In August, the government had invited suggestions for drafting the smart Srinagar city proposal. Over four lakh people, mostly youth, gave their suggestions in two months mainly through social media despite the mobile internet blockage.
Most of the ideas given by them -- creation of biking lanes, walkways and digitization -- have been included but the prominent theme is the projection of downtown or the old Srinagar city as a hub of Kashmiri culture and civilization.
Saima, 25, and Furqan, 17, are among the young people whose ideas have been accepted.
Furhan said young people can play an important role for the city. "It is the youth who play an important role in building anything in the whole world. We just have to be educated and work on it," he said.
The proposal has been finalised by the state government and will be presented to the center now. It will be known in a couple of months whether Srinagar will find a place in the list of smart cities.
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