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The Jharkhand government is

making all efforts in building Ranchi as a smart city, said

Urban Development, Housing and Transport Department Minister C

P Singh here Monday.

Inaugurating a workshop on 'Sustainable Urban

Development' here, Singh said he was looking forward to

receiving inputs from the conference which he hoped would help

the government in its mission of building the state capital as

a smart city.

The two-day conference is being conducted as part of

the Indo-German Smart Cities Workshop series, organized by

Heidelburg University, Impact and Policy Research Institute

and Observer Research Organisation.

The state government's Urban Development and Housing

Department, Ranchi Smart City Corporation Ltd, the Central

University of Jharkhand and the Indian Institute of

Management, Ranchi, are also collaborating for the conference,

which is the first of a kind in the city.

Delivering the special address, Jharkhand Chief

Secretary Sudhir Tripathi said that while the government is

keen to build the cities as engines of growth, it would also

give special attention to maintaining environmental balance.

Concrete structures will have to be balanced with

environment, he said.

Since building the smart city is a

multi-dimensional exercise with multi-stakeholders, Tripathi

said it is a big challenge and easier said than done.

Quoting the chief minister, he said the USP of Ranchi

smart city has to be Ranchi itself. It should have all the

characteristics of the city.

Ajoy Kumar Singh, Principal Secretary, Urban

Development & Housing Department, said the work being done at

present in the mission and plan for undertaking more projects.

He said the city would be built in an integrated way

with all the digging, construction and infrastructure works

taken up in tandem to avoid repeated constructions and


He said the government has adopted a model tried

successfully in Pune -- the area side approach to develop

cities in Ranchi as well as other towns in the state.

Ranchi Deputy Mayor Sanjeev Vijaywargiya hoped the

inputs of the conference would help the city government in

building an inclusive, smart city.

In jis opening remarks, Dr Radu Carciumaru, Resident

Representative of Heidelberg University, said a series of such

workshops have been organised in many parts of the country

inxluding Bhubaneswar, Coimbatore, Mumbai and Aizwal.

CEO of Ranchi Smart City Corporation Ltd, Ashish

Sanghmar, said the best and smart practices being followed by

his team would also help in improving the governance practices

of other government agencies, not only in Ranchi but other

cities as well.

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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