Smart Cities India 2017: One Mega Event: 5 Expos in 1!


Next year will see the combination of 5 exhibitiones into One Mega Event at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, during 10-12 May.

Developing citizen friendly and economically viable cities is an urban initiative by the Government of India. Cities are engines of economic growth, and it is anticipated that 40% of India’s population will live in cities by 2030. With the rapid rise in the proportion of people living in urban areas, there is an increasing requirement for sustainable cities.  Hence, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s mission of Smart Cities is intended to transform the lives and living conditions of the citizens of the country.

Recognizing smart cities as an important platform to drive progressive change, the 3rd Smart Cities India 2017 Expo will be supported by 4 other co-located expos to create One Mega Event. To make future editions more meaningful, the 2017 edition has been grouped into industry specific sectors. This combination of 5 expos into One Mega Event will be held at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, during 10-12 May 2017:

  • 1st edition of Buildings India 2017 expo: Building a sustainable future
  • 2nd edition of Solar India 2017 expo: Solar energy for a sustainable future
  • 2nd edition of Transport India 2017 expo: Smarter transport for a sustainable future
  • 4rd edition of Smart Cities India 2017 expo: Smarter solutions for a better tomorrow
  • 4th edition of Water India 2017 expo: Clean water for a sustainable future

The expo will introduce a CEO speaks programme, while continuing with the key programmes of the Mayors conclave, Smart Village session & Smart Cities India Awards.


Smart Water and Waste Management 

  • As per a 2011 study of 1,405 cities by the ministry, only 50 per cent of urban areas have water supply connections, the average per capital supply of water is only half of the 135 lpcd (Litres per Capita per Day) benchmark, water is supplied on an average for only three hours as opposed to the ideal of 24 hours
  • Waste disposal and sewage treatment plants are missing in most Indian cities
  • 30 per cent of the households have no toilets, the coverage of the sewage network is merely 12 per cent while the treatment of sewage is even lower at 3 per cent
  • Solid waste management services cover only 35 per cent of the households while less than ten per cent of the waste is disposed scientifically
  • Most of the untreated sewage is discharged into rivers, ponds or lakes, which is the main source of municipal water


Smart Environment

  • According to a World Health Organisation (WHO) study, Delhi has surpassed Beijing and is currently the most polluted city in the world. This puts its people at a dangerous risk of respiratory diseases.
  • India, as a country, releases the fourth largest amount of CO2 emissions
  • 627,000 die every year of particulate air pollution
  • Use of chemical fertilisers and pesticides and the push for genetically modified crops have affected land fertility
  • Native forests in India are disappearing at a rate of up to 2.7 percent per year


The expo will introduce a CEO speaks programme


Smart Urban Planning 

  • Between 2010 and 2050 India is expected to add about 500 million to its 2011 urban population of 377 million
  • The government has launched Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana (SAGY) to develop 2,500 of the 6 lakh (0.6 million) villages across the nation
  • Government plans to develop 200 low-cost airports in Tier-II and Tier-III towns across the country
  • The amusement park industry estimated to reach INR 4,000 crore (US$ 645million) by 2020
  • India plans to build pedestrian skywalks, walkways, cycle tracks, etc. in cities


Smart Buildings

  • India is expected to emerge as the world’s 3rd largest construction market by 2020 by adding 11.5 million homes every year
  • Honeywell Survey states that 2,000 buildings in India need to invest more in “Smart Building Technologies”. Airports and hotels score the highest, schools and residential buildings the lowest
  • Automation technologies to play a key role in the efficient operations of buildings. The industry estimates the Indian building automation and control systems market to grow three fold in revenue terms by 2019
  • Smart monitoring, cross-device compatibility, voice commands, wireless connectivity, lighting enabled by motion sensors are a few features of smart homes
  • More than 3,124 green building projects, with a footprint of over 2.75 billion sq. ft. registered with the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC), of which 617 green building projects are certified and functional


Smart IT and Communications 

  • India's share of the global IT industry at 7 percent is largely owing to exports
  • India, the fourth largest base for young businesses in the world, with 3,000 tech start-ups, is estimated to be 11,500 by 2020 (Nasscom and Zinnov Management Consulting Pvt Ltd.)
  • India is the world's second-largest tele-communications market with over 990+ million subscribers
  • Government of India targets Internet of things (IOT) industry at US$ 15 billion by 2020
  • Indian business process management (BPM) market is expected to reach US$ 50 billion by 2020
  • Sensors market in India is one of the fastest growing in Asia-Pacific, and expected to grow at a CAGR of over 20 percent between 2015-20


Smart Security and Safety 

  • Building security into smart cities isn’t just crucial from a citizen safety perspective but also for safeguarding national integrity
  • According to 6Wresearch, a research and consulting firm, the India video Surveillance market is projected to grow at a compounded annual growth of over 13 percent between 2016 and 2022. 
  • The Indian electronic security market to reach US$ 2.31 billion by 2018
  • India's homeland security market is expected to be worth US$ 16 billion by 2018
  • India's fire and safety equipment market is expected to reach US$ 4.3 billion by the end of 2017


India is expected to emerge as the world’s 3rd largest construction market by 2020


