Spotlight on India’s smart city goals at The Big 5 Construct India 2016

August 21, 2016 - How will smart buildings and smart cities change the way we live and work? How can construction professionals improve efficiency and performance through integrated technologies and meet India’s smart city’s goals? These and other questions will be answered at The Big 5 Construct India 2016 during the free-to-attend “Smart buildings to smart cities” workshop on September 28.

At the leading B2B tradeshow for the Indian building and construction community, expert speakers will unveil India’s urban development vision and the unprecedented business opportunities it offers. Last June on the first anniversary of the Smart City mission, which aims at creating 100 new smart cities by 2022, Prime Minister Modi launched in fact of 83 ambitious projects. These include plain slum rehabilitation, and the efficient management of urban services such as water supply, sanitation, housing, waste management and urban mobility.

The Indian Government has also selected 20 cities which will be provided with uninterrupted power and water supplies, proper sanitation and public transport, in a US$ 7.5bn makeover to turn them into smart cities with living standards comparable to Europe. The proposed smart cities include Chennai in the south, a part of New Delhi, tourist destinations of Jaipur and Udaipur, and Bhubaneswar in the East of the country. 

Local companies are already actively supporting India’s smart city goals. Indian developer Xrbia announced a new project to build a hundred smart cities by 2030 providing sustainable housing at 18 locations across the country. Rahul Nahar, founder of Xrbia, explained the rationale behind such an ambitious plan: “It has been predicted that by 2030, our cities will be home to 800 million people. This means that 70% of India’s total population will live in cities.” Building new future-ready cities is therefore the response to a growing and compelling demand.

Running from 28 – 30 September 2016 at the Bombay Exhibition Centre, the fourth edition of The Big 5 Construct India is designed to meet the specific needs of building and construction professionals, showcasing thousands of innovative international and local products. Jointly organised by dmg events and FICCI with the support of the Indian Ministry of Urban Development, the event will host over 300 brands from more than 15 countries across 10,500 sqm of space.

The Event Director, Ashley Roberts, announced that, “This year The Big 5 Construct India 2016 expanded its free educational offer through dozens of workshops, seminars and conferences. A two day Big 5 Conference, a half day seminar by Indian Institute of Architects, one day seminar by American Society of Civil Engineers and 20+ CPD certified technical workshops will bring unprecedented value to all our attendees.”

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