Chandigarh, July 31 (Pooja Goyal) :-

Taking a local bus ride in the city to reach your office is soon going to be a preferred choice of residents as Chandigarh Transport Undertaking is soon going to provide access to real time data of the buses plying on local routes. This means that you can see on your phone which seat is vacant in which bus, what is its movement on the road and even how is the traffic situation on that particular route, so that you can reach as fast as possible.

All these future applications were discussed at length on the second day of the Chandigarh Smart City Conclave, hosted by the Municipal Corporation at JW Marriot,  that concluded today. More than 40 IAS officers participated in the international conference including a batch of 25 IAS officers who are undergoing training at the IAS training ground in Mussorrie.

Techniques of modern surveillance, ways to reduce traffic congestion, smart apps that will provide real time information regarding traffic on your phone were discussed in the session “Tech led transport and infrastructure transformation for building smart cities” which was moderated by Principal Secretary, transport from Gujarat. Amit Talwar, additional secretary transport, UT Chandigarh said, “ We do not need huge infrastructure to be really smart. What is more important is that we use the resources available at hand, the smart way.”

Lalit Jain, Commissioner, Dharamshala spoke about the various aspects of effective waste management for sustainable urban development. Stressing on the need for public participation and challenges that civic bodies face he said that behavioural change among residents will strengthen the hands of the civic bodies as rising population is leading to increase in waste being generated and its environment friendly processing.

Dr PS Bhatti, Medical Officer of Health, Municipal Corporation gave a presentation on the various ways that the city is processing its waste even as the Joint Commissioner, MC Chandigarh, Capt. Manoj Khatri, who moderated the session, spoke about the challenges that the civic body is facing like a legal battle being fought in the National Green Tribunal to streamline the working of the waste processing plant set up in private partnership. “ We have come afar and still have a long way to go,” said Manoj Khatri, adding, “ We have an ambition to address all the concerns of the residents and make the city cleanest and an example for others to emulate.”

Amneet P Kumar, Mission Director, National Health Mission, Haryana highlighted all the initiatives taken by the state government in recent years that have reformed the health set up in the state and given the common man access to advanced techniques and state of the art treatment at government centers. “ We have started smart care centres for new mothers and are reaching out to people in the remote areas for increasing the institutional deliveries,”she said.

Haryana was given the award of Best Health Care Services in the Government Sector which was given away by the Chandigarh Home Secretary, Anurag Aggarwal. Thanking Elets Technomedia for organizing the conclave on behalf of the Municipal Corporation he said, “ There is need for such a platform where the government, industry and elected representatives can share knowledge and learn from each other,”he said.

Municipal Commissioner, Sh. B. Purushartha, IAS, the force behind the Conclave gave a vote of thanks saying that the conclave brought together senior bureaucrats, industry and international experts on a common platform and will help the MC take better decisions on various things in future. Mayor of Chandigarh Smt. Asha Jaswal who was also present at the valedictory session thanked all the councilors for listening to opinions of experts dedicatedly for two days.

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