4th Regional Conference on Infrastructure Project Management comes to successful finish

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CIIs 4th Regional Conference on Infrastructure Project Management on the theme Providing Consistent, Reliable and Efficient Project Delivery was held onA?September 25 at Hotel Shangri – La, The Ball Room, New Delhi. Dr. EM Sudarsana Natchiappan, Minister of State for Commerce & Industry inaugurated the conference. Over 150 delegates attended the conference.

Speaking at the inaugural, Dr. Natchiappan stated that infrastructure development in India continues to be the focus for the government and the importance of infrastructure for sustained economic development is well recognised. He spoke about the recently passed Company Act, Land Acquisition Act and Food & Safety Law and its importance in project management and said that it is imperative that infrastructure development occurs in a sustainable manner, in India and around the globe.

Anshuman Magazine, Chairman & Managing Director, CBRE South Asia delivered the welcome remarks saying that billions of dollars are allocated towards Infrastructure development but still the projects get delayed therefore this conference is focusing on a key issue in the sector how do we provide consistent, reliable and efficient project delivery.

While delivering his keynote address, Ramesh Sanka, Managing Director, DLF Utilities suggested that over the past few years a number of new initiatives have been added in the project development space like inclusion of safety in design, technology, land acquisition law, environmental law, training of the manpower for the required skill set in the project development in infrastructure sector, quality control measures to be taken, and Indianised solutions as and when required during project development.

Naveen Munjal, Chairman, CII Delhi State Council & Managing Director, Hero Electric said the infrastructure sector has seen significant surge in investments during the last few years. While infrastructure development has gained significant momentum over the last few years, however the sector of late has been facing considerable challenges on account of policy & regulatory framework, environment & forest related issues, financing concerns, etc.

Munjal suggested that moving forward, its imperative that private sector and government work in sync to make the infrastructure growth story count. One such critical area of mutual collaboration in Infrastructure per se is project management.

Other eminent speakers at the conference were Amit Grover, National Director, Offices, DLF Limited; Dr. Ananya Gandotra, Head Technical Services Group, The Indian Hotels Company Limited; Shubhendu Srivastava, Director Technology, Emerson Process Management Power and Water Solutions; Ashish Mehrotra, Head, Real Estate & Facilities, Bharti Airtel Limited; Bhumesh Gaur, Vice President, Global Real Estate & Workplace Enablement, American Express Limited; Rajesh Sivan, Chief Projects Execution, Fortis Healthcare Limited; Jitender Tyagi, Director Works, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation and Rajesh Kanade, Head, Project Planning and Control, L&T Construction. CBRE was the knowledge partner of the event.