Day 1
Day 2

India Habitat Centre, New Delhi
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Opening Session
Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Centre

The newly elected BJP government in India committed to building 100 Smart Cities when it came to power. At the end of March 2015, the central government of India has set the stage for one of the biggest urban renewal programmes in recent times. A top government panel has approved Rs. 2.73 lakh crores to develop 100 smart cities and upgrade basic civic infrastructure in another 500 cities over the next ten years. The opening session will take a closer look at the smart cities programme and discuss the way forward for India.

11.00 AM – 12.15 PM

Plenary Session 1


With increasing urbanisation, industrialisation, and the need to create more jobs, an effective environment of land management mechanisms will be crucial in order to support India’s transformation and development. Land is a vital component of all developmental activity, natural resources, and agricultural produce. As land rights, tenure, acquisition, and requisition fall between State and Concurrent Lists within the Constitution of India, the recent amendments to the Land Acquisition Act has caught the imagination of many. This session will focus the Government of India’s smart cities programme which is committed to smart development in three scenarios, namely retrofitting development, redevelopment, and green-field development.

Dr. O P Agarwal, Executive Director PLIIM, Indian School of Business

Mr. S S Bajaj, Vice Chairman, Naya Raipur Development Authority (NRDA) and Director, Town and Country Planning, Chhattisgarh

Mr Paresh Sharma, Chief Town Planning Officer for Gujarat State

Dr Reshmy Nair, Chairperson and Associate Professor in the Centre for Excellence in Management of Land Acquisition, Resettlement and Rehabilitation (CMLARR), Administrative Staff College of India (ASCI), Hyderabad

Mr. Rajan Athalye, Vice President, Liaison, Kalpataru Ltd, Ex Exec Engineer, Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai

Mr. Gaurav Wahi, Senior Vice President, Head, North India - Strategic Consulting, Jones Lang LaSalle Property Consultants India Pvt Ltd (JLL)

Ms. Rejeet Mathews, Manager, Regional Planning and Economics, EMBARQ India

12:15 PM to 12.30 PM

12:30 PM to 1:45 PM Plenary Session 2


Smart mobility entails ensuring that people can move around their city comfortably, feeling safe and secure in the knowledge that they will get to their destinations on time. This session will discuss the range of new technology now available to enhance citizens’ mobility experience, beginning from transportation modelling, engineering, design and planning. Smart mobility implies less dependence on cars, and more of a focus on ensuring benefits for the majority of road users: pedestrians, cyclists, buses, trains and other mass transport users.

Dr. Dario Hidalgo, Director, Research and Practice, EMBARQ PANELISTS

Mr. Diego Monraz, Secretary Transport, State of Guadalajara

Prof. Shivanand Swamy, Associate Director, CEPT University

Dr Reshmy Nair, Chairperson and Associate Professor in the Centre for Excellence in Management of Land Acquisition, Resettlement and Rehabilitation (CMLARR), Administrative Staff College of India (ASCI), Hyderabad

Ms. Anumita Roy Chowdhury, Executive Director, CSE

Mr. Ravi Jain, Director, PayCraft Solutions

Mr. Peter Piet, Steer Davies & Gleave

Mr. Neeraj Gupta, MD, Meru Cabs

12:15 PM to 12.30 PM

2:45 PM – 3.45 PM Plenary Session 3


India is urbanising rapidly. By 2030, 40 percent of India’s population will live in cities. There is a huge opportunity to learn from global experiences in tackling major issues like providing affordable housing, planning high-quality mass transport, and adopting sustainable land management practices, amongst others. This session will convene global experts who will share knowledge from their countries, attempting to answer questions related to key issues being faced in India.

