As Smart Cities are creating a buzz in India since Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave it a rigorous push, there is tremendous amount of curiosity about what kind of results it would yield for the general public.
It prompted us to explore the world of Smart Cities through Nagpur, the city which has left various other cities behind in implementation of Smart City projects in a short span of time. Our cover story –“Nagpur Laying Roadmap for Indian Smart Cities” explores how its civic body has played a vital role and working to improve quality of life.
In the light of Nagpur occupying such an important place on the landscape of Indian Smart Cities, we decided to hold a Smart and Sustainable City Summit in Nagpur from 7th to 8th April, 2017. The event is happening in collaboration with Nagpur Municipal Corporation, with Union Minister Nitin Gadkari and Mahrashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis making their distinguished presence felt.
Key officials from various states and leading companies providing smart city tech solutions are part of this premier summit.
The objective is to ensure a brainstorming of the sharpest minds dedicatedly bringing the grand transformation to develop Smart Cities, providing the glimpse of a new India.
Our special story, “Maharashtra – Transforming Urban Landscape of India”, throws light upon how a State, is working on an integrated approach –- providing a holistic infrastructure framework, data and information centre needed for investment-friendly industrial policies.
The latest issue also carries special interviews with the likes of Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, and Shipping Nitin Gadkari and officials like Shravan Hardikar, Nagpur Municipal Commissioner and Maharashtra Transport Commissioner Praveen Gedam along with others like Praveen Prakash, Joint Secretary (Swachh Bharat Mission), Ministry of Urban Development, Govt. of India, and Sanjay Jaju, Director, NHIDCL, and Subodh Agarwal, Principal Secretary, Food and Civil Supplies Department, Rajasthan. We are also having the international perspective on Smart Cities from Ulrika Sundberg, Counsul General of Sweden, Mumbai.
While presenting a variety of in-depth stories and special interviews from Maharashtra and across India, we look forward to our esteemed readers’ feedback.