New Delhi, Delhi, India
The three-day expo conducted in the capital received an overwhelming response and was concluded with Smart Cities India 2016 Awards. 2nd Smart Cities India 2016 expo was inaugurated by Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu, Hon’ble Minister of Railways, Government of India, and Shri Piyush Goyal, Hon’ble Minister of State (Independent charge), Ministry of Power, Coal, and New & Renewable Energy, Government of India.
The inaugural ceremony also saw world leaders such as H.E. Mr. Harald Sandberg (Ambassador to India, Embassy of Sweden), H.E. Mr. Chung-Kwang Tien (Ambassador to India, Embassy of Taiwan), Meenakshi Lekhi (Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha, India), Mr. Ravinder Pal Singh (Director – Solutions Strategy & Business Development, Smart Cities, IoT & Digitization, Dell Inc., India), Dr. Ajay Mathur (Director General, TERI, India), to name a few.
The three-day Smart Transportation 2016 expo, focused on smart technologies and solutions for convenient and eco-friendly transportation systems in cities, received enormous response from the visitors.
The Mayors Conclave was organized on the 2nd day of the Smart Cities India 2016 expo. The conclave provided a platform to mayors, municipal commissioners, and strategy advisors from across the globe, to foster best practices in urban policy innovation and drive sustainable action in building Indian Smart Cities.
The 3rd day of the expo witnessed Smart Village Conclave with members of parliament, pradhans, sarpanchs, innovators and influencers deliberating on the needs of urban sustainability.
Present in the Conclave, Dr. Udit Raj, Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha, Govt. of India, remarked: “The real reason for migration from village to cities is the lack of economic activity other than seasonal farming. The increasing burden of population in the cities results in the birth of unauthorized colonies, and thereby smarter villages is the need of now.”
“Cities are overburdened because of migration. Central government is helping gram panchayats to ensure that India sustains as an agricultural economy. Smart Villages will ensure that migration level to cities fall down. Development includes zila parishads uplifting educational standards, introducing apps and other softwares. It is essential to learn that the core of village lies in agriculture, then the whole nation will thrive,” commented, Shri Chandrakant Khaire, Member of Parliament, Govt. of India.
In addition, Smart Cities India 2016 expo also witnessed Smart Cities India awards 2016 on the last day, to recognize pioneering projects that aim to make cities more livable, and economically viable. For 9 categories, there were 11 winners including Design Plus, Goyani Group, Freespanz Design Build Pvt Ltd, Bosch, Sun Moksha Power Pvt Ltd., K-Nomics, JUSCO, Daily Dump, Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation, Safiee Burhani Upliftment Trust, and Allied Digital Services Ltd.
Commenting on Smart Cities India Awards 2016, Manojit Bose, Senior Director, NASSCOM, “The SCI 2016 awards is a very timely initiative, with shortlisted cities embarking on the next steps focusing on execution and putting in place structures to drive the same. It should attempt to recognize exemplary work being done in the Smart Cities arena in India and even outside, across city sectors, several of which could serve as lighthouse projects for our cities as they prepare to undertake this journey in urban transformation.”
Concurrent conference sessions deliberated on various topics such as Smart Urban Planning, Smart water solutions for smart cities, Public Transport: Shaping the future of cities, Waste management solutions for smart cities Skills to build smart cities, Building healthy cities, etc.
Mr. Ashwini Bhagat, IAS, CMD, Jaipur Metro, India present in the session of Public Transport: Shaping the future of cities, remarked: “There is a need to revolutionize the transport system the people demand. In Jaipur, only 20% of the city’s population is expected to grow to 50% by 2030. This gives us not only the opportunity for increased capacity but lay a road for high expectation to reduce the waiting time.”
“Smart education is about enhanced learning. Digital technology is an enabler to produce better results and import both technical and soft skills. Smart education will equip students to understand and analyse subjects in a better manner,” stated, Mr. Vineet Gupta, Founder & Pro Vice Chancellor, Ashoka University, India.
