5th Smart Cities India 2019
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Conference Programme

Day 1: 23 May 2018
Time Conference Room D (Water)
0925 - 0930   Welcome Address:
Mr. Prem Behl, Chairman, Exhibitions India Group
0930-0935   Address by:
H.E. Mr. Daniel Carmon, Ambassador of Israel to India
0935-0945   Keynote Address by:
Shri Durga Shanker Mishra, Secretary, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India
0945-0955   Special Address by:
Shri LC Goyal, IAS (Retd.), Chairman, India Trade Promotion Organisation, India
0955-1005   Inaugural Address by:

Shri Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Hon’ble Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare, Government of India
1005-1025   Shri C R Choudhary, Hon’ble Minister of State for Commerce & Industry, Government of India
1025-1030   Vote of Thanks and Ribbon Cutting:
Mr. Prem Behl, Chairman, Exhibitions India Group
1100-1130 hrs Networking break
1130-1300 hrs PhotogalleryInaugural Conference Session: Implementing Smart Cities…. Transforming India for our Citizens

The objective of the Smart Cities Mission is to promote cities that provide core infrastructure and give a decent quality of life to its citizens, a clean and sustainable environment, and application of 'Smart' Solutions. The focus is on sustainable and inclusive development, and the idea is to look at compact areas, create a replicable model for other cities. Nearly 31% of India's current population live in urban areas, and contribute 63% of India's GDP (Census 2011). Urban areas are expected to house 40% of India's population and contribute 75% of India's GDP by 2030. This requires comprehensive development of physical, institutional, social and economic infrastructure. All are important in improving the quality of life and attracting people and investment, setting in motion a virtuous cycle of growth and development. Development of Smart Cities is a step in that direction. Smart Cities tap a range of approaches - digital and information technologies, urban planning best practices, public-private partnerships, and policy change - to make a difference.

Moderator: Mr. NSN Murty, Partner and Leader, PwC, India

• Mr. Ashish Mathur, Managing Director, JUSCO, India
• Mrs. Tanja Feldmann, Director, Sustainable Urban and Industrial Development, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, India
• Mr. Bhupesh Rathore, President, Strategic Government Advisory, YES BANK, India
• Mr. Rakesh Kumar, Programme Director & Sr. Consultant, International Solar Alliance, India
• Mr. Tanmoy Chakraborty, Group Government Affairs Officer, Tata Sons Ltd., India
• Dr. Sunil Dubey, Senior Advisor, Metropolis, Australia
1300-1400 hrs Lunch
Time Conference Room D (Water)
1400-1515 hrs PhotogalleryStrengthening access to clean drinking water

Access to clean water is a human right, yet billions are still facing daily challenges of accessing the most basic services. Around 1.8 billion people globally use a source of drinking water that is contaminated. Water scarcity affects more than 40% of the global population and is projected to rise. More than 80% of wastewater resulting from human activities is discharged into rivers or sea without any treatment, leading to pollution. It is predicted that by 2050, at least one in four people is likely to live in a country affected by chronic or recurring shortages of fresh water. Universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water, improving water quality, eliminating dumping and minimizing release of hazardous chemicals and materials in to water deposits is coming as a major challenge. All sectors in India substantially need to increase water-use efficiency to ensure sustainable supply of freshwater to address water scarcity. Protection and restoration of water-related ecosystems, including mountains, forests, wetlands, rivers, aquifers and lakes is seriously demanding attention. In this session we will discuss the current trends, ways of international cooperation and capacity-building support for developing countries in water, related activities and programmes for water harvesting, desalination, water efficiency, wastewater treatment, recycling and reuse technologies, participation of local communities etc. to address this challenge.

