New Delhi, India (Urban Transport News): Urban Infra Group (Urban Infra Communication Pvt Ltd, Urban Transport News and Metro Rail Today) in association with i-Metro, Rail Land Development Authority, Ministry of Railways and other major industry players hosted with success of the 2nd edition of the Urban Infra Business Summit & Awards 2022 in New Delhi, India. The event was hosted at the India International Center in New Delhi and brought together more than a hundred renowned industry leaders from government, core ministries, public sector companies and private stakeholders. The theme of the event was “[email protected]: Rail, metro, transport and urban infrastructure development in India”.
The 2nd Urban Infra Business Summit & Awards 2022 was jointly inaugurated by key guests Shri Ashish Kundra, Principal Secretary & Transport Commissioner, Government of Delhi; Shri Vinay Kumar Singh, Managing Director, National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC) and Smt. Mamta Shah, Chief Executive Officer and Editor-in-Chief, Urban Infra Group Publications, followed by the national anthem and welcome note by Ms. Himani Gupta, Vice President (Marketing), Urban Infra Group.
In her opening address, Shri Ashish Kundra gave an insightful speech on how is delhi becoming a modal role for sustainable transport systems in india. He noted various key initiatives taken by the Delhi government and the Delhi Department of Transport to reduce carbon emissions and provide safe, sustainable and environmentally friendly public transport systems over the past few years.
Shri Vinay Kumar Singh gave a very insightful speech supported by a detailed presentation on the Role of Regional Rapid Transit Systems (RRTS) in Urban and Regional Development in India. He also discussed the advantages of the RRTS over other modes of transportation and how the RRTS will bridge the regional travel gap across the country.
Teacher. (Dr.) Surabhi Singh gave a very insightful presentation on Transforming transport infrastructure with sustainable marketing and suggested that certain steps should be taken to achieve a sustainable transport system in India at the same level as other developed countries.
Throughout the day, conference participants had the opportunity to choose from a variety of technical sessions to discuss topics and develop recommendations. Topics included the challenges of implementing large urban infrastructure projects (such as rail, metro and transport) in India and suggested solutions; various opportunities for investors in the modernization of Indian railway stations; Investment, financing and business avenues in India’s urban railways, infrastructure and mobility industry; issues in major Urban Infra contracts and suggested measures to achieve sustainable goals; opportunities in the rolling stock and systems market in India and the monetization of assets and business avenues at railway heritage sites.
At the start of each session, participants received background information and discussion questions. Then, after a structured process of brainstorming and information sharing, session participants reached consensus on various recommendations and discussed barriers and solutions.
Plenary session on the implementation of major urban infrastructure projects in India – Challenges & Solutions
This technical session was moderated by Ms. Harshita Jain, Director, Consulting Engineers Group Ltd. This technical session was attended by eminent speakers, namely Shri Rajesh Prasad, Director (Operations), Rail Vikas Nigam Ltd (RVNL); Shri Ashish Singh, Vice President (Marketing and Business Development), KEC International Ltd. and Shri Siddharth Jha, Head (Rail Business), WSP Global.
Plenary Session on Investment, Finance and Business Avenues in Urban Railways, Infrastructure and Mobility Industry in India
This session was moderated by Dr. Namrita Kalsi, Principal Architect, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC). This session brought together eminent speakers, namely Shri Sudhendu J. Sinha, Advisor (Infrastructure and Electric Mobility), NITI Aayog; Shri Abhijeet Sinha, National Program Manager (Ease of Doing Business) and Project Manager (National Highway for Electric Vehicles); Shri Nanduri Srinivas, Director (Operations and BD), Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India Ltd (DFCCIL); Smt. Vinita Srivastava, Executive Director (Heritage), Board of Railways, Ministry of Railways; Shri Ashish Saini, Dy. Financial Advisor and Account Manager, Northern Railway (Indian Railways) and Shri Harsh Dhingra, Management Consultant (Rail and Metro).
Plenary Session on Rolling Stock and Systems – Emerging Business Opportunities in India
This session was moderated by railway system expert Shri Keshav Kumar. This session saw the participation of eminent speakers, namely Shri Rajesh Agrawal, Former Member (Rolling Stock), Board of Railways, Ministry of Railways; Dr. Anirudh Gautam, Senior Executive Director, RDSO Lucknow; Shri MC Chauhan, former Managing Director (NCR & Metro Railway Kolkata), Indian Railways; Shri Devendra Dutta Mishra, Executive Director (Rolling Stock), Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation (Maha Metro) and Shri Harshkumar Bajpeyee, Managing Director, Schwihag India.
Presentation on Modernization of Indian Railway Stations – A Great Opportunity for Investors
Shri Vinod Kumar, Managing Director (Business Development), Rail Land Development Authority (RLDA) gave a very insightful and interesting presentation on the mega-investment opportunities in upgrading Indian Railway Stations under the Ministry of Railways. iron from the Indian government. The Ministry of Railways has drawn up several plans for the redevelopment of railway stations, including the Model Station Scheme, the Modern Station Scheme and the Adarsh Station Scheme. More than a thousand railway stations will be redeveloped under PPP mode.
Presentation on the challenges of major Urban Infra contracts and proposals for measures to achieve sustainable objectives
Shri Veer Narayan, Technical Director – Railways, Systra Ltd gave a very interesting and insightful presentation on the issues of major Urban Infra contracts and suggested measures to achieve sustainable goals. According to him, large urban infrastructure projects deal with different kinds of challenges, such as working in public space with strict environmental guidelines, many utilities, multiple shareholders, public interference, tight deadlines, limitation of working hours and space, etc. These constraints lead to difficult conditions in project management, planning, quality and safety issues. His presentation focused on the challenges of major urban infrastructure projects and how to fine-tune the contractual agreement to deal with these challenges.
Presentation on asset monetization and commercial avenues at railway heritage sites
Smt. Vinita Srivastava, Executive Director (Heritage), Board of Railways, Ministry of Railways, gave a very interesting and insightful presentation on how business avenues can be created through asset monetization at heritage sites Indian Railways. His presentation was supported by various examples and initiatives taken by other countries.
The 2nd Urban Infra Business Summit & Awards 2022 concluded after a grand awards ceremony where the Urban Infra Business Leadership Awards were presented to a total of 41 winners in the individual and corporate leadership categories . The awards were congratulated by Shri Rajesh Agrawal, Former Member (Rolling Stock), Board of Railways, Ministry of Railways; Shri MC Chauhan, Former Managing Director (NCR & Metro Railway Kolkata), Indian Railways and Shri Abhijeet Sinha, National Program Manager (Ease of Doing Business) and Project Manager (National Highway for Electric Vehicles).
Padmashree Dr. E. Sreedharan conferred as Most Exemplary Urban Infrastructure Leader for his achievements and contribution to the development of urban mass rapid transit systems in India. The names of the other winners can be viewed here.
The 2nd Urban Infra Business Summit & Awards 2022 brought together under one roof national and international experts, technology and service providers, policy makers, think tanks, practitioners and managers from the railways, subways, urban transport and infrastructure.
The 3rd edition of the Urban Infra Business Summit & Awards 2023 will be held next year on October 10, 2023 at India International Centre, New Delhi, India.