Coimbatore got the honour of ‘Smart City’ based on the proposals submitted by its civic body and won the honour in the national-level competition where even bigger cities had vied for the coveted status. What is interesting is that it scored more marks than Chennai.
City Corporation Commissioner K Vijay Karthikeyan was quoted by PTI as saying that because of various positive indicators in terms of education, health care and industrial development, Coimbatore was found to have an edge over other cities. It was selected as one of the 20 Smart Cities in the first batch selection.
As against the norms of having one primary school for a population of 5,000 people, Coimbatore has one primary school for every 3,000 population, and in terms of patient-doctor ratio too, the city is much better than other urban centres.
Karthikeyan sought the participation and cooperation of people from all walks of life, in the journey towards making Coimbatore a Smart City, and called upon the people to use the social media platform to post their suggestions and proposals.