The UT Administration is all set to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) to seek their expertise in the smart city project.
Secretary Industries, Anurag Agarwal, who was delivering an address at the CII Green Buildtech Conference in the city Friday, said the MoU would likely be signed on August 25.
“CII will help us prepare the smart city proposal that will be vital for receiving central grant under phase 1 of the smart city mission. After selection, CII will also help us in the execution of infrastructure work,” said Agarwal.
“To transform Chandigarh into a smart city, it is also important that all key stakeholders such as industry, institutions, hospitals, commercial establishments, schools, colleges, and citizens work in tandem and adopt concepts which are energy-efficient, self-reliable, and have negligible carbon footprints,” emphasised Agarwal.
Santosh Kumar, Chief Executive Officer, Chandigarh Renewal Energy, Science and Technology Promotion Society (CREST), said that a target of generating 1,00,000 MW solar energy, which had been set by the Government of India, could never be achieved without support from the residents of Chandigarh.
“The green agenda needs concerted and collaborative efforts of all stakeholders. To promote growth in the most sustainable manner in Chandigarh, it is imperative to make the processes more participatory and sustainable,” he added.
Amarbir Singh, Chairman, CII Chandigarh Council, said, “CII Chandigarh Council’s endeavour is to ensure that Chandigarh continues to be a sustainable and vibrant centre of economic activity and offers a good quality of life to its residents. We believe that Chandigarh has the right ingredients to be the first green, smart city of India.”
The gathering included architects, town planners, builders, developers, civil engineers and contractors.