Smarter COVID free Lucknow lies ahead: Ranjan Kumar

Photo Courtesy: Anil Jaiswal

Lucknow: For more than an hour, the Divisional Commissioner of Lucknow, Ranjan Kumar has been holding the Pension Adalat at his office where he has been settling the problems of pension disbursal of people. Among the participants are widows, distraught men complaining of having been allegedly wronged by the system or some who are fighting legal battles to get each penny that they rightfully deserve. It is a periodic exercise that has come as a source of some relief to the suffering people.

The Lucknow Division comprises the districts of Lucknow, Sitapur, Hardoi, Unnao, Rae Bareli and Lakhimpur Kheri. As a Commissioner of this division, Rajnjan Kumar, an IAS officer of the 2000 batch, is happy that he has been able to contain the COVID crisis. He said, “In the post COVID scenario all efforts have been made to fight against the virus and much success has been achieved. It is because of the good work that the number of cases has been contained around 200 or less per day. It is because of facilities like RRT, proper surveillance, Integrated Command Control System, virtual ICUs along with dedicated work on contact tracing and isolation. There is greater stress on connecting to speakup.”

Need for Caution

Sending a message to the city, he reiterates, “People in the city will have to ensure that they are wearing masks, follow social distancing while the administration is doing its bit. The people of the city must connect more often and be vocal about the problems that they face. Not just scheme implementation but overall, it has always been important for us to prioritize grievance redressal.”

The focus of the administration is to make Lucknow a smarter city. “As of now the plan in terms of the Smart City is to work on smart traffic management, health ATMs, wi-fi networks, sprucing up parks where there will be evening restaurants and the much needed One Card One City service. Better waste disposal is also a priority with smart dustbins.Turning Lucknow into a happening wi-fi zone was planned at a recent Smart City Board meeting. Not just wi-fi zones, the city will also see Health ATMs coming up in collaboration with SGPGI,”he reveals.

Smart City

Among the decisions at a recent Smart City board meeting is the expansion of the facility of tele-medicine. It will have a range of many experts working together. There will also be higher level of medical counseling available to the poor and middle-class people.

There are also plans to set up LED screens at Kaiserbagh intersection and open restaurants in municipal parks. Cashless marketing will be promoted through more digital transactions. “We have also planned to work towards making the environment of the city cleaner. Electrical charging depots for buses will be constructed at five places to charge electric buses in the city,” he informed.

Security of women and their safety is a priority. “Work is currently underway under Mission Shakti where measures to create a safer environment for women and girls are being streamlinedat the gram panchayat and block level. Help desks are being setup at the Tehsil level with the police working for greater awareness and action with a collective effort of 23 departments.”

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