Bharat Ex­hi­bi­tions or­ga­nizes Sum­mit on 100 Smart Cities

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Ac­knowl­edg­ing the great im­por­tance of the ‘Smart Cities’ ini­tia­tive by the In­dian Gov­ern­ment, Bharat Ex­hi­bi­tions or­ga­nized the third edi­tion of their in­dus­try flag­ship event ‘Na­tional Sum­mit on 100 Smart Cities In­dia 2017,’ which was held on 18th Au­gust 2017.

The dis­cus­sions at the sum­mit re­volved around the roadmap for In­no­va­tions, sus­tain­abil­ity, surveil­lance and de­vel­op­ment for Smart Cities.

Ac­cord­ing to the in­dus­try es­ti­mates, by 2050, about 70 per cent of the In­dian pop­u­la­tion will be liv­ing in cities. The Smart City pro­grams that are cur­rently un­der var­i­ous stages of de­vel­op­ment and im­ple­men­ta­tion have to keep this shift into ac­count and to en­sure that they are able to pro­vide op­ti­mal liv­ing con­di­tions and at the same time be ben­e­fi­cial to ev­ery­one in the so­ci­ety. In ef­fect, the com­po­nents of a Smart City would in­clude en­abling a bet­ter life, with ser­vices, mo­bil­ity, en­vi­ron­ment, e-gov­er­nance, econ­omy and sus­tain­abil­ity.

Ex­tend­ing a warm wel­come to all the del­e­gates and at­ten­dees, Shashi Dha- ran Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, Bharat Ex­hi­bi­tions (or­ga­nizer of Na­tional Sum­mit on 100 Smart Cities In­dia 2017) said, “The In­dian gov­ern­ment’s vi­sion to cre­ate 100 new smart cities to sup­port the rapid ur­ban­iza­tion is an im­por­tant step, as it seeks to pro­vide res­i­dents with an ef­fi­cient and re­li­able in­fra­struc­ture, en­hanced qual­ity of life and eco­nomic op­por­tu­ni­ties. It is an es­tab­lished fact that with­out in­for­ma­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tion tech­nolo­gies (ICT) one can­not have a good smart city but there are var­i­ous other el­e­ments too that we need to pay a close at­ten­tion.”

Amit Singh, Di­rec­tor – Smart Cities, PwC said, “The 100 Smart Cities is no magic wand to ad­dress all the prob­lems that we have, but a small at­tempt to ad­dress the rapid ur­ban­iza­tion that we are wit­ness­ing. The suc­cess or fail­ure of this lies in our own hands as the ci­ti­zens are the most im­por­tant part of the smart city ecosys­tem”.

Arun Ku­mar Mishra, Di­rec­tor, Na­tional Smart Grid Mis­sion also touched on the same sub­ject as he went on to share that be­sides pro­cesses and tech­nol­ogy, peo­ple too will be an im­por­tant part of the Smart City Grid. He said, “His­tor­i­cally, peo­ple were not re­quired to con­trib­ute to the Smart City Grid. How­ever, the times are now chang­ing and we can­not go ahead and serve to the de­mands of peo­ple as and when it comes. We need them to have an ac­tive par­tic­i­pa­tion in the smart city process”.

“The Smart City mis­sion is the most dy­namic and chal­leng­ing one that we have,” said Swayan Chaudhary, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor and CEO, Panaji Smart City De­vel­op­ment Lim­ited. He added, “It is a new process for all in­volved and the big­gest chal­lenge that this mis­sion faces is im­ple­men­ta­tion. Since it is a new process for all in­volved, the need of the hour is ef­fec­tive con­sul­ta­tion. Ex­perts in the do­main and in­dus­try lead­ers need to step up and come out with con­so­la­tions that can help in ef­fec­tive plan­ning and ex­e­cu­tion of plans.”

Na­tional Sum­mit on 100 Smart Cities In­dia 2017

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