Municipalika organised a three-day exhibition and conference from May 18-20, 2017, at the CIDCO Exhibition Centre, Navi Mumbai. The country has been witnessing focussed initiatives for development of planned, smart, safe, secure, and sustainable cities-through the various urban and housing missions: 100 smart cities, 500 Amrut Cities, Swachh Bharat Mission, and Housing for All with 20 Million Urban Houses by 2022; and the 14th edition of this exhibition for Smart and Sustainable cities in Indiawill provides a wide platform for the industry.
The Chief guests for the event included Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister of Maharashtra; Rajiv Gauba, Secretary Urban Development, Government of India; Manisha Mhaiskar, Principal Secretary, UDII, Government of Maharashtra; Prakash Mehta, Minister of Housing Government of Maharashtra; Shrichand Kriplani, Minister of Urban Development Housing, Government of Rajasthan; HE Nadir Patel, High Commissioner of Canada in India; V. Suresh, Advisor, Good Governance India Foundation, Former Chairman & Managing Director, HUDCO; Dr M Ravi Kanth, Managing Director, HUDCO; Sriram Kalyanaraman, Managing Director & CEO, and National Housing Bank; and Choo Whatt Bin, Executive Director, BCA, Singapore.
The three-day Conference and Exhibition, with the theme of ‘Smart and Sustainable City Solutions’ provided an opportunity to showcase the best solutions for various challenges faced by India’s growing cities one of which is doubling of the urban population from 28 crore in 2001 to over 56 crore by 2021. The Municipalika Exhibition segment is one of the biggest in the country, with over 150 exhibitors showcasing technologies, equipment, products, software and solutions for Smart and Sustainable Cities, covering all facets of urban and housing development and building construction activities.
The Government of Maharashtra was the Host state, and the event was supported by Government of India and its ministries of Urban Development, New and Renewable Energy, Electronics and Information Technology, etc. Canada and Singapore brought forth their rich global experience of decades in creating sustainable and vibrant smart cities with the best practices in planning, design, execution and good governance of cities.
This Expo was a highly researched and a stage to display a wide range of products and services from smart solutions, energy management, environmental management, IT solutions, construction, infrastructure, auto, power, environment and pollution control, safety management, health and sanitation development and much more.
Municipalika 2017 also held 10 conference sessions, some of which included Smart and Sustainable Cities, Safe, Resilient Secure Cities, Sustainably Built Environment and Communities, etc. An interesting feature was that the platform provided for participative cities through interactive sessions with those who are governing and governed for making the citizens and cities to mutually benefit through joint actions.
Municipalika brought together global and local manufacturers, suppliers, consultants and service providers to network and procure the latest solutions and opportunities provided in the market. The expo showcased new age technologies, services and solutions that will pave ways to opportunities, networking, promotion of brands, and a chance to have an informal interaction with Indian and international suppliers, consultants, manufacturers, etc.