Pulkit Khare

Vice Chairman, Varanasi Development Authority

Municipalika 2017 was an enriching experience. The sessions, spread over three days, covered the entire gamut of smart and sustainable solutions that the industry/market has to offer. The stalls were informative about the products on display and often provided firsthand experience of the product or solution on offer. Solutions and practices like thermal faecal sludge and septage treatment by TTP, Faecal sludge management by CDD, DuraPatcher, Ecoman, rNature, Zonta, EzyNest (by Tata Group) drew attention and were appreciable. Interaction with IGBC team led to their presentation to departmental heads and builders association in Varanasi to design greener and eco-friendly work places, homes, public spaces and thereby cities. The themes of the sessions were holistic and covered every aspect of urban governance. Conference sessions on Smart and Sustainable cities – Way forward, Integrated Solid Waste Management, Humane Cities – PMAY had rich views by panel members. Similarly, technical session on Green Building Technologies and Products was also educative. I would like to congratulate the entire team of Municipalika 2017 for putting up a grand event which helps broaden horizons about urban issues under one roof and remain updated about activities and developments through Urban News Digest on a regular basis.