Opening Day at #CK2018

9:45 - 10:30 Opening Session

Opening session at ConnectKaro 2018 will outline the key challenges India’s urbanisation faces and identify opportunities available to overcome them and share the agenda for the next 3 days of discussion.

Welcome Address - Shri: O P Agarwal, CEO WRI India

Shri: Jamshyd Godrej, Chairman WRI India

Shri. Anil Baijal, Lieutenant Governor, Delhi

Agenda: Madhav Pai Director WRI India Ross Center

10:30 – 12:00 Future of Mobility

New technologies are disrupting the way people move in cities. The three revolutions - shared, electric, and autonomous mobility - are leading to a reorganisation of ownership and delivery of transport, and the use of data and connectivity. The future holds the promise of an efficient, low-carbon, equitable world, but also raises several questions. For example, what happens to jobs of current drivers, how do we ensure operators and consumers are not exploited, and who owns the right to the data and information gathered as a result? More importantly, how do we ensure access for all?  


In India, on-demand shared models like taxi aggregators have grown and are in positions of influence in urban mobility conversations. At the same time, the government has ambitious goals for electric mobility. This session will grapple with these issues and discuss the way forward for India as it thinks about designing and launching initiatives to support these technologies.  

10:30 – 10:40 Technology for Public Transport - Challenge Launch in Partnership with Fedex

10:40 - 12:00 Panel Discussion:

Moderator: Shri. O P Agarwal, CEO WRI India

Dr. Asha Ram Sihag, Secretary Department of Heavy Industries (TBC)

Shri. D S Mishra, Secretary Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs

Dr. Geetam Tiwari, Professor IIT Delhi

Mr. Naveen Munjal, Managing Director, Hero Eco Ltd.

Mr. Chetan Maini, Vice Chairman, Sun Mobility Pvt. Ltd

Mr. Shekhar Vishwanathan, Vice President Toyota Kirloskar Motors (TBC)

12:00 – 12:15 Tea

12:15 - 13:30 India’s Urbanisation Opportunity: What & Where to Prioritize?

A third of urban India lives in the top 20 cities occupying one-eighth of the urbanised land area. Satellite imagery indicates that this trend is continuing to grow. A ‘metropolitanisation of urbanisation’ is occurring in India.

Peripheries of large cities are witnessing a rapid pace of growth of manufacturing jobs, high tech and other emerging industries. Industries are moving from core city areas to the peripheries, creating complex networks of interdependence between city, suburb and region.  

These rapidly expanding metropolitan agglomerations often stretch across multiple municipalities and are growing in unplanned and unserviced ways. Road networks are disconnected and lack structure, and these regions are not serviced by public transport.  

Self-provisioning of services such as water supply, waste collection, electricity, transport and others is prevalent and comes with high social and environmental costs. This session will discuss how government agencies could formulate a clearer mandate towards integrated land and services development, and how to better manage these rapidly urbanising peripheries. 

Background Presentation by Madhav Pai, Director WRI India Ross Center

Shri. Sukumar Ranganathan, Moderator, Editor in Chief Hindustan Times (TBC)

Mr. Sameer Sharma IAS, Additional Secretary (Urban Affairs)

Mr. Abhay Pethe, Professor- Mumbai University

Mr. Partha Mukhopadhyay, Senior Fellow, Centre for Policy Research

Ms. Jessica Seddon, WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities

13:30 - 14:30 Lunch

14:30 – 14:50 Keynote Speaker: Shri. Suresh Prabhu, Minister for Commerce and Industry, Government of India

14:50 – 15:10 Keynote Speaker: Shri. Kailash Gehlot, Minister for Transport, Government of Delhi (TBC)

15:15 – 16:45 Making Affordable Housing Liveable & Desirable

The Government of India through the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs announced its intention to launch a Global Housing Technology Challenge. New technologies in construction are expected to deliver affordable homes at an accelerated pace with reduced costs thereby delivering on the commitment of achieving 12 million homes by 2022 under the government’s ‘Housing for All’ program. With almost 5 billion sq. ft of area to be built, reducing its carbon footprint using green technologies and materials is critical. While this ambitious program is crucial to fulfil the large gap in affordable housing, many aspects need deliberation and new thinking. Affordable homes are often located in distant peripheries with poor access to economic opportunities and social connections. They may remain disconnected from basic municipal services and amenities for extended periods of time. Affordable housing lack good urban design and instances of homes remaining unoccupied or sold off persist.

The panel will discuss and look to answer questions on how we can incorporate these considerations as we build affordable housing:

1.     Can architecture and urban design considerations in affordable housing be high on design and low in cost? Are they replicable and scalable like the new technologies are expected to be?

2.     Can alternate services provision approaches be employed such as solar lighting, water and waste reuse and recycling, thereby reducing the dependence on municipal trunk infrastructure?  

3.     How can building efficiency measures be adopted to reduce life time energy consumption costs?

4.     How can public transport be made affordable to reach such housing locations?

5.     Whether instituting a feedback loop from the beneficiaries and end users will bring in new perspectives?


Background Presentation by Ms. Rejeet Mathews, Head, Urban Development WRI India Ross Center

Mr. Ani Dasgupta, Moderator, Global Director WRI Ross Centre for Sustainable Cities

Dr.  Ashok Khosla, Chairman Development Alternatives

Mr. Amrit Abhijat IAS, Joint Secretary – Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs

Mr. Jagan Shah, National Institute Urban Affairs

Mr. Gautam Bhan, Indian Institute for Human Settlements

Ms. Milli Majumdar, Managing Director, Green Business Certification Institute Pvt. Ltd.

Mr. Sameep Padora, Principal, sP + a

Ms. Shruti Narayan, Lead Green Program, International Finance Corporation

16:45 – 17:00 Tea

17:00 – 18:00 Accelerating India’s Urban Agenda

Shri. Jamshyd Godrej, Chairman WRI India

Shri. Vinay Saharabuddhe, Member of Parliament

Shri. Hardeep Singh Puri, Minister for Housing & Urban Affairs, Government of India (TBC)

7:00pm onwards: Connect Karo Awards followed by dinner.

Shri. Rao Inderjit Singh, Minister of State, NITI Aayog (TBC)


Shri. Sudhir Krishna, IAS, Former Secretary (Urban Development)

Shri. Rajesh Kalra, CEO, Times Internet

Smt. Anuradha Bhavnani, Regional Director, Shell Foundation

Shri. Prabhat Srivastava, Founder, Aravali Scholars