Chair: Dr. Arvind Kumar, President, India Water Foundation, India

• Mr. Akash Bhavsar, Managing Director, WaterQuest HydroResources Management India Pvt. Ltd., India
• Mr. Tarun Sebastian Nanda, Founder & Principal Engineer, Evolve Engineering
• Mr. Ravindra Sewak, India Country Director, SAFE WATER NETWORK, India
• Mr. RS Rajan, Co-Founder & Director, Livpure, India
• Mr. Raghuvansh Saxena, CEO, Earthwatch Institute, India
• Mr. Vikas Shah, Chief Operating Officer, Water Health, India
• Dr. Vibha Tripathi, CEO, Swajal, India
1515-1530 hrs Networking break
1530 -1645 hrs PhotogalleryRiver rejuvenation: Innovative practices, and the socio-economic impact

India’s water crisis has escalated into a frightening situation over the past years. Multiple reasons have led to the drying up of important rivers of India as the natural process of renewing water resource in many river basins has been disturbed due to drastic use of land, deforestation, increased soil erosion, and siltation. The fact is that the perennial rivers have become seasonal and seasonal rivers have become dry. A notable change in rainfall pattern has also added to India’s water woes. There is a dire need to harvest rainwater and increase water potential both, on surface and sub-surface. Unraveling the natural processes to revive the rivers, identifying the place and types of disturbances in this process and planning scientifically to revive them to their original flow is the concept of river rejuvenation project. Government initiative of “National Water Mission” is planned to ensure integrated water resource management helping to conserve water, minimize wastage and ensure more equitable distribution both across and within states. Is Nationalisation of rivers a solution for this challenge? Or river rejuvenation policy in every state is an better alternative? Or Inter-Linking of Rivers? This session will explore the way out for River Rejuvenation

Chair and Keynote: Shri Rajiv Ranjan Mishra, Director General, National Mission for Clean Ganga, Govt. of India

Special Address: Shri K.C. Naik, Chairman (CC), Central Ground Water Board, India

Keynote Address: Swamini Aditaynada Saraswati, Ganga Action Parivaar, Global Interfaith WASH alliance , Parmarth Niketan , Rishikesh

• Mr. Manu Bhatnagar, Principal Director, INTACH, India
• Ms. Martina Bukard, Project Director, GIZ, India*
• Dr. Harry Virahsawmy, Urban Water Specialist, Alluvium Consulting, Australia

Day 2: 24 May 2018
Time Conference Room D (Water)
1000-1130 hrs Photogallery Smart solutions for wastewater management in liveable cities

Water supply, sanitation and stormwater are integral components and directly interfere with the urban water system, yet they are often not planned or operated in an integrated way. Viewing them as a single system can greatly enhance the utility of water, both in the context of everyday operations and under stress. Minimizing the movement of water, reducing leakage, maximizing reuse and redefining waste as a resource can optimize the productive use of water and reduce pollution. Fostering rural-urban linkages can lead to mutual benefits and synergies at the water-food-energy nexus. Active participation of multiple sectors and communities is required, as is a proactive, holistic urban water planning approach to minimize conflicts and ecological impacts. During the session we will examine how urban form and integration can help minimize water footprints and maximize potential for resource recovery and reuse. Innovative approaches for urban water management will be discussed, including rural-urban linkages that generate mutual benefits/synergies at the water-food-energy nexus.

Chair: Shri Ravi Ranjan Guru, Sr. Executive Director, AIILSG, India

• Mr. Sunil Agarwal, Director, Pune Smart Sanitation City Project, India
• Ms. Monika Bahl, Senior Advisor, GIZ, India
• Mr. Pinaki Bhadury, Business Head, Wipro Water, India
• Ms. Kangkanika Neog, Research Analyst, Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW), India
• Dr. Monalisa Sen, Programme Coordinator (Biodiversity), ICLEI, India
• Mr. Stephen Shelley, Inventive Industrial Designer, Industrial Technology Creations Pty Ltd., Australia
1130 -1145 hrs Networking break
1145 -1315 hrs Photogallery Industrial leadership collaboration for secure water future
As cities are experiencing water shortages and contamination, the world is in need of innovative solutions to address the global water crisis. Cities are thinking about global risks and how to mitigate them, and rethinking urban planning strategies to strengthen resiliency. Utilities are confronted with aging infrastructure, toxic metals, and financial limitations. Companies and academic institutions are developing new water technologies at a rapid rate, and our future generation of water leaders are being trained in water-based careers. Let’s find out that with all these encroaching demographic changes, will the global leaders are able to address multiple issues for a sustainable and secured water future.

