· “Cities should be made liveable first and then Smart.”, said Mr Ashok Jain, Addl Chief Secretary, UDH & LSG, GoR while addressing the Inaugural Session of the Conference on Smart and Liveable Cities organised by Confederation of Indian Industry at Jaipur today. According to Mr Jain “ The improvement and swiftness in decision making; transparent and simple procedures; methods to plan, design and implement infra project faster; methods to provide services by outsourcing and through PPP mode; provision of more funds to ULBs; project prioritization; improvement in quality of services; charging as per services being used by end user; use of IT to make the processes faster, corruption free with better monitoring; training of staff and creating public awareness are some of the measures which State Govt is working on to make our cities Smart and Liveable. Mr Jain also provided some important suggestions to develop smart cities.
He was speaking at the inaugural session of the Conference on “Smart and Liveable Cities”: 5th Edition of Infra Conclave organized by Confederation of Indian Industry; Jaipur Development Authority and Rajasthan Housing Board, GoR today at Jaipur.
· Mr Srinivas Janga Rao, Commissioner of Police, Jaipur laid emphasis on safety and security of dwellers of a Smart City. Sharing his personal experiences of his travel to India and developed countries, he said that a Smart City would be one where security and help is only at hand’s distance. He also said that latest technology and IT can be of great help for this purpose.Commissioner Police added that the whole of Jaipur city is being wired in next 2-3 months and with the help of 4G facility, safety and security of a common man is expected to be greatly enhanced.
Highlighting the need and importance of Smart Cities Prof Jagan Shah, Director, National Institute of Urban Affairs said that cities presently cover 3% of our country’s area while 30% of the population resides in these cities and these cities contribute 60% to the total GDP of the country and this is the main reason why our cities are to be focused and to be Smart and Liveable. He also said that Information and Communication Technology is transforming the world and, hence, the huge data being generated from present cities and population should be used in conceptualizing and building Smart cities in future. He gave various examples of cities around the world. He added that in Europe there is a single body in Govt to deal with City Development whereas in Indian there are too many bodies leading to overlapping and confusion. He further added that in Barcelona, as soon as the street dustbins are full, there is an alarm so that municipal bodies can get these collected. He gave some very concrete examples on how the concept of Smart City can be converted into reality.
· Mr Niranjan Khatri, Head – Welcome Environ Initiatives, ITC Ltd shared his experience and views on Green Buildings, Sustainable Infrastructure and their applications in building a Smart and Livable City. He said that the future cities should produce zero carbon footprint, should have ample green areas, should rely on renewable energy sources only and most optimally use water and other scarce resources which can’t be reproduced. He added that Smart City concept must start from our own house and then to city.
· During the session, Mr Naoyoshi Noguchi, Chief Director General of JETRO (Japan External Trade Organisation) appreciated the efforts and initiatives for infrastructure development in Rajasthan. Mr Noguchi detailed about the development taking place in various Japanese Zones around DMIC. He appreciated RIICO’s role in development of Japanese Zone in Neemrana Industrial Area. He informed that in the coming years Japanese Zone will be over capacity seeing the response.
· Dr Prithvi, Commissioner, Bureau of Investment Promotion, GoR gave a detailed presentation on the role of BIP in inviting new investments in the state which are said to be the backbone for developing new and smart cities.
· Mr Nimish Patel, Leading Architect & Partner, Abhikram while speaking on the topic tried to answer the question that whether a city should be smart before being basic or basic before being smart. He said that a city should be hi tech but liveable too.
· Mr Vince Berkhout, Executive Director - Planning, AECOM gave an example of Raahgiri Day celebrated in Gurgaon said that a Smart City is one which has Better environment, better connectivity and better facilities which have multiple uses.
· Mr Nilesh Purey who heads Head – ICT, Gujarat International Finance Tec-City (GIFT) presented a case study. He said that when this city is ready, it would have transport, water supply, power supply, solid waste management and other facilities in much smarter and advanced manner through use of IT.
· Mr Praveen Soma, Senior Counsoller, CII – Sohrabji Godrej Green Business Centre gave a presentation on Green Cities. According to him Cities should be Planned for People, Not for Cars; Water Management… 50% - 70% less water Consumption; Enhanced Water Infrastructure; Cities to have own Rainwater Harvesting Systems; Water treatment at Community Level; Waste Management - Waste Renewable Energy Systems; Intelligent City Management.
· Mr Nitin Gupta, Director & Head – CII Rajasthan shared that an estimated 67% of the energy consumption and over 70% of the world’s GHG emissions are attributed to cities. Green growth of cities ensures that built environment is designed and planned, keeping the needs of future generations in mind. Mr Gupta added that as per the Govt of India proposal to identify and convert 100 cities as Smart Cities, CII is making efforts to discuss this subject in various cities of India so that right decision can be taken in this direction. CII will shortly suggest to State Govt on what are the cities which can be identified in Rajasthan under this project of Govt of India.
· Earlier Mr Anand Singhal, Chairman, CII Rajasthan State Council presented the welcome remarks and said that it is estimated that 40% of India’s total population will live in cities by 2030. The scale and speed of India’s urban transformation will require tremendous planning and vision. Critical choices and trade-offs will be required to be made for using the scarce resource of land. Mr Suresh K Poddar, Vice Chairman, CII Rajasthan State Council proposed the vote of thanks during inaugural session.
· Mr R K Poddar, Past Chairman; Mr S G Yyas, Past Chairman; Mr Kishore Khaitan, Past Chairman ,Mr Sanjay Srivastava, Convenor, CII Panel on Infrastructure and Chief Operating Officer Mahindra World City were also present during the sessions.
· The conclave was well attended by over 175 delegates from all across the state.
The 5th Edition of Infra Conclave was organised successfully on 20 June 2014. The programme was organised by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Indian Green Building Council (IGBC), Jaipur Development Authority and Rajasthan Housing Board, Government of Rajasthan at SMS Function Centre, Jaipur. The topics discussed during the programme included:
• Need for Smart & Inclusive Cities
• Smart City Framework – Challenges & Opportunities
• Smart City Framework – Role of Governance & Technology
The Inaugural Session of the programme was addressed by eminent speakers including Mr Ashok Jain, Addl Chief Secretary – UDH & LSG, Government of Rajasthan; Mr Srinivas Janga Rao, Commissioner of Police, Jaipur; Prof Jagan Shah, Director, National Institute of Urban Affairs & Mr Niranjan Khatri, Head – Welcom Environ Initiatives, ITC Ltd.
Some of the other prominent speakers at the programme included:
• Dr Naoyoshi Noguchi, Chief Director General, JETRO ( Japanese Trade)
• Dr Prithvi, Commissioner, Bureau of Investment Promotion, Govt of Rajasthan
• Mr Sameer Jain, Infrastructure & Government Services, KPMG
• Mr Nimish Patel, Prominent Architect
• Mr Nilesh Purey, Head, ICT, GIFT
• Mr Vince Berkhout, Executive Director- AECOM
Mr Anand Singhal, Chairman CII Rajasthan chaired the Inaugural Session while Mr S K Poddar, Vice Chairman CII Rajasthan proposed vote of thanks. A theme paper titled “Smart Cities in India: Moving from Concept to Reality” was also released during the programme. The programme was attended by more than 185 delegates including Government officials, Industry members, professionals, academicians and students. The participants were highly satisfied with the discussions held.
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