NextGen Cities Lucknow

The debate about urban renewal and planning cities of the future, the Smart Cities, is conducted within the boundaries of governance, infrastructure and technology. However, this debate often ignores the most critical fourth dimension, the people who define the city. Governance Now NextGen Cities Conclave, with focus on Technologies for People-centric Urban Development aims to relocate the debate and take it back to basics that governance, infrastructure and technology are but tools to enable citizens to unlock their potential to create cities of their imagination and need.


Taking the initiative to create better city infrastructure in Uttar Pradesh, Chief Minister Shri Akhilesh Yadav is already keen to have new cities that would decongest populated cities that fall along the expressway between Lucknow and Agra. He has already announced plans to develop four new “smart” townships along the six-lane expressway project between Agra and Lucknow that would come up along the 302-km access-controlled expressway with private partnership would focus on providing online services and automation of various facilities.


Besides, Uttar Pradesh is also looking at upgrading city infrastructure in Allahabad and Varanasi and to convert them as a “smart city”. While the state government is reported to have already signed memorandum of understandings (MoUs) with United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) to develop Allahabad, the Government of India has signed an MOU with Japan to develop Varanasi as a smart heritage city based on the Kyoto model. The others in the list are: Jhansi, Kanpur and Faizabad.


With the draft concept note on Smart City Scheme clearly identifying institutional infrastructure, physical infrastructure and social infrastructure as the three pillars of next generation urban development, it is clear that the cities of tomorrow will be a mix of smart infrastructure and smart government that can empower people in government, businesses, and the community through innovation to build a more sustainable city across economic, environmental, and social spheres. The initiative assumes more importance as the contribution of urban areas to the India’s GDP has already crossed the 60% mark and is expected to touch 75% by 2031.


The NextGen Cities Conclave aims to explore the socio-psychological aspects of technology-enabled next-generation cities that can empower people in government, businesses and the community to create a more sustainable urban infrastructure across economic, environmental, and social spheres.


Broad Themes

With the world undergoing a massive urbanisation and more and more people moving to cities to build better lives — not just to seek better jobs but also for higher education and advanced innovation in healthcare, science, and energy — the engines of new ideas and businesses that drive breakthroughs and economic growth.


Key Discussion Points
  • Intelligent urban infrastructure
  • Smart economic infrastructure
  • Adequate sanitation facilities
  • Waste and sewerage management system
  • Public safety infrastructure
  • Efficient citizen service delivery
  • Intelligent & integrated transportation management system
  • Smart utilities: energy and water management solutions
  • Education, health and social services
  • Sustainable & environment friendly development



Date: 06 May 2015
Vivanta by Taj, Lucknow
09:30 AM – 10:00 AM Registration
Inaugural Session
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Welcome Note by Shri Kailash Adhikari, Director, SAB Group
Opening Address: Shri Sadakant, Principal Secretary, Department of Urban Planning and Housing, Uttar Pradesh
Special Address: Dr. Sudhir Krishna, Former Secretary, Ministry of Urban Development
Keynote Address: By Chief Guest Shri Alok Ranjan, Chief Secretary, Uttar Pradesh
11:00 AM – 11:15 AM Networking Tea
Plenary 1
11:15 AM – 11:30 AM Presentation: Technology solutions for smart city & smart governance
Commander Avanish Dureha, Industry Director, Defense & Public Security, SAP
11:30 AM – 11:45 AM Presentation: Financing smart city development Ms. Mehnaz Ansari, USTDA Representative, India
11:45 AM – 12:30 PM Panel discussion
Integrated urban planning and development
For a livable and economically viable Smart City, it is important to have participation of all stakeholders, including departments in the planning process. Seamless integration of transport with commercial and residential zones, last mile connectivity, safety and security, environment sustainability and disaster preparedness are all important for developing of the NextGen cities. The Panel will delve upon how the city planners can work more cohesively for making cities smarter and better.

Moderator: Dr. Sudhir Krishna, Former Secretary, Ministry of Urban Development
Shri Sadakant, Principal Secretary, Department of Housing & Urban Planning, Uttar Pradesh
Dr Devesh Chaturvedi, Principal Secretary, UP Planning Department
Shri Mukesh Meshram, Managing Director, UPSRTC
Shri Kumar Keshav, Managing Director, Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation
Shri N R Verma, Advisor, Awas Bandhu, Housing & Urban Planning Department
12:30 PM – 12:40 PM Q & A
Plenary 2
12:40 PM – 12:55 PM Presentation: Developing fire safe cities
Shri D K Shami, Advisor – Fire, Ministry of Home, Government of India
Shri Pranvendra Rao, Joint Director, UP Fire Service
12:55 PM – 01:40 PM Panel discussion
Strengthening institutional infrastructure for better citizen service delivery in NextGen cities
A city could be as good as institutions running it. The governance reforms related to urban local bodies is inevitable part of city governance. Empowered and smart institutions provide for better health services, housing for poor, physical safety and security and participatory decision making. The Panel will deliberate on how technology can be used to better monitor city infrastructure and enable more efficient citizen service delivery.

Moderator: Commander Avanish Dureha, Industry Director, Defense & Public Security, SAP
Shri A N Mishra, Secretary, Medical Health & Family Welfare, Uttar Pradesh
Shri Anil Agarwal, ADGP, Traffic, UP Police
Shri Satyendra Singh, Vice Chairman, Lucknow Development Authority
Shri GS Priyadarshi, MD, UP Electronics Corporation Limited
01:40 PM – 01:50 PM Q & A
01:50 PM – 02:00 PM Vote of Thanks
Networking Lunch: 02:00 PM onwards

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