Chair: Mr. Shailesh Vickram Singh, Managing Partner, Massive Fund and Founder, GoMassive Accelerator, India

• Ms. Tushara Shankar, General Manager and Head-Corporate Social Responsibility, United Breweries Ltd., India
• Mr. Amit Thakare, Director, Business Development – Smart Water, Asia Pacific, Schneider Electric Software
• Mr. Satya Narayan Ghosh, National Officer / Expert at Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, India
1315-1400 hrs Lunch
1400-1515 hrs Photogallery Plastic waste crisis in urban waterways
In the context of urbanisation and economic growth, there is a tremendous increase in demand for plastics and plastic packaging, particularly in developing and emerging economies. Through littering and illegal dumpsites, this trend results in growing amounts of waste in urban canals and rivers. With around 3 billion people without access to environmentally sound waste management facilities, the thus generated waste threatens human health and ecosystems while also affecting flood control, hydropower stations and urban-rural food systems. In addition, an estimated 8 million tons of plastics leak from land into the ocean every year, worsening the marine litter problem. This increasing plastics pollution of urban waterways demands new, systemic solutions. The expert speakers will discuss the governance and infrastructure of integrated municipal solid waste management, the importance of packaging design to prevent plastics from leaking and the potential of wastewater valorisation in a circular economy by exploring the synergies between the waste, water and plastics sectors to create a system that keeps plastics in the economy, and out of urban riverine and canal systems

Moderator: Mr. Ashish Sachdeva, Founder, Green Dream Foundation, India

• Ms. Divya Ravichandaran, Founder, Skrap, India
• Ms. Swati Singh Sambyal, Programme Manager, Environmental Governance -Waste Management, CSE, India
• Ms. Meenakshi Sharma, Founder, Use Me - Upcycling, India
• Ms. Lakshmi Selvakumaran, Head, Green trails, Training and Induction, Indiahikes, India
• Mr. Manik Thapar, Founder, Eco Wise Waste Management Pvt. Ltd., India
• Ms. Manju Minhas, Senior Project Manager, PickMyTrash/ Chintan, India
1515-1530 hrs Networking break
1530-1645 hrs Photogallery Best Practices in Wastewater Reuse
Given global implications of water scarcity and increased water demand, we must offset freshwater consumption and protect water as a precious resource. Water reuse, converting wastewater into new water streams for businesses and communities alike, is the world’s greatest opportunity to help overcome water availability challenges. Globally, on average, high-income countries treat 70% of generated wastewater. However, less than 4% of wastewater is reused. Existing technology can help achieve greater levels of reuse in all regions of the world. This session will discuss the economic and environmental benefits of water reuse and how technologies can drive effective, financially-successful reuse programs.

Chair: Mr. VR Raman, Head of Policy, WaterAid, India

• Mr. Karthikeyan Kanakabal, Product Manager, MBR, QUA Water Technologies Pvt. Ltd., India
• Mr. Ajay Pradhan, PhD, President & CEO, Cetus Consulting Solution Services Pvt Ltd., India

Day 3: 25 May 2018
Time Conference Room D (Water)
1000-1200 hrs Smart Village Conclave Session 1

9.30 - 10.00: Registration and Tea

10.00 – 11.00

Opening Session: Making of Smart Villages for a Sustainable Future

Welcome Address: Mr. Prem Behl, Chairman, Exhibitions India Group, India

Special Address by:
• Sh. Shekhar Dutt Vice President, IIPA, SM, IAS (Retd.) Former Governor of Chattisgarh
• Dr. T. Chatterjee IAS (Retd.), Director, Indian Institute of Public Administration
• Dr. N.C Saxena, Advisor, UNDP; Former Secretary- Planning Commission

