The 14th edition of Municipalika, three-day exhibition and conference on Smart and Sustainable Cities, organised at CIDCO Exhibition Centre, Navi Mumbai, from 18th to 20th May, ended on a high note, providing valuable insights and solutions for urban infrastructure and housing development in India.
The thrust areas have been to evolve smart and sustainable city solutions for water, waste water, solid waste management, transportation, energy, safety, security, housing and e-governance.
The three-day exhibition and conference received encouragement and support from M Venkaiah Naidu, Minister of Urban Development, Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation and Information and Broadcasting, Government of India; Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister, Government of Maharashtra and Prakash Mehta, Minister of Housing, Government Maharashtra.
Speaking during the inaugural session, Maya Singh, Hon'ble Minister of Urban Development and Housing, Madhya Pradesh, said, "I believe a Smart City is a Green City. The Swachh Bharat initiative by the Government of Madhya Pradesh has been very supporting and has been able to come up with new policies. There are many new programmes that are being initiated in Indore, Bhopal and Jabalpur including waste to energy initiatives, Swachh Bharat Mission and river rejuvenation works. Amidst these key developments, we believe Municipalika is a good platform to showcase, network and strengthen our vision towards smart cities and sustainable cities."
Durga Shanker Mishra, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India, said, "The reason for the existence of Smart Cities is to improve the living standard of the people by using smart initiatives. There are four major pillars necessary for the development of a city which are Institutional or Governance, Social, Economic as well as Physical and it is imperative that we focus on all of them. The major initiatives taken by Government of India for the 100 Smart Cities, 500 AMRUT Cities, Swachh Bharat Mission, Housing for all under PMAY and HRIDAY has given a major fillip to urban transformation for fast growing Indian cities. I must congratulate the organising team of Municipalika 2017 for organising such a comprehensive conference and exhibition. I am sure this will contribute in creating massive awareness in changing the landscape of urban development in India."
The conference enabled participation of over 1,600 delegates from 300 cities in India and abroad. The Government of Maharashtra was the host state for the exhibition and conference which was also supported by the Government of India along with its ministries of Urban Development, New and Renewable Energy, Electronics and Information Technology, Home Affairs Office of the Fire Adviser and Steel.
The co-located CAPEx (Construction, Architecture, and Planning & Engineering Expo) segment captured the leading building materials, technologies and construction equipment for structural, non-structural, finishing, building and plumbing services. Green building products which are environment-friendly and energy saving found a significant presence in the CAPEx segment.
The Municipalika Exhibition and Conference 2017 is one of the biggest events in the country on city solutions, with over 170 exhibitors showcasing technologies, equipment, products, software and solutions for Smart and Sustainable Cities, covering all facets of urban infrastructure development and housing and building construction activities. Over 5,000 delegates and visitors could benefit from the useful displays in the exhibition.
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