Kalyan: As news emerged about the lists declared by Ministry of Urban development, Kalyan Dombivli city bore a huge smile. They were in the nominees. Smart Cities Council India held the third of its Promising Cities seminar at Kalyan on the same day. Smt. Kalyani Patil, Honourable Mayor, KDMC, chief guest at the event, addressed a gathering of urban development planners and experts from the construction industry.
She pointed to the requirement for a “Growth Centre” for the youth who need infrastructure like a business park for developing their entrepreneurial potential. She also said Kalyan-Dombivli needed an education hub as she pointed to the lack of even a basic institution like a medical college.
Taking questions from the audience in an interactive session, E Ravindran, Municipal Commissioner, KDMC, said that 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, rainwater harvesting and solid waste management.
Seema Redkar, former OSD, solid waste management, MCGM, and Ulhas Paranjape, consultant and trustee, Jalvardhini Pratishthan all 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.
Smart Cities Council India founder & director, Pratap Padode congratulated KDMC on making it to the shortlist of 100 smart cities and gave a number of examples of 'smart applications' already adopted by other cities in the country. He further cited prime challenges for KDMC as water, solid waste management and sanitation.
Funds to the tune of Rs 100 crore per annum for the next five years are expected to be released by the central government from January onwards to cities chosen for the 'Smart Cities' project.
About Promising Cities Seminars
FIRST, Smart Cities Council India and economic research firm Indicus Analytics, have compiled a list of Top 20 Promising Cities, with a population of over a million, based on factors like household income, expenditure and variables related to living standards. Metro cities are excluded.
Smart Cities Council India has assessed the infrastructure opportunities in these cities. It has begun a multi-city tour to explore with the local government, builders, architects, vendors and other stakeholders, infrastructure and other business opportunities in these promising cities. After Ahmedabad and Thane, the seminar at Kalyan Dombivli is the third in the series to be conducted by Smart Cities Council India and FIRST. For the full list of 20 cities, Click Here.