Editorial

Kota – The Birth of Smart City in Rajasthan

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DR RAVI GUPTA
Editor-in-Chief and CEO
egov magazine, Elets Technomedia Pvt Ltd

Rajasthan, the State widely identified as a land of deserts and camels, rich traditions and folklores, is set to be known for its Smart Cities soon. Its four cities – Kota, Jaipur, Udaipur, and Ajmer — have been selected under the Smart Cities Mission.

Kota is drawing a lot of attention for the way it is undergoing a major transformation. The latest issue of egov magazine has attempted to unravel the thought, the approach and the methodologies engaged in its emergence as a Smart City.

It makes an interesting study to understand some of the unique smart initiatives being undertaken by the Rajasthan Government. A glimpse of the vision has been provided by Shrichand Kriplani, Minister for Urban Development and Housing and Local Self Government, Government of Rajasthan and Dr Manjit Singh, Principal Secretary, and State Mission Director of Smart Cities and AMRUT.

From Kota, the City’s Mayor Mahesh Vijay, Collector and District Magistrate Rohit Gupta, and Urban Improvement Trust’s Chairman RK Mehta share their insights into the different aspects of ongoing developmental work and projects.

From other cities are Sidharth Sihag, Commissioner, Udaipur Municipal Corporation, Dr Priyanka Soni, Commissioner, Karnal Municipal Corporation, and Mahendra Bahadur Singh, District Magistrate, Banda, to name a few interviewees of this special edition.

Some of the prominent personalities being covered in this edition include Syedain Abbasi, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Steel, Government of India and Rajesh Aggarwal, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Government of India.

We have also carried the interviews of B Dayanand, Commissioner for Transport and Road Safety, Department of Transport, Government of Karnataka, and Rajat Bansal, Municipal Commissioner, Raipur.

Sharing the industry perspective in this issue of the magazine are Minimol Korulla, Vice-President, Maccaferri Environmental Solutions Pvt Ltd and S K Vaish-Regional Sales Manager, Industrial North, Exide Industries Ltd.

It offers us a great sense of pride to share that the latest – Kota Smart City Summit – is Elets Technomedia’s 22nd Smart City Summit. The ongoing series of summits is a celebration of the spirit of Smart Cities Mission initiated by the Narendra Modi government.

Showcasing the role and significance of Public Sector Undertakings in the country’s economic growth, the latest issue of egov magazine also carries a report of the 3rd PSU Summit, 2017 which was graced by Vishnu Deo Sai, Minister of State, Ministry for Steel, Government of India, as the Chief Guest.

Hoping our latest bouquet of stories, interviews, and articles will interest our readers, we look forward to their invaluable feedback.

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