Aecom and Asia Society launched a new chapter in their global conversation series, “Imagine 2060: Delivering Tomorrow’s Cities Together” in Mumbai, India. Each year, the series is dedicated to a key element for the world’s urban future. The 2019-20 chapter, focused on land as the foundation for all cities; following the themes of air in 2018 and water in 2017. The next destinations are Singapore and Melbourne before concluding in Hong Kong in February 2020.
Since its launch, Imagine 2060: Delivering Tomorrow’s Cities Together has convened over 1,000 key stakeholders to raise conversations with an even bigger audience across a diverse line up of global cities including: Delhi, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, Manila, Melbourne, New York, Singapore and Sydney.
At the event Sean Chiao, President, Asia Pacific, Aecom said, “By 2060, around 70 per cent the world’s population will be living in cities compared to 55 per cent in 2018. It is imperative to find ways to rethink and inspire our current land use and development strategies to accommodate this growth, balancing economic, social and environmental needs.”
During his keynote address, Niranjan Hiranandani, Co-founder & MD, Hiranandani Group said, “There are a lot of concerns that needs to be addressed. Today along with AECOM and Asia Society India Centre we have just scratched the surface and hope to solve these issues of Mumbai Infrastructure as soon as possible.”
Isher Ahluwalia, Chairperson of ICRIER said, “When a city the public demands better services and the government using public administration and consultative process delivers on those demands, it is called a smart city.”
Ashwini Bhide, Managing Director, Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation said, “Proper land utilisation, connectivity and affordability are the key pillars on which the infrastructure of Mumbai is built upon.” She added, “All over the world, the primary public transport is the metro. In Mumbai, however, it is the suburban train network and land use is defined by this 150 year old network, supported by the BEST. There has been a neglect of public transport needs in Mumbai.”