4th Elets National Urban Innovation Summit puts focus on Sustainable Cities

4th Elets National Urban Innovation Summit

Chandigarh has 35 percent of water wastage against the national mandate of 15 percent. So, our endeavour of providing 24*7 availability of water will plug leaks and address the water woes of the city, emphasised Smt. Anindita Mitra, CEO of Chandigarh Smart City Limited and Commissioner of Chandigarh Municipal Corporation, addressing the 4th Elets National Urban Innovation Summit.

The 4th Elets National Urban Innovation Summit, concluded successfully yesterday at The Lalit in Chandigarh, has left a lasting impact on urban development and innovation. Organised by Elets Technomedia in collaboration with Chandigarh Smart City and Municipal Corporation Chandigarh, the summit featured insightful discussions and celebrated the city’s commitment to urban innovation and sustainability.

Prominent speakers, including Shri Anup Gupta, Hon’ble Mayor of Chandigarh Administration; Smt. Anindita Mitra, CEO of Chandigarh Smart City Limited and Commissioner of Chandigarh Municipal Corporation; Dr. Ramakant, Deputy Advisor at the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India; Ravi Prakash Gupta, Secretary of the Department of Revenue, Government of Haryana; and Hargunjit Kaur, Special Secretary of the Department of Finance, Chandigarh Administration, among others, shared their expertise, setting the stage for meaningful dialogue on urban innovation.

Reflecting on Chandigarh’s progress, Shri Anup Gupta, Hon’ble Mayor of Chandigarh, remarked, “Chandigarh is the first planned city of India, rightfully known as ‘The City Beautiful.’ Our technology initiatives like ICCC, SCADA, ATCS, etc., have brought transformative changes in the lives of the city’s residents.”

Highlighting the importance of citizen proactiveness in governance, Smt. Anindita Mitra further said, “Chandigarh Smart City and Municipal Corporation Chandigarh have been working collaboratively to drive sustainable urban innovation. Citizen engagement and their proactive involvement are crucial in achieving positive outcomes through ICT-based urban innovation.”

A major highlight of the summit was the launch of a special eGov magazine dedicated to showcasing Chandigarh’s remarkable transformation as the best-planned city in India.

The summit also recognized and honoured urban innovators through a series of awards. The Ludhiana Municipal Corporation received the prestigious title of the best smart city in the “Energy Conservation” category, while Hitachi was awarded for Digital Governance. NIC Punjab was honoured in the “eGovernance” category for their remarkable “eOffice” project. Bharat Electronics Limited received recognition for their “ICCC” project, winning in the “Smart City Innovations” category and being named the “Best ICCC in the country.” These awards celebrate the remarkable efforts and initiatives undertaken by these urban innovators to enhance urban living environments.

The summit received strong support from esteemed partners, including the Smart City Mission, Government of India; Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL); Haryana State Electronics Development Corporation Limited (HARTRON); Haryana Renewable Energy Development Agency (HAREDA); Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA). Associate Partners, including L&T, Canara Bank, Sygmatech, Hitachi, and Tata Projects, played a pivotal role in the event’s success.

The summit served as a crucial platform for thought leaders, policymakers, and innovators to exchange ideas and explore innovative solutions, ultimately working towards the transformation of urban spaces for the betterment of all.

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