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PPP in Developing Smart Cities Key to Become a USD 5 Trillion Economy: Nitin Gadkari

The 30th Convergence India and 8th Smart Cities India Expo was inaugurated by the minister of road transport and highways. It was jointly organised by the Smart Cities Mission, ITPO, and Exhibitions India Group (EIG).

March 28, 2023. By Anurima Mondal

India is on its way to achieve USD 5 trillion GDP by 2024-25 and the development of smart cities and villages through PPP model is all set to play a major role in this vision, announced Union minister of road transport and highways Nitin Gadkari while inaugurating the 30th Convergence India & 8th Smart Cities India Expo at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi.
Speaking on the occasion, the minister said, “Smart Cities are a successful story in India. We have got a huge potential here and I am driving it personally. To achieve the Hon'ble Prime Minister’s vision of making India a USD 5 trillion economy, it is imperative to develop smart cities and villages for which public-private partnership is key.”
The 30th Convergence India and 8th Smart Cities India expo was jointly organised by the Smart Cities Mission, Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs (MoHUA), India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO), and Exhibitions India Group (EIG).
The three-day expo will offer a comprehensive platform for domestic and overseas players, innovators, technologists, and start-ups from related segments to unleash the power of in-person networking, expand business opportunities, and make new alliances.
Also present at the inauguration was Karel Hirman, Minister of Economy of the Slovak Republic, who observed, “Development is important, but we need to preserve our nature and protect our ecology, environment and people. We believe the future of urban development is in integrating technology and data analytics into city planning and management. In Slovakia, our cities are already implementing smart solutions in public transport, energy, wastewater management and public safety.” 
Talking about the expo, Chandrika Behl, Managing Director, Exhibitions India Group, said, “Both events have provided a platform for domestic brands to showcase their work in technology, smart cities, and start-up domains. At the same time, they offer a platform for international players to connect and explore business opportunities in India by forging new relationships.”
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