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CONTENT APRIL 2014
21 Telangana: New Doors of opportunities
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08 Projects ‘Transforming’ India
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ructure and Infrast 13 Tata Realty was keen to to ts and was stuck due s Limited (TRIL) the project in airport projec Changi years ago, with farmer participate ore’s negotiations main road package of up with Singap protracted e provides the of had tied develop and manag a compensation the east, 9 The NH who wanted hectare or 35 per cent airport from airport to es road access to the 20 crore per developed plot. in India. Marg provid The ts Rs airpor Aamra a as the west. whereas the the land bank airport from too has shown ts access to the ble from the projec persons e Essel group Th accessi ected 14 pment also t-aff to develo anvel airport is t in airport 12 The projec ber last year agreed with urd-Belapur-P has tied up 22.5 interes existing Mankhcorridor from country and (PAPs) in Novem ment’s offer of ts the in rail Airpor from and & HAS ashtra govern land for every commuter ralway station the Nerul Mahar US-based ADC partner. developed on Khandeshwar as its per cent of ed. The Worldwide r railway stationtly under land acquir the Targha to offer t hectare of line presen has also agreed foreign airpor holds – Uran railway government index (FSI) for 12.5 Amongst the which t . 15 pment Airpor FSI t develo Zurich one floor space ped land and 2.5 lore Airpor developers develo rial stake in Banga in per cent of Further, the and Indust a minority to participate r 10 per cent. (CIDCO) 10 The City sed desire more for anothe Corporation t has expres get three times plot Development ai airport. airpor tial PAPs would cent in the Navi Mumb current residen holds 26 per land to the . nmental they occupy e getting enviro almost three Despit 11 | 57 the Centre TION TIMES clearance from APRIL 2014
25 Airport 26 Logistics 28 Infra Talk 30 Water 31 Roads
34 International News
40 JLL India
42 Ujaas Energy
44 MNRE Move, Environment Ministry HQ, Cooper, Quebec Water Project
40 ‘The Green Way Ahead’...
43 ACC Ltd
LEADERS ON BOARD
20 Barsyl 22 Consortia Consultants
50 FOCUS GHANA: Africa’s Golden Gateway 53 African Updates
39 Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation
46 Mitcon 62 Maccaferri 66 MetalTech
78 Interior Expert 80 Interior News
85 Events Calendar 86 Event Coverages
FACE OF THE MONTH
90 GM Rao: GMR Group
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ransform’, the word itself gives us an immense feeling of a change to be brought in, but when we hear ‘To Transform India’, it adds more effect to the verb. Simultaneously, we have created histories but then too we require more state-of-the-art projects to cross the word ‘developing country ’(which has been looming since long) to ‘developed nation’.
In this regard, Construction Times for its launch considers ‘India as a best investment destination’. There is ample number of projects which has received deserving weightage before and after completion. To talk about those transforming projects, we have experts on board to opine on projects which can give a makeover to India in terms of competition with other countries. Interestingly, our government has identified few projects which will transform our country. Dr AK Mishra, Rtd - Central Road Research Institute (CRRI), Head-Computer Centre and presently an independent consultant shares that road reflects the status of a developed nation so road connectivity should be the prior aim.
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GVK Power & Infrastructure Ltd Project: Power projects in Uttarakhand (350 MW); J&K (850 MW) and Punjab (540 MW). We are targeting to bid for Navi Mumbai Airport. Highlights: Thermal plant at Punjab and Hydro for other two. To be commissioned by 2014 year-end.
peaking on the sidelines, a GVK top official says that metro railways and airports are the major drivers of change which ensures connectivity with employment generation. Similarly, power projects also ensure the change for transformation. He continues that we have top 10 airports in Asia only so we can see the change has begun. To support the phrase called ‘developed’, the government policies should be consistent on environmental issues and land acquisition factors. “When
we talk about developing projects the related factors like steel, cement and other
raw materials, etc. comes up creating more business opportunities.”
Ujaas Energy Ltd Project: 100 MW will be commissioned in MP in next 12-18 months. For JNNSM approx. 260 MW is under bidding for MP Highlights: Apart from the UJAAS Park, which is the company’s primary focus as on today, the company is planning to focus its rooftop vertical also more aggressively.
ower sector which has been in news with more focus on renewable energy also helps in creating India with healthier atmosphere. It is one of the major contributors thus making many power sector players to venture into renewable energy. Ujaas Energy Ltd plans to add another 200 MW solar energy in India alone in FY 2014-15 and it also has major plans to execute projects abroad in the near future. “UEL foresees a great future for the solar scenario in India. With a hope of a proactive and stable government in coming months, we are all set to have a favourable atmosphere where renewable sector can grow leaps and bounds,” says Vikalp Mundra, Joint MD.
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Consortia of Infrastructure Engineers Project: NHAI Road Safety Auditing Highlights: Ensuring safety of old and new road projects above `50 cr – 10K cr for better traffic movement through ‘Impact Assessments’
eanwhile, commenting on the projects which can transform India, MNSreehari, MD, Consortia of Infrastructure Engineers and Advisory board member to Govt of Karnataka & Maharashtra, says, “For every individual transport has become an integral part. A country’s growth lies in its connectivity factor. At the same time, transport projects if delayed results into hike in project cost, labor charges, raw material costs and even increases frustration amongst public.” He further states that there are many Indian government projects but is stuck due to lack of transparency. Funds are allocated for every project but there is no proper accountability and not floated at the right
time. Accountability should be made properly on allocation of funds, political influence and in terms of technical nature. The bodies such as corporation or devel-
opment authority of the particular city or State, whosoever is responsible should be questioned for project delays, and then only we can view a transformed India.
NCCL Project: Will be bidding for CIDCO IT Park, CPWD and PWD
t the same time, Mahesh Mudda, CEO & Exec Director, New Consolidated Construction Ltd (NCCL) focuses that golden quadrilateral project should be considered on warfooting front to ease traffic deconges-
tion. “China has come a long way since a decade. In India, politicians should understand that the agenda of the country must be the priority and not the government. Our country has improved in terms of quality due to lot of mechanisations and international norms, so we should try to tap the opportunities to explore,” he comments.
Maccaferri Environmental Solutions Pvt Ltd Highlights: Sikkim Airport declared as an international project in 2012, Maccaferri work will bedoing retaining structure. It will be completed by 2015. • Kiratpur to Ner Chowk road with first phase order of Rs 20 cr. • Miria Beach, Ratnagiri will be Rs 12 cr project
elying on a single statement, Ashish D Gharpure, Director & COO, Maccaferri Environmental Solutions Pvt Ltd comments that all we all need is political will to make these projects happen. Everything can be parellelly developed with 1.2 mn brains.
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Realization Technologies India Pvt Ltd Highlights: Executing/completed execution for 20 projects across India. They include from Schools, Hotels, Textile Plants, Engineering Projects, Steel Plant Projects, Power Transmission Projects, Cement Plant Projects, etc. It offers execution of synchronization system; consultancy on execution methods; on-site implementation service for the duration of the project
ommenting on mitigating risks and project delays occurring, Bhaskar Ranjan Das, Sales Director – India, Realization Technologies India Pvt Ltd, says, “We provide a set of unique methods and a synchronization system which helps to mitigate the risks of delays in projects caused by uncertainties and constriants. This implies that even though delays will be caused by external factors, we will tune and synchronize our internal work system to improve execution
speed and compensate for these delays and recover lost time in execution. We use our own software, Concerto, a leading system in project synchronization, worldwide. This has been proven in over 250 projects globally.” He feels that infrastructure projects can transform India into a developed nation. It is a known fact that infrastructure is critical to the GDP of a country; it helps to increase availability of goods & services across the nation, lower costs and raise employment. “For example, building new roads or ports or airports will not only pro-
vide accessibility, it will improve the economy of the entire region it connects and its hinterland. The impact is enormous, he states. Das feels happy to be associated with such projects and states, “Our experience in the Kattupalli Shipyard project (near Chennai) or the urban infrastructure projects in Bihar has been very positive. In both scenarios, we have been able to contribute significantly by recovering a lot of the delays which were present in execution. If the management of these infrastructure companies or projects wish to execute their projects faster, we will be happy to provide our services.”
Petron Civil Engineering Pvt Ltd Project: Thermal power plant at Raigad will be commisioned within 18 months of Rs 250 cr PTA Plant at Mangalore of Rs 220 cr within 15 months
here will be lots in the country’s kitty to cheer up with India’s first Rs 59 cr funicular railway at Haji Malang Dargah near Kalyan nearing its completion by this Sep. As per the project, a two- compartment train accomodating 120 passengers to the hill top of Dargah will ply on 1.2 km long funicular tracks. Presently, it takes four hours to climb the hill once the railway starts it will take 12 mins to reach. The project is done by Supreme Infrastructure India. In the meantime, the $214 million contract Kaladan multi-purpose transportation project, jointly implemented by Myanmar and India, is expected to be completed by mid
2014. Essar has completed 70 per cent of the first phase out of three. This project will include seaport and road for better trade enhancement. The other landmark project is Mumbai airport’s recent development of T2 terminal which has expanded to 40 mn passenger handling. The past has witnessed much memorable infrastructure developments like Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Hyderabad; Mumbai’s Eastern Freeway; India’s first solar park in Gujarat; Yamuna Expressway; IGI Airport, Delhi; Bandra Worli Sealink; Monorail, Mumbai; etc. The mentioned ones have lifted India to a level where we can speak loud on our achievements on infrastructure front.
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Delhi-Srinagar Direct Rail Link
he consideration of 345 km extension of the existing Delhi-Jammu link to Srinagar has been going on since two decades, but the project has seen the light only once when it was declared a national project in 2002.
It is regarded as one of the most technically complex engineering projects to be undertaken in India, it will be a remedy for the lack of suitable connectivity to Kashmir. Two of the four links forming the ‘Kashmir Railway’ are operational, while the other two are likely to be completed by 2017.
Navi Mumbai International Airport
avi Mumbai International Airport (NMIA) is one of the world’s largest Greenfield stateof-the-art international airports. India’s biggest projects till today and among the world it is among the eighth largest.
The airport cost is Rs 14,500 crore which will be built in four phases. Entire bid calculations have been done based on first two phases of Rs 9,500 crore
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The land in possession of CIDCO is about 1401 Ha (69%). Govt. land of about 156 Ha (7%) is being transferred to CIDCO and private land of about 485 Ha (24%) is to be acquired for the project. The first phase is 10 million passengers per annum to be completed by 2018 and expected to reach 25 - 35 mn by 2030 they have to reach 60 million passengers per annum. It is situated on National Highway 4B near Panvel in the geographical centre of Navi Mumbai and at a distance of approx. 35 km from the existing Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA) in Mumbai. The airport is also accessible from the existing Mankhurd-Belapur-Panvel commuter rail corridor from Khandeshwar ralway station and from the Targhar railway station on the Nerul â€“ Uran railway line presently under development.
Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor
he Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor (EDFC) extends 1,839 km from Dankuni to Ludhiana via Sonnagar-Mughalsarai-Kanpur, is designed to carry up to 25T axle loads at speeds of 100 kmph.
It will not only reduce the time and cost for container movement but also is likely to boost industrial
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growth along the corridor which passes through various industrial clusters and provides a direct link for carrying raw and finished goods to west-coast sea ports via the connection to the WDFC at Dadri. It will also service up to 75 per cent of the demand for coal for power plants in the eastern and northern region. EDFC has also bagged $975mn World Bank loan in 2011 for its first phase. It is also expected to bring in significant reductions of green house gas (GHG) emissions, by operating entirely through electric locomotives
Western Dedicated Freight Corridor
he Western Dedicated Freight Corridor (WDFC) extends 1,534 km from Jawaharlal Nehru Port (JNPT) to Dadri via Vadodara-Ahmedabad-Palanpur-Phulera-Rewari.
This route contributes 50 to 60 per cent of total container traffic at all Indian ports and is currently plagued with low rail share due to saturation in line capacity.
The double-line electrified corridor designed for carrying up to 25T axle loads at speeds of 100 kmph is likely to result in significant cost and time savings by shifting container traffic from road to rail, double stacking of containers and faster movement. The Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC) is envisioned as a â€˜global manufacturing and trading hubâ€™ with an influence area of 150-200 km on both sides of the proposed 1,534 km WDFC. The development is expected to triple industrial output and quadruple exports from the region over a five-year time frame. DMIC is a project worth $90 billion with the financial & technical aids from Japan, covering an overall length of 1,483 km between Delhi and Mumbai
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he Kalpasar Project envisages to building a 30 km-long dam across the Gulf of Khambat, from Kalatalav in Bhavnagar district in Saurashtra to Aladar in Bharuch district of south Gujarat. The State is water deficit and has no dam site on land which is available for storing surplus or untapped 40 per cent surface water. Gulf of Khambhat is only a site to construct dam which can store 10,000 million cu.m (25 per cent) water inflows of the rivers (Narmada, Dhadhar, Mahi, Sabarmati and Saurashtra rivers). The 10-lane road link proposed to be set up over the dam would significantly reduce travel distance between the two regions and open up Narmada as an inland waterway route. The reservoir formed by the dam will include a freshwater basin and a tidal basin. The 2,000-sq km freshwater lake would collect and store water from seven key rivers in Gujarat and be used for irrigation, drinking and industrial purposes. A proposal for energy generation, both solar and wind also falls under the ambit of the project. The tidal basin has the potential to generate 5,000-6,000 MW of tidal electricity. A trade delegation from Japan has shown interest in this project.
NTPC Thermal power plant
TPC plans to set up the countryâ€™s largest hydropower plant on the Siang river in Arunachal Pradesh.
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World’s largest solar power plant in Rajasthan
ndia will build the world’s largest solar plant to generate 4,000 mw from sunlight near the Sambhar lake in Rajasthan that will sell electricity at an estimated rate of Rs 5.50 per unit.
The proposed solar project’s capacity is about three times India’s total solar power capacity
It would be set up and run by a joint venture of five public sector utilities Bhel, Powergrid Corporation of India,Solar Energy Corporation of India, Hindustan Salts Ltd and Rajasthan Electronics & Instruments Ltd. The first phase of the project, which would be 1,000 mw is expected to be commissioned in 2016.
National River Linking Project
he National River Linking Project (NRLP) is to link 14 Himalayan rivers in northern India and 16 peninsular rivers in southern India, artifically. If the project takes off, given the present demand of water supply in the country it could help to meet the required needs. Similarly, generation of electricity can be done, flooding can be avoided and inland water navigation which is cheaper and economical can be created compared to road transport. 16 | CONSTRUCTION TIMES | APRIL 2014
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GIFT Financial Services Centre GIFT will provide world class infrastructure facilities and cost-effective and secured Information and Communication Technology (ICT) services to them. GIFT is ajoint venture of Government of Gujarat (GoG) & Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services Ltd (IL&FS) and Indiaâ€™s first International Financial Services Centre (IFSC). The total cost is estimated at around Rs 11,000 cr. The total investment in the project covering buildings, infrastructure, interior and allied facilities would be around Rs 78,000 cr. Government of Gujarat has proactively agreed to provide MRTS, BRTS, Roads & bridges connecting to GIFT City in phase I itself.
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Jaitapur Nuclear Power Plant
he 9,900-Mw Jaitapur Nuclear Power Plant, when fully commissioned by the Nuclear Power Corporation of India (NPCIL) at Madban village of Ratnagiri district in Maharashtra, is expected to be the largest power plant in India and the largest nuclear power plant in the world. The uranium will be supplied by the French company Areva that will also supply the reactor units, reported to be the largest in the world. The total cost of the project is about $18 bn. It would be the largest nuclear power generating station in the world by net electrical power rating. The government has planned five such nuclear parks, each with a 10,000 MW capacity, at various locations including this first one at Jaitapur in Maharashtra. India plans to increase its nuclear generation capacity to 63,000 MW by 2032.
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LEADERS REACH ON BOARD
“We are positive on winning bids for freight corridors” On the road of transforming India, Sunil Srivastava, MD, Balaji Railroad Systems Ltd shares which projects can be a nationchanger and the company’s 2014 outlook Sunil Srivastava
MD, Balaji Railroad Systems Ltd As per your opinion, which projects can transform India where we can call it as a developed nation? Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor – DMIDC project incorporates nine mega industrial zones with high speed freight line, three ports, and six airports. A six-lane intersection-free expressway connecting the country’s political and financal capitals and a 4,000 MW power plant. The project will directly benefit the six states – UP, NCR of Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Maharashtra, with end terminals at Dadri in the National Capital Region of Delhi and Jawaharlal Nehru Port near Mumbai. National River Linking Project – With NRLP, new canals built, feasibility of new dams to generate hydroelectric power becomes a possibility. Newly created network of canals opens up new routes and ways and routes of water navigation. Western and Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor - The Western Dedicated Freight Corridor (WDFC) is also likely to boost industrial growth along
the corridor since it passes through various industrial clusters and provides a direct link for carrying raw and finished goods from industrial clusters to westcoast sea ports. If any rail connectivity projects come up in this transformation decision will you be planning to involve into it? Yes, we have already worked on the feasibility study of DMIDC project and are keen to expand our association with the project. We have submitted a few bids on the Dedicated Freight Corridor and are hopeful of winning some of them. What are the projects in your platter for 2014, which can benefit the growing population? We are currently working on the Chennai Metro and Hyderabad Metro projects which shall be of immense benefit to the people of these two cities. These projects will transform the transportation scenario in the cities. We are also working on the Regional Rapid Transit System
for the NCR region as well as between Trivandrum and Chengannur in Kerala. Once again both these project when implemented will bring about a quantum change in the way people travel. These project will not only provide efficient and green transport but also help decongest the respective regions and usher in all round development. Any new verticals are you planning to enter for rail projects? We are currently focussing on Indian Metro and International assignments. While these are existing verticals, looking at the upcoming opportunities in these two areas we are putting great thrust on these two verticals. We have diversified into Research & Training and have set up India’s first private Centre for Rail and Metro Training – Institute of Metro & Rail Technology. The Institute, set up with global associates, offers a one year PG Programme in Metro & Rail technology apart from various short-term programmes in High Speed Rail, Tunnelling, RAMS, Safety, Electric Drives, etc.
