The Pioneer: Not facilities but mindset defines a smart city

The Pioneer: Not facilities but mindset defines a smart city

A Smart City is not about wide roads, beautiful landscapes, an efficient drainage system and better traffic; it is the mindset of the people living there which defines its character, an eminent social worker said here.

“Safety of women and attention given to the handicapped and underprivileged decide how smart a city is. It is not about branded clothes, the shade of a girl’s lipstick or the brand of a boy’s shaving cream,” Namrata Chadha, a former Member of the State Women’s Commission, said while speaking at a workshop held to create awareness against gender discrimination at the SOA University on Saturday.

The workshop was jointly organised  by the SOA NSS Bureau, the Bhubaneswar Smart City Limited, the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

Dhal also spoke at the workshopfocusing on the society’s refusal to change.

“What is needed is a change in the mindset of the people who need to view things in proper perspective. Girls face discrimination everywhere, both within the family and outside,” Chadha said, adding, “We still find matrimonial advertisements ‘looking for beautiful, fair, tall, educated and homely girls’ as match for boys.”

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