Chandigarh, 18 September 2019:Expressing his views during a Special Plenary Session on Smart, Livable and Sustainable Cities at CII Chandigarh, Mr Kapil Setia, Chief Architect, Chandigarh Administration said “We must synergize the values of people with implementation of urban plans, while dealing with civic issues like water management, air quality, traffic & the like.” He apprised the audience about Chandigarh’s infrastructure as a growing smart city and how the development has been planned phase wise.

Mr Kamal Kishor Yadav, Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, Chandigarh also graced the occasion and said that every city has a USP and the urban planning & infusion of technology should take place in accordance to its culture and affordability of the people. He added that Chandigarh was a planned city but during the course of decades, many issues have risen which the administration is trying to deal with diligently.

Mr Alok Nayar, Builders Association of India opined that to improve infrastructure it is very important to optimise energy usage so that both economic and physical sustainability is attained. Mr Jit Kumar Gupta, IGBC Chandigarh Chapter gave a detailed account of phase wise development of the UT and how re-densification took place at various stages.

Apprising the participants about the upcoming infrastructure & construction exhibition, CII EXCON 2019, Mr Anand Sundaresan, Leader - Excon 2019 Task Force on Roadshows & Vice Chairman, Schwing Stetter India said, “This is the tenth edition of the EXCON and our theme this year is on ‘Smart i-tech- Next Gen India@75’. Excon 2019 will demonstrate the role of smart technologies and innovation in design in the manufacture of nextgen construction equipment and machinery to support the rapid pace of infrastructure development in the country. “

EXCON 2019, scheduled to be held at the Bangalore International Exhibition Centre, Bengaluru from 10-14 December 2019 is spread over 3,00,000 square metres and will have the participation of over 1250 exhibitors including 350+ overseas companies from 25 countries including China, Germany, Italy, South Korea, Turkey, UK & USA among others. The 5-day exhibition would attract over 70,000 business visitors from India and abroad.

Mr Sarvjeet Singh, Chairman, CII Chandigarh Council & Managing Director, Finvasia India Pvt Ltd opined that, “Public-private partnerships (PPP) in infrastructure development is key towards strengthening the industrial ecosystem in the State. He also said that EXCON 2019 with the presence of world class players in the construction equipment sector would offer the best in class technologies and cost effective solutions to infrastructure related projects in States.

Mr Vikram Hans, Past Chairman, CII Chandigarh Council & Managing Director, Multi Overseas India Pvt Ltd and Dr S P S Grewal, Vice Chairman, CII Chandigarh Council & Chief Executive Officer, Grewal Eye Institute Pvt Ltd also graced the occasion and expressed their views during the plenary session.