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TELANGANA: New Doors of opportunities Telangana - the 29th State which is real at last has opened up ample opportunities for many infrastructure sectors. After five decades of endless struggle, Lok Sabha has passed the AP Reorganisation Bill in February this year.
Meanwhile, the formation of the new capital for the Andhra Pradesh (Seemandhra region) is waiting for the wings. This is likely to bring in new real estate opportunities in terms of the development of the new capital, which will witness immense infrastructural and real estate growth. However, these developments will depend largely on the support of policies and the leadership that will implement them. At the same time, Blue Star plans to start a southern manufacturing unit in Bangalore, Tamil Nadu and the new
SAIL will examine the feasibility of establishing an integrated steel plant in Khammam district. Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) or Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL) will examine the feasibility of setting up a green field crude oil refinery and petrochemical complex in successor state of Andhra Pradesh. The National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) has taken a step forward to establish a 4,000 MW power facility in Telangana. Indian Railways will be considering a new railway zone in Seemandhra, while National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) will take necessary steps to improve road connectivity in the backward regions of Telangana. A new rail coach factory in Telangana and improve rail connectivity in the state is on the cards too.
Seemandhra States as its new base, with an investment of Rs100-150 cr by December 2015.
he demerger of Telangana from Andhra Pradesh, itself the first State to be formed in 1956 on linguistic basis, will lead to the creation of 10 districts, and Hyderabad as the joint capital for 10 years. The residuary Seemandhra region will have 13 districts.
shall be with the government of Telangana and 49 per cent with government of India.
The T-Bill actively considers the infrastructure division between the old and new states. The Telangana bill, which provides for bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh would be divided and set up after creation of the new state. Bill Highlights: Of the total equity of Singareni Collieries Company (SCCL), 51 per cent
The Bill states that Union Government will consider measures to establish rapid rail and road connectivity from the new capital of residuary Andhra Pradesh to Hyderabad. The Central government will take steps to establish institutions of national importance in the 12th and 13th Plan periods in residuary Andhra Pradesh. It will develop a new major port at Duggirajupatnam in residuary Andhra Pradesh to be completed in phases.
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LEADERS REACH ON BOARD
â€œThings are changing in India with govt creating awareness among publicâ€? With great start up plans for 2014, Consortia of Infrastructure Engineers (CIE) has grabbed NHAI projects to ensure safety & security on number of grounds. Prof MN Sreehari, CEO, CIE and Advisor to Govt of Karnataka for Traffic, Transport & Infrastructure, expert member- ABIDe, GoK speaks on how India can work better towards in executing timely projects avoiding cost concerns As the year for you starts with NHAI projects, what are your planned consultancy contribution towards the project?
India starting from Rs 50 cr to Rs 2,500 cr worth township. We also conduct internal traffic planning, flow circulation patterns, internal road planning and design, pavement design and road alignment works.
In fact, we at Consortia of Infrastructure Engineers, and as well as an expert consultant to various independent NHAI for carrying out my role as road safety expert and traffic, transportation engineering expert, executed a good number of projects by auditing the ongoing 2/4/6 laning in the states of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Orissa, MP and other states of India. I am basically reviewing the reports, DPR, executed works by various concessionaries for the quality with respect to road safety, traffic volume projections, junction designs, toll problem & issues, road safety related to sign, gantries location, marking and others. This kind of work as an expert consultant will give me pleasure and satisfaction to justify my knowledge as a traffic and transportation expert having more than 38 years knowledge-based experience. This year, several stretches of NH for my studies are open along with some of the ongoing projects in India. Besides these NHAI projects, my company is
All these things put me as relatively busy persons for this year and years to come. Till date, which projects your company has undertaken and what were the results?
Prof MN Sreehari CEO, CIE and Advisor to Govt of Karnataka for Traffic, Transport & Infrastructure, expert member- ABIDe, GoK
actively engaged in traffic impact assessment services as a part of EIA for large scale projects in India and abroad. Already we at CIE executed more than 900 projects, including major builders in
CIE has undertaken a large number of projects (more than 900) and as an individual consultant to NHAI projects executed more than a dozen national highway projects under progress for their up gradation, new proposals and operation and maintenance (O&M), provided several inputs during construction of these highways and the results were encouraging. Which project undertaken by you makes you feel complacent? Out of several highways consultancy works taken by me as an independent expert consultant, the three worth
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mentioning for their quality and also for good work includes Bangalore Nelamangala (NH4), Gandhidham-Samkhialami, and Vijayawada- Chilakularipet Accidents along these stretches were caused by over loaded vehicles, drunken driving in spite of action taken by NHAI, local traffic police to check over loading at toll plazas, penalty imposing and as well removal of liquor shops along highways. Though these measures are taken, still much liquor vending shops do exists along highways. Rash and negligent driving are also attributed to good number of accidents as better and good quality pavements are available to users. At and near the traffic diversion locations (up-gradation of highways) during construction, not many sign boards are installed by the concessionaries causing confusion and accidents. I have rectified these in my reports, thus preventing such accidents which could have occurred. Does your company have undertaken any international projects? If yes, how has been your journey with the same compared to Indian projects? Out of Transportation Investment Act (TIA) a couple of projects for their internal planning are executed in Kanlalumpur (Malaysia), Kinkinya, Batsinda, the local laws and specification which are quiet challenging and knowledgebased. Along with my dedicated team, I was able to successively complete these projects qualitatively. Definitely it is worth to express the experience gained from these works that the international projects at various places totally care about minute issues for development and execution before, during and after construction of the projects but in India still many things are left in papers and reports and execution is still at large as monitoring is not available. Thus, many projects in India suffer
from quality on construction. Further auditability, accountability and transparency in planning, design, construction and maintenance is very essential, and in India it is still to be practiced in totality, as public funds are used for these projects. Though builders are directly responsible for this, authorities must also be blamed equally. Any way things are changing in India, as the government is trying to bring in more awareness to people with more transparency and compliancy in the execution of projects. What initiatives does the Indian government must undertake to complete the projects on time? In India, very less importance is given to planning which results in delays while execution. Many a times there will be a huge gap in time frame between planning and execution. This causes inordinate delay, cost escalations, people/ users dissatisfactions, legal hurdles to mention a few. In other developing countries, they plan very well in advance (which is fool proof) and execute within a short period. As an example, in Dubai, 44 km metro rail has completed in almost one
and half years, where as in Bangalore (India) for the same length still the construction work in progress since 5 years from the day of start. The gap between planning and execution is more than 10 years. Land acquisition, legal issues, environmental issues must be cleared after obtaining technical, economical and political feasibilities. In India, we give importance to design rather than sound planning and effective maintenance after construction. During execution many specifications get ignored to satisfy local conditions and people. The quality suffers in-turn and the desired life of the project cannot be met with compromise in materials, construction procedure, pressure from locals and authorities also results in poor quality product. All respective state government, local people must closely interact and cooperate to work for the common goal without any diversified interests. Necessary funds must be allocated and made available for timely execution. Legal issues and hurdles must be cleared fast to gear up construction. Good team work, quality control of materials, sound technical specification, must be in place.
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Jaypee sells hydro projects to TAQA for Rs 11k cr Jaiprakash Power Ventures Limited, a subsidiary of Jaypee Group, has sold its two hydro power projects in Kinnaur district, Himachal Pradesh to a consortium led by Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (TAQA), the international energy and water company from Abu Dhabi, for Rs 10500 cr. The two plants together generates capacity of 1,391MW, are located within two kms of each other. The plants are 35kms from the Sorang hydroelectric plant in which TAQA acquired a stake last year. TAQA, which holds a 51 per cent stake in the consortium, will have control of operations and management of both facilities under the proposed deal. The remaining equity will be held by one of Canada’s largest institutional investors (39%) and IDFC Alternatives’ India
Infrastructure Fund II (10%). With the purchase of Baspa Stage II and Karcham Wangtoo hydro power project, TAQA has become largest private operator of hydroelectric plants in India.
IREDA-MITCON solar biz meet in Mumbai The Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency Ltd (IREDA) and Mitcon Consultancy & Engineering Services Ltd organised a one-day business meet on the promotion of solar power projects in India, held in Mumbai. The meet saw enthusiastic participation from a number of stakeholders, including organizations like MSED; ICRA, US-based energy Consultancy major; Customised Energy Solutions; General
Electric and a host of young talented engineering companies like JEF Techno Solutions and Sai Technologies who shared their experiences on various facets of the setting up of Solar Power projects or integrating this technology into their existing businesses in India. The audience comprised mainly of entrepreneurs who were either already in the solar business or were keen on getting into it. This business meet was an ideal platform for sharing of ideas and
The agreement follows the signing of UAE-India Bilateral Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement in December 2013 and a commitment made by the UAE
to invest USD 2 billion in India’s infrastructure sector at the first UAE-India High Level Joint Task Force on Investments meeting held in Abu Dhabi in February 2013.
GTL-Urja plans Aurangabad power infra The GTL-Urja, a franchisee of the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL), is planning to develop infrastructure worth Rs 25-30 crore within Aurangabad limits. Since the company started working from May 2011, a new substation has been established at Sutgirni chowk area located
in Samadhan colony. The substation ensures undisrupted electricity supply to the consumers of the city. Till now, GTL has also extended its services by increasing the number of service centres in the city from two to seven. Around 2,000 residents of Mukundwadi area have availed new connections from GTL.
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Kolkata receives improved airport award in Asia-Pacific
Amravati airport expansion plan gets nod from the State Maharashtra cabinet has recently approved the proposal for expansion of an airport at Amravati by deciding to hand over 336 hectares land to the Airports Authority of India (AAI). The airport earlier to be developed by the Maharashtra Airport Development Company Ltd (MADC) will now be developed by AAI in three years. The existing airstrip will be
expanded up to 2,500 metres. Night landing facility, taxi way will be developed. The land is being given to the airport authority on a lease of 60 years for Rs 1 lakh every month. The government has sanctioned Rs 34 crore for upgrading infrastructure on roads leading to the proposed airport and a committee headed by the Chief Secretary has been formed to monitor the works.
Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport of Kolkata has won the award for being the most improved airport in Asia Pacific region. The award was considered amongst 285 airports around the world by the Airport Council International (ACI). The survey was based on airport service quality, which consider passengers’ immediate appraisal from check-in through departure at the gate. These awards represent passengers’ views on 34 key service indicators. ACI has ranked has ranked Delhi and Mumbai airports as second and fifth best, respectively amongst airports handling 25-40 million passengers annually. Hyderabad airport was ranked second amongst airports handling 5-15 million passengers.
Chinese firms eye $1b airport project in Nepal Five Chinese and two Spanish joint venture (JV) firms are vying for a $1 billion contract for upgrading the Gautam Buddha Airport at Bhairahawa near Lord Buddha’s birthplace Lumbini, close to the India-Nepal border. The five Chinese firms – Sino Hydro Corporation, North-West Civil Aviation Building Company, China Harbour Engineering, China Overseas Engineering Group and China Volant Company – and the two Spanish JVs – Sanjose and Kalika, and Isoluf Carson and Carvian – are in the fray to win the project,
which aims to bring millions of Buddhist tourists to Lumbini within a decade. The unique geo-political positioning of Nepal between India and China, the growing Chinese influence in the Himalatan nation’s various infrastructure-related projects like telecom, road and rail links and hydro-power project and the construction of the airport at Bhairahawa and another in Pokahara, a major tourist hub in Nepal, are coming under The Asian Development Bank, the Nepal government and OPEC Fund for International Development will fund the project.
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Maha bullish on foray of major foreign bidders for NMIA The Maharashtra government expects at least a dozen international airport companies, including Changi Airports International Pte. Ltd and Fraport AG, to bid for the proposed Navi Mumbai International Airport near Mumbai. Top officials from the City and Industrial Development Corporation of Maharashtra Ltd (CIDCO) has already met Flughafen Zurich AGand and further meetings with some of the leading airport developers from the UK have been scheduled. The Hochtief Group of
Germany, a consortium of Ferrovial SA andMacquarie Group Ltd, Flughafen Munchen GmbH of Munich, Aéroports de Paris of France, TAV Airports Holding Co. of Turkey, Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd, ADC and HAS Airports Worldwide Inc. of Texas, Abertis Infraestructuras SA of Spain and Dublin Airport Authority Plc of Ireland are some of the other firms that could participate in the bidding process. The last date to apply for the request for qualification (RFQ) document is June 18, 2014.
Hyderabad Airport to become international hub
Ahlers to focus on chemical logistics in India Belgium-headquartered $275-million logistics group Ahlers, which has completed a decade in India, seeks to lay stronger thrust on chemical logistics business in the country as part of its growth strategy 2018, which envisages Indian arm more than doubling its present turnover of Rs 110 crore in the next five years. It sees favourable opportunity to add chemical logistics to its bouquet of offerings due to the
absence of infrastructure and services in chemical cargo transportation segment in the country. Ahlers India is chalking out plans to join hands with local players to operate chemical warehouses in Maharashtra and Gujarat as it aims at offering storage solutions to Indian companies that want to export chemicals out of India as also to global firms that ship chemicals to Indian market.
Kedaara Cap in negotiations with Mahindra Logistics Kedaara Capital, a private equity (PE) firm is in advanced talks with Mahindra Logistics Ltd , a subsidiary of Mahindra and Mahindra Ltd (M&M), to invest $60 - $70 million for a significant minority stake, according to the sources. If the deal works out, it will be Kedaara Capital’s debut transaction. Last year, Kedaara Capital closed its maiden PE fund with a corpus of $540 million.
It would be the biggest transaction in the logistics business since US buyout firm KKR and Co. Lp and Goldman Sachs Group Inc. invested a combined Rs.268.8 crore in TVS Logistics Services Ltd in April 2012. Mahindra Logistics was started in 2000 as a strategic initiative intended to enhance the group’s focus on logistics services to both internal and external customers.
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LOGISTICS The Ministry of Civil Aviation has identified Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad among the airports for development as international hub. An international airport is an airport designated by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) contracting State in whose territory it is situated as an airport of entry and departure for international air traffic. On the other hand, a hub is an `international airport’ where facilities are planned to handle large volume of transfer/connecting passengers along with one or more carriers having a base at the airport with ability to provide wide network on domestic to domestic, domestic to international, international to domestic and international to international sectors. Besides Hyderabad Airport, Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Kolkata and Chennai International Airports have been identified for development as international hubs.
DHL all set for post-GST opps
Global logistics firm DHL’s plans to restructure and expand its India operations, with planned investments in modern warehouses, trucks, IT solutions and human resources . Part of the €55 billion Deutsche Post DHL, the firm is restructuring its operations to create two entities to independently handle its supply chain and logistics (freight forwarding and customs brokerage) business. The supply chain business will now be handled by a separate legal entity, DHL Supply Chain India, while the freight forwarding and customs brokerage business will continue to operate under DHL Logistics. It is also speeding up its Rs 680 crore investment in India,
involving expansion of its warehousing and transportation infrastructure, putting in place an IT-enabled warehouse management system and doubling its headcount to 10,000 employees by next year. “We are putting the latest post-GST solutions in our entire supply chain business. We want to be fully prepared to take on the post-GST logistics requirements of Indian corporates and MNCs,” Vikas Anand, MD, DHL Supply Chain India, said. The overall logistics market in India is estimated at $125 billion, with the share of organised 3PL sector being about $ 2 billion. It will account for about 13 per cent of the total logistics market by 2015, up from six per cent in 2008.
Gammon Infra MPT terminal’s work to start soon The long-pending dredging work that hindered at the start of Gammon Infrastructure Projects’ offshore container terminal at Mumbai Port Trust will finally start after a delay of more than six years. International Seaport Dredging turned out to be the lowest bidder with quote of 268 crore when the bids were opened last week. Other contractors bidding for the project were Dharti Dredging and Van Oord. Indira Container Terminal, a joint venture between Gammon and Dragados of Spain, was awarded in 2007 and was to be commissioned by 2010. It is a PPP on build, operate and transfer (BOT) basis. However, the necessary dredging work to increase the depth of the channel to enable entry of bigger vessels was not completed on time with the previous dredging contractor Jaisu Shipping. The project comprises 700 metres quay length in the first phase, which can be extended to 1,050 metres.subsequently in the Mumbai harbour. The cost of the project has escalated from the initial Rs 1,012 crore to about Rs 1,800 crore till today. Gammon expects the cost of the project to rise further to Rs 2,000 crore by end of 2016 fiscal. The company is finalising plans to add one million sq ft of multi-user warehousing facilities in south and central India by the end of next fiscal. It just completed adding one million sq ft in Mumbai, Pune and Gurgaon, taking its overall capacity to six million sq ft.
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Infra investment slips; HDFC chief targets new govt for growth
Canada Pension Plan may pump in Rs 2k cr in L&T’s arm
Expressing concern over decline in infrastructure investment, HDFC Chairman Deepak Parekh said infrastructure investment has derailed in the past two years and revitalising investment in the sector will be a big task for the new government. At India Economic Con vention organised by India Foundation, Deepak Parekh said the country needs $1 trillion in the 12th Plan of which 47 per cent was to come from private sector, but it has not happened in the first two years of the Plan period. Concerned over surging NPAs in banks, the banker said “as we speak, 11 banks have NPAs of over 5 per cent”. In absolute terms to be about 4 lakh crore of which about would be required to be “written off ”. Majority of this NPA comes from infrastructure sector, he added. To deal with such situation, banks need more capital. But banks, he said, has “inherent problem” in raising equity as government’s capital infusion is “inadequate”. For current fiscal govt infused Rs 14,000 crore in PSU banks and has earmarked Rs 11,200 crore for next.