Mr. Gerardo De La Pena Hernandez, Deputy General Director, Infonavit, Mexico

Mr. Jeff Olson, Director, Alta Planning

Ms. Daniela Facchini, EMBARQ Brasil

3.45 PM – 4.45 PM (Parallel Sessions)

Session 4A (Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Centre)


Although the use of transit-oriented development (TOD) in India is relatively new, it has been recognised by the national government as a legitimate and effective guide for the future growth of cities. However, as it stands, TOD pertains to intensified development around mass transit systems such as metro rail or bus rapid transit. Are the existing TOD frameworks sufficient to define TOD in a comprehensive manner? The discussion will focus on the challenges of implementing TOD in existing cities. The discussion will examine a range of issues such as gaps between policy and projects, instruments available for consolidation of land for amenities, and focus on issues of gentrification, and equity, responses to environment and heritage. Learnings from Indian examples as well as other developing countries will be showcased as a background for the discussion.

Mr. Balvinder Kumar, DDA VC

Dr. Robin King, EMBARQ Global

Mr Luis Zamorano, EMBARQ Mexico

Mr Dikshu Kukreja, Principal, C.P. Kukreja and Associates, New Delhi

Mr Girish K.S, Local Director, Strategic Consulting, Jones Lang Lesalle, Bangalore

Ms Namrata Kalsi, Dy. Chief Architect, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation

Session 4B (Magnolia Hall, India Habitat Centre)


Since 2012, there has been a lot of public interest in addressing the issue of women’s safety, especially on public transport. The Government of India has set up a Nirbhaya Fund, worth INR 1000 crores. However, in the absence of suitable programmes, more than INR 800 crores of this fund has remained unused. In 2015, the government increased the fund to INR 2000 crores. There is a clear urgency to discuss solutions that can be implemented towards addressing women’s safety in public transport. This session will focus on addressing these questions, aiming at filling the knowledge gap by discussing potential solutions which can be considered by Indian cities to address the problem. Some solutions based on EMBARQ India’s work will be presented and discussed by the panel.

Ms. Tahira Thekaekara, EMBARQ India

Ms. Ranjana Deswal, Transport Dept. Delhi

Mr. Chandramauli Shukla, Add. Commissioner, BMC

Ms. Kalpana Vishwanath, Safetipin, Gurgaon

Ms. Ranjana Menon, EMBARQ India

4:45 PM to 5:00 PM
5.00 PM – 6.00 PM Parallel Sessions

Session 5A (Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Centre)


Open Streets programmes are where the streets are opened to people and closed to cars and other motorised vehicles. People come out to enjoy this temporary public space, appreciating nature, their city, and the opportunity to bring down pollution by stopping vehicular traffic. People of all ages, abilities and backgrounds attend these events. They can be seen on cycles or skateboards, doing yoga or making street art – and the event becomes a celebration of their diversity. Raahgiri, Equal Streets and others are such initiatives that run on Sundays in a dozen key cities across India, and draw a population of 200,000 to their events every Sunday.

Mr. Amit Bhatt, EMBARQ India

Mr. Chandramauli Shukla, Add. Commissioner BMC

Ms. Nisha Singh, Councilor, Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon

Ms. Kalpana Vishwanath, Safetipin, Gurgaon

Mr. Darryl D’monte, Chairperson FEJI, Mumbai Mr. Deenanath Harapanahalli, TAF Hyderabad

Ms. Sarika Panda, EMBARQ India

Session 5B (Magnolia Hall, India Habitat Centre)


In 2014, Indian mobility startups had raised around $365M and now, more than ever, the transport sector is seeing increasing private sector participation. EMBARQ will present 5 emerging business opportunities in mobility following which, 4 entrepreneurs will take centre stage and present how their business is improving the city. Each speaker will be given 5 minutes to highlight how they are fundamentally transforming how people travel in their city.

