Exposure tour: Liveable Leh Strategic Planning team at Municipalika 2018

The Strategic Planning team during an exposure tour participated in Municipalika, an international platform to evolve, evaluate and share policies, strategies, cutting edge technologies and innovations towards Smart and Sustainable living in cities, from 19th to 21st September at Bombay Exhibition Centre Goregaon East, Mumbai.

Through the Exhibition and Conference, it aimed at providing a mega-networking forum for governments, experts, entrepreneurs and service providers to collectively find solutions to urban challenges.

The opening session of the conference was inaugurated by Hardeep Singh Puri, Minister of State (I/C) of Housing and Urban Affairs, Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Nadir Patel, High Commissioner of Canada in India and Durga Shankar Mishra, Secretary, Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs Govt. of India.

The members of the Liveable Leh Strategic Planning Committee who attended the event were Dr Zahida Bano, CEO Leh Development Authority (LDA), Rigzin Spalgon, Administrator, Municipal Committee Leh (MCL), Sonam Chosjor, Assistant Commissioner (Revenue), Abdul Gaffar Zargar, Executive Officer, Municipal Committee Kargil, Abdul Mutalib, Executive Engineer, R & B, Tundup Dorjey, Assistant Administrator MCL, Deleks Namgial, General Secretary, All Ladakh Tour Operators Association (ALTOA), Stanzin Norboo, Secretary, ALTOA, Rishav Paul, Coordinator Planning and Development, Smanla Dorje Nurboo, Urban planner and Sunil Kraleti, Urban planner.

Post-lunch, there was discussion on sustainable and progressive cities in which the experts talkled about best practices, ease of doing business and resource mobilisation and financial management. There was also a smart cities conclave following which there was a talk about resilient cities and public safety, which included discussion on disaster mitigation and management, community-based security support systems, and policing, surveillance command and control centres. The concluding session on the first day was on regulatory frameworks for safe, sustainable built environment, in which the experts talked about provisions in building regulations, development control rules and codes to permit innovative options, national building code 2016 review, and safe construction and quality standards.

The second day began with a session on healthy cities: integrated water management and waste water treatment and management, where there was discussion on water supply, treatment and distribution, water metering-technologies, waste water recycling, ground water and river rejuvenation, arsenic fluoride and salinity issues, reduction of T&D losses and NRWn. Thereafter the experts talked about healthy cities: waste water treatment and management in which they discussed about waste water treatments, STPs and various technologies, and waste water recycling and reuse. In another hall, there was discussion in digital cities: E-governance roadmap and Geo-spatial solutions for urban planning, Geo-Spatial solutions for Indian cities in which there was discussion on innovative use of GIS-GPS in city management, infrastructure design using geo-spatial technology. In another adjacent hall, there was discussion on green buildings in which the experts talked about energy saving design, innovative use of recycled materials, building automation, light, ventilation and air conditioning, green products and landscape: soft and hardscape.

Post-lunch, there was discussion on health cities: sanitation for all, where the experts discussed about progress of Swachh Bharat Mission, ODF(Open Defaecation Free) issues and solutions, design and technologies involved in public toilets and school toilets. The experts also discussed about pollution-free cities and passive design for energy efficiency. Keeping in view the rampant use of cement and concrete for construction of buildings, there was also a discussion on innovations in the use of cement, concrete and composites, construction chemicals and performance enhancers.

On the concluding day, the discussion began with humane cities: PMAY challenges and way forward and housing finance in which the experts talked about mortgage and project financing options, affordable and good quality housing for all. There was also a discussion on connected cities in which the experts talked about paradigm shift in urban mobility with effective public transportation, transport and traffic infrastructure and parking, non-motorised development and walkability, EV cars and buses, transit oriented development, technology-led transport services, safety and traffic management technologies.

There was also an interesting talk on renewable energy in which there was a discussion on the use of solar, wind, biomass and other renewable sources to power cities. Thereafter, the experts discussed about integrated cities: self-contained cities and new town developments.

There were few takeaways from the event and meetings of the Planning Committee, such as use of oil and grease traps at every storm drain discharge points, construction and demolition waste policy in Leh, procurement of Tata Ace Hopper Tippers for Pangong and Nubra, and procurement of cubicles for the Public Toilet at New Bus Stand which is currently being implemented by LDA with the help of LEDeG.

With participation from more than 1600 delegates, international country pavilions, state pavilions and Municipal Corporations displaying initiatives undertaken for their cities along with participation from 5000+ urban professionals and 170+ solution providers exhibiting their technologies, Municipalika 2018 was one of the largest platforms in the country for promoting business in the sector of Smart and Sustainable City Solutions.