The first state edition of India Infrastructure Summit kicks off in Madhya Pradesh

The state edition of the India Infrastructure Summit (IIS) was recently inaugurated in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. The event was held at Courtyard by Marriot on 21st June 2019. The theme of the event was Executable Intelligence, which stands for all the ideations that can be executed keeping the framework of our country’s multi-diversity culture and population in mind. The event was inaugurated by Jaiwardhan Singh, Hon’ble Minister.

This edition of India Infrastructure Summit at Bhopal was attended by members from the academia and government apart from other stakeholders, all of whom put forth their views on various topics. In the inaugural address, Singh spoke about how the India Infrastructure Summit, State Edition is a landmark event for the infrastructure and development sectors and that the inputs shared are of immense value.

Rajaneesh Dasgupta, Director General, Association of India Infrastructure (India)

Speaking at the event, Rajaneesh Dasgupta, Director General, Association of Infrastructure Industry (India), said, “Madhya Pradesh is at the cusp of stupendous progress, and this cannot be complete without the development of infrastructure. However, development is also dependent on new and sustainable ideas and innovations, which can only happen when experts and stakeholders from the field of infrastructure brainstorm together. The summit is an effort to provide them with this platform and encourage idea sharing and execution.”

The first session focused on the real estate scenario in India and its implications on the state of Madhya Pradesh, Bhopal. Sessions two and three gave perspectives on how to create livable cities in the state and development of better infrastructure. The other subsequent sessions were focused towards everything from public and surface transport to the concept of smart cities. The speakers gave some very interesting insights on these issues.

Speakers also spoke about building a community system where issues such as mobility, housing, employment opportunities, education and wellness are designed in an integrated manner, to the contentment of every individual. They discussed how this can be enabled if there is a planned shift in the concept of co-existing. An interesting conversation on Smart Cities was organised towards the end of the event.

(Right To Left) DG AII (India) Rajaneesh Dasgupta, Mayank Saxena, Pushpraj Singh, President, JK Cement Ltd

The event deliberated on how the government and ministries can work closely with communities in incentivising the usage of a product or service and provide added benefits to encourage this move. India’s infrastructure is set to take a quantum leap and it needs about 1.5 trillion over the next 10 years to bridge the infrastructure gap. The event was thus an attempt to mobilise the community in this direction. Going forward, the Association of Infrastructure Industry (AII) (India) aims to introduce more relevant themes in conjunction with the changing themes and landscape.

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