Pune: There is a tremendous excitement among Punekars with Pune having been selected for development into a Smart City. Many pandals during the recent Ganeshotsav depicted this theme, showcasing the popular mood. Industrialist Arun Firodia, author of Smart City: A Blueprint for a Zero Pollution, Sustainable, Smart Industrial City and Green Growth: Guide to a Model Green City, has been concerned with the vision for a Smart City for many years.
His books have drawn appreciative feedback from common people and policymakers alike. Union Minister for Urban Planning and Development, Shri Venkaiah Naidu has lauded the book. As part of his efforts to create awareness on the issues of sustainable growth, Arun Firodia has reached out and distributed his book at no cost to institutions and groups across Pune and India.
Last week, a campaign to promote sustainable and equitable development through a smart city, was initiated by Firodia at Balaji Institute of Modern Management (BIMM), who have distributed 2000 copies of the book free to their students. It was an interactive program along with a presentation by Firodia about an ideal zero pollution, industrial smart city. In this he highlighted the need of emphasizing sustainability and employment opportunities in the city along with the traditional meaning of smart city as e-city. The enthusiastic response from students made this program truly interactive special with students getting a clear idea of what makes for a smart city.
The program concluded with a discussion on the economy and social situation in India, where Firodia elaborated the need of inculcation of the value of professionalism and expertise as well as the dignity of labour through his personal experience, qualities which are necessary to harness the potential of the Indian economy to its fullest.
Earlier, Firodia received a warm welcome from the directors of Balaji Institues and the President Dr. Balasubramaniam himself. In a tour around the campus, Firodia also highlighted simple but effective techniques leading to sustainability.
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