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ICC hosts conference on challenges in urban cities

Posted on Feb 14 2014 | IBNS

By Hashir Mohammed Khaled), Kolkata, Feb 14 : The Indian Chamber Of Commerce (ICC) in association with the Kolkata Museum Of Modern Art (KMOMA) and the Confederation of Real Estate Developers' Associations of India (CREDAI) on Thursday hosted a two day international symposium under the banner, 'Sound Square: A New Age Urban Space', here.

Shrivardhan Goenka, President of ICC, Rakhi Sarkar, Managing Trustee KMOMA and Chairperson ICC Kolkata, T.K Bhattacharya, Professor, Department Of Architecture in Jadavpur University, Professor P.P Chakraborty of IIT Kharagpur, Harshvardhan Patodia, President of CREDAI Bengal and last but not the least Urban Minster of West Bengal, Firhad Hakim were present at the event.

This event marked the presence of students, government officials, teachers and experienced architects together in order to confer the various labyrinth, paradox and issues being faced by the urban city and how to find the necessary solution to tackle it in this decisive six sessions of interactions.

Firad Hakim said, "We must focus on how to improve and develop the present Urban Infrastructure of Kolkata. Major initiatives should also be undertaken by the Department in order to make Kolkata a modern hub of rich cultural ethnicity, heritage and modern age of development and technology."

Hakim said, "Both sides of the Hoogly River need to be refurbished from pollution and discarded sewages dumped into it."

"Kolkata is also battling to fight critical quandary like population, poverty and traffic, which needs to be managed," he said.

"Medical facilities should also be improved in the city as diseases like lung cancers and heart attack is at high rate where patients are succumbing to it," Hakim added.

Rakhi Sarkar, managing trustee of KMOMA and chairperson of the ICC, Kolkata said, "The sound urban planning will be a major bridging device between Urban and Rural states. In this regard, the plans and actions undertaken by KMOMA are of immense importance. There is a need for creative minds, expertise and excellence in redefining the Urban Infrastructure."

"The old has to be reinvented. The new has to be created for at least next 200 years in mind," Sarkar added.

"For this we need systematic long term planning involving issues of ecology, vision of growth and pristine beauty," she said.

"We also require a model, that enhances growth without disturbing beauty, serenity and nature balance," Sarkar said.

Professor Partha Pratim Chakraborty, who is a professor of Computer Science and Engineering at IIT Kharagpur said, "Stress on the needs of sound planning to blend on the rich heritage of the city. Technology should also be used to improve the lives of the poor, which in turn improve the urban space."

He said that IIT -KGP has undertaken two initiatives, under the banner, 'Future Of Cities' and 'SANDHI', which aims at transforming the city into a more livable place, through applications of multi - pronged approaches.

Swapan Chakraborty, Professor of Department Of English at Jadavpur University and Trustee of KMOMA started the Day 2 and final day of the symposium on Friday.

Students of IIT Kharagpur, pursuing an architecture degree had affixed the charts which were quoting figures and analysis from their thesis, which they had performed along with the projects at the venue.

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