Breakfast Interactive Session on Concept of SMART CITY & New Dimensions in Distribution – SMART GRID Hyatt Regency on Friday, January 9, 2015

AMCHAM Eastern Chapter organized an interactive session in association with their Knowledge Partners KPMG on the Concept of Smart City and New Dimensions in Distribution – Smart Grid on January 9, 2015. The keynote address on Smart Cities was given by Dr. Jaijit Bhattacharya (Partner, Infrastructure and Government Services, KPMG) while Mr. Vikas Gaba (Associate Director, Infrastructure and Government Services, KPMG) addressed the topic of Smart Grids.

Dr. Bhattacharya explained the concept of the Union Government underlining its commitment in the 2014-15 Budget to setting up 100 ‘smart cities’ across the country. He said sustainable urban renewal powered by citizen-friendly technology is back in the forefront of the national agenda. While cities contribute to 70% of our GDP and house 30% of the country’s population they do so on just 3% of the land. With heavy urban migration expected in the next couple of decades, the pressure on urban infrastructure is expected to be intense. The Government’s vision of building 100 smart cities that cope with the inherent challenges of urban living and also become magnets for investment to catalyse the local economies is timely and significant. He explained that the city should be sustainable, with smart utilities, proper housing, health care system, open spaces, connectivity, administration monitoring existing infrastructure, upgrading and transforming lives.

Mr. Vikas Gaba spoke on Smart Grids and mentioned that Smart cities implementation is high on the priority of the new government. The Government’s vision is to create cities that become symbols of efficiency, speed and scale. Power grid modernization (“Smart Grid”) is an essential component of smart city architecture. A smart grid is an electricity network that uses digital and other advanced technologies to monitor and manage the transport of electricity from all generation sources to meet the varying electricity demands of end-users. Smart grids co-ordinate the needs and capabilities of all generators, grid operators, end-users and electricity market participants to operate different parts efficiently by reducing costs and increasing reliability, resilience, and stability.

In view of the above, the presentation covered the role of smart grid in the overall context of smart city, defining the concept and applications of smart grids in detail. It also covered case studies of select applications such as demand response and campus scale applications of micro grids, and benefits that such applications can bring about. The presentation eventually summarized the key development underway in India including the institutional structure in place and new developments, description of national smart grid vision and roadmap, and the 14 smart grid pilots supported by the Govt. of India.

Mr. Debashis Sen IAS (Principal Secretary, Urban Development, GoWB and Chairman WBHIDCO Ltd. was the Chief Guest and in his remarks mentioned that to ensure that the Smart City concept worked successfully proper communication between Private and Public Sector was essential. In his opinion some of the key issues were Solid Waste Management, Liquid Waste, Electricity and the focus should be on developing a sustainable model along with providing for the economically back section of society.

The Opening Remarks were by Mr. Ambarish Dasgupta, Partner and Head of Management Consulting, KPMG who welcomed the audience and the speakers to the morning’s event.

Mr. Suranjan Bhanja, Chairman, AMCHAM Eastern Chapter in his welcome remarks had brought up the importance of the subject and its relevance in today’s date. He had also enumerated various parameters which could be used as defining boundaries for the description of Smart Cities. Mr. Dinesh Agarwal, Vice Chairman, AMCHAM Eastern Chapter gave the concluding remarks and moderated a very lively and indepth Q&A session while AMCHAM Eastern India Regional Director Ms. Amada Kidwai did the introductions.


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