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‘Elets Urban development Summit, Jharkhand’ maps the state’s road to urban transformation

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Elets Technomedia, in associated with the Urban Development & Housing Department, Government of Jharkhand, organised the ‘Urban development Summit, Jharkhand’, on 2nd August, in Ranchi. The event aimed to highlight how Jharkhand was on its way to becoming the next big hub of urban transformation. It brought to fore the state government’s efforts to provide quality life to its residents, clean and sustainable environment by applying smart solutions in sectors like sanitation, housing, waste management, public transport and governance.

The programme was chaired by Ajoy Kumar Singh, Secretary, Urban Development & Housing Department, Government of Jharkhand. Speaking at the inaugural session on ‘Jharkhand All Set for Urban Transformation: The Road Ahead’, he said, “We tend to make more houses and provide one to each and every one in urban areas. Under this initiative, there is an affordable housing scheme where there is a contribution by Government of India and beneficiaries but they are also not very rich. So, they have to take loan from banks or other financial institutions. So the role of banking in this sector is very important.”

Guest of Honour, C P Singh, Minister for Urban Development, Housing & Transport, Government of Jharkhand, spoke how India was grappling with population increase and people shifting to urban areas in search of jobs, in the backdrop of urban transformation. He talked about PMAY, and various other developmental schemes.

Jharkhand Governor Droupadi Murmu marked the event as the Chief Guest. She stressed on the importance of development and state and central governments’ efforts in the area. The minister added that she was happy that Jharkhand was also moving in the same direction and was on the right track.

The event also saw the presence of various international dignitaries. Expressing views at the inaugural session, H. E. Daniel Chuburu, Ambassador of Argentine Republic to India, said, “This year, we are celebrating the anniversary of our diplomatic relations with India. So for us it is a very important year and an important opportunity to address all of you.” He further talked about urban development in Argentina covering the challenges as well. He stressed on the need of making public investment more efficient in the sector.

H. E. SHIN Bongkil, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to India thanked Elets for inviting him at the event adding that the summit was a great opportunity to learn about urban transformation of Jharkhand.

Sweeya Santipitaks, Consul-General, Consulate General of Thailand, echoed similar sentiments.

Since financial institutions have a big role to play in urban transformation, the event saw a number of representatives from leading banks, marking their presence and sharing their views at the event.

Charan Singh, Executive Director, UCO Bank lauded the state government and Elets for organizing the summit. He talked about various government schemes regarding urban development, calling ‘Housing For All’ the most important one. He assured full support and funding from the banking sector, for all such initiatives.

Meanwhile, Sunil Kumar, Secretary, Building Construction Department, Government of Jharkhand presented on the state government’s efforts on creating sustainable infrastructure. He talked about the project of building the ‘Core Capital Area’ that comprises of high court buildings, new assembly building, etc, of Ranchi. He informed that the cost of constructing each building was Rs around 400 crore.

Mrityunjay Kumar Baranwal, Director, Directorate of Municipal Administration, Urban Development & Housing Department, Government of Jharkhand, spoke on the PMAY- Transforming the Urban Landscape of Jharkhand, at the event. He talked about the efforts, needs and opportunities under the scheme in Jharkhand.

Ajay Misra, Special Chief Secretary, Energy, Environment, Science & Technology, Government of Telangana during his special address on Role of Renewable Energy for Sustainable Urban Development stressed on energy conservation and renewable energy.

Elets Founder and CEO Dr Ravi Gupta, launched eGov magazine special issue on Jharkhand and its sustainable urban development approach, in the presence of other dignitaries, at the do.

The inaugural session was followed by second panel discussion on ‘Building Smart & Sustainable Cities of Future, with Intelligent Planning & Smart Technology’.

Speaking in the context, B Purushartha, Divisional Commissioner, Jalandhar Smart City, Government of Punjab, highlighted the need for urban development and thanked the central government for taking required steps in the field.

“For most of the cities, we have to focus on very basic things, to make it smart. When we talk of smart city it has to be sustainable that includes waste and water management,” said Shiv Anant Tayal, Commissioner, Raipur Municipal Corporation, at the event.

Speaking at the session, Raj Cherubal, CEO, Chennai Smart City Limited, shared the roadmap and steps that Chennai was taking to become smart.

Amit Sharma, Special Secretary, Transport and Chairman, Road Safety Council, Government of Jammu & Kashmir, said that to make a city smart we need to work on water, air, bio energy, and all other necessary sectors as all are interconnected. He also shared about electric bus project in J&K, intelligent traffic management system, and other initiatives, which worked well for the city.

Venkatesh J., Senior Deputy General Manager, Water Management, Larsen & Toubro Limited, spoke about challenges in water management from urban prospects and the possible solutions, at the event.

Talking about technology in smart cities, Aseem Joshi, Global Smart Cities Lead, Honeywell Building Technologies, said, “Technology for me start ticking in when we do phase 2, phase 3 or phase 4 of deploying technology on this mass data that we have.”

The panel discussion was followed by another session that discussed role of banking and financial institutions in Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY).

Kumar Abhishek, Sr. Vice President & Head- Jharkhand, HDFC Bank, said, “We as a bank has not just prepared a solution, we have experience of executing it in the states. we have successfully implemented these schemes in different states like Punjab, Assam, UP, etc.” He also talked about technological advancement of the HDFC bank.

Speaking at the event, B K Sarangi, Circle General Manager, Allahabad Bank shared how the bank was committed to provide full support to PMAY as it was very difficult for a common man to buy a house given high prices of the land or other properties in the cities.

The last session saw speakers sharing their views on ‘Driving Urban Transformation Through Public Private Partnership: Opportunities & Challenges’. Speaking on this, Sandip Kumar, Additional Municipal Commissioner, Dhanbad, talked about the government’s initiative ‘Housing for All’, at the event.

 

Rajesh Goyal, Chairman & Managing Director, Hindustan Prefab Ltd and Ashish Katoch, Vice President- Business Development, JWIL Infra Limited, also shared their views on the same.

Concluding the summit, Elets Founder and CEO Dr. Ravi Gupta gave mementos to the esteemed speakers and thanked everyone for making the event happen. “Our agenda is to create a platform where knowledge from various sectors, departments, industry, government, NGO, all gets accumulated, created, stored online for everyone to use for free. Our aim is to spread knowledge and collaborate with stakeholders,” Dr. Gupta signed off.

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