Help each other, understand each other, serve each other
Project Mumbai, in partnership with the Government of Maharashtra, brought together Public, Private sector influencers of India and the Mumbai Metropolitan Region(MMR) for an independent, time-bound and outcome-oriented conference, aimed towards arriving at action points for the next five years that could benefit Mumbai and it’s residents.
The Mumbai 2.0 conference was themed around 3 central verticals –
- How we grow – Which discussed infrastructure upgradation in a time-bound manner.
- How we earn – Which focused on boosting economic activity and creating more jobs
- How we live – Which dealt with in-depth knowledge of the quality of life and better living.
SESSION 1 :-
- Chief Minister, Mr. Devendra Fadnavis sat through the entire duration of the seven hour conference, taking notes and once all the panelists finished outlining the requirements of the city, he presented his action plan.
- With plenty of ideas and action plans, the outcome and agenda of the conference was in the interest of the people of Mumbai.
- Each of the speakers and influences who responded to the ‘call to action’ by Project Mumbai, added their strength and support by discussing what they could do for the MMR (Mumbai metropolitan Region).
- Speakers, panelists and influencers included – Union Ministers from Delhi, Surface Transport Minister Shri. Noting Gadkari, Commerce Minister Shri. Suresh Prabhu, Cricketer and Bharat Ratna recipient Mr. Sachin Tendulkar, Mr. Adi Godrej, Mr. Gautam Singhania, Mr. Rajneesh Kumar, Mr. Ashish Chauhan, Mr. Noel Tata, Mr. Narender Nayar, Mr. Shyamal Mukherjee, Mr. Hazem Galal and heads of various public and private sector institutions.
SESSION 2 :-
- Amitabh kant, CEO, Niti Aayog, played deft moderator to the session on ‘how we grow’, neatly ensuring that the conversation between him another Mumbai heavyweights, Municipal Commissioner(MCGM) Ajoy Mehta, Metropolitan Commissioner R A Rajeev, Private Sector Captains S.N Subhramanyam(CEO, Larsen and Toubro) and Sanjay Reddy(Chairman, GVK), is sharp, focused and decisive.
- Banker Uday Kotak(Chairman, Kotak Mahindra Bank) showed that his heart beats for Aamchi Mumbai, by urging the Chief Minister, who was all ears, not to give away an inch of land to other states for financial growth.
- Kalpana Morparia(CEO and MD, JP Morgan) Ravi Raheja(Group President, K Raheja Corps), Sanjay Nayar(CEO and MD, KKR) gave another clarion call for the private sector to support the state in its initiative. They all promised to support Project Mumbai in all its initiatives.
- Mr Praveen Pardeshi, Additional Chief Secretary, Maharashtra and part of the CMO outlined the Government’s priorities and explained how collaborations could pave the way for a better future.
SESSION 3 :-
- Moderated by Mr. Ronnie Screwvala, Chairman Swades Foundation, this session primarily themed around focusing on a better quality of life for all Mumbaikars. Mr. Screwvala has helped many initiatives for the region and he steered the discussions, concerns and eventually the solutions.
- Screwvala was echoed by India’s badminton coach Mr. Pullela Gopichand, Environmentalist Mr. Bittu Sehgal, Youth Icon and Business Baron Mr. Ritesh Agarwal of Oyo rooms, Mr Ashish Hemrajani, who has revolutionized retail trade through bookmyshow.com and Maharashtra’s Principle Secretary for Culture, Mr. Bhushan Gagrani, who re-emphasised on the importance of Mumbai as a tourist destination.
- Mumbai 2.0 brought on stage not the actor, but tactical businessman and doting father Mr. Shahrukh Khan. He engaged in a tete-a-tete with the Chief Minister and confessed that the CM was his 4am friend, whom he turned to in times of crisis or when he felt lonely.
- The above was in response to a commitment made by the Chief Minister to Project Mumbai, on the need for setting up a helpline on counselling, focusing on the challenges faced by the elderly, especially loneliness.
- The Chief Minister Mr. Fadnavis played with a straight bat, honest to the core, forthright and candid. He outlined his action plan that he wished to be taken up by the Chief Minister’s war room.
- He responded to every query, appreciative or critical, that was pointed towards him.
- There were some issues which the Chief Minister was frank enough to admit that he was unaware and urged the respondent to bring it to him so that a solution could be thought of.
- Chief Minister Fadnavis provided the much needed clarity on grey areas which emerged from some questions and assured solutions for many.
- These issues included the need to focus on pedestrian spaces, citizen issues, health areas, transport and mobility, apart from the environmental concerns.
- Mumbai 2.0 would not have been possible without the support of the fellows from the Chief minister’s office – Janak Shah, Shiv Seth, and the team led by OSD Kaustabh Dhavse.
- The content could not have been so immensely rich, had it not been for the support of Knowledge Partner PwC, led by Manish Agarwal and supported by Sangeetha Raghuram, Alpesh, Nikhil Pande and team. Project Mumbai is also thankful to Mumbai First as Knowledge Partner.
- Tata trusts, Reliance Foundation, K Raheja Corp, Larsen and Toubro, GVK, Bright Outdoor, MMRDA, CIDCO provided the much needed backup to ensure the planning and execution was flawless.
- Last but not the least, the conference was possible because of the support of Team Project Mumbai, backend pillars – Rimple and Ramona, the Advisory Board team of Jalaj Dani, Ridham Desai, Mrugank Paranjpe and Sanjay Panwalkar – who were the constants at every step offering guidance, support and strength.
- Project Mumbai has taken up several issues emerging from the discussion and is also following up on the commitments made by the influencers in response to the call to action. Some of these are taking shape in the form of initiatives and some as mission Mumbai.
- Mumbai 2.0 was not just an event. It was all about drawing an agenda.