Pooja Goyal:

 Chandigarh, February 8, 2019: Chandigarh city is suffering from visual pollution because of the illogical decisions being taken by the local administration in the name of development and beautification. Architect Surinder Bahga, who is also the Member, Advisory Committee on UT’s, Ministry of Home Affairs was speaking at the architects’ seminar on ‘Smart Cities: Concepts and Reality’ which was held here today at Parade Ground, Sector 17, in which 15 professionals were also felicitated by Indian Institute of Architects (IIA) for their services.

The seminar was a part of four-day interior-exterior show, INT-EXT Expo 2019 which was inaugurated today at Parade Ground, Sector 17, Chandigarh by V.P. Singh Badnore, UT Administrator and Punjab GovernorThis mega show is being organized by Indian Institute of Architects, Punjab Chapter, and Udan Media & Communications Pvt Ltd. The exhibition breaks down into three sections, each covering a different facet of Architecture, Construction & Home Décor.

Bahga said Chandigarh Administration was not taking the residents of Chandigarh into confidence because of which certain decisions were being taken without a reasoning. He said one such example was that of underpasses which was nothing but wasteful spending as they are not required in city.

“Instead the administration should be concerned about deterioration in concrete surfaces which need restoration. There are unwanted railings which are coming up and spoiling city’s aesthetics and heritage signboards are not being restored. Rather monstrous new signboards are being installed”, he added.

While speaking on the occasion G.S. Dhillon, Director, Udan Media and Communications Pvt. Ltd. said this seminar was a platform where industry professionals and the public can interact. He added with over 300 architects coming together

Mr Navdeep Asija, Traffic Advisor, Punjab and Founder Ecocabs, while giving a presentation, ‘Chandigarh- From Moving Vehicles to Moving People’, said, “We need to work on the strategies to mobilize people than mobilizing vehicles via encouraging public transport and discouraging personal transport for Chandigarh.  If we continue with the same vehicular growth pattern, by 2030, we will be requiring two Chandigarh, one for a living and another for parking. It is high time to bring this change the philosophy of transportation for Chandigarh.”

Architect Sanjay Goel, Chairman IIA-Punjab Chapter who is also one of the Directors of Ludhiana Smart City Ltd. while giving presentation on ‘Smart Mobility in Cities’, explained in detail importance of smart mobility in cities, how cities can grow further with fast movement of humans through vehicles like in bigger cities of other developed countries. He compared the mobility of few Indian cities including Chandigarh, Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Ludhiana, Hyderabad etc. Smart Mobility is very important for smart citizens in smart cities.

Ashwani Luthra, Professor, Guru Ramdas School of Planning, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, spoke on the issues concerning Smart Transport Options in the context of Smart Cities Mission. He said, “Analysis of Urban Structure and Traffic Conditions of Amritsar super imposed by the Public Transport Provisions made recently to cater the needs of the city residents and the tourists shall be taken as an experience to suggest viable transport options for Chandigarh. Analysis of Chandigarh’s urban structure reveals that it is an energy efficient city with respect to the travel requirements. But its inability to adopt to the changing technologies and advanced transport options has been causing the traffic woes to it. Modernization, augmentation and optimization of existing bus transport system is suggested to be the best solution to suit the urban structure, road network and citizen’s aspirations of the city.”

Dr Tej Karki, a Planner said, “The residents and professionals need to think on how to make our cities efficient and live-able. The hardest part of this endeavour is to figure out what is the ‘smart’ that best serves our local needs, and that offers equal opportunities to all including poor, illiterate, under-served, and disable. We all fellow architects should come out of the ‘tunnel-vision of site planning and design’ box, and think on how to create human-need-driven, inclusive, and environment-responsive smart-city.”

 Dr. Nirmita Mehrotra, Head of Department of Architecture & Planning Gautam Buddha University Greater Noida said, “With increasing use internet and web technologies, cities have changed to digitally maneuvered intelligent cities. Considering the supportive and core role that urban big data plays in expounding all urban sectors of urban development i.e. infrastructure support, governance, monitoring environmental pollutions, urban mobility, energy management, dealing with emergency & crisis situation, growth of e-commerce, innovation & facilitation and solve critical social, economic and ecological problems, it is imperative to use urban planning profession as data driven and urban informatics as planning tool in promoting city intelligence through urban big data applications.

 

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