A Smarter Urban Landscape
The fifth edition of the BW Businessworld Smart Cities Conclave and Awards had a panel of experts discuss the way forward
Two years into the Central Government’s flagship Smart Cities Mission, a total of 90 cities have been picked up so far on a project outlay of around Rs 1,89,000 crore covering over 9.5 crore people. Though the Smart Cities Mission has been largely confused with urbanisation, it should be viewed as a potent opportunity and urban centres should be viewed as growth engines. Although, we have come a long way, but has the progress been palpable yet?
A panel of experts came together and shared their views at the fifth edition of BW Businessworld Smart Cities Conclave and Awards held on 20 December, 2017 at The Imperial Hotel in New Delhi. The conclave was organised largely to trigger a thought process and identify broad areas that need to be handled in the next two years. The august gathering included city commissioners, SPV representatives, state IT secretaries, state urban development secretaries, members from Ministry of Urban Development, international consultants, global IT conglomerates, international academia, Indian industry majors and most importantly the winners across 15 categories selected after several rigorous rounds of jury evaluations. Hardeep Singh Puri, Minister of State for Housing & Urban Affairs graced the event as Chief Guest, felicitated the winners and released the BW Smart Cities magazine November-December, 2017 issue in the august presence of K.T. Rama Rao, Minister for Municipal Administration, Government of Telangana, H.M. Revanna, Minister for Transport, Government of Karnataka, Anurag Batra, Chairman & Editor-in-Chief, BW Businessworld and the industry members in audience.
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