Mr. Madhav Pai, India Director, WRI Ross Centre for Sustainable Cities

Mr. Ravi Khemani, CTO and Co-founder, Birdseye Systems - Traffline/Ridlr

Mr. Jeff Olson, Founder, Alta Planning+Design Greg Moran, Co-founder, Zoomcar

Mr. Vaidyanathan A, Founder, Personal Air Quality Systems Pvt Ltd - myair

Ms. Jyot Chadha, EMBARQ India

India Habitat Centre, New Delhi
8:15 AM to 8.45 AM
Tour of India Habitat Centre Cycle Parking Lot Assembly at Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Centre
Plenary Session 6

In 2010, 31% of India’s people lived in its cities. By 2030, this is expected to rise to 40% with an additional 220 million people moving to cities across the country. This session will discuss the compact, connected and coordinated model that needs to be adopted for Indian cities. Cities, city leaders and city based action are a central part of several global agreements – climate related (compact of mayors, finance for development summit in Addis, COP in Paris) and development related (urban sdg and Habitat III). This session will also discuss how India can benefit from these global platforms and leverage the smart city programme in order to participate in the global debate and attract finance.


Mr. Suresh Prabhu, Minister for Railways, Government of India


Mr. Mark Robinson, Director, Governance Center, WRI


Mr. Anil Baijal , Former Secretary, Ministry of Urban Development

Dr. Rajat Kathuria, CEO, ICRIER

Dr. Nitin Pandit,, CEO, WRI India

Mr. Holger Dalkman, Director, EMBARQ

Mr. Madhav Pai, India Director, WRI Ross Centre for Sustainable Cities

11:00 PM to 11.15 PM

Session 7A (Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Centre)


The Global Protocol for Community-Scale Greenhouse Gas Emission Inventories (GPC), was launched in December 2014 at a COP20 event featuring mayors and officials from cities around the world. GPC uses a robust and clear framework to establish credible emissions accounting and reporting practices, thereby helping cities set goals, create action plans and track progress over time. In this session, we will explore the relevance of the GPC for Indian cities. Cities such as Bangalore, Thane, Rajkot, Pune, etc. have used the GPC to conduct emissions inventories and some of them have reported to the Compact of Mayors. Through the case studies from these cities, we will understand the complexities of applying the GPC to conduct baseline emissions inventories. One of the more complex components of the emissions inventory is the transport sector inventory. The GPC provides cities with four options for conducting city-wide transport sector inventories. How does one method compare with another? WRI is currently researching on this topic and will present key findings through the case study of Bangalore.

Ms. Soumya Chaturvedula, Manager, ICLEI

Mr. Siddarthan Balasubramania, Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI)

Dr. Wee Kean Fong, Senior Associate, WRI

Mr. Srikanth Shastry, Associate, WRI

Session 7B (Magnolia Hall, India Habitat Centre)


Sustainable mobility solutions such as mass transit systems, integrated and seamless public transit are key elements that can help in the development of smart cities. Safe access to these mobility solutions is absolutely necessary to enable the effective functioning and usage of these systems. This session will engage and inform participants about the various processes to plan, develop, enable and enforce safe access to and around mass transit stations, drawing from learnings from EMBARQ India’s recently published work, Safe Access Manual: Safe access to mass transit stations in Indian cities. Following a workshop style, various scenarios within the station area will be demonstrated to the participants. The participants will engage in role play to collaboratively develop solutions for the station area.

Mr. Himadri Das, EMBARQ India

Mr. Mukesh Jain, IAS, Jt. Secretary, DEPwD

Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Professor – Dept. of Transport Planning, SPA

Ms. Dhruv Swamini, Raahgiri Foundation

12.30 PM – 1.15 PM
Plenary Session 8

Mr. Marcio Lacerda will deliver a keynote address on the initiatives in Brazilian cities, with a focus on Belo Horizonte. His address will be around how issues of urban development and sustainability have been tackled, drawing examples from two major events – the FIFA World Cup and the upcoming Olympic games in the country. He will also speak on the critical issue of providing high quality mass transit systems and its impact on cities.

Mr. Marcio Lacerda, Mayor, Belo Horizonte, Brasil

1.15 PM – 1.45 PM
Plenary Session 9

Mr. Manish Sisodia, the deputy chief minister of Delhi who also holds the charge of urban development ministry will talk of the vision for urban development of the newly elected Delhi Government. Mr. Sisodia will talk about the short, medium, and long-term strategies for urban as well as the transport development in the city. He will also speak about the vision of Delhi in the wake of global and local challenges.

