The state capital has scored poor in the India Smart Cities Award, results of which were announced last Thursday.
The ministry of housing and urban affairs launched the India Smart Cities Award on June 25, 2017 and asked only the smart cities of the country, including Bhuban-eswar, to compete for an award and rewards in three categories - Innovative Idea Award, City Award and Project Award.
Accordingly, the city had submitted its proposals for the awards and also to retain its image of topping the first set of smart city list. However, the efforts have not brought the desirable results for the city. The ministry named as many as nine smart cities in the award categories, but not Bhubaneswar.
The City Award has been bagged by Surat, while Ahmedabad and Bhopal became joint winners of the Innovative Award. Different projects bagged the awards for various cities, including Pune, Jabalpur, Vishakhapatnam, Bhopal, Jaipur, Coimbatore, Ahmedabad and Surat.
"The smart city award guideline strictly maintained that those projects and initiatives, which started delivering results, would be considered. We had submitted the proposals according to the requirement, but it seemed the ministry did not find our proposal to be much enticing," said a housing and urban development department official.
The missing out on the awards and getting low ranks in maintaining the cleanliness of the city have revealed the apathetic face of the administration, which only takes note when it gets the accolades from various quarters but failed to learn from its mistakes and shows the city's potential when it gets criticised.