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global business hub, has robust infrastructure and to top it all is the intrinsically entrepre- neurial spirit of the Gujarati people. In the golden jubilee year of Gujarat’s formation, we hope you will become part- ners in the success of Gujarat.” M Sahu, Principal Secretary – Industries and Mines Department, Government of Gujarat outlined the 10 build- ing blocks that makes Gujarat a global success including a robust physical infrastructure, 24x7 power supply, large num- ber of ports, ready to employ human resources, proactive governance etc. Among the industry captains,

Shashi Ruia, Head, and Prashant Ruia, Group Director Prashant Ruia, wanted to expand their steel and refineries business. Anand Mahindra, Vice Chairman and Managing Director, Mahindra Group, desired to set up a chain of resorts, of Mahindra Holidays. B K Goenka, Chief, Welspun, a leading steel pipe company has expansion plans too. Vijay Kalantri, Chairman of Balaji Infra Projects told that his company was keen to invest in Gujarat’s port sector. In the previous edition in 2009,

Gujarat had received investment commitments of up to $240 bil- lion and delegates came from close to 50 countries.

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voking conference on Metro Rail. Organised by ASAPP CONFERENCES, the day-long conference deliberated on the theme of ‘’Latest Innovations, Strategies and Opportunities in building a world class metro-rail in India.’’ Attended by luminar- ies in the metro-rail industry, the banquet hall in the city’s prestigious hotel was packed to its fullest capacity revealing the interest and the significance of the metro -rail in the country. Over 150 delegates deliberated to ensure that the Indian public transport user has a rich expe- rience not just in commuting between destinations but avail travel with luxury, leisure and a modern aesthetic lifestyle. Experts shared their experi- ences of various countries like Shanghai and Hong Kong on the occasion to give a detailed insight into whats in store for the metro-rail future in India. In his welcome address,Pratap


Vijay Padode, Editor-in-Chief & Managing Director, ASAPP Media

ast week the city of Bengaluru hosted for the firt time a thought-pro-

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ASAPP Metro Rail meet highlights industry issues;urbanisation

 Lighting the traditional lamp Dr. E. Sreedharan, MD, Delhi Metro sets the tone for the conference as Pratap Vijay Padode, Editor-in-Chief & Managing Director, ASAPP Media Information Group joins in

Information Group said ,’’Our mission is to create a platform of developing ideas and ideas to build a new and dynamic India. He elaborated that construction was a bad word some years ago but by instituting awards and conferences ASAPP Media had embarked upon building in val- ues of transparency and setting up quality benchmark for the industry.He said urbanisation ‘’is a magnet’’ and by 2040 it

is believed that 40 per cent of the population would be living in urban cities. He pointed out to the several challenges and debates in rapid transport and said it was essential to provide better connectivity as that fur- ther results into better business. The cutting edge over other

conferences was the presence of of the Guest of Honour – Dr. E. Sreedharan, Managing Director, Delhi Metro. Though there have been several other conferences held on the subject none were successful to ensure his pres- ence. Thus Dr Sreedharan’s exclusive presence on the occa- sion gave the conference tre- mendous credibility and added repute. In his Keynote Address, he applauded the organisers for the ‘’timely’’ organisation of the conference on the crucial subject of metro-rail. He said it was significant that the confer- ence became a ‘’rallying point for metromen in the country.’’ He pointed out that 6 cities have started construction of metro rail and 6 cities have metro rail plans on the anvil. Sreedharan pointed out to the tremendous growth and rapid urbanisation in India. He said by 2021 this unprecedented growth would result in one fifth of the popu- lation to live in cities and key towns.He believed the that vari- ous state governments should support the metro -rail projects in their respective states. Understanding government policies in urban transport solu- tions and specifically in metro rail B.I. Singal, Director General, Institute of Urban Transport highlighted the NUTP Report of 2006. In a powerful and dynamic presentation on Urban transpor- tation policy issues (urban re- design through metro rail, inter- modal integration, Hyderabad elevated metro as a PPP project) NVS Reddy, Managing Director, Hyderabad Metro Rail threw light on Far Eastern countries experiences and dweRisk miti- gation strategies for successful PSPlved on aesthetics and urban redesign concepts and affirmed that the metro rail in Hyderbad would not be ‘’just a strcuture.’’ Integrated mutlitmodel transit system was the key, he stated. On the query from another IAS officer S Krishna of the rele- vance of PPP mode in metro rail, Reddy was firm and categorical in his reply and said that govern- ment officers shouldnt dwelve into business areas but involve

in framing regualtory measures and he whole heartedly support- ed the PPP model. He said it was the need of the hour and India required to move ahead. On the debate on new tech- nologies and applications in Indian Cases for Cost Effective Stainless Steel Solutions for Metros Sandeep Maheshwari, Head –Quality Assurance, JSL Stainless gave an insight into the issues related to stainless steel. Risk mitigation strategies for successful private sector par- ticipation was discussed by Subramaniam, Sr. Vice President, L&T-IDPL. He narrated the experiences of building the fly- overs and roads adjoining the Bangalore airports. The areas of Modern Signalling

& Telecommunication were apt- ly coevered by V. Raghunathan ,Advisor (Tech), Ansaldo STS Transportation Systems India Private Limited. DEsign and aesthetics were spoken in greater detail and Application of Stainless Steel in metro roll- ing stock and amenities was touched upon by M.L. Gowda, Jindal Architecture.The subject of Replicability and reliability through effective and safe oper- ation was equally discussed with concern. O&M: The public and private expertise and experi- ences were shared by Frederic Noel, Managing Director, Veolia Transport RATP. Respected and reputed government officer R.C. Sharma, Officer on special duty –Land & Operations, Jaipur MetroRail threw light on Project management approach to Jaipur Metro Rail Project. Under the sub-theme on Benchmarks and learning experiences, the chal- lenges in planning for metros were discussed by N. K. Kumar, CGM –project finance, Chennai Metro Rail Limited. As to How Kolkata Metro learnt to address congestion Dr. S.K. Das, Chief Operations, Kolkata Metro Rail dwelved in great details. The conference emerged as a successful exercise. Sreedharan’s presence was the icing on the cake.ASAPP CONFERENCES reiterated and restablished itself as a success- ful platform to set up quality benchmarking and an effective business connect.It is reported that ASAPP CONFERENCES is all set to enter the capital city - Delhi with yet another thought-provoking conference on Airports and Avaition sector on December 1, 2010.

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