Industry experts will unveil India’s urban development vision and the unprecedented business opportunities it offers at The Big 5 Construct India 2016, where exhibitors from India, Germany, Italy, Malaysia, Russia, Turkey, the UAE and the UK among others will display the latest and most innovative construction products. Organised by dmg events Middle East, Asia & Africa, the leading B2B tradeshow for the Indian building and construction community will take place from 28 to 30 September 2016 at the Bombay Exhibition Centre; entrance to the exhibition will be free.
“The Government has already allocated US$ 1.5 billion to begin the roll-out of the Smart Cities Mission, upgrading and renewing the urban infrastructures in 98 key Indian cities,” Manoj Datta, Chartered Architect and Urban Planner, and speaker at The Big 5 Construct India 2016 said. The first 20 cities which will be provided with uninterrupted power and water supplies, proper sanitation and public transport, were identified in the States of Gujarat, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Delhi.
Last June, on the first anniversary of the Smart City Mission that aims at creating 100 new smart cities by 2022, Prime Minister Modi also launched 83 new projects. These include plain slum rehabilitation and the efficient management of urban services such as water supply, sanitation, housing, waste management and urban mobility.
Local companies are already actively supporting India’s smart city goals. Rahul Nahar, Founder of Indian developer Xrbia, announced a new project to build a hundred smart cities by 2030 providing sustainable housing at 18 locations across the country. Building new future-ready cities is the response to a growing and compelling demand: “It has been predicted that by 2030, our cities will be home to 800 million people. This means that 70% of India’s total population will live in cities”, Nahar explained.
“India's major concern is its ever increasing population and the demand that comes with it”, Nidhi Gupta, Project Manager at EDS Global, confirms. According to Ms. Gupta, who will be presenting free workshops on smart cities, the life cycle cost analysis of buildings, and the WELL Building Rating System at The Big 5 Construct India 2016, India's smart cities can become replicable models for other developing countries as well.
“In my viewpoint, there is no ‘one shoe fits all’ kind of a solution. Smart is not only better technology as perceived today. To be truly successful, smart cities must be design driven through active community participation that takes into consideration cultural diversity as well”, Ms. Gupta stated.
Residential Construction is expected to remain the largest contributor to the Indian Construction Industry. “There are ample emerging opportunities for both local and foreign investors in India: a KPMG study suggests in fact that a total of 110 million new homes will be built in both urban and rural areas by 2022”, Mr. Datta added.