Smart City Conclave in Udaipur
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.