Goel, who is also chairman of the Punjab Architects Association, has suggested to the CM that projects be made for the entire city instead of select areas. He mentioned in the letter how for want of architects’ technical input, the government and volunteer agencies had failed to decongest the roads despite all efforts.
He wrote that: “This is the situation even in the upcoming smart cities such as Ludhiana, Amritsar, and Jalandhar. Apart from the lack of coordination between development agencies, the other reason is unauthorised construction, where many big buildings cover the entire ground floor, leaving no space for the parking lot.”
He suggested multilevel parking lots for all the upcoming smart cities, including Ludhiana, and regretted that the state administration had not used the central grants for urban renewal optimally. The letter mentions common problems across all Punjab cities along with the solutions that can be discussed and implemented quickly.
The Punjab chapter of the Indian Institute of Architects has requested the Punjab government to sit with the state’s architect-planners and special purpose vehicles (SPVs) of the smart cities to take up citizen-desired projects to make cities more liveable.
The letter mentions urban issues other than traffic as well. Those issues include garbage disposal, rainwater harvesting, sewerage, water supply, landscaping, proper electrification, LED street lights, functional traffic lights, and CCTV (closed-circuit television) cameras for surveillance and security.