The three-day expo received considerable support from ministries, public and private companies in India and across the globe. The speakers from around the world participated and shared their expertise on the smart cities vision.
On the successful completion of the expo, Mr. Prem Behl, Chairman Exhibition India Group said “With 2nd Smart Cities India 2016 expo, the blueprint for this industry has been outlined and we will continue to contribute towards the development of these sectors as the journey continues. I thank the ministries, delegates, speakers, exhibitors and visitors for making the second edition of the expo a huge success.”
About Smart Cities India 2016 expo
Smart Cities India expo is an annual exhibition and conference organized by Exhibitions India group. Launched in 2015, the expo has emerged as one of the significant smart city events worldwide.
The 2nd Smart Cities India expo 2016 is supported by 10 central government ministries. Support from some of the leading associations including NASSCOM; The Energy and Resource Institute (TERI); The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE); Indo-American Chamber of Commerce (IACC); Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Transformation (ASSIST); Battery Rickshaw Welfare Association (BRWA); COAI; etc. There are 46 concurrent conference sessions with 300 speakers deliberating on various sectors water and waste management, environment, urban planning, green building, smart transport, IT communications, e-governance, smart grid, clean energy, education and skills to build smart cities, smart manufacturing, make in India, smart health, disaster management etc.
About Exhibitions India Group
Exhibitions India Group is a multi-services trade promotion company with 130 employees located in New Delhi, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad and Mumbai. Overseas offices are in Dubai, Germany, Japan, Kenya and the U.S.A.
The company is certified by Trace International Inc. (USA) for transparency in international commercial transactions. EIG is a member of UFI – The Global Association of Exhibitions Industry and Indo-German Chambers of Commerce. We are amongst a few trade promotion organisations with ISO 9001:2008, ISO 14001:2004 and OHSAS 18001:2007 certification.
Eminent Speakers sharing their thoughts on Smart Cities at the 2nd Smart Cities India 2016 expo
Prem Behl, Chairman, Exhibitions India Pvt Ltd, said: “I am pleased at the good turn out from dignitaries and attendees. In the first day of the expo ministries, Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu, Hon’ble Minister of Railways, Government of India and Shri Piyush Goyal, Hon’ble Minister of State (Independent charge), Ministry of Power, Coal, and New & Renewable Energy, Government of India inaugurated the expo. Ambassadors and diplomats from 20 countries were present including H.E. Mr. Harald Sandberg (Ambassador to India, Embassy of Sweden) and H.E. Mr. Chung-Kwang Tien (Ambassador to India, Embassy of Taiwan). The exhibition has attracted a large number of trade visitors to the four international pavilions from Holland, Poland, Sweden and Taiwan.”
Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu, Hon’ble Minister of Railways, Government of India stated: “Transport plays the role of lifeline in a smart city and hence soon India will see new railway stations made with impeccable design and friendly human interface. Special attention needs to be paid to management of natural resources so that the ecological balance is not tampered.”
Shri Piyush Goyal, Hon’ble Minister of State (Independent charge), Ministry of Power, Coal, and New & Renewable Energy, Government of India said: “India sure has challenges, but in those challenges lies the unparalleled opportunities. A land that has enormous amount of manpower, and youth seeking better lifestyle provides the urging need of smart cities. Smarter solutions need to be scalable, affordable and fast in their implementation so that the country drives benefit from them.”
H.E. Mr. Harald Sandberg, Ambassador to India, Embassy of Sweden, said: “The prominent agenda is sustainable urban development. Sweden has tried to build sustainable solutions utilizing waste as a resource to boost energy as a hallmark of what technology has achieved in Sweden.”
H.E. Mr. Chung-Kwang Tien, Ambassador to India, Embassy of Taiwan, remarked: “India has already come to threshold to move into the next era in which Taiwan would love to participate in future. Taiwan is now a totally changed country where the traffic lights also changed to the LED lights. India is emerging in a way that in future it could lead the world.”
