Ranchi will become the smartest smart city in four years:
    Ranchi, Nov 20 (PTI) Ranchi Mayor Asha Lakra Tuesday
claimed that the Jharkhand capital will become the smartest
smart city within four years.
    Speaking on the concluding day of the two-day national
workshop on 'Sustainable Urban Development' here, Lakra told
the delegates, that "If you come again here in 2022, you will
find a totally different city. You will fail to recognise it.
You will wonder if it is the same city as you have seen now."
    The Mayor said she was confident that the
administration would overcome all the hurdles and complete the
project in time.
    "I am sure Ranchi will become the smartest Smart City
in the country," Lakra said, adding all the state government
departments are working in an integrated way to make it the
smartest city in four years time.
    She thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for including
Ranchi in the list of 100 cities selected by the Centre to
develop into Smart Cities.
    The mayor said the administrators were looking forward
to receiving inputs from the conference to help the government
in its mission of building Ranchi as a smart city.
    Delivering the closing remarks, Dr des Radu
Carciumaru, Resident Representative of Heidelberg University,
promised to send a report of the conference to all the
stake-holders, especially the government and its various
    Such workshops had already been organised by the
Heidelberg University in association with Observer Research
Foundation and School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi, in
cities like Shimla, Bhubaneswar, Coimbatore, Mumbai, Aizwal,
etc, Dr des Radu said, adding more cities would be covered in
    Jharkhand Urban Development Minister C P Singh had
inaugurated the conference Monday.
    The two-day national conference was conducted as part
of the Indo-German Smart Cities Workshop series, organised by
Heidelberg University, Impact and Policy Research Institute
and Observer Research Foundation.
    The Government of Jharkhand, its Urban Development and
Housing Department, Ranchi Smart City Corporation Ltd, the
Central University of Jharkhand and the Indian Institute of
Management, Ranchi, also collaborated with the conference, the
first of a kind in the state capital of Ranchi. PTI PVR