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.
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