Editorial

The Sun City’s Tryst with Innovative Urban Development

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Jodhpur Urban Development

Located in the extreme west of India, in the state of Rajasthan, Jodhpur is indeed a city full of wonders. Not just is the blue panorama from the top of the city a sight to behold, but the Sun City has also progressed with time and imbibed the urban transformation.

Jodhpur has not only maintained its stature as a tourism hub, but has also carved a niche space in terms of education, research, and healthcare. The city is home to multiple institutes of national importance and eminence such as Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), National Law University (NLU) among others.

To assess Jodhpur’s tryst with urban transformation, Jodhpur Development Authority in association with Elets Technomedia is organising National Urban Development Summit, Jodhpur on September 27, 2019, with the vision to promote urban development initiatives in Jodhpur and to exchange the best practices from other parts of the country.

This special issue of eGov magazine is dedicated to the urban development initiatives in Rajasthan with special focus on Jodhpur. The cover story narrates the several innovations and initiatives taken by the city vis-à-vis the state to make it more liveable and resilient and further develop the tourism aspect.

This edition of eGov magazine also carries a host of interviews of policymakers from Rajasthan such as Ghanshyam Ojha, Mayor, Jodhpur Municipal Corporation; Meghraj Singh Ratnoo, Commissioner, Jodhpur Development Authority, Prafulla Kumar, Commissioner of Police, Jodhpur and Gaurav Agrawal, Commissioner, Ajmer Development Authority. We also bring to you the special articles by policymakers with a focus on waste management and transport sector of Rajasthan.

From a national perspective, this magazine carries exclusive interviews of Vivek Aggarwal, Joint Secretary (Crops & IT) and CEO-PM Kisan, Amrit Abhijat, Joint Secretary and Mission Director, Housing for All, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) and Rajiv Ranjan Mishra, Director General, National Mission for Clean Ganga. To bring the state perspective, we also bring the interview of Santosh Kumar Sharma, Commissioner, Kanpur Municipal Corporation & CEO, Kanpur Smart City Limited. Last but not the least, Dr Suyash Goyal, CEO, Goyal Hospital & Research Centre has shared an overall perspective of the healthcare sector of the state.

I hope the bouquet of interviews and articles in this issue of eGov will keep our esteemed readers updated on the progress made in the fields of governance and innovations in Rajasthan.

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