Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis inaugurated the two-day “Elets Smart City Summit-Nagpur”, which was organised by the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) in association with Elets Technomedia Pvt Ltd.
The aim of the summit was to highlight the smart and sustainable initiatives undertaken by NMC and promoting them through this national conference and exhibition.
“We must remember that no project will succeed without people’s participation. People are envisaging results and are joining in for success. We must focus on innovation and technology to give better and speedy services to people, that too transparently,” said the Chief Minister while addressing the summit.
Minister of Road, Transport and Highways, and Shipping, Nitin Gadkari, was also present on the occasion. He spoke about various smart city components.
“It is high time that 24/7 drinking water supply is made available in different parts of the country. Nagpur has successfully implemented such project by carrying out water audit and plugging leakages in the system,” said Gadkari.
Gadkari stressed on efficient distribution of drinking water and asked Municipal Corporations to look at implementing 24/7 projects with better water distribution.
Also present at the summit were NMC Commissioner Shravan Hardikar , Mayor Nanda Jichkar, Maharashtra government officials, central government officials, officials from other state and dignitaries from countries like Sweden, France, and Spain.
“It is necessary to build ‘Human Capital’ along with Smart City as we require connectivity with hearts rather then flyovers in future,” observed Vijay Kumar Gautam, Principal Secretary, Information Technology Department of Maharashtra Government.
Similarly, various smart cities experts from foreign countries apprised the participants about their projects they are involved in.
“It is necessary to see what we are creating in the Smart City, whether it will be useful for citizens and last person of the society or not. The services are for making life easier and comfortable and not creating obstacles,” said Antony Vives Thomas, former Deputy Mayor, Barcelona.
The summit hosted several panel discussions on Government of India’s ambitious programmes such as Swachh Bharat, Aadhaar-linked transactions, Intelligent Transport Management System (ITMS), Internet of Things as the facilitator for overall smart infrastructure, among others.
There was a large expo area which showcased products of various companies dealing with the Smart Cities.
According to Dr Ravi Gupta, CEO of Elets Technomedia Pvt Ltd, the company is planning to organise such conferences in 100 smart cities in future.
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