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UND LogoIndia has seen rapid urbanisation in recent times, its urban population growing from 286 million in 2001 to 377 million in 2011, constituting 31.16% of the country’s population. This is expected to reach 590 million by 2030, contributing 70% to the country’s GDP. According to a McKinsey report, by 2030 India will have 6 mega cities with a population of 10 million or more, 13 cities with 4 million people each, and 68 cities with population of over 1 million each. The Government of India has launched many initiatives for improving the quality of life in cities and to make cities inclusive, equitable, vibrant, and economically competitive, with the state-of-the-art infrastructure. The flagship projects are 100 Smart Cities, 500 Cities under Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation – AMRUT), Swachh Bharat Mission, Housing for All (PMAY), HRIDAY and Digital India. These programmes and the gargantuan growth of urban population is throwing up challenges and opportunities in the housing and infrastructure sectors for the central, state and local/city governments, as well as private industry.
For the past 13 years Municipalika, the International Conference and Exhibition, has been instrumental in highlighting pertinent issues revolving around these challenges and opportunities, sharing best and leading practices, evolving technological and managerial solutions, and providing inputs for policy interventions. Municipalika 2016 is being organised in Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra. The event will be the only one of its kind in India, focusing on Sustainable Built Environment and Good Urban Governance. The three day conference and exhibition will be attended by mayors, municipal commissioners, senior urban development officials from the Central and State Governments, Urban Local Bodies and Housing Agencies from all over India, built environment professionals, architects, planners, and engineers to answer the question: “How do we plan, design, build and maintain sustainable built environment and smart cities?”The Conference part of Municipalika is handled by Good Governance India Foundation.​

UND Logo​Urban News Digest is India’s leading urban sector publication dedicated to the vision of Sustainable Smart Cities available in both print and online editions. The only one of its kind in the country, with an initial print run of 10,000 copies, Urban News Digest collates and presents news, interviews and features from the urban sector from all over India and the world, covering Policy, Reform, Finance, Architecture, Planning, Design, Built Environment, Engineering, Construction, IT, GIS & GPS Applications, E-governance, Disaster Mitigation, Safety, Security, Water, Sanitation, Waste Management, Habitat, Real Estate, Housing, Clean & Green Technology, Environment, Energy, Ecology, Urban Mobility, Mass Rapid Transport, Communication, Heritage, Conservation, Tourism, Culture and Public Spaces etc.

Urban News Digest editorial content is guided by Good Governance India Foundation.

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​The Built Environment sector is one of the key drivers of the Indian economy, contributing to 17.5% of the GDP, employing 50 million people, and with over US$ 1.5 trillion investment in building and infrastructure in the period 2012-2017. With the population expected to increase to 1.45 billion by 2020, of which 500 million would be in urban areas, the housing, infrastructure and real estate requirements to satisfy this growth, would keep the built environment sector growing at a blistering pace. CAPEx will be the definitive one-stop shop for technologies, processes, systems, materials, supplies, products and equipments for the architectural and engineering design, planning, construction engineering, safety and quality, MEPF and operation and maintenance of sustainable built environment.CAPEx is co-located with Municipalika, India’s only event on City Infrastructure and Sustainable Urban Development, with a successful track record of 13 years, and an assured attendance of policy makers, city managers, urban development authorities, urban parastatals, urban local bodies, housing agencies, real estate developers and professionals. Municipalika has been instrumental in highlighting pertinent issues revolving around challenges and opportunities, sharing best and leading practices, evolving technological and managerial solutions, and providing inputs for policy interventions. This will provide exhibitors and visitors access to a wide networking and business ecosystem starting from the building level, and expanding into neighborhood, township and city-level.The Conference part of CAPEx is handled by Good Governance India Foundation.​
UND LogoThe Good Governance India Foundation (GGIF) Urban Innovation Challenge (UIC) looks to identify the next generation of innovative solutions to systemic challenges in the urban areas, by under-graduate and post-graduate students, and young professionals from different disciplines through the Urban Innovation Challenge.These participating young innovators get unique opportunities to present and get feedback on their innovative solutions from the delegates and stakeholders of Municipalika which sees the presence of senior government officials of all levels, industry practitioners, academia, think tanks and industry leaders.

The Good Governance India Foundation (GGIF) Urban Innovation Challenge (UIC) looks to identify the next generation of innovative solutions to systemic challenges in the urban areas, by under-graduate and post-graduate students, and young professionals from different disciplines through the Urban Innovation Challenge.These participating young innovators get unique opportunities to present and get feedback on their innovative solutions from the delegates and stakeholders of Municipalika which sees the presence of senior government officials of all levels, industry practitioners, academia, think tanks and industry leaders.

If the zone of intervention and impact is limited to an area within 8 hectares, the proposal would be considered as that at a Micro Level. The idea could focus on either safety or sustainability or both. The current edition of Urban Innovation Challenge calls for ideas that will help ensure Safe and Sustainable Habitat. One may go beyond the realm of only residences or housing and look at the built environment or the environment in general.

We welcome design ideas that add the Smart quotient to cities. The minimum site area for design / intervention shall be over and above 8 hectares.Smartness in cities today is often referred to comfortable living with the help of technology. Smartness in cities today is often referred to comfortable living with the help of technology. But we are also looking for ideas that go beyond this definition of smart cities. Efficiency, sustainability, safety, transport systems, planning, affordability, recycling and reuse, healthcare, good governance, education, disaster preparedness, traffic control, energy and water management, all of this also contribute to the smartness of a city.

Winning entries are selected based on a) Identification of a problem or key issues; b) Clarity of the expression of the idea addressing a system-level problem and its solution; c) Solution reflects the needs and matches the resources of Urban India; d) Commitment to serving vulnerable urban population and improving their outcomes and e) Focus and depth in the idea and solution rather than a range of issues.

The Urban Innovation Challenge is open to anyone below 35 years of age from any discipline. Each team comprises of a maximum of two members. Under-graduate student entries are judged separately while the post-graduate student entries judged along with other professional entries.

Good Governance India Foundation seeks flag-bearers who are impatient for change and passionate about transforming Urban India.