Brainstorming session on “Smart Cities Index”

March 9-10, 2015 | Monday
Mohali, India
Open to Public
Punj Lloyd Institute of Infrastructure Management is developing a “Smart Cities Index” and it held a kick-off brainstorming workshop on 9th-10th March, 2015 at the Mohali Campus. The Institute’s foray into “Smart Cities” starting with this research on ranking of smart cities is concordant with the Government’s policy focus and priority on developing “100 smart cities” to meet the challenges of growing urbanization in India over the next decades. The purpose of a “smart cities index” shall be to rank cities in India in terms of equity, efficiency and sustainability across aspects such as the city’s physical, social, human and environmental capital. In addition, it helps cities position themselves in the country and encourages them to improve upon various aspects, thus bringing in a much needed element of competitiveness amongst them.

The purpose of the workshop was to bring together various leaders from the academia and industry that are engaged in different infrastructure sectors to brainstorm on the factors and indicators that would go into such an index. The workshop was attended by an optimal mix of top leaders and young participants from corporate entities such as Infrastructure Leasing and Financial Services (IL&FS), Punj Lloyd Limited and Solar Energy India Private Limited, Industry Associations such as Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Multilateral agencies such as the World Bank, NGOs such as Embarq and think-tanks / academic institutions such as the National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA), CEPT University, Institute of Urban Transport (IUT), Future Cities, C-Quest, Next Wave Global Solutions and NICMAR, in addition to participants from the Bharti Institute and Max Institute of ISB.