Canadian pension fund Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) will invest Rs 1000 crore in the wholly owned infrastructure development arm of engineering major Larsen & Toubro, L&T Infrastructure Development Projects (L&T IDPL). L&T is also looking at a second tranche of Rs 1000 crore capital infusion into the company which is also expected to come from CPPIB 12-18 months after the first round but sources in the know said there are at least two more entitities willing to come on board. They include another Canadian pension fund entity Caisse de depot et placement du Quebec (CDPQ) and Omani sovereign wealth fund State General Reserve Fund (SGRF). Even though details of the deal are still are still not disclosed as the negotiations are ongoing, sources said, the Rs 2000 crore capital infusion will lead to a 10-15 per cent stake dilution in the company . The equity valuation of the company is around Rs 8500 -Rs 9000 crore.
Green signal for 10 infrastructure plan
‘Lack of new infrastructure projects a hurdle for India’
The Cabinet has recently cleared ten infrastructure projects costing nearly Rs 1,500 crore. The projects are for construction of flyovers on national highways at Kochi, Kollam, Alappuzha, Kozhikode, and Malappuram, construction of the Ramapuram-Nalambalam and Kanjikuzhi-Vettathukavala-Karukachal roads, and four-laning of the national highway between Chakkaraparambu and Infopark Junction on the airport-seaport road in Ernakulam. The projects are being taken up as the first phase of Rs.10,000crore sustainable and planned efforts to ensure infrastructure development (SPEEID), which envisages completing 23 works through annuity-based funding. The Cabinet also cleared the proposal for construction of Pachalam railway over-bridge as part of the Kochi Metro project at a cost of Rs 52.72 crore. It sanctioned Rs 120 crore for takeover of land for the metro between Vytilla and Petta. Of this, Rs 70 crore would be released this year.
India’s biggest concern is the lack of enough new infrastructure projects in the pipeline, the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) senior resident representative for India and Nepal, Thomas Richardson said. “Even if the cabinet committee on investment is successful in getting stalled projects up and running again, the pipeline of new investment after the stalled projects is really thin. That is the worst effect of the slowdown,” he stated. The IMF annual assessment of India shows the estimated India’s gross domestic product (GDP) growth at 4.6 per cent for FY14 and at 5.4 per cent for FY15. “India has very little room to adopt counter-cyclical policies, constrained by persistently-high inflation, and sizeable fiscal and external imbalances. Spillovers from renewed external pressures interacting with domestic vulnerabilities are the principal risks,” the report had stated.
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L&T wins new orders worth Rs 2,962 cr Infrastructure major Larsen & Toubro’s construction wing has won new orders worth an aggregate Rs 2,962 crore across various business segments. The Buildings and Factories Business has bagged new orders worth Rs 1,555 crore. This contract include a large turnkey order from an information technology major for construction of two technology centres in Bangalore and a turnkey order for infrastructure development of three government medical colleges in Cuttack, Sambalpur
and Behrampur in Odisha. Besides, an order has also been received from Cochin International Airport to build the new international terminal complex building in Kochi with the capacity to handle 10 million passengers annually. Apart from few other orders won by the Buildings Division, the Water & Renewable Energy Business of the company has bagged new orders worth Rs 726 crore including contracts for a combined water supply scheme to 1,891
habitations in Pudukkottai and Sivagangai districts in Tamil Nadu from Tamil Nadu Water Supply & Drainage Board, it said. The Power Transmission & Distribution Business has bagged new orders worth Rs 258 crore. The company also received additional orders worth Rs. 423 crore from various ongoing projects in Metallurgical & Material Handling, Heavy Civil and Transportation Infrastructure Businesses of L&T construction.
Haryana approves RIL quitting SEZ
Haryana government approved Reliance Industries’ proposal to opt out of SEZ in Gurgaon and said it will reimburse Rs 343 crore to it, lower than Rs 1,172 crore demanded by the company, for taking back the land. Mukesh Ambani led RIL had sought the reversal of 1,383.68 acres -- from
Reliance Haryana SEZ Ltd (RHSL) to the Haryana State Industrial & Infrastructure Development Corporation (HSIIDC) -- saying that the project had become unviable. An official release said the SEZ Project at Gurgaon had been rendered economically unviable due to the
mid-term corrections in the SEZ Policy viz. imposition of the Minimum Alternate Tax (MAT), withdrawal of the Tax holiday, slowdown in the global economy, prohibitively high prices of land and other problems associated with aggregation of land through private negotiations.
Bank lending to infra projects gets a boost
TN to spend Rs 13k cr to revitalise infra
Banks can continue infrastructure lending to special purpose vehicles on the strength of the guarantees or security provided by a holding company. The Corporate Affairs Ministry has for now removed a recent legal barrier that sought to thwart infrastructure lending by banks. It has clarified that a holding company can (without any limit) give guarantee or provide security for loans made by a bank to a subsidiary company. This move will particularly benefit infrastructure lending by banks, said bankers. After the enactment of the new company law, it was felt that infrastructure lending by banks could be affected as the new law placed restrictions on provision of loans or guarantees to a subsidiary company by a holding company. This is because most infrastructure projects in India are executed through special purpose vehicles route and bank lending to such vehicles are on the strength of the guarantees of the holding company.
The Tamil Nadu government presented a no new-tax budget for 2014-2015 on Thursday, seeking to improve infrastructure and promote industries in a failing macro environment to support economic growth in the state. The state government will be spending about Rs.13,000 crore in the next fiscal year to widen state highways, improve power infrastructure, and introduce new modes of urban transport like the Monorail. To improve the state’s ability to harness wind power, Tamil Nadu Transmission Corp. has proposed to set up a green energy corridor with an outlay of Rs.1,593 crore for evacuation of wind power with financial assistance from a German funding agency. As part of the financial restructuring plan for Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corp. Ltd, the government will take up liabilities worth Rs.2,000 crore in 2014-15 in line with Centre’s rehabilitation plan.
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China keen to set up industrial park in Nashik The Consul General of China in Mumbai Liu Youfasaid that China is seriously considering establishing an industrial park in Nashik. An area of 2000 acres has been identified for the purpose. According to the Consul General, the China Industrial Park will have 20-30 non-polluting, high end manufacturing and IT companies that will provide direct employment to nearly 3000 people. The Chinese Consul General was speaking to the Governor of Maharashtra K. Sankaranarayanan at Raj Bhavan, Mumbai. The Consul General informed the Governor that China has declared 2014 as the Year of Friendly Exchanges and will be hosting a festival in China in June with participation from friendly countries. He invited Maharashtra to participate in the festival.
China offers 30% rev for India
A Chinese working group submitted a five-year trade and economic planning cooperation plan to the Indian government in the first week of February, offering to finance as much as 30 per cent of the $1trillion targeted investment in infrastructure during the 12th Five-Year Plan (2012-17) to the tune of about $300 billion. That’s the biggest such offer by any one country, exceeding the funds contributed by Japan, which has traditionally financed some of India’s most ambitious projects. China has more than $3.8 trillion in reserves — which keeps rising thanks to trade surpluses with other countries — that it needs to deploy effectively. And, having already invested huge sums in its own infrastructure, Beijing has been looking further afield. It has been deploying funds in developing nations across the globe, including Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Africa, gaining influence for itself and business for its companies. India’s massive infrastructure requirement offers several opportunities to China. The economic road map presented to the Indian government has identified key sectors such as railways, roads, telecom, and nuclear and solar power among others for investment.
Supreme Infra bags Rs 118 cr order Supreme Infrastructure India rose 2.72 per cent to Rs 208 on BSE after the company said it has secured new orders worth Rs 1118 crore. Supreme Infrastructure India secured new orders worth Rs 68 crore in West India. In North India, the company received contracts aggregating Rs 887 crore. It has bagged orders worth Rs 163 crore in East India. The company is one of the leading players in India with hands on infrastructure space, focusing on areas such as roads, bridges, power, water, railways, civil construction etc.
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Tata subsidiary plays key role in Sochi Games infrastructure A subsidiary of Tata Steel Europe played a key role in creating the world-class infrastructure at venues of the Winter Olympics of Sochi. Kalzip, the leading manufacturer of tailored metal building envelopes, was involved in the complex designs of two of the six arenas built at the Olympic Park - the Bolshoy Ice Dome and the Adler Skating Arena - as well as of the swan-neck construction of the Olympic flame on the Medals Plaza. The firm, which has a presence in several European countries, also delivered aluminium-profile panels for the iconic sporting event. “The timely delivery of these complex and demanding construction projects in challenging conditions is pure testament to the commitment of our dedicated and highly experienced team,” Kalzip managing director Jorg Schwall said in a statement today. The European operations of Tata Steel, whose main steelmaking sites are in the UK and the Netherlands, comprise Europe’s second-largest steel producer.
CIDCO to partfinance State’s Rs 1,300 cr water transport The Maharashtra government’s ambitious Rs 1,300-crore Eastern water transport project, which is expected to fastrack daily commuting between Mumbai and Navi Mumbai, will now be part-financed by the City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO). The Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC), which is the implementing agency for the inland waterway project, will get a secured loan from CIDCO to the extent of 35 per cent of the total cost or Rs 400 crore at an interest of nine per cent. Earlier, the government had decided to implement the project on public private partnership (PPP) basis, but it did not receive the expected response. The project, proposed along the East Coast of the city connecting Navi Mumbai and Mumbai, will now be developed on the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) model.
Voltas- Dow Chemical to form JV Voltas and Dow Chemical is forming 50:50 JV for Voltas Water Solutions Private Ltd in India to tap the growing water and waste water treatment market. The new JV company will market and distribute standard packaged water and waste water treatment systems of capacity up to 20 cubic metre per hour to residential and commercial complexes and light industrial markets. The entity’s operations would include designing, procuring, testing, marketing, selling and servicing of such standard water treatment systems and waste water treatment systems.
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Delhi-Jaipur expressway cost hikes to Rs 32 cr The new land-acquisition law that came into force this January, touted as one of the signal achievements of the United Progressive Alliance government, is turning into a major obstacle in the way of a key infrastructure project being pushed keenly by the Prime Minister’s Office. The cost of land required for the Delhi-Jaipur Expressway has gone up three times as the new law has sharply increased the amount of money that needs to be paid as compensation to landowners for
the sites on which the projects are proposed, said officials. The National Highways Authority of India has advised the highways ministry that the project would be difficult to finance given its limited resources, an official said. The cost of land for the 272-km expressway was estimated at about Rs5,000-6,000 crore not long before the new legislation. This has now gone up to Rs18,000 crore. The entire project is now expected to cost more than Rs32,000 crore.
ADB to give $130 m loan to Indian railway infra The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will provide $130 million loan to India for improvement in railway infrastructure in the country. “The Government of India and ADB has signed recently a $130 million loan to help India improve rail services along some of its busiest and most critical freight and passenger transport routes. The ADB investment program targets busy freight and passenger routes in the states of Chhattisgarh, Orissa, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, including the critical ‘Golden Quadrilateral’ corridor that connects Chennai with Mumbai.
Doosan Infracore to use smart car technology Doosan Infracore will apply electric and electronic-based smart car technology to its heavy construction machinery. Having organized a large-scale research team with human resources from automotive industry, such as Hyundai Motor Company and GM Korea, Doosan Infracore embarked on developing ‘smart heavy equipments’ including an unmanned excavator. A company insider explained, “We are introducing electronic and electrical parts, a key topic of conversation in automotive industry, to excavators, which are mechanical equipments.” Considering characteristics of heavy construction machinery not often used for driving on the road, Doosan Infracore plans to focus on reducing safety-related accidents
during construction work rather than advanced driver assistance system (ADAS). Around view monitoring (AVM) system is an example. It combines images from four cameras and produces an integrated view to look down on an area from the sky. This system produces a considerable effect in securing safety of massive heavy equipments. In the long run, the company’s goal is to commercialize unmanned heavy equipments. The plan is to create heavy equipments that are capable of completing works even without humans riding them for projects in areas subject to risk. Doosan Infracore has already completed unmanned heavy equipment development. It only needs to commercialize the technology.
Japan co expresses interest in railway for hi-speed trains Union Minister for Railways Mallikarjun Kharge has held talks with Japan’s Jaico company for running high speed trains between Mumbai and Ahmedabad and the latter has agreed to the joint project. He said a joint survey had been completed and the railway department was planning to expand it to New Delhi. Kharge said in 2010-11 and 2011-12, the department had sustained losses but at a later point, revenue returns by means of profit through deposit had gone up to `700-800 crore.
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Maha plans light rail system for Pune IT hubs
Metro link, industrial township top projects for twin cities in 2014 State infrastructure and industrial development commissioner (IIDC), Alok Ranjan said that Rs 13,000 crore would be spent on infrastructure projects in Noida and Greater Noida this year. State government officials said that work on the Metro line expansion from Noida to Greater Noida would begin within three months. Earlier, Noida Authority had
announced the formation of the Noida Metro Rail Corporation (NMRC) at a cost of Rs 1,000 crore to expedite the project with all formalities related to its formation. The proposed Metro link will from the City Centre Metro station in Noida and would reach the Noida-Greater Noida Expresswaym, passing through Sector 32 via Sectors 51,83,101, 143, 147, Knowledge
Park II, Alpha, Delta to Knowledge Park IV before touching Pari Chowk. A part of the track will be elevated while the rest of it will be on the ground. The estimated cost of the project is around Rs 5,000 crore, which would be borne by the Noida Authority and Greater Noida Industrial Development Authority (GNIDA). This 29.707 km long line will have 22 stations.
The Maharashtra government is planning to connect the prominent IT hubs of Hinjewadi and Talawade near Pune by a light rail system, Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan has said. The light rail will connect Hinjewadi with Talawade, as the city becomes attractive for industries like auto, engineering and IT. He said, “We are focusing on developing infrastructure in Mumbai and have built a new airport terminal. A third underground metro is coming up between Colaba and Santracruz.” The CM stated that he wanted to develop one city airport in each of the State’s 33 districts, and land acquisition was underway at Chakan for a dedicated freight corridor.
Schneider in deal wth Ramco for OPTIMA software
Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management has entered into a strategic partnership with Ramco Systems, an enterprise software product company. The partnership will see Ramco’s Advanced Process Optimization software, OPTIMA, become an important part of Schneider Electric’s solutions for the cement industry.
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Saudi Export Development Authority inks pact with ArabPlast’15 KSA has become the country partner of ArabPlast 2015, the largest plastics and petrochemicals show in the region. This has led to the signing of an MoU between Al Fajer Information and Services, the organisers of ArabPlast 2015 and Saudi Export Development Authority (SEDA), a subsidiary of the Saudi Ministry of Commerce and Industry, with the goal of boosting the presence of the Saudi petrochemical industry in the next edition of the UAE’s premier specialised event. Following the signing of the MoU held in Maktoum Hall of Dubai International Convention & Exhibition Centre (DICEC), SEDA has booked a complete hall in the exhibition which is to be held from January 10 – 13, 2015. The previous edition of the bi-annual event was spread over nine halls of DICEC and attracted 900 exhibitors from 41 counties. “We are keen to be part of this successful international
trade show. We will help Saudi companies to further expand their operations through a global platform like ArabPlast 2015,” said Mr. Ahmed Alhakbani, Secretary General, SEDA. “We have already
confirmed about 7000 sqmt of space companies from the Kingdom and we thank Al Fajer for their cooperation in formalizing this cooperation.” A newly established government body, SEDA
studies the development of non-oil exports of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The organization is in charge of export development and helping overseas sales to grow at a much faster pace.
Construction and drilling training center in Dammam Leading representatives from Saudi’s oil and gas sector gathered in Dammam recently to launch the newest Saudi Petroleum Services Polytechnic (SPSP), the Construction and Drilling Training Center. His Royal Highness Prince Saud bin Naif bin Abdulaziz attended the inauguration, along with His Excellency, Eng. Ali Ibrahim Al-Naimi, Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources; Dr Ali Nasir Al-Ghofais, Governor of TVTC and
His Excellency Mr Khalid Al-Falih, President and CEO of Saudi Aramco. The Construction and Drilling Training Center is the fourth SPSP to be opened in the Kingdom, with the original SPSP campus also located in Dammam, and other centers in Al Khafji and Rabigh. The Polytechnics are a joint initiative of the Saudi Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, the Technical and Vocational Training Corporation and Chevron, Saudi
Arabia, Aramco Gulf Operations Company and Saudi Aramco. The SPSP colleges have been designed to provide training solutions specific to the oil and gas industries. The Construction and Drilling Training Center will offer courses of two years’ duration in Crane Operations, Rigging, Scaffolding and Drilling, all of which combine an academic component with practical application.
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Oman to become a major player in global trade: WTO Oman’s efforts aimed at building trade infrastructure and diversifying its economy will help the country become a major player in global trade, as well as a very competitive and low-cost producer of goods, according to Roberto Azevedo, director general of the World Trade Organization (WTO).
The WTO chief was on a two-day visit to Oman recently, during which he met a number of officials, visited several factories, and met with many Omani businessmen to discuss topics of common concern. Addressing a press conference organised by the Ministry of Commerce
Rawalpindi gets Rs 390m from IBRD Rawalpindi has received Rs390 million from the World Bank (IBRD) loan provided to the Punjab government for improving governance in the major cities of the province. The Punjab government was given $150 million loan by the World Bank for improving vital services in five big cities - Lahore, Faisalabad, Multan,
Gujranwala and Rawalpindi. For the next three years, Rawalpindi has been allocated $23.9 million and out of this amount the first installment of Rs390 million has been given to it now. Half of the money would be spent on improving the water supply and sewerage systems and the rest on upgrading the existing roads.
and Industry on Thursday, Azevedo said, “Oman is destined to be an international trading partner for reasons that include its geographical position and determination to make itself a competitive and low-cost economy in terms of production of goods and services.”
