Industry Leaders Discuss the Roadmap to India’s Smart Cities
Washington, DC: Mr. Sanjay Puri, Chairman of the US-India Political Action Committee (USINPAC), hosted a panel discussion between key industry experts and visiting Member of Parliament, Ms. Poonam Mahajan. Ms. Mahajan represents Mumbai's influential and dynamic North Central constituency in the Indian state of Maharashtra. The panel of experts brainstormed ideas on the opportunities and challenges in the development of smart cities, especially in the state of Maharashtra.
Notable attendees included industry leaders like Vikram Chauhan, founding member of USINPAC and Chairman of DEFTIAC an advisory NGO for defense and security technology collaboration between US and India, Pedro B. Ortiz, visiting Professor at Milano Politecnico University (Italy), Dr. Indu Singh, VP and Head of Washington DC operations for Los Alamos Technical Associates (LATA), Jeff Craven, Partner at Thompson Coburn LLPs Corporate and Securities practice group and co-chair of the firm's Media and Internet group, Scott McIntyre, managing partner at PWC’s among others.
Mr. Sanjay Puri welcomed Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s ambitious endeavor in creating 100 smart cities in India, in using intelligent design and digital technology to create safe and sustainable living and working spaces of the future for its rapidly growing and urbanizing population.
Ms. Poonam Mahajan remarked that Maharashtra is uniquely poised to embrace the Smart City India (SCI) initiative, as 10 of its cities are shortlisted in phase 1 of the project. Ms. Mahajan noted that the Maharashtra State government is working on independent models considering regional and local complexities and welcomed American industry experts to collaborate, invest and share best practices and innovation in technology in not only developing 10 smart cities but also 100 smart villages in Maharashtra. Ms. Mahajan also spoke about building a hospital, on the lines of the ASPCA, first of its kind in India through ‘People For Animals’, a project close to her heart.
Mr. Vikram Chauhan an early champion of the smart city initiative cautioned that instead of focusing only on resource-dependent infrastructure development, conceptualization and implementation of smart cities should be built on ideas, vision and input from all stakeholders including consumers, service providers, and public-private partners.
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