New Delhi: The second edition of GeoBuild Infrastructure conference was held in New Delhi. Various infrastructure initiatives undertaken by the newly elected Prime Minister of the country set the stage for the conference. A K Srivastava, Chief Engineer, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways said that the infrastructure industry is poised for growth in the country. He revealed that the existing infrastructure barely meets the needs of citizens. The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has undertaken several projects like Delhi-Meerut expressway, port connectivity, highway projects etc. and geospatial technology forms the backbone for all of these projects. “The ministry is committed to bring the latest and advanced technology in this sector”, he said. He highlighted how GPS and RFID technology is being used extensively across the country. Elucidating the role of space-based technology Srivastava said that during the recent disasters in the country like Uttarakhand landslide and Jammu and Kashmir floods space science and mapping technology is helping a lot in rescue and rehabilitation work. “Technology provides ample amount of opportunity for modern businesses to maximise their productivity”, he said.
Durga Shankar Mishra, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Urban Development said that the strength of ICT is enabling geospatial technology across the globe. The Government of India has announced three major project with respect to urban development in the country ie, 100 smart cities, renewable energy and renewable of heritage cities. He further stressed that a smart city should primarily be a liveable city which provides 24X7 water supply, electricity, drainage system etc. Highlighting the importance of mapping he said that just like a picture speaks a thousand words a map also reveals a thousand datasets. He concluded by saying that the technology should be more practical and cost effective.
K K Kapila, Chairman and MD, Interncontinental Consultants and Technocrats said that technology which is relevant and cost effective is necessary for infrastructure projects. Geospatial technology which was unfamiliar years ago is becoming easily available now. He elucidated few initiatives in the transport sector vis a vis geospatial technology like the one taken by the state of Tamil Nadu, two projects undertaken by the NHAI (to upgrade its two GIS bases and GIS-based satellite monitoring project for roads and highways), road accident monitoring (RADAR) project etc. He also highlighted the ambitious project of Indian Railways whereby a GIS map of the entire rail network and assets of the country will be developed.
Kaushik Chakroborty, VP, Hexagon India, elaborated on how geospatial technology is necessary for sustainable and smart infrastructure. He said that by 2030 investments of around EUR 40 trillion are needed globally in the infrastructure sector but governments will only fund 50% of this requirement. As a result the construction industry is becoming automated and mechanised to fill this huge gap. “As we are becoming more expensive as a nation we are not getting more productive,” he said. He highlighted some examples whereby Hexagon tools and solutions have been used for infrastructure projects like Viaduct de Millau bridge project in France, Hagia Sofia in Istanbul, Burj Khalifa in Dubai etc.
Indian Railways will call for a huge amount of investment in infrastructure and such investment cannot take place unless we adopt modern technology said, Girish Pillai, Advisor, (Infrastructure), Railway Board. The National Transport Policy Development Committee has come up with a report on what ails the transport sector and requirements of the sector. The report said that the government needs to invest around INR 35-45 lakh crore till 2032. However, investments made today stand at INR 60,000 crore annually. Indian railways is the largest passenger carrying system in the world and 4th largest freight carrier. “65% of our network is used in passenger carrying and 35%in freight” he said. Indian Railways has opened its doors for foreign direct investment in construction, operation and management.
Source: Our Correspondent