DHL offers 25% savings DHL Supply Chain plans to offer its technology customers 25 per cent reductions in total cost, by integrating repair operations within the warehouse. The company hopes both its technology services expansion and new partnerships will ensure more products in the reverse technology supply chain can be tested, screened, and repaired. The company is expanding its aftermarket Technical Services offering, with the signing of further global collaboration deals, to perform selected repair activities.
Pak mulls China for energy and infra projects Pakistan’s president is looking to strike agreements with China for joint energy and infrastructure projects valued at an estimated $20 billion as part of a strategy to build a trade and transport corridor between the countries.
Pak-China Investment Company will invest in renewable energy and infrastructure development projects in Pakistan. Decision to this effect was made during a meeting of Pak-China Investment Company Ltd (PCICL)
The PCICL is focusing on promoting Chinese investment and trade between the two countries. The management of PCICL will like to make equity investments in joint ventures of Chinese and Pakistani companies.
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ADB open to Asia-Pacific infra bank The Asian Development Bank (ADB) approves China’s proposal to establish a regional infrastructure investment bank to fund infrastructure projects, which Beijing believes could be a major driver for growth and development in Asia-Pacific. Despite the region’s recent economic successes, that saw a handful of economies register high economic growth and some getting tagged as economic bright spots, the reality is that development progress is slow — a harsh reality exacerbated by the lack of infrastructure due to insufficient resources and, at some point, expertise, a
gap which the proposed institution may help bridge. The proposal was first announced by Chinese president Xi Jinping before the APEC meeting in Indonesia last October. Xi said the idea was to let the region share China’s vast resources and expertise in infrastructure development, and encourage collaboration with
national governments and other multilateral institutions in pushing the initiative forward. According to OECD data, global infrastructure needs is expected to reach $50 trillion by 2030, including the necessity to put up and invest in climate adaptation measures in development programs worth $45 trillion until 2050. Asia, meanwhile, needs about $8.3 trillion to finance national and regional infrastructures in the next decade — a huge amount of money that even huge lenders like ADB and the World Bank may find it hard to finance on their own.
Ceva expands ops in Panama Supply chain management group Ceva Logistics has announced that it is expanding its Panama City operation to one of the newest logistic parks in Panama. Located on one of the largest such facilities in the country, the Parque Sur Industrial Park on Domingo Diaz Ave., Tocumen, the new facility is a multi-customer site which will manage the logistics needs of a number of global brands. The new warehouse has 4,400 square metres of
space with capacity for 7,000 pallet positions and 10 metres of free height. The new facility is
strategically located just five minutes from Panama Tocumen International Airport, with quick access to
the country’s major highways and triples the number of dock doors available to its Ceva’s freight management operation, including Air and Ocean transportation as well as trucking and domestic cross dock activities. All dock doors have electric ramps which can be adjusted to accommodate a truck’s floor level, saving time on the loading dock and the facility features a heavy-duty racking system for increased load capacity.
in the freight forwarding area in Dubai World Central with direct access to the new Al Maktoum International Airport in Dubai, which is designed to be the world’s largest airport
with an annual capacity of twelve million tons of cargo and 160 million passengers upon completion, and to the land side of the free zone allowing access to the sea port of Jebel Ali.
DB Schenker expands its Dubai logistics DB Schenker has begun construction on its upcoming facility in Dubai Logistics City which plans to offer general cargo warehousing, distribution and value-added services. The state-of-the art logistics centre will have a warehouse space of 8,500 square meters and a total storage capacity of
8,500 pallet positions with two mezzanine levels dedicated for value added services and spare parts operations. It will contain temperaturecontrolled areas as well as ambient temperature zones to suit the different customer needs. The logistics centre is located
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WETEX sees four-fold rise in exhibitors in 16 yrs The Water, Energy, Technology, and Environment Exhibition (WETEX 2014), which is held under the directives of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and under the patronage of HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, Minister of Finance of the UAE
and President of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), has registered impressive growth in exhibition space and products showcased. The number of exhibitors at (WETEX 2014) which will be held from April 14-16 at Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre has crossed 1,500, a four-fold rise since its
launch in 1999, consolidating its position as one of the world’s major specialised exhibitions. The exhibition area is spread over a total area of 47,230 sq.m. spread across nine halls of the exhibition centre. WETEX has seen over 56 times increase in its visitors’ numbers between 1999 and 2013. The exhibition is expected to attract 20,000 visitors in its 2014 edition.
Hill International eyes UK deals Britain’s construction market is expected to see an increase in spending on new homes and major infrastructure such as HS2 that is likely to attract more foreign investment, with one of North America’s largest construction management firms saying that it now plans to acquire a UK business to grow its presence in the market.
The UK is expected to see an increase in infrastructure spending over the next decade from major initiatives such as HS2 - the high-speed rail project linking London with parts of the West Midlands - which is estimated to cost £50bn in addition to airport and motorway expansion schemes.
The company said earlier this year that its contract backlog had now reached $1bn (£590m) for the first time in a further sign of the strength in the global infrastructure market. Outside North America much of Hill’s major project management contracts are in the Middle East where it saw a 60 per cent growth in its business last year.
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NAVI MUMBAI MUNICIPAL CORPORATION (NMMC)
HE Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC), the first eco-friendly building by any government office located in Killa Junction, Belapur, Mumbai is built at a cost of Rs 157 cr by the civic body. The building is situated in Sector 50A on a 20,000 sq.mt. plot. It has been inaugurated in February 2014. It has rainwater harvesting system, solar panels for harnessing solar energy, anti-reflective tiles fitted on terrace so consumption of electricity by airconditioners is at minimum.
the flag round the clock. The area near the flag will be kept illuminated throughout the night. Currently, 10 locations in the country have poles hoisting the flag at 207 feet. German technology has been used for constructing this green building and NMMC authorities along with architects visited UK and Germany to understand the technology required.
The first dome structure building by a government office. It is being designed as a cross between the Parliament building and a dome-shaped structure just like the one at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
The main structure was planned, keeping in mind a futuristic approach that would hold good for the next 200 years. A combination of 19th and 20th century architecture, it also bears elements from the 21st century. The building has received an ‘AAA’ rating for construction and quality. It is a perfect blend of modern and traditional architecture.
The building will have India’s tallest national flag at a height of 225 feet. The government has granted permission to fly
Some time it was delayed due to allegation on construction irregularities. Later, engineers from IIT-Bombay and
VJTI gave a clean chit after a probe. Over 1,000 workers were deployed for its construction. If everything moves in a proper direction then, NMMC’s new office can find a place in the Limca Book of World Records. The jurisdiction of NMMC starts at Digha in north and ends at Belapur in south. NMMC area has been divided in nine zones sprawling in 162.5 sq km. These are Belapur, Nerul, Turbhe, Vashi, Koparkhairane, Ghansoli, Airoli, Digha, and Dahisar. Central Business District (CBD) is the heart of Navi Mumbai. It is being developed as one of the biggest commercial as well as residential areas. CBD – Belapur is easily accessible from all parts of Navi Mumbai and Mumbai by road, rail and water transport facilities. Suburban Railway and hovercraft service directly connect Belapur to South Mumbai.
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‘The Green Way Ahead’...
ith the fast growing population and rise in pollution levels, environment concerns have grown widely and have given impetus to ‘Green’ factor. With this aggrevating problem, ‘Green’ buildings was pictured into a wide arena. Let us focus on Indian insights with global initiatives. What things are to be considered before launching ‘Green’ project? A building can also be converted into a green building by using materials that have longer gestation periods and are environmentally friendly with enough air and light.
Construction Times will feature on the materials used, certification process and its requirements, players in the segment, with experts on board. Considerations on eco-friendly concept gained momentum with TERI, IGBC, USGBC, JLL India, etc. encouraging to develop ‘Green’ projects. The recent buildings which came up compliant to ‘Green’ technology are Olympia Group, Intuit India Product Development Centre, Environment ministry headquarters, Navi Mumbai Municicpal Corporation and GIFT, which is to come up in Gujarat.
CATEGORIES FOR LEED PROJECTS IGBC for India
USGBC for International & India
New construction/ major renovation for owneroccupied buildings
Fit-out projects (LEED Commercial Interior)
Core and shell in the case of developer’s projects (usually multi-tenanted sites)
LEED EBOM (Existing Buildings – Operation & Maintenance)
Speaking on the sidelines of ratings of a project, Rajat Malhotra, COO (West Asia) Integrated Facilities Management, JLL India, comments, “Based on credit points on a scale of 100, 60+ is Gold and 80+ is Platinum. Typically, the higher the rating, the higher are the energy and water savings achieved. In general, the focus is on water and energy savings and waste management, in addition to enhanced occupant comfort and productivity. There are credits related to utilization of renewable energy, as well” He further continues on usage on sustainability that there are five credit areas, of which one is related to utilizing recycled and local materials. There is always a focus on the use of sustainable materials, though there is no restriction. Any construction can be made ‘Green’ by developing rainwater harvesting and recycled materials. The perception of these buildings as a costly affair should be discarded. Any building that demands less energy, causes less damage to environment, can conserve water or was made using recycles or energy efficient material should be considered as a ‘Green’ building.
RAJAT MALHOTRA, JLL inititaves Participates in Green building workshops Takes part as expert speakers in Green Building Congress sessions Encourages its employees to contribute as steering committee members of IGBC EB rating Has crafted its own office to meet the best practices as per green building norms Has trained and continues to train many engineers as part of its firm’s facilities management staff Actively enables certification and maintains certified buildings of external organisations. (Example - Sobha on GRIHA and green building norms)
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Engaged in the business of solar power generation and with the vision ‘to offer a simple, universally acceptable, easily maintainable system of ‘Green’ energy to humanity at large, Ujaas Energy Ltd (UEL’s), Vikalp Mundra, Joint MD says that they are proud to be the pioneers of Solar REC Mechanism in India. The company has already installed and is successfully running around 105 MW Solar power.
Detailing on Ujaas achievements, we would like to focus on Ujaas Park, a product which provides a complete turnkey solution for investors who want to become a solar power producer under REC mechanism. It is an opportunity to the investors to setup their own solar power producing units in the company’s fully developed Solar Parks. We provide end-to-end solution for setting up a solar plant hence; in true sense UJAAS TM is a one-stop solution for the investors and green energy enthusiasts. Ujaas My Site: It caters to the need of various commercial organizations, who wish to install solar power generation systems on their own premises or sites of their choice. It provides opportunity for the clients to setup solar power producing units at their own locations .The premises installation attracts
VIKALP MUNDRA, UJAAS ENERGY With an objective called ‘Own your sun’ the company started providing turnkey services in their solar parks to the green energy enthusiasts who wanted to venture in this upcoming field. The company being bullish on REC mechanism owns 14 MWs of solar PV power plants under this mechanism The company has three business verticals: Ujaas Park Ujaas My-Site Ujaas Home
very less approvals & permissions and can be executed quickly. We provide complete
turnkey solution whether it is a ground mounted or a roof top solar installation. With Ujaas Home, the company brings the power of the sun to the doorstep. Offering small off grid solutions to the customer, Ujaas provides customers an opportunity to produce clean energy for their own house. Using these small roof top solutions consumers can produce solar energy for their captive usages and save on their electricity bills. Meanwhile, Ujaas EPC team is successfully operating India’s first utilityscale Solar PV Projects under REC using three basic principles: Optimized reliable design, Cost effective sourcing and Timely delivery to ensure maximum facility’s energy yield
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Meanwhile, the blended cements like portland pozzolana cement (PPC) and portland slag cement (PSC) contains industrial by-products, the effect on environment is lesser, and due to their chemical composition, these cements become stronger with the passage of time. These cements replace ordinary portland cement (OPC) which is not eco-friendly. The cost of a building in terms of its effect on environment can be reduced by using alternatives like blended cements, geopolymers, recycled material, fly-ash bricks and substitutes for wood. ACC Ltd has been supporting the ‘Green’ concept in a big way by wisely introducing green products. ACC Concrete has developed a new concrete which has a sustainable foundation and is environment friendly, called the Ecocrete. Ecocrete is an eco-friendly product thus replacing the use of OPC to a higher extent with cement materials without replacing any other important properties. But it has a higher durability compared to OPC against external weathering loses. Besides promoting sustainable development, Ecocrete increases resistance to sulphates, reduces chloride-ion penetration, and improves resistance to aggressive environments. It reduces the heat of hydration, provides excellent durability, improves workability, pumpability and placeability during concrete pours. Another trendsetter by ACC is its new EcoBrick plant at Panagarh, Bardhaman which is the fourth such plant within couple of years.
ACC LTD To set up more than 20 such EcoBrick plants in the East Region by 2015 Will cater the emerging need of the industry in terms of raw material sourcing, selection of machineries, raw mix design to the franchisee and will ensure quality control
EcoBricks are eco-friendly, technically superior, fly-ash based bricks manufactured by state of the art technology. EcoBricks are much superior in quality than any other bricks available in the market in terms of
strength, water absorption and efflorescence. Apart from the quality and mechanical properties, they are energy and resource efficient bricks produced using cleaner production techniques. It also reduces carbon footprints. EcoBrick is a solution to this problem as it does not require any top soil excavation thus ensures preservation of natural resources. The compressive strength of this Ecobrick is more than 15 Mpa as compared to 6-7 Mpa strength for conventional clay brick, whereas the water absorption is less than 14 per cent compared to minimum 20 percent in case of normal clay bricks. This brick is also free from termite attack and require less mortar for masonry work thus reduces overall economy of construction. At the same time, EcoSand is the by-product of cement manufacturing process. ACC EcoSand is finely powdered crystalline silica which is used as a replacement for conventional sand for concrete and mortar application. Since 2009, ACC EcoSand is used for construction application. In this process uncrushed particle is separated from Limestone rocks. This uncrushed particle is called ACC EcoSand.
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MNRE move The German financial institution kfW has agreed to provide one billion euro loan. Export-Import Bank of US intended to mobilise around $250 million EXIM Bank financing for clean energy access.
Finally from the desk of the government, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has firmed up international cooperation agreements with Germany and US to establish ‘Green Energy Corridors’ in the country. In this move, the renewable energy sector will try to establish commercial cooperation for supplies of indigenously manufactured renewable energy products, systems and devices. Under India-US Energy Dialogue, a memorandum of understanding (MoU) has been signed recently for promoting energy access through clean energy (PEACE). Similarly, the European Union (EU) is helping Centre for Wind Energy Technology (C-WET), Chennai to estimate off-shore wind power potential and identify most suitable sites for establishment of off-shore wind farms in India. The Ministry has also established cooperation for initiating energy access in rural areas and promote access to clean energy in association with UNDP, World Bank and US.
Now to roof our houses we have green products, MetalTech Constructions Pvt Ltd has entered into ‘Green’ segment during the recession era with Roof Top Solar for roofing and Wind Driven Roof Ventilator for less energy consumption of ACs. Even gensets have extended their care towards environment by Cooper Corporation Pvt Ltd launching a multi-purpose Eco Pack genset .The entire range goes up to 200 KVA powered by 2, 3, 4 and 6 cylinder Cooper engines. It owes this distinction to several outstanding features and benefits like 25 per cent lower fuel consumption, 25 per cent smaller in size, 40 per cent lighter in weight, 42 per cent saving in maintenance
cost and several times quieter. Talking on pricing factor, PJM Khan, GM - business development & performance support, says, “The 10KVA- 200KVA ECOPACK genset prices are rationalised by benchmarking the market prices. However actual prices are based on scope of the genset.”
COOPER Belives that the best product promotion is through customer loyalty Gives the assurance to the customers by demonstrating the products performance at customer locations
Environment Ministry HQ Awarded 5-star rating by TERI’s GRIHA and a platinum rating by LEED Solar panels imported from the US, have a high efficiency conversion rate of 18 per cent
India’s environment ministry’s new headquarters in New Delhi which costs more than Rs 200 crores has become one of the greenest government buildings. Each time the lift in the building halts on a floor, it generates a small amount of energy. On the terrace are huge solar panels. This is where the building generates almost 1 MW of power for its needs. Thick cables from the roof converge in the power room where the DC power is converted into AC current to be used in the building. Computers here direct the power to where it is needed in the building; any extra power is routed through a cable that is connected to the power grid and is fed back to the city. Another feature of the building is the use of Geo thermal heat exchange system to cut down the power needed to run air conditioners. The building also recycles all of its water.
Going global, an environment-friendly Quebec Water Project process of treating organic waste is one step The govt of Canada will invest up to closer to becoming a reality with the $16.6 mn to this project. This maximum partnership between the governments of federal contribution is conditional on the Canada and Québec. As proposed in the deal, the biomethanation project in Québec project meeting all of the requirements City will treat municipal wastewater sludge under the Green Infrastructure Fund and the signing of a contribution agreement. in addition to organic food waste from The Govt of Quebec will be residential, industrial, commercial and contributing $43.6 mn to this project. institutional sectors, and produce biogas that will be used as an energy source; Québec City will contribute the notably for heating purposes. Site balance of the project’s estimated total preparation is scheduled to begin in August cost of $124.5 mn. 2015, with construction expected to be completed by May 2017.
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LEADERS REACH ON BOARD
â€œWe would look forward for NRLP projectsâ€? Dr Pradeep Bavadekar, MD, Mitcon Consultancy and Engineering Services Ltd speaks on exploring new markets domestically and internationally; and how the company has completed more than Rs 5,000 cr projects in India Dr Pradeep Bavadekar
MD, Mitcon Consultancy and Engineering Services Ltd
Brief us about the varied consultancy services you provide for infrastructure sector.
