Mangaluru, Nov 16, 2015 : The Smart City Project will help in overcoming the problems arising due to improper growth of cities without proper infrastructure, said Dr H.S. Ballal, Pro-Chancellor of Manipal University.
He was speaking at the second-edition of Sustainable Smart Cities India, a two-day conference organised by Nispana Platforms and Mangaluru City Corporation at TMA Pai International Convention Centre on November 16, Monday.
Pointing out at the solid waste management problems faced by most cities including Mangaluru, Prof. Ballal said a Smart City Project would be helpful even in this respect.
The Conference was earlier inaugurated by Deputy Mayor Purushottam Chitrapur. In his address, he lauded the initiative of Nispana Platforms in organising the conference.
A.B, Ibrahim, Deputy Commissioner who also spoke, highlighted the contributions of Mangaluru to the field of trade and commerce since centuries and duly pointed out how Mangaluru can be most eligible choice for the Smart City Project. He also stated that all strata of the society must be included while going in for any development project.
Dr A Ravindra, former chief secretary of Karnataka Government said he was pleased to see the enthusiasm in the six cities of Karnataka which have been shortlisted and hoped that Mangaluru could make it to the first list of 20 cities. He was all praise for the intelligence of the people of Mangaluru and their excellence in diverse fields including education and health.
Participants were administered a Swachh Bharat Abhiyan pledge on the occasion.
MCC Commissioner H N Gopalkrishna, Joint Commissioner Gokuldas and others were present.