Smart Grid

  • Smart grids is the answer to shortage of power, power theft, access to electricity in rural areas, power loss in the grid, inefficient power consumption, poor reliability, etc.
  • India's energy demand is expected to increase 3 times in the coming 10 years, out of which 2/3rd would be carried by the grid
  • In the XIIth plan, the Government has proposed to invest around USD 86.4 billion to upgrade the present electricity system
  • Smart grids will significantly reduce the environmental impact of the whole electricity supply system
  • 14 smart grid pilot projects to be implemented by state-owned distribution utilities in India


Clean Energy

  • The Indian power sector is expected to attract investment of US$ 250 billion by 2019 across diverse areas of the energy sector
  • India has an installed capacity of 267 Gigawatt (GW) as of March 2015, dominated by fossil fuels: the additional electricity demand creates a large opportunity for renewable energy sources
  • India's target to install 100 GW solar power capacity by 2022 could make it one of the largest solar power markets in the world, creating 10 lakhs (1 million) jobs
  • India to spend US$ 21.6 billion over the next 10 years on smart grid infrastructure
  • Investment of around INR 25,300 crore (US$ 4 billion) to roll out a new metering system and upgrade distribution networks in the country


Government Initiatives 

  • Government has just launched 14 projects of Pune’s Smart City Plan. This marks the beginning of implementation of urban development plans based on five year action plans formulated after detailed analysis of infrastructure gaps in over 500 cities included in Smart City Mission and AMRUT, accounting for about 70% of country’s urban population
  • Plan to build 60 million homes - 40 million in rural areas, and 20 million in urban areas under the "Housing for All" by 2022. INR 22,407 crore (US$ 3.61 billion) allocated for FY 2015-16 
  • Increase of forest cover; better monitoring and controlling of industrial pollution; 2000 environmental approvals were granted in two years for unlocking an investment of Rs 10 lakh crore with a potential of generating 10 lakh jobs
  • It is estimated that India will invest INR 550 billion (US$ 8.8 billion) in the private security industry by 2016
  • Government has approved the National Smart Grid Mission (NSGM) an institutional mechanism for planning, monitoring and implementation of policies and programs related to smart grid activities. The total outlay for NSGM activities for 12th Plan is Rs 980 crore with a budgetary support of Rs 338 crore
  • About 400 million people in India lack access to electricity: the government has promised electricity for every household by 2019.


 Smart Cities India


Three in a row


Launched in 2015, the annual international Smart Cities India Expo has received exceptional support from exhibitors, speakers, delegates, visitors, governments, and the media. Both previous editions have set high standards with innovations and new activities.

The 2nd edition of Smart Cities India 2016 Expo, which took place at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi during 11-13 May 2016, also launched the 1st Smart Transport India 2016 Expo with a focus on urban mobility. Additionally, the Mayors conclave, the Smart Village Session and Smart Cities India Awards were successful introductions that generated enormous interest in the proceedings. 

The three-day platform is of a very high standard, which:

  • attracts quality exhibitors on the floor
  • has a large gathering of speakers, delegates & visitors, and
  • is attended by government administrators, municipal bodies, industry leaders, investors, architects, academia, media, etc. 

Moreover, the expo is ranked number 1 on Google listings, and is considered a must-attend event in this genre worldwide.


Who will come

 Visitor Profile

  • Government representatives from ministries, regulatory bodies, SPV’s, municipalities, local authorities, etc.
  • Embassies and trade offices
  • CEOs, COOs, VPs, country managers and other management or decision makers of public and private organizations
  • Engineers, architects, and consultants
  • Suppliers and buyers of relevant technologies
  • Project management
  • Systems integrators
  • Builders and property developers
  • Media and advertising
  • Non-governmental organizations
  • Banks and financial institutions
  • End-users, etc.


Delhi has surpassed Beijing and is currently the most polluted city in the world


Exhibitor Profile 

  • Sustainable environment: Air, land and water pollution controls
  • Potable water: Domestic and commercial usage
  • Sanitation: Toilets for all
  • Energy: 24x7 clean energy; solar energy; energy storage; smart grids
  • Mobility: Two; three and four wheel vehicles: EVs / HEVs / Fuel cells / Hydrogen / Alternative fuels, etc.
  • Connected / Autonomous vehicles
  • Urban mobility and public transport: bus / rail / metro / mono rail, etc.
  • Traffic control rooms
  • Smart parking
  • Digital India: IT and Communications
  • e-Governance: G2C / G2B /G2G
  • Green buildings: Energy, water and material efficiency; water harvesting; recycling and waste reduction; improved indoor air quality; etc.
  • Urban planning: City planners / architects / buildings / skywalks / walkways / cycle tracks / BRTs / parks / play-grounds / hospitals / educational institutions / street lighting, etc.
  • Smart buildings: Energy saving; water harvesting; recycling (water and waste); IT & Communications; HVAC; automation; connected devices; smart lighting; smart appliances; elevators; fire & safety; etc.
  • Safety, security and surveillance
  • Disaster management
  • Smart health: Health for all
  • Smart education: Skilling India
  • Make in India: Smart manufacturing
  • Plan and build new smart cities
  • Retrofit existing cities
  • Heritage cities
  • Smart aerotropolis; military enclaves; ports; railway stations; etc.
  • Geographical information systems (GIS)
  • Sensors
  • Semiconductors
  • Special economic zones (SEZ’s); industrial parks; IT parks; townships; etc.
  • Mayors conclave
  • Smart villages
  • Smart Cities India Awards


By Maribel Torres

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