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North East NextGen Cities Conclave Held

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Guwahati, November 22, 2014: Under the aegis of the Ministry of Urban Development MoUD), Government of India in collaboration with the Government of Assam, Governance Now organized the ‘North East NextGen Cities Conclave’ at NEDFi Convention Centre at Dispur.

The NextGen Cities Conclave is a part of the series of capacity-building conference of smart cities that Governance Now is organizing across India. The Conclave aimed to explore all technology-enabled next-generation cities that can empower people in government, businesses and the community to create a sustainable urban infrastructure across economic, environmental and social spheres.  

Capt. Robin Bordoloi, Chairman of Guwahati Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) attended the event as Chief Guest. In his speech, the Chairman said that in the context of 100 Smart Cities planned by the government, GMDA has a lot of responsibilities vis-à-vis other cities of the country. All the citizens of the city must inculcate the habits of duty, devotion and discipline in order to develop the concept of Smart City.

Former Secretary, Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India, Dr Sudhir Krishna laid down the roadmap to develop smart cities. In a power point presentation, he identified the objectives of efficiency, transparency, sustainability and inclusiveness to build smart cities.

Additional Chief Secretary, Power Department, V.B. Pyarelal gave the opening remarks of the day-long conference. He said that the concept of smart cities is developing an integrated approach by including solid waste management, transportation, water supply and safety systems along with Public Private Partnership.  

Dr U.N. Bora, Secretary, Urban Development Department, said that the State Government is planning to convert Guwahati, Jorhat, Golaghat, Silchar, Tezpur and Tinsukia into Smart Cities of the state.