By OUR STAFF REPORTER
Dehradun, 15 Oct: At the plenary session of CII EXCON 2019 roadshow on ‘Smart, Livable and Sustainable Cities’ held here, today, the emphasis on technology as a key driver of growth of smart cities and infrastructure was highlighted. The session was attended by senior officials from the Government, industry leaders and stakeholders from the infrastructure and construction equipment sectors.
CII EXCON 2019 is South Asia’s largest construction equipment trade fair will demonstrate the role of smart technologies and nextgen construction equipment in accelerating the growth of infrastructure in the country. It is scheduled to be held at the Bangalore International Exhibition Centre, Bengaluru, from 10 to 14 December is spread over 3,00,000 square metres and will have participation of over 1250 exhibitors including 350+ overseas companies from 25 countries including China, Germany, Italy, South Korea, Turkey, UK & USA among others. The 5-day exhibition would attract over 70,000 business visitors from India and abroad.
Vinayak Sangar, General Manager, Schwing Stetter (India) Pvt Ltd, said, “This is the tenth edition of the EXCON and our theme this year is on “Smart i-tech- Next Gen India@75”. Excon 2019 will demonstrate the role of smart technologies and innovation in design in the manufacture of nextgen construction equipment and machinery to support the rapid pace of infrastructure development in the country. India is expected to become the third largest construction market globally by 2022 and there have been rapid investments in infrastructure by the government which is driving growth opportunities”.
Lovelena Mody, Past Chairperson, CII Uttarakhand State Council & MD, Great Value Express Hospitality, said, “Every sector requires technological advancement and, in India, there exists a huge demand for houses, thanks to the country’s fast urbanisation. Using advanced technology in the construction sector, we believe this demand could be met along with the other government initiatives for both home buyers and well as developers.” Server less computing, AI, network agility and edge computing are few of the strategic technology trends that will create a boost in the Indian infrastructure, she added.
Excon 2019 endeavours to build India’s infrastructure in an ecologically sustainable manner, enabling projects on Smart Cities, supporting Swachh Bharat programmes, promoting Skill Development and position “Make In India” – as the National Agenda for achieving holistic growth in the infrastructure and related sectors.
In order to give a boost to the infrastructure sector, the Government of India had announced its intention to invest Rs 100 lakh crore in infrastructure over the next 5 years. The Government of India has also proposed to expand 1,25,000 KM of rural roads under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana and creating a national highway grid. Through the PMGSY programme, the government has planned to bring in connectivity between all villages through road network by 2019 and 2,000 kms of coastal connectivity roads have been recognised for construction and development. All these initiatives of the Government would further provide impetus to the growth of infrastructure and related sectors.
As part of the 10th year celebrations of EXCON, CII would organise special activities like celebrating Women in Infrastructure, exclusive Pavilions on AI, IoT, Robotics, Startups, Components & Parts; Job Fairs, Contest for School Children, Tree Plantation Day besides Green Rating of CE Industry.
Excon addresses both marketing and educational platform for all stakeholders. Government and Senior Bureaucrats capitalised it as a knowledge platform for various departments (PWD’s and Civil Engineering Departments), Private contractors, Builders, Road/ Infrastructure developers, Smart City/ Urban Planning, Army, Border Roads Organisation, etc., to witness the latest Technology, Equipment and Machinery display which will enable accelerated Infrastructure development needs of the nation.
Indian Construction Equipment Manufactures’ Association is the Sector Partner for Excon 2019.