Need to continuously Innovate and Adapt Technology for Improved Urban Governance - Dr Sudhir Krishna, Secretary - Ministry of Urban Development
(Targeted News Service Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) NEW DELHI, Dec. 13 -- The Confederation of Indian Industry issued the following news release:
Dr. Sudhir Krishna, Secretary - Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India released a Report prepared by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in partnership with Cisco on Smart Cities in Indian perspective at the National Conference on Smart & Intelligent Cities - Integrated Solutions for Inclusive & Sustainable Communities on 13 December 2013 in New Delhi Conference.
The Report not only talks of the definition of a Smart City in contemporary context but elaborates on how ICT can be effectively implemented in areas like Governance, Healthcare, Education, Transportation and Utilities. The Report goes further to highlight specific 'Use Cases' in India where ' Smart Planning' has been implemented in areas outlined above.
Earlier, addressing the Inaugural Session, Dr. Krishna emphasized on the need to enhance the role of technology in e-Governance that would improve quality of life & stimulate inclusivity and at the same time also focused on continuous innovation and adaptation of the same. Another imminent area of intervention, Dr. Krishna mentioned was revisiting the Model Agreements for PPP across Urban Infrastructure verticals - Water Supply, Transportation and Solid Waste Management, among others. Planned Urbanization and Integrated urban utilities, he said, were no longer optional or else the cost we would end up paying would be too high.
The Conference was also addressed by Mr. Ajay S. Shriram, President Designate - CII who focused upon the need for sustainable urbanization in 21st century; Mr. Anil Menon, Co- Chair, CII National Committee on Urbanisation & Future Cities and President - Globalization and Smart Connected Communities, CISCO Inc who highlighted the relevance of ICT in planned urbanization in 21st century; Mr. M Lakshminarayan, Co- Chair, CII National Committee on Urbanisation & Future Cities and Managing Director & Country Manager, Harman International India Pvt Ltd who argued that improved infrastructure could stimulate greater contribution of cities towards country's GDP; and Mr. Nilaya Varma, Executive Partner - Accenture Management Consulting Limited, who in his keynote presentation set the theme of the Conference by highlighting specific areas where Government and Industry can come together for designing Smart & Intelligent Cities in the country.
The Conference was well represented by diverse stakeholders which included Policy Makers, Integrated Townships, Urban Consultants, IT solution providers and technology providers, Urban planning and development agencies, Green building solution providers, Academia, ULBs and related government agencies for the Conference.
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