The Builders’ Association of India (BAI) will organize a two-day international meet on smart cities from September 23. It will host the event, christened “Smart Cities – A Builder‘s Perspective”, in association with the Confederation Real Estate Developers Association and Mysuru Urban Development Authority (Muda).
About 400 delegates, including top planners, will attend the event, said S Anand, leader of BAI, on Monday. Urban development minister, Vinay Kumar Sorake will inaugurate the programme. District minister V Srinivas Prasad and Muda chairman Mohan Kumar will attend. “The smart city project unveiled by the PM has evoked a lot of interest across the nation. But the project is yet to be fully understood in its entirety and various sectors are striving to understand the roles they have to play in the rollout of the project,” said Anand.
Liming Yu and Jay Paul from the Singapore-based Building and Construction Authority will make presentations at the event. The Building and Construction Authority conceived and executed the Tianjin eco-smart city, seen as an ultimate showcase of a smart city. The other speakers include Lovleen Garg from the under-construction Gujarat International Finance and Tech city. Hariprasad Hegde, the global head of operations, Wipro, will talk on the use of technology in smart cities.
Manjrekar from the American Concrete Institute will talk on smart materials for smart cities. Swapnil Patil, a celebrated urban planner trained at the University of Berkley, and Chandrashekar Hariharan will also speak at the event.