Meenakshi Lekhi, Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha, India, shared: “On the regulatory front, there are many complex issues that needs to be resolved and as a whole, bureaucracy in India needs to be trained and digitization should be incorporated to monitor accountability of the implementation of processes.”
Dr. Ajay Mathur, Director General, TERI, India, explained: “Every City has its own varied essential needs. Degree of efficiency will make every city a smart city. Two key challenges faced in regulating and policy aspect of building smart cities are: Firstly, limited life span of any planning and performance based selection of those plans. Secondly, how we measure performance and hold people responsible for it. It is important to have matrix of goal achievements, holding processes and people in place, transperancy of the entire mechanism and feedback for a better future.”
Paolo Colella, Head of Region India, Ericsson said: “India and other cities across the globe are experiencing a manifold increase in population moving to towns and cities. The Government of India’s huge focus on smart cities & digital India presents an enormous opportunity for us to contribute to the country’s transformation .With our leadership in ICT and rich global experience, we can enable Indian cities to transform themselves into sustainable and smart cities.”
Mr. Sandip Ranjhan, Senior Vice President & General Manager – Mobile & Communications Services, HARMAN, India, shared: “The Prime Minister’s 100 Smart Cities mission is the key initiative to drive social change and economic growth by leveraging Internet-of-Things (IoT) technology. As a Global leader in IoT solutions with strong India focus, Harman is excited to be a key partner in helping to make Smart Cities in India a reality.”
Shri Raghav Chandra, IAS, Chairman, NHAI, India, in the session of Smart Transport: Policies, legal issues & market realities said: “Last mile connectivity is prominent focus while developing smart cities. Smart transport can deliver people better life and mobility. The most vibrant area of transport is personal transport in which we are far more choosy, selective and aggressive. Maintenance of smart cities relies on appropriate standards.”
Ms. Sulajja Motwani, Vice Chairman, Kinetic Green Energy & Power Solutions Ltd., India remarked on the importance of electric vehicles: “A new lateral thinking is significant to find relevant solutions for the creation of smart cities. Vehicular emission is a critical issue. I am quite bullish on the implementation of electric-hybrid technology. Electric and hybrid vehicle play a vital role in building smart cities.”
Mr. Pranav R. Mehta, Chairman, National Solar Energy Federation of India and Co-Chairman, Global Solar Council, chaired the session on Solar Rooftop as a game changer, stated: “It is beyond any reasonable doubt that rooftop will be a game changer. Any game change has to involve masses. Our solar movement has to go from class to mass. Over rooftop is being adopted more and more, be it USA, Japan, Australia, Europe, Germany already has shown a way by 85% rooftop and India will not be left behind.I am greatly impressed by this global scale expo and conference, wherein every minute detail had been taken care of and it’s a truly impressive platform matching global quality standards.”
“Smart Cities cannot be thought of without clean energy. A 360 degree thinking and planning is required, so that skewed development does not happen. Storage solutions, battery disposal and better forecasting techniques are the areas, where improvement is required. Strong awareness on solar benefits should be campaigned. Residential units are going to be the largest market for solar heating,” said Mr. Rakesh Kumar, Director (PS), SECI, India in the session of Solar rooftop technologies & engineering.
Shri Tikender Singh Panwar, Deputy Mayor, Municipal Corporation Shimla, remarked: “Smart cities are about the common people and the strategies are ought to be made focusing the people. The overall idea must be to make all the cities better and not limit the achievement to only 100 smart cities. Today, we face the struggle of power between the elected members and nominated members in our country. It is critical to have a distinct leadership which must exist at even the city level.”
Mr. Ravinder Pal Singh, Director – Solutions Strategy & Business Development, Smart Cities, IoT& Digitization, Dell Inc., India, said: “This is the first time Dell has participated in Smart Cities India expo. The expo is both focused and stimulating intellectually. With more than 300 companies including developed countries including Sweden, Taiwan and Netherland as country pavilions, the expo is based on a solution showcase perspective.”