Cities are engines of growth for the economy of every nation, including India. Nearly 31% of India’s current population lives in urban areas and contributes 63% of India’s GDP (Census 2011). With increasing urbanization, urban areas are expected to house 40% of India’s population and contribute 75% of India’s GDP by 2030. This requires comprehensive development of physical, institutional, social and economic infrastructure.
The government has identified the need for creating well planned cities that can match and foster this growth. India has been extremely aggressive in executing its vision of setting up 100 Smart Cities. 98 cities have been shortlisted in the first stage of selection process. With the commencement of the second stage, these cities are now competing against each other to be shortlisted in the first set of 20 cities. Mangaluru, a vibrant city of Karnataka is a frontrunner in this contest and is rated amongst the top 20 wealthiest cities of India. Mangaluru is amongst the top 3 non capital cities with highest GDP in India. Mangaluru City Corporation along with Nispana is putting across a 2 day international conference on the 16 & 17 of November 2015 in Dr. T.M.A Pai International Convention Centre to bring in global expertise to ensure that the city is selected in the second stage of the Smart City Challenge. This conference will see participation of the city’s Governing Council, Mentors, Patrons, Advisors, Consultants, Industrialists, Developers, Icons, Citizens etc. who will be contributing towards making Mangaluru a Smart City while retaining its rich heritage and culture. Mangaluru City Corporation also invites its contenders to learn from this highly focused 2 day conference.