Smart City Con­clave in Udaipur

FICCI Business Digest - - In The States -

FICCI Ra­jasthan State Coun­cil in as­so­ci­a­tion with the De­part­ment of Lo­cal Self Gov­ern­ment, Gov­ern­ment of Ra­jasthan; Udaipur Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion and Udaipur Smart City Ltd, or­gan­ised a Smart City Con­clave on May 21, 2016 in Udaipur.

Ra­j­pal Singh Shekhawat, Min­is­ter for UDH & LSG, Gov­ern­ment of Ra­jasthan, was the Chief Guest for the pro­gramme and Gu­lab Chand Kataria, Min­is­ter for Home, Gov­ern­ment of Ra­jasthan, de­liv­ered the Pres­i­den­tial Ad­dress dur­ing the in­au­gu­ral ses­sion.

Shekhawat said that the smart city is about in­clu­sive growth, qual­ity of life, hap­pi­ness in­dex, con­ve­nience of liv­ing and be­ing green. Shekhawat said that each city has its own strength in terms of her­itage, ge­o­graph­i­cal lo­ca­tion and en­vi­ron­ment. The Smart City Mis­sion will keep these fac­tors in mind while de­vel­op­ing smart cities in Ra­jasthan. There cannot be a uni­ver­sal for­mula for de­vel­op­ing a smart city – how­ever mak­ing gov­er­nance cit­i­zen friendly and cost ef­fec­tive will be one of the key ob­jec­tives.

Dur­ing his ad­dress, Kataria con­grat­u­lated the lo­cal and gov­ern­ment bod­ies op­er­at­ing un­der the Smart City Project and ex­pressed his sat­is­fac­tion that Jaipur and Udaipur have been se­lected among the first lot of 20 cities un­der the Smart City pro­gramme. He urged the cit­i­zens and lo­cal bod­ies to take this up as a challenge and make Udaipur a top qual­ity smart city in In­dia.

Peter Tak­soe Jensen, Am­bas­sador, The Royal Dan­ish Em­bassy and Chan­dra Singh Kothari, Mayor, Udaipur Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion, were the Guest of Hon­our.

Arvind Singh Me­war, Chair­man and Man­ag­ing Trustee, Ma­ha­rana of Me­war Char­i­ta­ble Foun­da­tion, de­liv­ered the in­au­gu­ral ad­dress and Prof Ja­gan Shah, Di­rec­tor, Na­tional In­sti­tute of Ur­ban Af­fairs, de­liv­ered the theme ad­dress. Dr Man­jit Singh, Prin­ci­pal Sec­re­tary – LSG, Gov­ern­ment of Ra­jasthan and Sameer Sinha, Chief Sales & Mar­ket­ing Of­fi­cer, In­dus Tow­ers Ltd, were the other speak­ers at the in­au­gu­ral ses­sion.

On the oc­ca­sion, Man­jit Singh

said that the state gov­ern­ment is fully geared up for the smart city projects. Spe­cial Pur­pose Ve­hi­cles (SPVs) have al­ready been cre­ated. The Project Man­age­ment Con­sul­tants (PMC) will be ap­pointed by the end of this month and work will be­gin by June 15. The state gov­ern­ment has signed a MoU with FICCI for Udaipur and Kota Smart Cities, he in­formed.

A theme pa­per on Udaipur Smart City pre­pared by IICD Ltd was also re­leased at the in­au­gu­ral ses­sion.

The first ses­sion fo­cused on 'Greener and Health­ier Cities'. It cov­ered 'San­i­ta­tion for All by 2019' as out­lined in the Swachh Bharat Mis­sion as well as 'In­te­grated Solid Waste & Wa­ter Man­age­ment'. Un­der the Ses­sion Chair­man­ship of the Col­lec­tor & Dis­trict Mag­is­trate, Udaipur, Ro­hit Gupta - the spe­cific top­ics cov­ered were: Udaipur Smart City Project (Com­mis­sioner, Udaipur Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion, Sid­harth Si­hag); Smart Wa­ter Man­age­ment (As­so­ciate Di­rec­tor & Head – Plan­ning Ram­boll In­dia, Srini­vas Chekuri); San­i­ta­tion for All (Lead – New Busi­ness De­vel­op­ment Owens Corn­ing, Gokul Venkatara­man); Waste Man­age­ment for Smart Cities (Vice Pres­i­dent – Busi­ness De­vel­op­ment IL&FS En­vi­ron­men­tal In­fra­struc­ture & Ser­vices Lim­ited, Sun­deep Ku­mar); Smart Cities – A Per­spec­tive from a Mas­ter Systems In­te­gra­tor (Busi­ness Leader – Smart Cities L&T Con­struc­tion, Jayant Ko­hale) and In­te­grated Wa­ter Resources Man­age­ment Smart Ap­proach for Smart Cities (Prin­ci­pal Vidya Bhawan Polytech­nic Col­lege, Udaipur, Dr Anil Me­hta).

The sec­ond ses­sion fo­cused on 'Smart & Vi­brant Cities'. It cov­ered 'In­no­va­tions and Tech­nolo­gies for Ap­pli­ca­tions in Smart Cities'. Un­der the Ses­sion Chair­man­ship of the Di­vi­sional Com­mis­sioner, Udaipur, B S Detha - the spe­cific top­ics cov­ered were: the Eco­nom­ics of Smart Cities (Group CEO, Se­cure Group, San­jaya Sing­hal); Smart Mo­bil­ity (Vice Pres­i­dent, Trans­port Plan­ning, Delhi In­te­grated Multi-Modal Tran­sit Sys­tem Ltd, Samir Ku­mar Sharma); Use of ICT in Smart City Frame­work (Cir­cle CEO, In­dus Tow­ers Ltd, R Ra­manu­jam); Smart City Lay­ers & Com­po­nents – The Need for Hor­i­zon­tal Ap­proach (Di­rec­tor Smart Cities, Cus­tomer Oper­a­tions – Global En­ter­prises and Pub­lic Sec­tor, Nokia, Jac­ques Ver­meulen) and Con­ser­va­tion of Her­itage Zones (Di­rec­tor, Preser­va­tion and Com­mu­nity De­sign De­vel­op­ment and Re­search Or­ga­ni­za­tion for Na­ture, Arts & Her­itage (Dronah), Dr Shikha Jain).

Ten Busi­ness to Gov­ern­ment (B2G) meet­ings were also or­gan­ised as a con­cur­rent ac­tiv­ity that in­cluded com­pa­nies such as CISCO, Wipro, IEEMA, L&T, In­dus Tow­ers, etc.

Ra­j­pal Singh Shekhawat, Min­is­ter for UDH & LSG, Gov­ern­ment of Ra­jasthan, ad­dress­ing the con­clave.

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