At the plenary session of CII EXCON 2019 on emerging trends in the construction industry held in Nagpur, the emphasis on technology as a key driver of growth in the infrastructure sector was highlighted. Recent developments in the areas of the Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning Technology, and deep learning will go a long way in boosting the infrastructure sector besides ensuring longevity and effectiveness. The session was attended by senior officials from the Government, industry leaders and stakeholders from the infrastructure and construction equipment sectors.
CII EXCON 2019 – South Asia’s largest construction equipment trade fair will demonstrate the role of smart technologies and nextgen construction equipment in accelerating the growth of infrastructure in the country.
EXCON 2019, scheduled to be held at the Bangalore International Exhibition Centre, Bengaluru from December 10-14, 2019 is spread over 3,00,000 square metres and will have the participation of over 1250 exhibitors including 350+ overseas companies from 25 countries including China, Germany, Italy, South Korea, Turkey, UK & USA among others. The 5-day exhibition would attract over 70,000 business visitors from India and abroad.
Mr T R Bharathan, Member, EXCON 2019 Steering Committee & Chief Advisor, Puzzolona Group said, “This is the tenth edition of the EXCON and our theme this year is on “Smart i-tech- Next Gen India@75”. Excon 2019 will demonstrate the role of smart technologies and innovation in design in the manufacture of nextgen construction equipment and machinery to support the rapid pace of infrastructure development in the country. India is expected to become the third-largest construction market globally by 2022 and there has been rapid investments in infrastructure by the government which is driving growth opportunities”.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr Rahul Dixit, Chairman – CII Vidarbha Zonal Council & Director, Midland Diesel Services Pvt. Ltd. said, “Every sector requires a technological advancement and in India, there exists a huge demand for houses, thanks to country’s fast urbanisation. Using advanced technology in the construction sector, we believe this demand could be met along with the other government initiatives for both home buyers and well as developers”.
Chief Guest, Mr U P Debadwar, Chief Engineer, Public Works Department (PWD), Nagpur Region addressed on the Government’s focus on infrastructure development of the country, Scope, opportunity & Growth potential in the sector, PWD’s key projects completed & in progress in the region, Government’s adoption of new-age technology & modern engineering with Sustainable and environmentally friendly infrastructures and Challenges & the way forward Panel Discussion on “Emerging Trends in Construction Industry: A high-Tech Future” was Moderated By Mr T R Bharathan, Chief Advisor, Puzzolona Group, the eminent panellist were, Ar Ashok Mokha, Chairman, CII – IGBC Vidarbha Chapter, Mr M V S Choudhary, Head – Supply Chain Operations, L&T Construction & Mining Machinery Division, Mr Prakash Dewalkar, Chairman, BAI, Butibori (Nagpur) Centre, Mr Girish Jain, Managing Director, D P Jain & Co Infrastructure Pvt Ltd., Mr Rahul Dixit, Chairman – CII Vidarbha Zonal Council & Director, Midland Diesel Services Pvt. Ltd.
Excon 2019 endeavours to build India’s infrastructure in an ecologically sustainable manner, enabling projects on Smart Cities, supporting Swachh Bharat programs, promoting Skill Development and position “Make In India” – as the National Agenda for achieving holistic growth in the infrastructure and related sectors.
In order to give a boost to the infrastructure sector, the Government of India had announced its intention to invest Rs.100 lakh crore in infrastructure over the next 5 years. The Government of India has also proposed for expanding 1,25,000 KM of rural roads under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana and creating a national highway grid. Through the PMGSY programme, the government has planned to bring in connectivity between all villages through road network by 2019 and 2,000 km of coastal connectivity roads have been recognized for construction and development. All these initiatives of the Government would further provide impetus to the growth of infrastructure and related sectors.
As part of the 10th year celebrations of EXCON, CII would organise special activities like celebrating Women in Infrastructure, exclusive Pavilions on AI, IoT, Robotics, Startups, Components & Parts; Job Fairs, Contest for School Children, Tree Plantation Day besides Green Rating of CE Industry.
Excon addresses both marketing and educational platform for all stakeholders. Government and Senior Bureaucrats capitalised it as a knowledge platform for various departments (PWD’s and Civil Engineering Departments), Private contractors, Builders, Road/ Infrastructure developers, Smart City/ Urban Planning, Army, Border Roads Organisation, etc. to witness the latest Technology, Equipment’s and Machinery display which will enable accelerated Infrastructure development needs of the nation.
Indian Construction Equipment Manufacturers’ Association is the Sector Partner for Excon 2019.
Vote of thanks was proposed by Mr Vijay Rawal, Vice Chairman – CII Vidarbha Zonal Council & Director, Lemken India Agro Equipment Pvt. Ltd.
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