Chandigarh: Aimed to explore and showcase innovative solutions that can transform cities into smarter, more sustainable, and inclusive urban spaces, the 4th Elets National Urban Innovation Summit held here today at hotel Lalit.
Hosted by Chandigarh Smart City Ltd. and Municipal Corporation Chandigarh in collaboration with Elets Technomedia, the summit featured prominent speakers, including Sh. Anup Gupta, Mayor of Chandigarh; Ms. Anindita Mitra, IAS, CEO, Chandigarh Smart City Limited and Commissioner, 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, who shared their expertise and set the stage for meaningful dialogue on urban innovation.
Thought leaders, experts, innovators, and stakeholders from the urban development sector gathered for discussions dedicated to the roadmap for integrated, people-centric transformation and redefining urban progress, addressing the complex urban challenges that demand innovative solutions.
Reflecting on Chandigarh's progress, Sh. Anup Gupta, Mayor, Chandigarh, remarked, "Chandigarh is the first planned city of India, rightfully known as 'The City Beautiful.' The technology initiatives like ICCC, SCADA, ATCS, etc., have brought transformative changes in the lives of the city's residents."
During the summit, Commissioner Ms. Anindita Mitra highlighted the endeavors of Chandigarh Smart City Ltd and Municipal Corporation Chandigarh in providing 24*7 availability of water, addressing water leaks, and tackling the city's water woes.
She further emphasized the importance of citizen engagement and proactive involvement in achieving positive outcomes through ICT-based urban innovation.
The summit also saw the launch of a special eGov magazine dedicated to showcasing Chandigarh's remarkable transformation as the best-planned city in India. It recognized and honored urban innovators through a series of awards, celebrating 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), and Associate Partners, including L&T, Canara Bank, Sygmatech, Hitachi, and Tata Projects.
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.