(L-R) Pratap Padode, Founder & Director, Smart Cities Council India; Kalyani Patil, Mayor, KDMC; E Ravendiran, Commissioner, KDMC; Apeksha Patil, Mayor, Ulhasnagar Municipal corporation; Praful Shah, President, MCHI-Kalyan Dombivili
Smart Cities Council India successfully organised the third in its series of India-wide Promising Cities seminars in Kalyan on 27 August, 2015. in Kalyan, Maharashtra.
Kalyani Patil, Honourable Mayor, Kalyan Dombivli Municipal Corporation (KDMC), the chief guest, addressed a gathering of urban development planners and experts from the construction industry. She pointed to the requirement for a "growth centre" for youth who need infrastructure like a business park for developing their entrepreneurial potential. She also said that Kalyan-Dombivli needed an education hub and pointed to the lack of even a basic institution like a medical college.
Taking questions from the audience in an interactive session, E Ravendiran, Honourable Commissioner, KDMC, said a host of social media platforms would invite opinions and views from various stakeholders over the next few months to gauge the needs of citizens in the move towards becoming a 'smart city'.
A number of experts addressed the audience on topics ranging from urban design and planning and rainwater harvesting to solid waste management.
Seema Redkar, former OSD, solid waste management, Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM), and Ulhas Paranjape, Consultant and Trustee, Jalvardhini Pratishthan, pointed out the importance of delivering the kind of smart infrastructure that would benefit the citizens of Kalyan-Dombivli instead of adopting 'smart city' models from other parts of the world and imposing them on India.
Last but not least, Pratap Padode, Founder & Director, Smart Cities Council India, congratulated KDMC on making it to the shortlist of 100 smart cities and offered a number of examples of 'smart applications' already adopted by other cities in the country.
The event was a success and provided an excellent networking opportunity for a number of industry stakeholders.
As India gears up to build 100 smart cities and take a giant stride in the infrastructure development of the country. Smart Cities Council India aims to participate in this development process by providing all stakeholders the relevant information about the Smart Cities development in India. The aim of the India Chapter is to provide latest update about what is happening on the smart cities development front, gather and disseminate resources, collate industry data and showcase achievements in this segment.
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