What are your future projects for 2014? Any major ones you are planning to fetch?
We consult in decentralized power generation viz. biomass, bagasse, coal, wind, solar and small hydro projects. We also consult in roads and industrial infrastructure development viz. cluster development.
We are establishing state-of-art office premises in Delhi, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai. We are recruiting 100 professional additionally.
Discuss about your recent collaboration with IREDA. Mitcon acts as business development associate of IREDA. We have worked with IREDA on several projects.
With such wherewithal, we shall be tapping opportunities in Gujarat, Karnataka, Tamilnadu and in northern India such as Delhi-Mumbai freight corridor. Which completed project makes you fulfilled till date? We are proud that over the past
decade we have successfully completed various power projects in India, investment in which may exceed Rs 5,000 cr. Do you have any foreign assignments? Which are the ones in your kitty? We are associated with some sugar, power, mining projects in Brazil, Indonesia and Comoros. As per your opinion, which projects you feel can give a makeover shift to India? We look forward to get associated with some of them viz. NRLP.
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Africaâ€™s Golden Gateway Ghana is one of the five African nations along the northern coastline of the Gulf of Guinea. Let us get into deep insights of investment opportunities, bilateral relationship with India and specific macroeconomic targets to be pursued for the medium term (2014-2016) budget.
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hana has attracted the well-known international businesses eye-balls in all sectors. The businesses have forayed due to conducive social, political and economic environment in which they can invest, grow and be successful. On infrastructure front, all modes of transport in Ghana are dominated by the state. Except road transport, the public sector has been heavily involved in operations in all modes and has monopoly over rail and inland water transport.
Budget 2014-16 Budget 2014-16 An average real GDP (including oil) growth rate of at least 8% An average non-oil real GDP growth rate of at least 8 An inflation target of nine per cent An overall budget deficit of 6% by 2016 Gross International Reserves which will cover not less than 4 months of imports of goods and services by 2016.
In 2014, the Centre will give a major push to its investment drive to increase foreign direct investment (FDI) by 20 per cent and stimulate $1.0 billion worth of domestic private sector investment.
The bilateral trade between India and Africa is reported to be $70 bn in 2012-13. However, the Indian government has targeted it to $200 bn by 2020.
of Credit (LOCs) earmarked for developmental projects like railway rehabilitation, setting up of textile, cement, tractor assembly, agro and food processing, rural electrification and transmission and irrigation with credit commitments of around $6.5 billion for financing exports from India to cover around 48 countries in Africa.
Investment opps in Ghana
Ghana had a business-friendly environment since pre-independence period. It has been encouraging the investors to nurture successful projects till today. The Ghanaian government believes that private players are the key drivers for faster pace of progress and economy.
Fact file Democratic government and ensures accountability on political front On investment side, it guarantees against expropriation of foreign investments Road networks, airport terminals and harbour infrastructure have been expanded Investors from India are welcome to consider Ghana as the ideal investment destination
Export opps in India
To woo the trade between Ghana and India, efforts are being carried out to promote export items from Ghana into India. Ghana deals majorly with imports of machinery, pharma products, etc.
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Doing business in Ghana Oil & Gas
Ghana has attracted interest in this segment in recent years. The Petroleum (Exploration and Production) Law, 1984 (PNDCL 84), sets out the policy framework and describes the role of the Ministry of Energy, which regulates the industry. The Ghana National Petroleum Corp. (GNPC), which is entitled to undertake petroleum exploration and production on behalf of the government, is authorized to enter joint ventures and production-sharing agreements with commercial organizations.
Road transport is estimated to 96 per cent of passenger and freight traffic in Ghana and about 97 per cent of passenger miles in the country. The aim is to have many of the existing highways tolled and private-sector participation in road construction and ownership.
The country is at the hub of an extensive international and national airline network. KIA remains the leading and preferred airport in the sub-region. Ghana handles the highest volume of cargo in the sub-region and has all the requisite safety facilities, recommended practices and security standards.
Ghana has opened up the economy for prospective independent power producers (IPPs) under very clear policy framework. Ghana has 1925 MW installed capacity as of now and additional 1615 MW is under process. The government expects to add up to 5,000 MW by 2015, thus IPPs are aggressively participating. The grid of Ghana is linked to West Africa Power Pool Project so all energy generated has a ready market in the sub-region.
and improve speed by the government.
Government plans to develop the rail network more extensively to handle up to 60 per cent of cargo movement between the ports and neighboring countries to the north of Ghana and elsewhere. Investment is sought for restoration of the network
The Volta Lake is the largest man-made lake in the world stretching 415km form Akosombo 101km north of Accra, to Buipe in northern Ghana, about 200km from Ghana’s border with Burkina Faso. As a waterway, the Volta Lake plays a key role in the ‘Ghana Corridor’ programme by providing a useful and low cost alternative to road and rail transport between the north and the south. Volta Lake Transport Company (VLTC) carries 88,000 tones of cargo annually.
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Encouraging Biz GTFC
Ghana Trade Fair Company (GTFC) Ltd is an autonomous self-financing state-owned enterprise. It is administratively responsible to the Ministry of Trade and Industry.
The Ghana Export Promotion Council (GEPC) has the sole responsibility to develop and promote exports of nontraditional products.
The Ghana Export Promotion Authority (GEPA) is the National Export Trade Support Institution of the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MOTI) responsible for the facilitation, development and promotion of Ghanaian exports.
The Federation of Association of Ghanaian Exporters (FAGE) is a private organization of Ghanaian exporters and importers associations. It consists of over 2,500 exporting firms from various sectors. The primary goal is to be the premier provider of technical and information services to facilitate transactions between Ghanaian firms and their global partners.
The Association of Ghana (AGI) Industries is a non-profit voluntary business association with large, medium and small industries operating in all parts of Ghana. The companies in the Association account for the majority of the nation’s industrial output.
The Ghana National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GNCCI) is a formation of four earlier existing chambers of commerce. GNCCI is an association of business operators, firms and industries set up to promote commercial and industrial interests in the country.
The Private Enterprise Foundation (PEF) is a private sector body devoted to the healthy development of the private sector in Ghana through advocacy and promotion. Institute for Infrastructure Development
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A world class organization to help decision makers choose their infrastructure needs to accelerate economic development and growth. It deals with core area like urban development, transport, water, energy and environmental sanitation.
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Ghana Free Board Zones
There are 11 main sectors that have been identified as priority areas for foreign direct investment. We will discuss the areas we consider for Construction Times.
Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Ghana has various institutions offering training in different aspects of ICT. Thus Ghana offers a steady stream of young professionals with marketable skills in ICT. ICT enabling infrastructure is being developed in the country.
Ghana has been recognized consecutively as Top 10 Reformer by the World Bank and Best Investment Climate’ by African Business Awards too. Also during economic downturn, where most countries did not show good growth levels, Ghana had an economic growth rate of 7.3 per cent breaking a record high. At the same time, when GIPC registered over $3 bn worth of investment, it is evident that Ghana’s highest recognition has come from the investor community. Further, the government has implemented the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) bill this year, which seeks to mobilise private sector support for the implementation of development
There is an untapped pool of skilled labour in the tool manufacturing industry. The introduction of new technology in this sector will enhance the skills base of Ghanaians and will facilitate production of tools for export. Opportunities exist in the ceramics sector for the production of building and household ceramic products. There is a ready supply of raw materials for this industry.
The Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC) provides investment opportunities in technology and services in sector like heavy equipment hiring, storage industry, cold chain equipment, factory building technology, etc.
interventions, before Parliament for approval. The PPP strategy, which is described as a long term solution to Ghana’s infrastructure challenges, is being adopted by the government to help address the infrastructure deficit without overburdening the government budget. Even the country government has taken initiative to establish Ghana Infrastructural Fund (GIF), to boost the development of infrastructural projects in the country recently. To add more feather to the cap, The Government of Ghana (GoG) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have signed for Annual Work Plans for 2014. 2014, has seen a given a new phase of Ghana to the world.
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African REACH Updates
India to use 3rd country funds for Africa’s growth India said it can help build infrastructure and expand growth in Africa by using cheap funds from third countries like Japan and Singapore. These funds can be used in developing long-term infrastructure development (projects) in Africa and help Indian companies which find it difficult to fund projects with such long gestation periods.” To grow their businesses, Indian companies require major capital infusion at cheaper rates to counter the growing influence of Chinese products and companies in Africa. Currently, China has made significant inroads in mining and infrastructure sectors in Africa. However, Chinese companies have been criticised
for only employing Chinese workers in major projects and not developing local skill base in Africa. Global consultancy firm McKinsey in its
Leventis Motors forays into Nigerian mkt Leventis Motors, a division of AG Leventis Nigeria PLC has launched two New Foton truck models and two new JCB Equipments, at its assembling plant, Apapa, Lagos. Leventis Motors is the authorized Dealer for Foton Trucks and JCB Equipment for PAN Nigeria. The new JS 205 LC is specially designed to work under the tough working environment in Africa. This 21.5 Ton 360 tracked excavator is having 140 HP Cummins Engine, six cylinders – inline
DI pump. The excavation bucket is 1.02m3 with 600mm tracks and specially designed cabin operator friendly cabin provides more productivity with less fatigue. The machine comes with factory fitted hammer pipe work. The Unique compact Back Hoe-Loader 2DX is exceptionally versatile on handling the multiple applications. The 2DX comes with 49.5 HP KOEL Engine with front shovel of 0.55 m3 with 0.18 m3 excavation bucket.
report titled ‘Joining Hands to Unlock Africa’s Potential A New Indian Industryled Approach to Africa’ also pointed out that cheap third country funds can grow Indian businesses in Africa. Currently, Indian investments account for 6.5 per cent of total foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows into Africa and India-Africa bilateral trade accounts for six per cent of Africa’s total trade. The report added that as African nations continue to grow, they need constructive foreign investment and Indian industry could greatly contribute to their development by creating employment, spearheading talent and developing infrastructure.
Nigeria tops as Africa’s biggest economy Nigeria has surpassed South Africa as Africa’s biggest economy, rebased gross domestic product (GDP) figures from authorities showed. The biggest oil producer in Africa climbed to the 26th largest economy in the world, according to the statistics announced by Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala. IMF and two other international financial institutions have endorsed Nigeria’s new GDP figures. Manufacturing moved from about two per cent to almost seven per cent, which is significant.
Indo-Afro meet talks on projects worth $85 bn in Delhi Around 549 projects worth around $85.37 bn were discussed at recently concluded India-Africa conclave conducted by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in New Delhi. African nations have evinced keen interest in Indian businesses ranging from
agriculture, energy, rail link to healthcare. India’s Minister of State for Commerce & Industry EM Sudarsana Natchiappan said African companies have identified major investment opportunities in the upcoming National Investment & Manufacturing Zones (NIMZs) and large
industrial corridors in India. A Ugandan minister at the conclave said Uganda is seeking Indian investments and expertise in expanding its industrial base and is ready to provide India Inc. a gateway to the 150 million people-strong East Africa market.
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AFRICAN REACH UPDATES UPDATES
Totally Concrete Expo to kick-off on May 26 Totally Concrete Expo is Africa’s biggest gathering of qualified buyers and sellers for the concrete and construction industry. It will take place from May 26 – 28, 2014 in Johannesburg. With participation from 25 African countries and over 40 countries, the exhibition in 2014 will focus on sustainability and innovation for every professional active in the sector. There will
be over 150 speakers, three pre-conference seminars, over 700 C-level delegates and more than 3,300 visitors.
The visitors can learn about state-of-theart concrete and construction technologies
from more than 120 exhibiting companies and sponsors showcasing new technological developments. Attend exhibitor workshops that provide training and introduce new technologies. The Expo in conjunction with the African Construction Expo presents the 2nd Annual Women in Construction Excellence Awards to be hosted on May 28.
India, Zim boost ties in infra India and Zimbabwe have decided to enhance cooperation in sectors such as pharmaceuticals, infrastructure and health to boost trade and investment between the countries. This was agreed during a meeting between Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma with Zimbabwe Vice President Joice T R Mujuru and Industry and Commerce Minister Michael Bimha in Harare recently. During discussions, it was also decided to speed up implementation of various projects being executed under the India-Africa Forum Summit Programme, including a Food Testing Laboratory (FTL), a Rural Training Park (RTP) and a Vocational Training Centre (VTC). “India is mulling setting up an FTL in Zimbabwe at an approximate cost of $2 mn. India is also in the process of setting
up RTP and a VTC,” it said. Besides, Sharma offered organising a special programme to train the Zimbabwean government officials and private sector
executives in international trade. “This training will be organised at the Centre for WTO Studies, Indian Institute for Foreign Trade, New Delhi,” it added.
Namibia unveils $5.5 bn budget Namibia has announced a $5.5 billion budget on for 2014-15 up by 26.7 percent compared to last year as it looks to spend more money on infrastructure. In presenting the budget, Finance Minister Saara KuugongelwaAmadhila put growth in the uraniumrich southern African country in 2013 at 4.8 per cent, and forecast five per
cent for 2014 and 4.8 per cent for 2015. “A substantial element of fiscal support to the economy lies with the provisions of infrastructure that promotes private investment and trade and the provision of critical social services in infrastructure and health,” she said. The sparsely populated desert country plans to invest heavily in
infrastructure in the next few years as it tries to realise its ambition of becoming a gateway into southern Africa. More than 16 billion Namibian dollars will go into the port of Walvis Bay and transport corridors, putting it in direct competition with the ports of Cape Town and Durban in neighbouring South Africa.
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AfDB, Kenya inks pact for infra projects The African Development Bank (AfDB) and the government of Kenya in Nairobi, Kenya signed loan and protocol grant agreements of $97 mn and $120 mn for the Thwake multi-purpose dam & Outer Ring road projects, respectively. The Nairobi Outer Ring road project involves the improvement of the existing single carriageway road to a two-lane dual carriageway. The construction will include service roads, grade separated intersections, pedestrians–foot-over bridges, walkways and cycle tracks over the entire length of the road. The 13-kilometer project, on completion, is expected to directly enhance the traffic circulation and eliminate traffic bottlenecks to various economic activity centers such as the industrial zone, and the vast populous residential areas of Eastlands. Thwake Multi-purpose Water Development Program (TMWDP) comprises a multi-purpose dam for water supply, hydropower generation and irrigation development. It will also provide regulation of flows on Athi River downstream of the dam for flood and drought mitigation.
Nigeria announces power sector fund
The Nigerian Government has established a power sector investment fund to enable players in the industry access cheap funds for long-term development in the power sector. Vice President Mohammed Namadi Sambo said, “Only 55 per cent of the Nigerian population has access to electricity presently and this arises mainly from the fact that Nigeria’s per capita electricity generation is relatively one of the lowest in global terms.” According to him, the financial
resources for the special fund will be pooled from the Federal Government’s Development Financial Institutions (FDIs) as well as local, global and financial partners. He also averred that the electricity supply from the national grid is still as low as 50 per cent and in order to meet the strategic national economic growth and developmental goals contained in the Vision 20:2020 and the Transformation Agenda, decisive and courageous measures towards the 40,000 megawatt target in the years ahead needs to be taken.
Kenya plans PPP to develop new airports Kenya plans to use public private partnership (PPPs) to construct new airports, a senior government official said. Transport and infrastructure Cabinet Secretary Michael Kamau told in Nairobi that Kenya needs new airports in order to cope with growing demand in the aviation. “Private investors have already expressed interest in developing new airports,” Kamau said during a tour of Wilson airport which is one of Kenya’s
busiest airports. He noted that the airport has been operating without a master plan. “We hope that its master plan will be approved by all stakeholders in the next three months,” he said. According to the Kamau, public funds are not sufficient to build the required number of facilities, hence the need to collaborate with the private sector. He said that over 1,300 aircraft have been registered in Kenya.
Zambia to get major airport projects Four international airports in Zambia are set for fundamental transformation with the release of nearly one billion dollars. Financial injections have been made
by government to the tune of $360 million for Kenneth Kaunda International Airport, $522 million for Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe International Airport, $50 million for
Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport while the cost of revamping Mfuwe International Airport is as yet under consideration.
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Navi Mumbai International Airport (NMIA)
1 N MIA is one of the world’s largest Greenfield state-of-the-art international airports. India’s biggest projects till today and among the world it is among the eighth biggest project. 2 Total cost is Rs 14,500 crore will be built in four phases. Entire bid calculations have been done based on first two phases of Rs 9,500 crore
485 Ha (24%) is to be acquired for the project. 5 As per the ministry of Environment & Forests (MoEF) approved Airport Master Plan, area of the proposed Airport zone is about 1,405 Ha. It consists of the core area for Aeronautical use (1,160 Ha) and an Off-Site area on Waghivali Island to be
3 Of the 2,268 hectares required for the airport project, 1,572 hectares is already in CIDCO’s possession. 4 The land in possession of CIDCO is about 1401 Ha (69%). Govt. land of about 156 Ha (7%) is being transferred to CIDCO and private land of about
developed as Mangrove Park (245 Ha). 6 The regeneration of mangroves is also proposed in the No Development Zones, comprising an area of 310 Ha. at Kamothe and 60 Ha. at Moha Creek. 7 The first phase is 10 million passengers per annum to be completed by 2018 and expected to reach 25 and 35 by 2030 they have to reach 60 million passengers per annum. 8 Situated on National Highway. 4B near Panvel in the geographical centre of Navi Mumbai and at a distance of approx. 35 km from the existing Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA) in Mumbai.
