“Our voices are the future choices and this painting competition has given us the platform to paint our dream city”, stated Trilochan Dhal, class 10 student from Unit 9 Boys High School.
Children from various public and private schools in Bhubaneswar participated in the competition which included Sai International School, DAV Public School, Mother’s Public School, Unit – 6 Government Girls High School and Unit – 9 Government Boys High School. HumaraBachpan Child Club leaders from different neighbourhoods like ShikharChandibasti, Science Park basti, OUAT basti, Ganga Nagar basti, Maisakhalabasti, KalpanaTelegubasti, to name a few, also were participants of the competition. The winners of the competition will be awarded in a felicitation ceremony on October 1 in the presence of BMC Commissioner Dr.Krishan Kumar, Mayor Ananta Narayan Jena and other dignitaries from BDA and BMC.