Mr. Abhijeet Sinha presented a compelling vision of India's push towards electric vehicles, paving the way for a dynamic panel discussion on financing major urban infrastructure projects. Agra-Delhi-Jaipur will be a 500 km e-mobility conversion program for National Highways and Express ways into E-Highways in just 90 days with charging stations and public transport fleets. This is aimed at converting traffic from 10% – 30% under the Ease of Doing Business programme. Interestingly, the entire E-Highway is equipped with geo-fencing and will be the first country to get the Anti-Theft System (ATS) for electric vehicle fleets.
Exploring Avenues in Railways & Urban Transport
New Business Avenues in Railways & Urban Transport Sectors
The discussion, guided by Mr. Rajesh Agrawal, Mr. Nanduri Srinivas, Director (Operations & Business Development), Dedicated Freight Corridors Corporation of India Limited (DFCCIL); Mr. Anil Jangid, Director, Leap Infraasys; Mr. Hukum Singh Chaudhary, Director (Rail Operations), EGIS India and moderated by Mr. Ashish Singh, Vice President (Business Development), KEC International Ltd, provided insights into technological integration, investment opportunities, and sustainable development in the sector.
The panelists have shared their insights on Current Infrastructure Assessment, Technological Integration, Investment Opportunities, Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs), Sustainable Development, Enhancing Connectivity and Accessibility, Regulatory Framework and Policy Reforms, Safety and Security Measures, International Best Practices and Case Studies.
Unveiling Opportunities in Construction & Heavy Equipment Industry
New Business Avenues in Construction, EPC, and Heavy Equipment Industry
Key figures, including Mr. Rajesh Prasad, Director (Operations), Rail Vikas Nigam Limited (RVNL); Prof. A. Sanjeeva Rao, National Academy of Indian Railways (NAIR), Mr. Jugal Kishore Bhatti, Ex-AGM (Civil), RITES Ltd; Dr. Amita Singh, Head-Health, Safety & Environment (HSE), Systra India, and Mr. Aditya Khakse, Head-Central India, OfBusiness discussed market analysis, innovation, and global market expansion.
The key discussion points of this session included but not limited to Market Analysis and Growth Prospects, Innovation and Technology Adoption, EPC Projects and Opportunities, Sustainable Construction Practices, Supply Chain Management and Logistics, Risk Management and Compliance, Infrastructure Development and Government Policies, Skilled Workforce and Training Programs, International Collaboration and Global Market Expansion, Adapting to Digital Transformation.
Importance of Multi-modal Transport System
Mr. Jugal Kishore Bhatti, Ex-Additional General Manager (Civil), RITES Limited has delivered an in-depth and very insightful presentation on why Multimodal Transport System is crucial for India to become a $5 Trillion Economy? At present roads are used to transport 70 per cent of the goods. It is necessary to adopt comprehensive methods to reduce it. There is a need to not rely solely on road transport but also water transport, railways and airports which need to be interlinked seamlessly.
Rolling into the Future - Rail Technology and Automation
New Business Avenues in Rolling Stock, Signalling & Automation Industry
Insights from Mr. Devendra Dutta Mishra, Executive Director (Rolling Stock), Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation Limited (Maha Metro), Mr. M. C. Chauhan, Mr. Mangal Dev, Head (Green Energy Mobility), Hitachi Rail & Director, Hitachi India and Mr. Harsh Dhingra, Corporate Consultant (Rail & Metro) delved into the current industry landscape, innovative technology, and global collaboration.
The panelists shared their invaluable insights on Current Industry Landscape and Trends, Innovation in Rolling Stock Technology, Next-Generation Signalling Systems, Automation and Digitalization in Rail Operations, Market Opportunities in Urban Rail Transit, Interoperability and Standardization Challenges, Sustainable and Energy-Efficient Solutions, Cybersecurity and Data Protection, Public-Private Partnerships and Funding Models, Global Collaboration and Export Opportunities.
Culmination - Recognizing Excellence
The summit concluded with the prestigious Urban Infra Business Leadership Awards 2023, presented by Prof. (Dr.) Manoj Choudhary, recognizing outstanding contributions to the urban infrastructure sector. A total of 30 winners were honored with trophy & certificates for their outstanding works in the urban infrastructure sectors including Railways, Metro, Transportation and City Infrastructure.
Vote of Thanks
Mr. Surya Shah expressed gratitude, acknowledging the collective efforts that made the summit a resounding success.
The 3rd Urban Infra Business Summit & Awards 2023 transcended expectations, providing a platform for knowledge exchange, networking, and recognition. The diverse discussions and visionary presentations have undoubtedly ignited ideas that will shape the future of urban infrastructure.
The date of the next edition i.e. 4th Edition of Urban Infra Business Summit & Awards 2023 has been announced and it will take place on 27th June 2024 in New Delhi, India.