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9 The NH provides the main road access to the airport from the east, whereas the Aamra Marg provides road access to the airport from the west. The airport is also accessible from the existing Mankhurd-Belapur-Panvel commuter rail corridor from Khandeshwar ralway station and from the Targhar railway station on the Nerul – Uran railway line presently under development. 10 The City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO) holds 26 per cent in the airport 11 Despite getting environmental clearance from the Centre almost three
years ago, the project was stuck due to protracted negotiations with farmers who wanted a compensation package of Rs 20 crore per hectare or 35 per cent of the land bank as a developed plot. 12 The project-affected persons (PAPs) in November last year agreed to Maharashtra government’s offer of 22.5 per cent of developed land for every hectare of land acquired. The government has also agreed to offer one floor space index (FSI) for 12.5 per cent of developed land and 2.5 FSI for another 10 per cent. Further, the PAPs would get three times more land to the current residential plot they occupy.
13 Tata Realty and Infrastructure Limited (TRIL) was keen to participate in airport projects and had tied up with Singapore’s Changi airport to develop and manage airports in India. 14 The Essel group too has shown interest in airport development projects in the country and has tied up with US-based ADC & HAS Airports Worldwide as its partner. 15 Amongst the foreign airport developers Zurich Airport which holds a minority stake in Bangalore Airport has expressed desire to participate in Navi Mumbai airport.
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TrellisTM, a groundbreaking DCIM innovation from Emerson Network Power
hether you’re expanding, consolidating or planning your IT infrastructure; monitoring and tracking data center is absolutely crucial. The sheer scale of enterprise data centers makes it imperative to have measures and software in place to reduce inefficiencies. Enterprises need to make sure that their IT infrastructure is up and running 24x7 and business continuity isn’t affected. The ability of infrastructure software to view real-time infrastructure metrics and data helps CIOs in planning and decision making. Emerson Network Power’s groundbreaking DCIM innovation, Trellis™ platform enables enterprises to prepare for the future by mitigating IT risks and at the same time helps in increasing operational efficiency. With real-time visualization, power tracking and mobile access, Trellis™ plays a vital role in deferring capital expenses and increasing operating margin. While Trellis™ helps in improving SLAs with end-toend visibility across the infrastructure, it also helps to reduce operational expenses without compromising availability and agility. Aiding in managing remote resources more effectively, Trellis™ also improves overall efficiency with more visibility into the data center. To make sure that enterprises meet the growing needs and demands of their data center and are always on top of their IT infrastructure, Trellis™ is available in multiple components. • The Trellis™ Mobile Suite provides users control of the Trellis™ platform while walking the data center floor. With
• The Trellis™ Platform Express Edition is a bundled offering of existing functionality that is pre-configured to customer requirements and will provide new and existing customers the ability to choose from two offerings: 1) Trellis™ Facility Manager Express and 2) Trellis™ Inventory Manager Express. The Trellis™ Facility Manager Express is a bundled package of the current Trellis™ Site Manager, Avocent Universal Management Gateway appliance and Avocent Professional Services. There are two options for the Trellis™ Facility Manager Express: one, for tracking and monitoring up to 10 floor-mounted devices (FMDs) and the other, for up to 25 FMDs. • With Trellis™ Inventory Manager and Trellis™ Change Planner, you can track assets and plan changes with improved accuracy, access and availability. With Trellis™ Site Manager and Trellis™ Energy Insight, you will monitor assets and view energy consumption in real time—and detect problems before they occur.
an Apple iPad, the Trellis™ Mobile Suite provides users the flexibility needed to make changes in the data center and enables them to be productive wherever they are located. It eliminates notetaking, reduces the chance of errors through re-entering of data, increases staff efficiency and reduces time spent on audits. The Trellis™ Mobile Suite extends the real-time capabilities of the Trellis™ platform while physically being located in the data center.
• Trellis™ Inventory Manager allows users to collect a detailed catalog of all the inventory items that are placed in the data center. They can see where all devices are located and understand how much capacity (power, cooling, weight and space) is available and consumed at any point in the data center based on faceplate or de-rated values. • The Trellis™ Power System Manager allows a comprehensive view of the data center power system from utility entrance down to rack power distribution–helping managers and engineers cut energy costs and maximize capacity.
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TULS Corp Pvt. Ltd Introduction 4Projects®, a Viewpoint Construction Software Company®, has signed an agreement with India-based, TULS Corp Pvt. Ltd., to bring the company’s project and BIM collaboration tools to the Indian construction market. 4Projects are a market leading innovator in their field, specializing in the Building and Infrastructure sectors. Established in 2000, 4Projects are a profitable award winning provider of SaaS (Software as a Service) collaborative software. They have experience of helping more than 2,000 global project teams with a combined value of $250bn. This equates to over 230,000 global users across 40,000 organisations. Software Introduction Building and Infrastructure projects can be complicated. Project teams can be made up of lots of different people (Clients, Consultants, Contractors) from many dispersed organisations. Teams need to immobilise quickly and work together effectively to deliver on time and within budget. They have to work together to control and mange high volumes of drawings, documents and processes. Doing this effectively; whist under pressure to deliver more for less is a huge challenge and is pretty much impossible without effective collaboration. The consequences of getting collaboration wrong are significant. 4Projects recognise the critical role collaboration plays within the Building and Infrastructure sectors and they understand the challenges faced on a daily basis. Their easy to use collaborative toolset gives users full control of every stage of the project lifecycle. Being a SaaS model means you don’t need any expensive IT Infrastructure and mobilisation takes hours not days. Their low cost solution can be used on an individual project, program or
across an entire business enterprise. Document Management 4Projects makes it easy to store, share and control large quantities of documents. Create your own secure folder hierarchy to manage documents such as contracts, schedules, specifications, correspondence, reports and minutes. ustomise and save different views including issue sheets and thumbnails ideal for viewing photographs for site progress. Easily upload and download individual and multiple items using different methods, browse for files, email and drag and drop. Capture important meta-data while automatically notifying the relevant project team members. Giving you the full confidence that everyone is working from the most recent version. Upload new revisions, Supersede and record revision history or make live changes. Their integrated viewer allows users to view and mark-up documents without the need of additional software. Easy overlay to compare versions, make notes, comments and mark-up directly on the file. 4Projects will capture a full audit trail history to track changes and deliver compliance requirements. View, export and report on critical project information quickly and easily. Search on everything from document names, metadata fields to the text contained within actual documents. Save the search as a report and run it whenever you need to. Virtual folders help how you manage works packages, tenders, planning applications, standard libraries, O&M and health and safety files. 4Projects Transmittals allows you to control distribution of formal documents in individuals or groups ensuring the right information reaches the right people and the right time. Project teams can relax as 4Projects helps control and seamlessly automate your
review and distribution processes, control your design, change control and financial approval and have complete confidence that items entering a workflow will follow a pre-defined sequence notifying the right individuals to take action at the right time. Drawing Management Effective drawing management is essential to the success of any project. 4Projects allows all members of the project team to easily locate and access the most recent drawings in real time using our powerful search options and familiar looking navigation tree. Traditional headaches such as maintaining a drawing register, completing issues sheets and drawing revision control are taken care of easily. Uploading individual items or batches of drawings is simple using their drag and drop functionality. Capture vital metadata and notify the relevant project team members. Beyond simply storing and sharing drawings 4Projects provides a platform to implement greater controls through their workflow module. Existing workflows can be replicated and automated providing full visibility and control over the entire design review and drawing approval process. Their integrated viewing tool means there is no need for additional software to allow 4Projects’ users to view mark-up and comment on drawings even if they don’t have the software they were created in. Reporting tools make it easy to track progress, recognise bottlenecks which may occur during the design phase. On approval; batches of drawings can be added to works packages or transmittals and easily distributed to the appropriate parties. Drawings can then be viewed, downloaded or printed at a click of a button. As you would expect with 4Projects all this is achieved in a fully secure and audited environment.
Information – Communication – Process = Simple!
TULS Corp Pvt. Ltd., recently announced the launch of 4Projects online collaboration services. The launch was officially announced by Dr. M. S. Sudarshan, Secretary General, Association of Consulting Civil Engineers, India and Senior Director, Civilaid Technoclinic Pvt. Ltd, Bangalore, a Bureau Veritas Group Company. “Conventional tools tend to make the project communication slower and inefficient. In India, the construction industry needs technology to support and enhance its team communication, data and drawing management. This in turn shall enhance the efficiency of construction companies and thereby reduce project costs and time overruns.” Vaibhav Satpute, Managing Director, TULS Corp Pvt. Ltd said. 60 | Construction Times | aPRIL 2014
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Tekla launches version 20 in Jaipur
ekla India, a building information modeling (BIM) software to the engineering and construction markets, recently announced the availability of Tekla Structures 20 at its 7th Annual User Meet in Jaipur. The newest version of Tekla’s BIM software improves construction workflow efficiency by providing the means to better organize models manage tasks and avoid structural clashes. What’s more, the constructable models created with Tekla can incorporate more detailed information than ever before. The gathering witnessed over 300 participants from industry’s leading companies such as L&T Engineering, Prothious, ICAD, Structure Online, Simon India, B G Shirke, M N Dastur and Alstom Engineering. With the new version launch, the event also aimed at bringing together its customers to discuss the latest developments and technologies in the rapidly growing sector andlaying the foundation for BIM adoption to this space amongst the huge potential education market in India. One of the main highlights of the event was the most popular Tekla India Model Competition which is arranged yearly and facilitates as a platform for Tekla customers to showcase their success stories worldwide. Speaking on the occasion Nirmalya Chatterjee – COO & Business Director, Tekla India said, “Our continuous effort is to introduce new developments and technologies for the infrastructure industry,
this year it’s Tekla Structure Version 20. The Tekla India User Meet gives us a platform to communicate with our customers in India as well as in the neighboring countries, and exchange trending ideas with latest technological updates. The user responses that we have garnered year-on-year has been simply incredible, witnessing the highest number of participates from top companies in the space.”
progressively more important. While information management remains at the core of BIM, building today’s structures requires more information than ever before. Tekla Structures 20 meets this requirement by expanding the capacity of constructable Tekla models to easily handle the large amounts of information needed to accurately reflect the detail contained in complex build structures.
These new technologies include a portfolio of synergistic software and hardware helping companies to digitize workflows and minimize rework across the Design-Build-Operate lifecycle (DBO). They are focused on optimizing collaboration so that managing the moving parts of complex building programs becomes easier and smarter. As BIM penetrates construction industry processes, architectural trends produce increasingly complex shapes, and buildings include more refined technology, information exchange becomes
New Tools for Better Information Management Tekla Structures 20 brings even more detailed information and flexibility to modeling, while reducing the need for manual data transfer. Information now flows more efficiently from design, purchasing and production to the shop floor. Tekla also provides more links to analysis and design (A&D) solutions to remove the technical and compatibility barriers that compromise workflow between project teams and subcontractors using different types of applications.
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Ashish D Gharpure, Director & COO, Maccaferri Environmental Solutions Pvt Ltd talks about how to opt for eco-friendly options and how Indian mindset should accept the dynamic world.
Ashish D Gharpure
Director & COO, Maccaferri Environmental Solutions Pvt Ltd
“We don’t want to sell products; we want to offer solutions” What is your company’s objective? We don’t want to sell products; we want to offer right solutions. In the last seven years in India, we have grown ten-fold. The motto ‘Engineering a better solution’ has made Maccaferri successful by creating a stronger foothold in more than 100 countries. What is the design software used in your construction?
Our EPC division performs functions of design, supply and construct. Apart from cost effectiveness, we go for environmental friendly options. Our first solution was gabion structures. It is flexible, adaptable, permeable and local labors can be employed for construction. These are breathable structures which are used for river bank stabilization.If a concrete wall is built along the
river banks it doesn’t allow the river to interact with the biomass of the bank, ceasing its breathing, whereas gabion structure allows natural self-purification to the river. For instance, when the river is flooding and concrete wall is constructed, the flowing water is restricted within the concrete walls. But once you have per-
We have our in-house design and construction capabilities for our product. This design is applied on our products exclusively thus guarantying the construction. We ensure our brand loyalty to the client through this process. The softwares used are Macstars (Maccaferri Structural Analysis for Reinforced Soil) and Macra (Maccaferri River Analysis) etc. What are the services and eco-friendly methods adopted?
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meable structure, which can allow water to pass through, then you are actually recharging your ground water reservoir. In reverse, when the rivers are drying up the ground water can feed the river. For Mithi River, we have done a portion of it with gabion structure. Another one is Sabarmati River where we have focused on river front development by building bank retention structure for a pilot stretch of around 500m. We have also built structures on Godavari, Ganga, Yamuna, Mahanadi, Narmada rivers etc. all across India. What are your current projects? Currently, we are working on more than 40 projects; Sikkim Airport, NH 22 and Pink City Expressway (Delhi-Jaipur) are to name a few. For highways, we are providing segmental wall solution for the flyovers. These retaining structures are much cheaper than the traditional concrete walls. What are your new verticals? We have forayed into rock fall protection since last two years. Due to lot of hill roads getting constructed the rock keeps falling, impeding the traffic flow, which finally affects the finance of the toll companies. In order to avoid such disasters, we have adopted many methods. One method is simple drapery; where the netting is just to safeguard public as the rockfall will get guided under the net avoiding accidents. There are preventive methods like cortical strengthening, drilling and rock bolting. One of the protectitive measures is to build a barricade. These are called as rockfall barriers. These suggested methods are effective but need to be maintained. Whenever there is any disaster you try to mitigate it. The product used is steel mesh wires and these barriers are of ringnets, designed to meet specific energy level. Before constructing it, we calculate the generated energy by the rock mass and its velocity. We range it from 500
kilojoules up to 8,000 kilojoules, depending upon the requirement. There are softwaresâ€™ to analyze the jump and trajectory of the rock. The life of structure ranges from 10 to 100 years depending on environment and maintenance. Another segment is coastal erosion control and beach nourishment. Here, underwater reefs are constructed so that the waves break earlier than the shore,
so energy is lost much before the impact and the load they carry is dumped on the shore. It is a good and soft technique. Tetra pods and Hard Armors are the rigid methods to protect the shore. There is a growing inclination in the world to use softer solutions for coastal erosion control. We are increasingly using geo-textile tubes (Mactubes). In this method,
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we dredge the marine sands from the local sea and pump it inside the tube to make a structure. The life of this structure is around 10 yrs which is good enough to protect and develop the shoreline. We have used geotextile bags (Macbags) for Brahmaputra River bank protection work which is completed. Miria beach project is one of the firsts in India for beach nourishment.We are doing another one for a Petroleum firm in South India, which is a combination of sea wall and underwater geotextile tubes. The cost is much cheaper compared to traditional solution and the structures are eco-friendly. How you maintain the rock fall barriers with steel as it too has corrosion issues? Steel is definitely a go product, it gives flexibility with strength. Alternatively, if you go for polymeric net it doesn’t have weight. Steel has weight to hold the falling rock. Besides this, polymeric nets are subject to UV degradation and susceptible to catch fire. Steel has issues with corrosion, so we use heavy zinc coat (galvanization) and on top of it PVC coating as double protection sometimes. A special coating called Galfan is also being offered which has a protection life
around three times the normal galvanization. How are you associated with Govt projects as you don’t opt for bidding process? Government gives us the criteria and area of the project asking for solution. We present our service solutions to them. Eventually, we work mostly with main contractors. We do take direct government projects as well where focused solutions are needed. What is your take on incompletion of projects on time in India? And where Indians have to improve to achieve world class standard? Project delay is a norm in India rather than exception. Out of our 40 projects under execution, 30 are delayed with none of our fault. Land acquisition is one of the main reasons for delay. When we bag orders from our clients, factoring is done for delays. The situation is bad because there is no political will. One of the problem in India is we talk about life cycle cost but we actually don’t do any costing and implementation. People are least concerned about long-
term solutions and there mindset is ‘My today’s concern is today’s cost’. We are losing out overall due to this short-term mentality. Instead of minimal and sustainable solutions at a slight initial high price, people choose ‘cheaper’ solutions and keep spending over the life span of structure. On achieving world-class standard, beyond quality of construction, sustainable development focus is order of the day but we are somehow avoiding it. Reduce, Reuse and Recycle motto can also be effectively used in construction. Preserving climate and earth resources should be the focus. As rightly said by MK Gandhi, ‘There is enough for everybody’s need, but not enough for anybody’s greed.’ Are you planning for expansion? In terms of geographical expansion, there is lot of potential in Nepal as the democracy is stabilizing. Lots of people are eyeing the country where funding agencies are keen to invest. We have a factory in Nepal and look forward towards significant contribution in road and infrastructure developments in Nepal. In terms of solution range expansion, in around one year down the line; we are looking out to enter into tunneling solutions.
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echnology has given a new face to every single industry whether it is geographic or sector wise, and it has proved well in the recent years. Considering our niche topic for this issue, we will be covering on pre-engineered buildings (PEB) structures. India has started witnessing the PEB era in 1990s with the opening up of the economy and many MNCs setting up their projects. Later, its potential was recognized. At the same time, US have grabbed 60 per cent of market share in PEBs tod.ay. PEB systems are extensively used in industrial and many other non residential constructions worldwide. Industry experts expect the PEB market to grow post election and foreign direct investment (FDI) in India to get a major push. Since two years due to the downturn, the market was upsetting but
2014-15 has been showing up positive approach.
conventional buildings and is really helpful in the low rise building design.
India is way behind in terms of design of the structure and aesthetic appearance. Indian manufacturers are trying to catch up as PEBâ€™s is a new concept in India. Beside, in fabrication and other areas of PEB India is very good. As compared to other countries Indian codes for building design are stringent but safer. IS standards are upgraded continuously. Even American codes are followed here.
Generally, PEBs are low rise buildings which can be extended up to 25-30mtrs. As low rise buildings are concerned it is ideal for offices, houses, showrooms, shop fronts etc. The application concept is very economical and speedy. Buildings can be constructed in less than half the normal time. The advantages run over from low initial cost; superior product quality; fast construction; architectural flexibility; single source responsibility; low maintenance and operating costs.
