Editorial

Gurugram – Assaying the Transformation to the Millennium City

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National Urban Development Summit Gurugram

Over the last couple of decades, Gurugram has undergone exponential transformation towards urban, economic and industrial hub. The city has witnessed massive rise from being a district cum town focused on agriculture to the present Cybercity, providing livelihood to millions across the nation.

Dr Ravi GuptaNot just that, Gurugram has also served as an international hub of business, and subject of case study for urban planners, researchers, economists, sociologists et al. To celebrate the rise of the Millennium City, and to also discuss and deliberate on the challenges faced during the urban transformation, as well as to realise the opportunities to march towards a Smart City, Elets Technomedia, in association with the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram is organising the National Urban Development Summit Gurugram – Smart, Livable & Resilient City on August 23, 2019.

This issue of the eGov magazine would portray the transformation of the city towards a Smart and vibrant city, by foraying into various aspects of urban development which has shaped Gurugram to the city that it is today, through the cover story.

The special article on the Haryana CSR Advisory Board focuses on the welfare measures and initiatives by the state for the citizens by reviewing the CSR activities done by the corporate organisations and the Board’s role. Another special article throws light on the initiative of the Government of Haryana, Guru Jal, which aims to not just manage the present water resources in the state, but also to create awareness among citizens.

This issue also brings to you a bouquet of exclusive interviews, which include Amit Khatri, Commissioner, Municipal Corporation of Gurugram; Amrit Abhijat, Joint Secretary and Mission Director, Housing for All, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India; Rajiv Ranjan Mishra, Director General, National Mission for Clean Ganga; Satya Narayan Pradhan, Director General, National Disaster Response Force, Dr Shalini Rajneesh, Principal Secretary of Planning, Programme Monitoring & Statistics, Government of Karnataka among the policy makers.

We also bring to you industry perspectives from the IT major International Business Machine (IBM) and ESDS Software, where Prativa Mohapatro, VP Sales, IBM India South Asia and Piyush Somani, CMD & CEO, ESDS Software share their roles and the organisations’ contribution towards a seamless e-governance and Smart City Mission respectively.

Last but not the least, Amit Gujral of LG Electronics and Karan Kumar, Co-founder and CTO of Hogar Controls bring their perspectives towards Smart Housing and how technological innovations are being deployed in their flagship products and services.

The magazine also carries the conference report of Elets Innovation Summit Chandigarh 2019, which was organised to find innovative ways to address various challenges in creating a sustainable city with citizen-centric governance structure.

With such a bouquet of special articles and interviews, we hope to get an invaluable feedback from our readers.

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