Role of Geospatial technology in Smart City initiatives of GoI

A day long workshop on the topic “Role of Geospatial technology in smart city initiatives” was organised by Kalpana Chawla Chair of Geospatial Technology, Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh in a joint collaboration with ESRI, Alterra and Aimil. Various eminent experts in the field of Geoinformatics and Geospatial Sciences were present in this workshop to deliver their ideas and opinions on the city’s progress as a being tagged as a smart city, the issues/barriers/Challenges have been discussed during the conference.
Sh. Ajoy Kumar Sinha (Finance Secretary), Sh. A. Rehman (GM, CRIS Indian Railways), Dr. Dheeraj Sanghi (Director, PEC), Dr. Tripta Goyal  (Dean Research) and Prof. HAS Sandhu (Coordinator Kalpana Chawla Chair) inaugurated the workshop. Sh. Ajay Sinha kicked off the workshop by highlighting the importance of GIS/GPS in making of Smart Cities and also discussed vision of Chandigarh Administration for the same. He also shared the successful integration of this technology in the development and Master plans of the city. He also spoke off the grievance portals being set up in the city. Further, he offered internship of 10-15 days for research scholars with Chandigarh Administration, to encourage R&D in the field of Geoinformatics. Dr. Dheeraj Sanghi shared importance of technical institutes like PEC and assured availability of PEC in the smart city initiatives of GoI. Sh. A. Rehman enlighten the participants about use of gesopatial technologies in Indian Railways and the wide variety of multifaceted uses IR is serving. Geospatial technology is the need of the hour. Every inch of land in our control” he said before proceeding to enlighten the participants on how Indian Railways has undergone a complete revamp after Geospatial technology has been strengthened, using it for process and customer Management System, TMS Track Diagram, Land Management System etc.  Dr. Tripta Goyal informed participants about consultancy and research projects done by PEC. Prof. HAS Sandhu further spoke about the prestigious Kalpana Chawla Chair, where in an MoU has been signed between the Indian Railway and PEC. He also shared that under the KCC a state of the art computer lab has been established with digital teaching system, which has been used for the capacity building in the relevant field. 
Er. Anantha Padmanabha (Scientist, NRSC) started the session by talking about working of ISRO, where Geospatial technology has developed by leaps and bounds. His talk ranged from the use of BHUVAN, for disaster management, developed by the NRSC, ISRO, to how a smart city dream can be successfully delivered. He went on to talk about the range of communication, navigation and earth observation being used at ISRO and their sophisticated capabilities for capturing high quality images (such as the CARTOSAT 1, LiDAR etc). A talk on the use of GIS in Government sectors, and the inclusion of this irreplaceable asset in developing better data sets was given Er I P Singh, consultant, e-governance, Chandigarh Administration. Also, various case study analysis delivered by Dr. Ruma Chakrobarti (ESRI), Sh. Prashant (Alterra) and Sh. Mayank (Aimil). Further, talks were given by Dr. Raaj Ramsankaran (IIT Bombay)  on the concept of Urban Green Spaces and as an important parameter in Smart city. 
Sh. K.K. Yadav (Nodal Officer Smart City and Municipal Commissioner) graced the closing ceremony and discussed in length vision, challenges and solutions in the Smart City making. He promised to integrate technology and young minds even further to make the city even sophisticated and advanced in the future. He lauded the efforts of the PEC to organise such workshop. He interacted with participants and coaxed them to working towards Smart City along the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation. The closing ceremony includes distribution of certificates.  

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