Top Companies are Associated with the Project
In the first week of April, A new Samrt City Innovation will be commencing at Punjab Engineering College (PEC). Originally it was started as a workshop. The Smart City Workshop was organized by Punjab Engineering College or the PEC University of Technology on Wednesday, 22nd February 2017. Multiple numbers of companies will be coming to the college in the first week of April. Companies like Nokia, IBM, Intel, CISCO, Videocon, Larsen and Toubro, SAP, Sterlite, Dell - EMC, Wipro, Infosys and many others will be attending the event at Punjab Engineering College in the first week of April 2017.
A Smart City with a Difference
The participants discussed how the objective is to provide core infrastructure and give a good quality of life to citizens, a clean and sustainable environment through the application of ‘smart’ solutions. Infrastructure services will include transport, public safety, traffic management, water, power, waste disposal, lighting, telecom, and e-governance where these companies would lend their suggestions.Anurag Agarwal, the UT home secretary, who was the chief guest on the occasion, stated that Chandigarh is on the way to becoming not just a Smart City but a city with a difference, as it qualifies the criterion by just the way it was planned and stands the test of smartness even today.
Surbhi Malik, additional commissioner, Ludhiana, talked about the Smart City planning in Ludhiana as a good example. She pointed out that the definition of a Smart City is variable depending upon the interpretation of its citizens.
Purushottam Kaushik (Senior Adviser, McKinsey) expounded upon the practical side of the project and explained that SCIC is a partnership with industry, with the government support and industry acumen to deliver smart solutions to the city making it technologically advanced and independent.
MC Commissioner Baldeo Purushartha, who is also CEO of Smart City, emphasized Chandigarh’s key parameters that give it an edge over other cities and that will make urban planning an exciting but attainable challenge. Some suggestions he put forth included watershed management and power distribution. Smart power meters, energy-efficient systems, low pollution systems, solid waste management and smart infrastructure were some other areas that were focused on.
“Four sectors —17, 22, 35 and 43 — will be developed first under the project as per our blueprint, and will be taken up as special cases under the Area-Based Development (ABD) plan,” said Purushartha.