Pre engineered steel buildings can go in sync with different structural accessories including mezzanine floors, canopies, fascias, interior partitions etc. and the building is made water proof by use of special mastic beads, filler strips and trims. This is a very versatile building system and can be finished internally to serve any functions and accessorized externally to achieve attractive and unique designing styles. It is very advantageous over the
The design codes followed are American institute of steel construction manual (AISC), American iron and steel institute specifications (AISI), Metal building manufacturerâ€™s code (MBMA), American national standards institute specifications (ANSI), American society of civil engineers (ASCE), Uniform building code (UBC) and Indian standards (IS).
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‘Need single window clearance in India for exports’ With 2014 vibes responding positively for MetalTech Constructions Pvt Ltd, R Elangovan, CEO speaks on what can drive the Indian PEB market to get more business and new projects by the company R Elangovan
CEO, MetalTech Constructions Pvt Ltd In India, people need cheapest method without considering the quality of the product. Does it acts as an hindrance in PEB industry?
the global market scenario?
What are the challenges faced in this industry?
Indian mentality acts as a problem. People want to compromise on quality by going for cheaper pricing methods inviting unorganized players in this sector.
As mentioned earlier, downturn has been hitting small scale industries due to stiffer competition from the large scale companies. The MNCs brought their prices down during the downtrend making smaller players to suffer.
Global market supports for export business. Once entered, we don’t have to look back but in India there is no system and policy transparency. The government is not extending any support on any trade front.
What skill training programmes are you providing to your employees for PEB construction? We have in-house skill training expert. We also have tie-ups with National Small Industries Corporaton (NSIC) and Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSME) in Puducherry for providing skill development activities. What factors are to be considered to maintain PEB structures for longer time period? How cost effective it is? PEB structures are built of steel. To avoid corrosion issues, we use good quality steel and coat it with zinc and aluminum. As zinc resists corrosion, aluminum reflects the sun rays to avoid heat generation. Thus, maintain it for a
The other factor is of unorganized players who don’t follow any design and codes. In India, this issue doesn’t have a strict follow-up too. Even though, corporate go for organized ones the remaining opt for unorganized players. How you envisage PEB market and the industry’s position ten years down the line? As couple of years ago, the GDP was 8.5 per cent nose-diving it to 4.5 per cent approx last year. This year the GDP graph has been estimated to climb 4.7 per cent. Even the currency bouncing back to normalcy, cheers the future of this industry. Do you have projects abroad? What is
Globally, we have recently received Rs 1 cr export order from Europe, which will be completed within two to three months. Further order is still expected. At the same time, in Caribbean, N America, Rs 2 cr order will be completed by the end of 2014. What are the new projects in 2014? Including the global projects as discussed, we have won the tender of Rs 5 cr for ONGC, Puducherry. We have proposed for Reverse Metering for promoting solar projects to Tamilnadu government but they have not initiated yet. Low cost housing orders we have bagged from Europe. In Puducherry too, we have been initiating it and are eyeing for pan India presence for the same.
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SATEC ENVIR ENGINEERING SATEC: A BRAND IN PRE-ENGINEERED BUILDINGS Satec Envir Engineering has entered pre-engineered building space understanding the huge demand and supply gap. We have expertise of more than two decades in engineering products and the state-of-art manufacturing to back up any big turnkey project. Today many companies in India are adopting new manufacturing technology for the erection of the plants. Pre-Engineered buildings (PEB’s) are the latest trend in the country. PEB’s are made putting together readymade blocks and the cost of these buildings is 20 -25 per cent lower than conventional concrete buildings. The current potential of demand in India as per reports is around 1.2 mn tonnes. The current pre–engineered steel building manufacturing capacity is 6.0 lakh ton per annum. The industry is growing at the compound rate of 25 to 30 per cent. Currently, the demand for PEBs is driven largely by the growth in manufacturing, retail and the logistics sector. The real estate consultants feel there is a lot of scope for this industry to grow, as many multinational companies in auto, retail, information technology, logistics and others have opened their production base in India. Satec is a preferred choice of many customers due to innovation and customization it provides in the steel solutions today. The company also offers pre-engineered steel buildings, storage solutions, industrial racking systems and broad array of structural steel products that cover major market segments, including oil & gas, heavy industry, infrastructure, high rise building warehouse factories and leisure structure. Our customers can be found across the country and abroad.
WHY PRE-ENGINEERING BUILDINGS? Pre- Engineered building is metal building that consists of light gauge metal standing seam roof panels on steel purlins spanning between rigid frames with light gauge metal wall cladding. It offers speed, quality and values its ideal for any nonresidential low rise buildings. Advantage of PEB are fast erection , lower cost as compared to other conventional building set up & structure can easily be expanded to need. The primary framing structure of a pre-engineered building is an assembly of I-shaped members, often referred as Ibeams. In pre-engineered buildings, the I- beams used are usually formed by
welding together steel plates to form the I section. The I -beams are then fieldassembled (e.g. bolted connections) to form the entire frame of the preengineered building. Some manufacturers taper the framing members (varying in web depth) according to the local loading effects. Larger plate dimensions are used in areas of higher load effects. Other forms of primary framing can include trusses, mill sections rather than 3-plate welded, castellated beams, etc. The choice of economic form can vary depending on factors such as local capabilities (e.g. manufacturing,
transportation, construction) and variations in material vs. labour costs. Typically, primary frames are 2D type frames (i.e. may be analyzed using 2-Dimensional techniques). Advances in computer aided design technology, materials and manufacturing capabilities have assisted a growth in alternate forms of Pre-engineered building such as the Tension Fabric building and more sophisticated analysis (e.g. 3-Dimensional) as is required by some building codes. Cold formed Z and C-shaped members may be used as secondary structural elements to fasten and support the
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external cladding. Roll-formed profiled steel sheet, wood, tensioned fabric, precast concrete, masonry block, glass curtain wall or other materials may be used for the external cladding of the building. In order to accurately design a pre-engineered building, engineers consider the clear span between bearing points, bay spacing, roof slope, live loads, dead loads, collateral loads, wind uplift, deflection criteria, internal crane system and maximum practical size and weight of fabricated members. Historically, pre-engineered building manufacturers have developed pre-calculated tables for different structural elements in order to allow designers to select the most efficient I-beams size for their projects. However, the table selection procedures are becoming rare with the evolution in computer-aided custom designs. PEB is the future and Satec Envir Engineering believes in delivering innovative technology solutions to its customers. Our manufacturing is based in Gujarat and we have strategic location advantage to undertake projects in Gujarat, Maharashtra and Rajasthan. Satec has been a market leader in the pre-engineered buildings and prefab buildings and has capacity of manufacturing steel structure of more than 25,000 metric tons per annum. Satec has adopted ISO 9001:2008 quality management system to ensure high
quality of product and services. Latest technology machines for H beam welding, H type steel flange straightening machine and H beam shot blasting machines are all as per latest technology practiced abroad. The manufacturing unit in Bhuj Gujarat has state of the art machinery and we provide customized products as per clientâ€™s requirement. Satec has worked with many big brands like Essar, L&T, Jindal Steel & Power, Monnet, Indian Oil & Reliance to name a
few. Satecâ€™s team of professionals ensures that the project is managed smoothly and without any wastage of time or material products are delivered on time. Pre-engineered buildings market is growing at a fast pace and Satec is keeping up with the trend. Still only 33 per cent people are opting for new technology in commercial buildings and in near future the market size is going to increase. We are currently scaling up our manufacturing unit to add more production capacity. We have installed new roll forming machines for c purlins and z purlins and due to strategic location of our company near to essar steel processing plant adds up to advantage of providing steel structures in big quantities at any given point. As per latest trends Satec is optimistic about the growth in the number of commercial construction adopting new trend of pre-engineered buildings in the near future.
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Shelter Incorporation For last 20 years, we at Shelter Incorporation are the leading provider of accommodation solutions for multiple industry sectors, including construction, education, commercial, healthcare & government organizations. Our clients expect to find an answer to their problems, a complete solution that meets all the clientâ€™s needs. Needs related to product availability, timely delivery, timely service, correct pricing are important considerations. Shelter products have been developed to meet all of their needs by continuous study & analyzing customer feedback. Units are available to meet a comprehensive range of requirement & can be tailored to suit customer needs. Faster erection & ready to use has made it immensely popular. Our porta cabins comes in different variants made of pre-coated GI sheet, marine ply, cement
fiber board, Sandwich panel & MS Bunk House. These can be used for prefab site office, shelters, portable toilet, colonies, telecom shelters, kitchen & dining units, recreation, mobile clinics, storage units, low cost labor camps, security & guardrooms, resort complexes. Farm houses porta cabins are not only aesthetically beautiful but rugged enough to withstand extreme conditions. Ours is ISO 9001:2008 Co., we have strict quality control. Our order book is always full. Porta cabins can be Air-
conditioned, TV & all the modern household equipments can be fitted for residential use. Office cabins are fitted with office furniture cabling, telecommunication & networking. Prefabricated Structures are costeffective in long run. Since these structures are temporary, time is saved and no approval is required from the authorities. Projects or site offices can be set up within a couple of days at no maintenance cost. This concept is also popular among builders. As soon as a project is completes the prefab structures can be dismantled and taken to a new site. With 100 per cent recovery of structure and money, a prefab structure is the first requirement of any new projects site. Thus, portable cabins have several advantages such as low cost and fast execution, custom design, factory built, low maintenance cost and easy disassembly for future expansion.
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Kirby Building Systems, a subsidiary of Kuwait based $2bn Alghanim Industries, is one of the world’s largest PEB manufacturers. The company has a total annual capacity of 4,00,000 MT across five different locations such as Kuwait, UAE, Vietnam, Hyderabad & Haridwar. Kirby Building Systems India Ltd (Kirby India) has a capacity of 200,000 MT per annum with Hyderabad and Haridwar each having an annual capacity of 100,000 MT respectively, thereby making the company a leading player in the Indian PEB market with a market share of over 30 per cent. The company has served over 4,500 customers with more than 15,000 buildings spread over an area of 20 million sqm since its inception. Kirby’s Hyderabad and Haridwar factories are ISO 9001:2008 certified. Kirby India is also a member of Indian Green Building Council
SOME OF THE UNIQUE PROJECTS Renault-Nissan, Chennai – World’s single largest PEB at one single location involving over 20,000MT of steel and spread over an area of 300,000 sqm; Pipavav Shipyard Ltd., Pipavav – One of the largest ship building facility built with a height of 40 m; Gammon India, Delhi - Preengineered Steel Bridge Girder which is one of its type in India for Commonwealth Games 2010;
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SUSTAINABLE INNOVATIONS (IGBC) and Institute for Steel Development & Growth (INSDAG). Kirby India’s buildings are designed as per the international standards in norms with AISC, AISI, MBMA, BIS, etc. and as per the customer’s requirements. The company uses its proprietary software for design and detailing of PEB structures, in addition to the standard packages which include AutoCAD, STAADPro, ProSteel, Tekla, etc. which allows all the buildings to be customized as per the unique demands of the customers. One of its popular products include KSS-600 (Kirby Standing Seam Panel) roofing system which is having double lock standing seam ends and is 100 per cent leak proof. Kirby India is the first PEB company in the country to achieve FM Global approval for its KSS-600 roofing system. Kirby India supplies its buildings with materials which are easily recyclable and do not use materials that are harmful for the environment. The company is always looking forward to be a part of green buildings and eco-friendly products.
THE COMPANY HAS EXECUTED INCLUDE Hindusthan National Glass, Nasik – World’s largest container glass manufacturing facility Hansen Drives, Coimbatore – World’s largest wind turbine gear box manufacturing facility Nipro India, Satara – 90 m long Standing Seam roofing system Danieli India Ltd, AP – Complex structure with 42 nos of cranes
running across different directions Delhi Metro, Delhi, – First of its type with curved rafters and the first metro rail to use PEB technology Bangalore Metro, Bengaluru – Sheeting through reverse rolling
S E Forge, Coimbatore – World’s largest foundry Sterlite Infratech, Aurangabad – G+6 structure to manufacture optical cable with heavy loading on each floor
Suzlon Wind Energy, Mangalore – World’s largest rotor blade manufacturing facility
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Riddhi Enterprise Anti-Crak® HD Cem-FIL® Fibers for Plastic Shrinkage Control Cem-FIL® Fibers for Plastic Shrinkage Control Anti-Crak® HD (High Dispersion) is an engineered AR-glass chopped strand designed for mixing in concrete and all hydraulic mortars. APPLICATION Anti-Crak® HD fibers are typically used at low addition level to prevent cracking & improve the performance of concrete, flooring, renders or other special mortar mixes. They incorporate easily into mixes creating a tridimensional homogeneous network of reinforcement in the matrix. Anti-Crak® HD fibers can be added at the central mixing plant to the wet concrete mix; or directly into the ready-mix truck. Anti-Crak® HD fibers do not protrude through the surface and require no additional finishing procedures. The reinforcement is incorporated in the concrete mass and is invisible on the finished surface. ADVANTAGES AND BENEFITS • High dispersion (220 million filaments per kg, 100 million per lb) • Excellent workability • Invisible on the finished surface • Does not corrode • Control and prevention of cracking in fresh concrete • Overall enhancement of durability and mechanical properties of concrete • Effective at very low dosage • Homogeneous mix • Safe and easy to handle FEATURES (nominal values)
• Fiber length: 3; 6; 9; 12; 18 mm - 1/8’1/4’’- 3/8’’- 1/2’’- 3/4’’ inches • Filament diameter: 14 μm, (0.000546 in) • Loss on Ignition: 0.55% (ISO 1980: 1980) • Moisture: 0.3% max (ISO 3344: 1977) • Material: Alkali Resistant Glass* • Specific Gravity: 2.68 g/cm3 • Softening point: 860°C - 1580°F • Electrical Conductivity: Very low • Chemical Resistance: Very high • Modulus of elasticity: 72GPa - 10 x 106 psi • Tensile Strength: 1,700 MPa - 250 x 103 psi * Our fibers are manufactured with high Zirconium content in compliance with ASTM C1666/C 1666/M-07 and EN 15422 and under the recommendations of PCI and GRCA. Area Of Applications • FLOOR SCREEDS / SLABS ON GROUND • READY MIX CONCRETE • PRECAST CONCRETE • RENDERS / STUCCO • GUNITE / SHOTCRETE HOW TO USE – DOSAGES Recommended Dosage of Cem-FIL Anti-Crak HD • 600 gms per cubic metre of concrete • 85 gms per bag of of cement. Higher Dosage Will result in better mechanical properties. DIRECTIONS FOR USE 1. While mixing Plaster/concrete/mortar in site mixer or manually, wet mix is prepared first and CEM-FIL Anti Crak
HD is added last and mixed just long enough for visual confirmation of dispertion. 2. In RMCs, cem-FIL Anti Crak HD can be added at any of the following stages, in the main, transit mixer or at the site with just I minute required for Uniform dispersion. PACKAGING and STORAGE Anti-Crak® HD fibers are packed in individual paper bags (water dispersible) or in plastic bags. Anti-Crak® HD fibers should be stored away from heat and moisture, and in their original packaging. The best conditions are: • Temperature: 15ºC – 35ºC. • Humidity: 35% – 65%. If the product is stored at low temperatures, it is advisable to condition it in the workshop for at least 24 hours before use to prevent condensation. QUALITY STANDARDS – CERTIFICATION • Cem-FIL® fibers are manufactured under a quality Management System approved to ISO 9001. Additionally the actual performance of Cem-FIL® fibers is subject to independent assessment and approval in Germany (Zulassung Nº Z-3.72.1731). • Cem-FIL® fibers meet safety standards according to European Directive 99/45/ EC, 67/548/EEC and their latest amendment.
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Investing into assets
ur homes are always designed to be the best but offices too are equally going for aesthetic look. Individuals spend 90 per cent of their lives in office more than home. So while we choose for better designs, eco-friendly paints, factors generating positive energy, etc. at home, why canâ€™t we invest some time in making our working environment more energetic and positive! The energetic environ can give employee an assertive productivity; fill in good ideas, healthy work style and better opinion from the visitors for business credibility. The consideration starts from lighting, furniture and the equipment to how itâ€™s all positioned. Let us discuss on some steps to be taken to improve its design. It is important that you make your office space comfortable, practical and inspiring. The idea is to make the office somewhere you want to be, not where
vided to them is positive and productive. A well-designed office space consists of furniture, art, lighting, plants, rugs and signage that bring the whole design together. If you talk about eco-friendly flooring it should consist of bamboo and cork, which are biodegradable and contains no chemicals & additives. When you come to lighting aspect maximum output with minimum energy intake should be considered with more of skylighting added. Similarly, colors must you have to be. While hosting new clients, your office and its design must set the tone of your business. This can help in building client trust. Pumping money in office interiors should be considered as an investment into assets i.e. employees, whom as the time passes by help you in bringing out a successful business when the space pro-
be considered on the average age group of the people, their work nature, overall theme, etc. These are just the thinner line of office interiors, but will talk briefly with the experts on the same for more understanding of the subject. Office interior design is an incredible aspect of any business. A new office space design can breathe new life into an organization. You should always consider any interior design you undertake in the office as a valuable investment that will bring you countless returns over time.
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Developing an Office Space Harsh Bhutani
MD of ED & P Group (JV partner to A49 in India)
n office will not be an office without any furniture as no work can be done without desks, chairs, and cabinets. The interiors of the office differ from company to company, as some companies need to stock material while some need digital storage. Classic interiors automatically go with the finest wooden furniture like
teakwood and mahogany wood. Hence, such kind of furnishings is important for denoting boldness as well as assurance and professionalism. If the office deals with something creative like graphic design, copywriting or art, one can play with bright colour and unconventional furniture. Some of the innovative designs are oval-shaped desks which are button
operated, office desks inside a recycled car and many more useful ideas. It is important to have an open space plan to improve communication as well as more quiet areas. The open floor plans will allow more senior employees to interact with new joinees and will reflect an integral change in the structure
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The furnishings these days are also available in toxin-free, triple-paned tinted windows and LED lamps Eco-Friendly Flooring Options Carpets and area rugs are basic components of any design plan. They can add warmth and division of space to a room. Area rugs made from recycled plastic bottles, straws or other everyday plastic products can be purchased for prices that are competitive with standard area rugs.
