The second edition of Happy Cities Summit was hosted in Amaravati. It has become a hotspot for seekers of happiness with the gathering of about 1,500 delegates from over 15 countries in the city in order to find ways for building “happy cities” through innovation and inclusion.
Delegates from the UK, US, Costa Rica, Mexico, Canada, France, UAE, Australia, China, Switzerland, Bangladesh, Ghana, Portugal, and other nations participated on Wednesday in the second edition of the Happy Cities Summit Amaravati 2019. The representatives discussed the guidelines for happy cities which include sustainability, efficiency, dynamic economies, and inclusiveness.
The focus of the panel discussions was on civic innovation via data technology, the vibrant ecosystem for youth entrepreneurs, natural assets for sustainable economies and designing human-centric greenfield cities.
Inclusive cities for physical & mental and women wellbeing in today’s digital age are also considered as the main components.
Aisha Bin Bishr, Director-General of Smart Dubai Office delivered the keynote on this occasion. Others also shared their experiences related to the happy cities in the many allied fields.
Promoting a sense of belonging, community, health, and sustainable environment was identified as the main areas. N. Chandrababu Naidu said that Amaravati, the new capital city of Andhra Pradesh was inspired by Amaravati in mythology, the capital of Lord Indra’s paradise.
Happy Cities Summit Amaravati
Addressing the meeting, Mr. Naidu said that the government is aiming at developing Amaravati as one of the best global cities in the world. Amaravati is going to the most livable city and people seeking longevity can in the future come and settle here.
He said technology has made things possible in these inspiring times which helps to encourage governments to build futuristic cities having high living standards. The Chief Minister of AP also gave the example of Hyderabad, where he had constructed a 163-km long outer ring road two decades ago and also the greenfield airports and added Cyberabad to the twin cities of Secunderabad and Hyderabad.
Mr. Naidu said that for the poor in the People’s Capital, 500 acres of land has been allotted for the construction of over 50,000 houses. He also claimed that the capital city was attracting the best amusement parks, hospitals, hotels, schools, and universities.
Declaring that the State will soon become a global provider of organic foods, he said 60 lakh farmers by 2024 will be taking up organic farming in over 80 lakh hectares.
In the coming eight years, the government will be in a position to offer the farmers with free solar-powered agriculture pump-sets as per Mr. Naidu. He also laid the foundation for 30 projects which are estimated to cost about Rupees 10,000 crores and signed MoUs.