Mr. Manish Sisodia, Deputy Chief Minister, Government of Delhi

1.45 PM – 2.45 PM
2:45 PM – 4.00 PM (Parallel Sessions)

Session 10A (Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Centre)


This session will focus on the successes and learnings from the Government of India’s JnNURM funding scheme, and will identify the components of future reforms that are needed to support the improvement of bus-based public transport in Indian cities. In addition, the discussion will look at the current issues that the ecosystem is facing including manufacturing of buses, safety of vehicles, emission standards, subsidies and taxation policy, amongst others, and will identify ways to address them.

Mr. SK Lohia, EMBARQ IndiaFormer OSD (MRTS), MoUD

Mr Deepak Trivedi, General Manager, Ahmedabad Janmarg Ltd

Mr. Vikas Gupta, Commissioner - Gurgaon Municipal Corporation

Mr. Divyesh Desai, Associate Vice President, KPIT

Mr. Pawan Mulukutla, EMBARQ India

Session 10B (Magnolia Hall, India Habitat Centre)


There is a rising trend in urban India, where private developers are racing to construct isolated, “gated communities” offering families respite from congested cities. For instance, there are 1500 such communities under construction in and around Bangalore alone. While many developers sell their properties under the banner of being ‘green’, there needs to be bigger effort to integrate these gated communities within the city, paying attention to how residents can more easily connect to and access public transport, as opposed to becoming fully car-dependent. Besides transport, developers should also look at energy-usage patterns within these communities, to make them into sustainable, and more equitable options for city development.

Prof. Dr. P.S.N Raoi, Chairman DUAC & H.O.D (Housing) Department, SPA, New Delhi

Dr. Nitin Pandit, CEO, WRI India

Mr. Tarun Sharma, Head of R & P at Ecorys, Delhi

Mr. Alok Mehta, VP, Vatika Group (Product Strategy)

Dr Anil Sawhney, Associate Dean of RICS, Amity University

Mr. Sanjay Kumar Shukla, Commissioner, UADD, Govt. of Madhya Pradesh

4:00 PM to 4:15 PM
4.15 PM – 5.15 PM (Parallel Sessions)

Session 11A (Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Centre)


More people die in road crashes in India than anywhere else in the world. Domestic vehicle sales increased from 97 lakhin 2008 to almost 2 crore in 2014. There is a strong correlation between the increase in vehicles and increase in road fatalities. Some estimates suggest traffic fatalities will grow five-fold in India by 2050 if we do not take adequate action. We need a “sustainable transport approach” to road safety.

Mr. Amit Bhatt, Strategy Head, Transport, EMBARQ India

Dr. Muktesh Chander, Special Commissioner of Police (Traffic), Delhi

Mr. Suhaan Mukherji, PLR Chambers

Mr. Arnab Bandopadhyay, World Bank

Mr. Prasanna Patwardhan, MD Purple Mobility Mr. Navdeep Asija, EcoCabs

Mr. Binoy Mascarenhas, EMBARQ India

Session 11B (Magnolia Hall, India Habitat Centre)


Parking both on-street and off-street leads to inaccessible streets for pedestrians, causes congestion, and results in poor urban form, including inactive and unsafe edges. While several Indian cities are in the process of addressing mobility challenges through innovative solutions, parking is often ignored. This session will discuss the urgent need to address on-street parking through strong institutional and enforcement set-ups, and off- street parking through building regulations.

Mr. Pawan Mulukutla, EMBARQ India

Ms. Shreya Gadepalli, ITDP

Mr. OP Mishra, Director, NDMC

Mr. Sree Kumar, EMBARQ India

5.15 PM to 6.00 PM
Closing Plenary
Mr. Alok Gupta, COO, EMBARQ India