MoHUA Lines up 30 Events in January as Part of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav

Industry Watch | January 13, 2022 | News

MoHUA Azadi Ka Amrut Mahotsav

The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA), Government of India, is organising a series of 30 events to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Independence as a part of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav (AKAM).

The Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav celebrations were inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in March 2021, marking the start of a 75-week countdown to the 75th anniversary of India’s independence in August 2022, and will continue for a year more until August 2023.

On 11 January 2021, Hardeep S Puri, Minister for Housing & Urban Affairs, virtually released an illustrated brochure titled 'Smart Cities, Smart Urbanization' at a media event.

The brochure contains summaries of each of the 30 events being held by MoHUA across Indian cities from 1 to 31 January 2022. It also specifies the focal point of each activity to encourage readers to participate.

The events will culminate in ‘Smart Cities, Smart Urbanization’ conference, as part of which six events will be organised in Surat (tentatively) on 4 and 5 February, 2022.

The celebrations are based on five AKAM themes: Freedom Struggle, Actions@75, Achievements@75, Ideas@75, and Resolve@75. More than three lakh Indian citizens are expected to participate in MoHUA’s AKAM celebrations.

Given the current pandemic situation, MoHUA has decided to conduct the events in a hybrid format. ‘GIS Hackathon’, ‘Smart Cities and Academia towards Action & Research (SAAR)’, ‘Climate Change Awareness Campaign’, and ‘Freedom to Walk & Cycle’ are among events that have already begun from 1 January 2022.

GIS Hackathon-Urban Geospatial Data Stories Challenge-2022 saw 900 people participating, while Freedom 2 Walk & Cycle Campaign 2.0 attracted over 15000 participants. 

On 6 January, as part of the SAAR initiative, an online meeting was hosted for 15 colleges and universities, 47 cities, NIUA, and MoHUA to kick off the programme for documenting 75 smart cities projects. The Climate Awareness Campaign, which launched on 27 December 2021, aims to reach a lakh citizens in 100 smart cities.

“In this historic 75th year of India’s independence, it is fitting that the entire country has come together to celebrate Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav with great fervour. The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs is making a vital contribution to this endeavour by commemorating the impactful action and transformative achievements in urban development. The various events organised reflect India’s collective vision to enhance ease of living in order to make vibrant and inclusive urban areas,” said Minister Puri.

“MoHUA’s Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav celebrations reflect the infrastructural, behavioral and digital transformation taking place in India’s cities that will doubtlessly support citizens in urban India achieve better quality of life, and long-term prosperity,” said Manoj Joshi, Secretary, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs.

View the list of events for January 2022 and schedule here.

‘GIS Hackathon-Urban Geospatial Data Stories Challenge 2022’ saw 900 people participating, while a ‘Freedom 2 Walk and Cycle Campaign 2.0’ attracted over 15000 participants.

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