Keynote Address by: Sh. Amarjeet Sinha, Secretary, Ministry of Panchayati Raj, GoI*

Chief Guest Address: Hon’ble Sh. Narendra Singh Tomar, Minister of Rural Development, Panchayati Raj and Mines, GoI*

Concluding Remarks: Dr. Shashank Ojha, Task Team Leader,Transport and Digital Development Practice, The World Bank, India*

11.00 – 12:00

Session II: Overview and Current Scenario of Villages

Chair: Dr. (Ms.) Vinita Sharma Former Head, Science for Equity Empowerment and Development(SEED) DST, Technology Bhawan, India

• Prof. P.K Chaubey, Director, Institute of Management Science, Lucknow University, India*
• Mr. Amitava Ghosh, Founder of KALAMANDIR – CCAF, Jamshedpur Area, India Arts and Crafts
• Mr. Atul Kumar Tiwari, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India*
• Prof. (Ms.) Padma Vasudevan Sr. Professor (Retd.) Centre for Rural Development and Technology, IIT-D

Sarpanch Speaks:
• Smt Pushpa Devi, Sarpanch Gram Panchayat Raj Papaur, Prakhan Pachrukhi
• Dr. Vishnu Rajgadia, Director, Jharkhand Foundation
• Shri Gaurav Shrivastav, Sarpanch Barod Village (Agra)
1200-1215 hrs Networking break
1215-1415 hrs 12.15 – 13.15
Session III: Grassroots Participation and Transformation villages using Technology

Chair: Dr. Charru Malhotra, Associate Professor ( e-Governance and ICT), Indian Institute of Public Administration, Delhi.

• Mr. Gaurav Dwivedi IAS, Director General of Chhattisgarh Administration Academy, Raipur
• Prof. ( Ms.) Ramanjit Kaur Johal, Professor & Chairperson, Department of Public Administration Associate Director, Research Promotion Cell, Vice-Chancellor's Office
• Mr. Amitabh Ranjan, Coordinator-Computer, Centre, Indian Institute of Public Administratiion, India

Sarpanch Speaks:
• Ms Mona Kourav, Sarpanch Saduparna Village (MP)
• Mr. Ajay Kumar Singh, Mukhiya, Bundu Panchayat
• Shri Ajay Singh Yadav, Sarpanch, Dharnai Village (Dist Jehanabad)

13.15 – 14.15
Session IV: Empowering the Villagers

Chair: Prof. V.K.Sharma Professor, Indian Institute of Public Administration, India

• Mr. Rajesh Aggarwal, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Govt. of India*
• Mr. Manik M. Jolly, CEO, GRID, India
• Mr. Osama Manzar, Founder &Director, Digital Empowerment Foundation*
• Prof. (Ms.) Sushma Yadav, Professor, Public Policy and Governance, Indian Institute of Public Administration, India
• Speaker from Sun Moksh

Sarpanch Speaks:
• Ms Ritu Pandram, Sarpanch of Sarbahara Village, Chhattisgarh
• Ms Smriti, Sarpanch, UP
1315-1400 hrs Lunch
1400-1600 hrs PhotogallerySmart Cities India Awards 2018

Smart Cities India Awards is an annual event designed to felicitate, recognize and encourage individuals, policy makers, companies, government bodies and associations working behind the successful execution of the mammoth dream of developing 100 smart cities and rejuvenation of 500 cities in India. With its 3rd iteration, the award recognizes pioneering projects that aim to make cities more liveable, sustainable and economically viable by honouring best practices and models in the smart cities concept. The objective is to foster development of future cities enhancing quality of life, innovation, competitiveness and efficient management.
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