India’s urban population has grown from 286 million in 2001 to 377 million in 2011, representing 31.16% of the country’s total population. This is estimated to further increase to about 800 million by the middle of the 21st Century. This explosive urban growth has created great pressure on Indian cities and towns, and thrown up big challenges for ‘Making Cities Work’.
According to latest reports by Ministry of Urban Development, India needs an investment of Rs 39.2 trillion in infrastructure over the next 20 years. In the annual budget Rs 12.14 trillion is allocated to be spent on infrastructure for 2011-2012. Many initiatives are being undertaken by Central, State and Local/City Governments for addressing the urban challenges, the biggest and most ambitious being the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) of the Government of India, which aims at creating economically productive, efficient, equitable, inclusive, sustainable and responsive cities.
Municipalika provides a platform to take stock of the progress of urban development schemes to assess the possibilities and problems, and map future strategies and solutions. For the past ten years, Municipalika has been instrumental in highlighting these challenges, evaluating options, and developing possible solutions and strategies. Municipalika 2013, the 11th International Conference and Exhibition, with its theme, “Good Urban Governance for Safe, Healthy, Green, Inclusive and Smart Cities”, will be held on 13-15 March 2013 in Greater Noida, Delhi National Capital Region.
Focusing on city infrastructure and sustainable urban development, this three-day conference and exhibition will be attended by over 1,000 delegates, and 5,000 professional visitors, comprising Central and State Urban Development Departments, Municipal Corporations, Urban Local Bodies, Urban Development Authorities and Urban Parastatals. The conference sessions will have deliberations on various topics such as urban reforms, safety and security, energy efficiency, environment, affordable housing and e-governance. Each of the sessions will highlight the challenges, major initiatives and actionable agenda needed for creating sustainable and inclusive cities.
The event shall be supported by a host of partners, including among others, UN-HABITAT; Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India; Department of Urban Development and Housing, Government of Rajasthan; Good Governance India Foundation; GIZ; The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI); United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG); National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA); Housing and Urban Development Corporation Limited (HUDCO) and Indian Heritage Cities Network (IHCN).
For more information, please visit event website www.municipalika.com