Constru India 2008: Changing the rules
The economic slowdown was not a good enough reason to keep the huge turnout of officials from the infrastructure and construction industry.
Well into its tenth year, Constru India 2008, held from October 16-18, 2008, at MMRDA Grounds (Bandra) saw a gathering of business leaders from public and private sectors, and senior officers from central and state governments make their presence.
Vilasrao Deshmukh, chief minister of Maharashtra and Jitin Prasada, union minister of state for steel officiated at the opening followed by a welcome note by Mahesh Mudda, chairman, Builders Association of India.
With participation from 12 countries and 150 national and international companies, each day addressed a different subject beginning with airports infrastructure and moving on to building materials, and finally urban infrastructure development.
However, it was on the third day the infrastructure industry came together along with prominent members of various government bodies to tackle issues related to urban infrastructure development.
The session was chaired by J M Phathak, municipal commissioner, MCGM.
M Ramachandran, secretary (urban development), government of India said that urban infrastructure development is a challenge posed to most of the civic infrastructure bodies in the country.
“Most of the local bodies lack skilled manpower as well as adequate funds. The government, through the JNNRUM, has granted Rs50,000 crore for the development of urban infrastructure,” he added.