Smart City Expo Starts With the Agenda ‘YES WE CAN’

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Can In­dia de­velop Smart cities in com­ing years? An­swer­ing YES to this ques­tion 2nd Smart city...

Can In­dia de­velop Smart cities in com­ing years? An­swer­ing YES to this ques­tion 2nd Smart city Expo has be­gun. Po­lit­i­cal and busi­ness lead­ers meet for three days in Delhi, Pra­gati Maidan start­ing from Wed­nes­day, dis­cussing all the pos­si­bil­i­ties of smarter so­lu­tion of bet­ter to­mor­row. Whereas par­tic­i­pants of 40 coun­tries are ex­hibit­ing their smart prod­ucts and so­lu­tions on the show floor and to demon­strate huge in­ter­na­tional in­ter­est to­wards In­dia’s am­bi­tious mis­sion of de­vel­op­ing Smart Cities, the expo is host­ing 4 in­di­vid­ual coun­try pavil­ions (Hol­land, Poland, Swe­den, and Tai­wan).

Smart cities mis­sion is a mega project, there is need of con­cep­tu­al­is­ing things ac­cord­ing to In­dian needs. “In the In­dian con­text we need to con­cep­tu­al­ize, a prac­ti­cal and doable, af­ford­able smart city con­cept which can be de­lib­er­ated, dis­cussed and then im­ple­mented in the coun­try.” said Piyush Goyal, Power and Coal Min­is­ter.

In­dia has all the sources and the op­por­tu­ni­ties are avail­able here, we just need to ini­ti­ate, evolve and im­ple­ment. Rail­way Min­is­ter Suresh Prabhu called for the need of smart plan­ning, “Here chal­lenge is how the pol­icy maker will plan things, and to make it more bet­ter we need smart ideas”. He fur­ther added “this con­cept is not static, we must plan bet­ter and most im­por­tant thing is to man­age nat­u­ral re­sources, it must be plan to en­sure that smart cities will man­age ef­fi­ciently with­out caus­ing haz­ard to re­sources”.

Talk­ing about rail­way he men­tioned that most fre­quented place be­ing Rail­way sta­tion 400 sta­tions have been iden­ti­fied to re­de­velop, as rail­way is the be­gin­ning point of smart cities. He also cited ex­am­ple of Habib­ganj which is be­ing de­vel­oped.

The event is wit­ness­ing ex­hi­bi­tion and con­fer­ence cov­er­ing var­i­ous seg­ments in­clud­ing waste and wa­ter man­age­ment, smart en­vi­ron­ment, ur­ban plan­ning, green build­ings, smart trans­port, IT and com­mu­ni­ca­tions, e-gov­er­nance, safety and se­cu­rity, smart man­u­fac­tur­ing, and dis­as­ter man­age­ment.

On day one dis­cus­sion ses­sions were held on var­i­ous top­ics by Meenakshi Lekhi (MP, Lok Sabha), Dr. Arun­abha Ghosh (CEO, Coun­cil of En­ergy En­vi­ron­ment & Wa­ter, In­dia); Dr. Ajay Mathur (Direc­tor Gen­eral, TERI); Ravin­der Pal Singh (Direc­tor – So­lu­tions Strat­egy & Busi­ness Devel­op­ment, Smart Cities, IoT & Dig­i­ti­za­tion, Dell Inc., In­dia); Anna Liberg( Trade Com­mis­sioner to In­dia, Busi­ness Swe­den In­dia), Jayant Ko­hale (Busi­ness Leader, L&T).

“we must plan bet­ter and most im­por­tant thing is to man­age nat­u­ral re­sources, it must be plan to en­sure that smart cities will man­age ef­fi­ciently with­out caus­ing haz­ard to re­sources” Suresh Prabhu, Rail­way Min­is­ter

“In the In­dian con­text we need to con­cep­tu­al­ize, a practical and doable, af­ford­able smart city con­cept which can be de­lib­er­ated, dis­cussed and then im­ple­mented in the coun­try” Piyush Goyal, Power and Coal Min­is­ter

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