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of high-power companies. The office should also feature a slide or a separate station which encourages the employees to explore some new opportunity or pass their time doing their favourite thing. This undoubtedly helps foster a space that encourages creativity. Recently, many offices are giving importance to the preference of their employees. For example: music rooms, mini golf an arcade games to give employees the rest and stimulation that they desire. Office Bathrooms This is an important yet understated part of a company setup. The importance of a well furnished and good looking bathroom is often overlooked. The office bathrooms should incorporate slabs or rack where magazines, newspapers are kept. These days, office bathrooms also have showers, with towel rack, in-house gym and people wish to use their gym before or post working hours. The bathroom should have the following features: Soft-closing technology: The PP & UF seat and cover soft-closing, closing design realizes a quiet and smooth closing reflects the humanorientation. Wash Down Flushing technology: The innovative super-large flushing coverage enables powerful water-flow flush
Wall-to-wall carpeting made from recycled material can also be purchased. Softness and durability are not sacrificed in these products.
and one-stop sewage disposal Built-in hygiene spray jet: Built-in spray jet for cleaning & hygiene
Low-VOC Paints and EcoFriendly Window Treatments
Siphonic Flushing technology: The enlarged flushing value ensures powerful water pressure, maximum siphon functions, and strong sewage disposal Dual flushing technology: The 3/5 liter dual flush system enables on demand water supply with water saving and acts environment-friendly. Considering atmosphere The office environment can be made energetic by giving importance to the building materials and interiors of the office. The building materials come from sustainable resources. The company owner and architect should work handin-hand and keep in mind the structure as it can help in maximizing air flow to reduce the need for air conditioning. The staff should also be passionate to social responsibility and help the company in reducing the carbon footprint.
A room filled with beautiful ecofriendly flooring and furniture will fit perfectly within walls painted with lowVOC paint. Volatile organic compounds are gases emitted by certain chemicals in paints and other household products. These can have adverse effect on health. Spending a little more money for lowVOC paint that is clay, mineral pigment or milk casein-based is worth the health of the employees and their exposure to harsh chemicals. Many non-toxic paints are easily available in the market today. Earth-Friendly Lighting Earth-friendly lighting solutions from reclaimed wood to coral-like design; make the most of nature’s bounty. Modern trend is to use LED lights which consumes less energy and have better light lumens. It helps in giving out less heat which further more reduces the use of air-conditioning.
Some of the options are:
Using eco-friendly gadgets
The company’s façade material should be chosen with care as it helps in blocking the heat and maximizing natural light, while the lamps use compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs.
In bathrooms and pantry, one should use water saving devices such as Basin Mixers, WC Cisterns etc which save water by 30 per cent in comparison to the normal fixtures.
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Foster + Partners to design Mission Towers in San Francisco
n a joint venture, TMG Partners, one of the San Francisco Bay Area’s largest mixed-use property developers, and Northwood Investors LLC, a leading privately-held global real estate investment firm, announced recently the selection of Foster + Partners and Heller Manus Architects as architects for the approximately two million square foot mixed-use development in San Francisco. The First and Mission project comprises two towers with 1.35 million square feet of office/commercial space and 6,50,000 square feet of residential units, and is situated in the Transbay Area. This is the first residential and mixed-use project in San Francisco for Foster + Partners. “The collaboration of Foster + Partners and Heller Manus Architects puts San Francisco squarely in league with the world’s greatest cities, including London, Shanghai, Kuwait, Paris and New York,” said TMG Partners president and CEO Michael Covarrubias. “The Transbay site will be transformative and will be the last mixed-use development of this scale in this area of downtown.” Lord Foster, Founder and Chairman of Foster + Partners remarked, “The First and Mission towers are incredibly exciting in urban and environmental terms – bringing together places to live and work with the city’s most important transport hub, the project further evolves a sustainable model of high density, mixed-use development that we have always promoted.” “The 605-foot residential tower reflects the scale of San Francisco’s existing tall buildings, while the 850-foot hotel, residential and office tower rises above it as
a symbol of this new vertical city quarter. The super-sized office floor plates will give tenants a high degree of flexibility, and their open layout is supported by an innovative orthogonal structural system developed for seismic stability. The point where the towers touch the ground is as important as their presence on the skyline. At ground level, the buildings are open, accessible and transparent – their base provides a new ‘urban room’ for the region, and the new pedestrian routes through the site will knit the new scheme with the urban grain of the city.” Under the Transbay Plan, a rezoning that was put in place to encourage density around the Transbay Terminal, the seven parcels at First and Mission are now zoned for an 850-foot tower and a 605-foot tower. The project will include a large floor plate office tower with frontage on First Street and a world class condominium portion that will be taller than any residential project on the West Coast. WIN Awards 2014 invite entries The World Interiors News (WIN) Annual Awards 2014 will be conducted in Nov at London. It will celebrate what is possible within interior design. The closing date for the entries will be June 6, 2014. WIN expects 1,379 entries, 317 international judges and 72 countries to participate. It recognizes the interior designs over 13 categories including residential, workspace, retail, restaurants, bars, hotels, leisure or entertainment venues, museum or exhibition spaces, public sector, workspace and lighting design. Even it focuses on products like lighting, furniture and interior accessories.
……..exhibition opens in Bangkok ‘Foster + Partners: The Art of Architecture’ will be staged at the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC) from April 4 - June 29, 2014. Arranged around the themes of infrastructure, high-rise, urban design, history and culture – all within the context of a sustainable agenda. The exhibition is also an opportunity to learn more about projects around the world, from the Millau Viaduct in France, one of the world’s tallest road bridges and London’s ecological skyscraper, 30 St Mary Axe, the so-called ‘Gherkin’, to Beijing International Airport, one of the world’s largest buildings. Visitors can learn more about the integrated design process, in which architects, engineers and specialist in-house teams work closely alongside each other; the principles of sustainability that underpin every project; as well as the use of different tools and technology. While the computer has revolutionised the way designers work, the language of drawing and model making still play an important role. Through sketches, models, films, animations and a special exhibit exploring the process from first client meeting to completed building and post-occupancy studies.
Judging the entries will be a panel of high-profile design experts, including José Esteves de Matos, Director of De Matos Ryan and Maria Vafiadis Founder of MKV Design, who will be using their considerable knowledge and experience to single out projects that balance creativity with originality.
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In 2010, World Interior News was launched as a sister publication of World Architecture News, a leading digital publisher to the global architectural community. WAD to kick-off in Nov World Architecture Day heads this year to Shanghai, China for a 3-day global from Nov 12–14, 2014. The theme for WAD14 will be transport. Focusing our discussions around the proposition ‘Towards 8 billion: moving the city’, we
will also be addressing the wider issues within transport, from logistics and finance to urban regeneration and people flow. WAD14 kicks off with a series of workshops presenting some of the most ground-breaking and effective transport projects from around the world. Held within consulates and architects’ studios across the city, we will be showcasing innovative designs that improve movement, increase efficiency and enrich quality of life – looking at themes such as
Vertical Cities to Transport as a Destination – Improving the Experience as well as discussing how transport creates social change and how architects are responding to Future Technologies. The day two promises a thoughtprovoking, debate-stimulating series of panel discussions, keynote speeches and presentations. Our focus for the day will be on the challenges facing mass transport in the next few decades. And how intelligent planning mixed with
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Forzza lauches new range of seating solutions Forzza, the one-stop destination for the finest furniture and accessories, introduces a new range of contemporary designs for seating that caters to residential as well as corporate spaces. The options range from sectional sofas, three & two seaters, single seaters, sofa-cumbeds and formal corporate seating.
boundary-pushing technologies can help streamline operations and deliver an enhanced user experience. On day 3, we
will be rounding off proceedings with visits to a number of iconic buildings in Shanghai.
Namrata Dugar, Director, Forzza Furniture, said, “We focus on comfort and quality along with clean contemporary designs for our range of sofas. With the use of durable materials for the internal structure and fine quality fabrics for the upholstery, our customers are assured of great value – both in terms of aesthetics and durability in all our products.”
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Forzaa offers customisation to suit individual space. Manufactured from high quality durable wood and foam. The
prices start at Rs 37,000 for two seaters; Rs 47,000 for three seaters and Rs 88,000 for sectionals.
Pergo introduces new wood parquet Pergo has introduced its latest Wood Parquet. The company has always aimed at making the best use of natural resources in its products, with the way natural resources are depleting; it is reassuring to know that Pergo, uses most part of recycled materials in its manufacturing of Wood Parquet flooring. Built for both living areas and commercial areas with normal wear. With the launch of Pergo Wood Parquet flooring, fourteen different designs with the new manufacturing technologies like Brushed Surface, Sawcut & Dutch Pattern designer look are introduced. The Parquet is easy to install and durable, which means it can withstand years of use and still look beautiful. The designs in this range are divided in six groups i.e. two decors in Svalbard, two decors in Gotland, four decors in Bornholm, three decors in Varmdo, two decors in Jomfruland and one decor in Dutch pattern.
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National WINDOW & DOOR TECH EXPO
Date : May 15 - 16 Venue : HICC Novotel Complex, Hyderabad Organiser : Confederation of Indian Industry
Date : Apr 25 - 27 Venue : Chennai Trade Center, Chennai
Date : Jul 17 - 18 Venue : ITC Grand Chola, Chennai Organiser : Confederation of Indian Industry
Date : Sep 11-13 Venue : Bombay Exhibition Centre, Goregoan Organiser : FICCI
Date : Oct Venue : Bombay Exhibition Centre, Goregoan Organiser : India Tech Foundation
Date : Dec 15 - 18 Venue : India Expo Centre, Delhi Organiser : Association of Equipment Manufacturers
Date : April 9 - 12 Venue : St Petersburg, Russia
THE INDIA PAVILION, GHANA
Date : May 28 - 30 Venue : Accra International Conference Centre, Accra, Ghana Organiser : Confederation of Indian Industry
CONMAC AT BALTICBUILD
Date : Sep 12 - 14 Venue : St Petersburg, Russia
Date: May 21 - 25 Venue: Istanbul, Turkey
IDES SOUTH RUSSIA Date : Sep 4 Venue : Krasnodar, Russia
Date : Sep 17 - 19 Venue : Almaty, Kazakhstan
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cobuild India to be held at Bombay Convention and Exhibition Centre (BC&EC), Mumbai from May 15 – 17 will expand the opportunity of Indian construction market for sustainable development. There will be three-day conference with two streams ‘Beyond the Built Environment: Achieving India’s Sustainable Future’ and ‘Making Sustainable Design and Construction Happen’. The big picture debate will dwell on the larger issues of climate change, water conservation, collaboration in the area of energy poverty among other issues while second topic will deal with more tangible issues such as the role of architects and planners in improving urban planning and design, the future of house building through green construction and design, sustainable infrastructure and the road towards creating an energy efficient property sector. The exhibitors will be from sectors like energy saving and efficiency products; renewable energy and micro-generation; water management and efficiency; build-
ing services and management; building structures and materials; finishing products and materials; and professional services and consultancy. The inaugural Ecobuild India will distil the key components of Ecobuild in the UK - the world’s biggest event for sustainable design, construction and the built environment - to deliver a showcase of the most impressive sustainable construction projects from across India and the world, the latest and most innovative products, and a conference programme that tackles the most pressing concerns and the biggest challenges facing the region. The event is a cost-effective way to access the market, meet the local supply chain and understand the local requirements. It will create unparalleled opportunity to meet potential buyers and sellers from international market to test entry into this expanding region. Currently worth more than US$ 300 billion, this market is estimated to increase up to US$ 500 billion by 2015.
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Architects, Building Construction
Expo & Conferences 2014
rchitects, Building Construction Expo & Conferences (ABC) Expo would be ideal platform for creators and implementers of new technologies to form profitable alliances and partnerships. It will be conducted on April 25-27, NSIC, Okhla, Delhi. Organised by Paramount Exhibitors, the objective is to provide a single platform to discuss pertinent issues vis-à-vis current scenario, exchange ideas, learn lessons from each other and promote actionable strategies to meet the challenges. Latest offerings and technological advancements in Building & Construc-
tion Machinery, Building Materials, Architectural Services Ceramics & Sani-
tary Ware, Paints & Coatings, Flooring materials, Glass & Glazing, Kitchens & Bath Fittings and Allied Services would be showcased before eminent visitors i.e. Builders/Architects/Engineers/Planners/Marketing Head/CEO’s/Research Organizations/ Govt. Offices/ Builders/ Architects Associations/Societies. The exhibition themes will comprise of Construction Equipment & Machinery; Paints & Coatings; Doors, Windows & Plywood; Building Materials & Equipments; Flooring; Architecture & Allied Services; Glass & Glazing’s and Ceramics & Sanitary Ware.
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to see red carpet soon
he 5th Edition of Metal Buildings & Steel Structures Expo 2014 on steel structures & allied products scheduled to be held from May 22 – 24 at Bombay Exhibition Centre, Mumbai. MBSS’14 is poised to set new standards in terms of footfalls as well as business deals. MBSS serves as a platform to showcase the latest products & innovations in the industry. The event also proves to be an ideal platform for exploring new business opportunities and for dissemination of knowledge in the quest to deliver world class technology/services. MBSS in 2014 is planned in continuation to our above effort to integrate steel & allied metals not only in the infrastructure/industrial projects but also in high rise buildings segment. The audience will consist of key buyers, decision makers, Architects & Designers, Builders / Developers, Consultants / Structural Engineers, EPC Contractors, Government Organizations, Industrial Applications – Oil & Gas, Power, Steel,
etc., Industry Associations, Metro Rail, Airport, Seaport Authorities, Primary / Secondary Steel Suppliers, Project Management Companies, etc. There is a portal called MBSS connect aims to create markets for steel construction in all consumable segments- Buildings--Infrastructure--Industrial. The portal acts as a catalyst to mobilize more
and more user communities to adopt steel building options in their projects. It creates a play-field for the providers and the seekers of steel building construction & solutions, acting as synergist to crystallize business and projects- from a simple warehouse to architectural marvels.
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13th Roof India
to open up doors in Chennai
he 13th edition of Roof India, Asiaâ€™s largest roofing & allied products event will showcase preengineered buildings/factories, airport modernization / new airports projects, metro rail, new hotel / resorts, IT parks, retail malls, hypermarkets, multiplexes, Integrated townships, etc at Chennai Trade Centre, Chennai from May 16-18. Exhibitors from roofing systems, architectural cladding, pre-engineered buildings, metal building systems, tensile membranes / tensile architecture, green roofs / roof landscaping technology, waterproofing, roof insulation, roofing machinery, roof fastening systems will be participating. The exhibition is organized by International Trade & Exhibitions India Pvt Ltd. The exhibition floor space covers 5,000 sq.m, approx 5,000 trade visitors, more than 110 exhibitors and brands from all over India and abroad. It is
supported by International and National associations â€“ NRCA, IGRA, TensiNet & CWA. Their visitors profile include airport infrastructure authorities, amusement
parks owners / builders, architects & designers, builders / civil contractors, civil & structural engineers, defence / military establishments personnel, EPC Consultants Factory Builders / Owners, Govt Infrastructure Dept Personnel, Landscape Architects , Large Factories Builders / Owners, Large Warehouse Builders / Owners, Media Representatives, Metro Rail Infrastructure personnel ,Pre-Engineered Building Contractors, Quantity Surveyors, Real Estate Promoters Retail Malls Promoters , Roofing Contractors, Seaports Authority Personnel Sports Infrastructure Personnel, Town Planners , Trade Representatives Waterproofing Contractors. It provides an ideal platform for the building construction and infrastructure industry fraternity to converge, network and strike lucrative business deals and establish business partnerships & joint ventures.
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of the REACH month
Group Chairman GMR Group G M Rao, a mechanical engineer, is the founder chairman of the GMR Group, a Bangalore based global infrastructure developer. Born in a small town Rajam in the Srikakulam district of Andhra Pradesh, Rao established the GMR business empire starting from a single jute mill in 1978. Few circumstances compelled him for opportunity driven business building. He entered 28 businesses as a serial entrepreneur and exited most of them with the opportunities thrown up by the opening up of the Indian economy in the early 1990s. His single-minded focus on the core infrastructure sector resulted in the Group exiting some of the highly attractive businesses of banking,
insurance, software, breweries, jute and sugar. Over the last 33, GMR Group has been well diversified in managing infrastructure sector with focus on airports, energy, highways and urban infrastructure, including SEZs. Raoâ€™s vision in 3 dimensions of business building, institution building and family governance had a 4th dimension built into it, that of giving back to society. Eventually, he set up an independent, professionally run, company, GMR Varalakshmi Foundation, to channelize ever increasing flow of funds for social causes for the benefit of the under-served in society. To ensure that
his legacy lives on beyond his lifetime, he made an endowment of the entire portion of his personal wealth to the GMR Varalakshmi Foundation in March 2011. He was conferred with the honorary Doctor of Laws by York University, Toronto, Canada in 2011, the honorary Doctor of Letters by the Andhra University, India in 2010 and again honorary Doctor of Letters by the Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad, India in 2005. In 2009, he received the Infrastructure Person of the Year award at the Infrastructure Journal Award Ceremony held in London. He has been serving on the very prestigious Central Board of Directors of Reserve Bank of India (RBI) since 2011.
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