Haryana governor Kaptan Singh Solanki on Friday emphasised the need for making urban settlements sustainable to ensure healthy living for residents.
Prof Solanki said that with the trends in urbanisation changing, there was a need to redress the infrastructure problems in cities
Speaking at the two-day national conference on rediscovering cities at Ambala on Friday, the governor said, "While 70% of our population lived in villages, the trend will change and by 2050, 50% the population would be living in cities".
"Not all cities are equipped with adequate infrastructure to cope with this increasing pressure. This is why the government has taken the initiative to build smart cities," Solanki said while referring to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's call for building 100 smart cities.
The conference is being organised by School of Architecture, MM University in collaboration with Indian Institute of Architects (IIA), Chandigarh-Punjab Chapter.
The governor said with 46 research papers to be read by over 30 speakers from across the globe, the conference will be helpful in framing policies.
Citing the example of Chandigarh, Solanki said, "We need more such planned cities. The new government at the Centre has envisaged modern cities. The governor also released a book which is compilation of 46 research papers from across India. He also honoured executive committee of IIA Chandigarh - Punjab Chapter.
Convener of the conference, Aradhana Jindal said that the conference would focus on the issues concerning cities at one platform and there would also be detailed deliberations between architects, planners, builders, and academicians from across the country.
The governor also released a book which is a compilation of 46 research papers from across India.
On the occasion, architects SD Sharma and SS Bhatti were conferred lifetime achievement award for their exemplary services to the profession.