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‘India is the second-largest urban system in the world’

The Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA), Shri Hardeep S. Puri has said that India is the second-largest urban system in the world and 11% of the total global urban population lives in...

Central Vista’s Executive Enclave gets Environment Panel’s nod

''Executive Enclave'', part of the Central Vista redevelopment plan has received the environmental clearance from the Delhi State Environment Impact Assessment Authority (SEIAA). Central Public Works Department (CPWD), will transplant 487 trees during the...

Housing sales grow 4.5 times in Apr-Jun period

According to Australia's REA group-owned PropTiger, housing sales in 8 major cities in India jumped over 4.5 times year-on-year in April-June across eight cities to 74,330 units on a lower base effect as demand...

Urban resilience: Addressing an old challenge with renewed urgency

Incredibly, over half of humanity already lives in urban settings. With this figure projected to rise to two thirds by 2050, the need for development action in cities can no longer be overlooked. Urban resilience...

Slowing exports, rising cost to crimp profitability of home textile cos

Operating profitability1 of home textile makers is seen moderating 150-200 basis points (bps) to 13% this fiscal, hemmed in by lower export demand and a sharp increase in raw material and transportation costs. Yet, credit...

SJVN’s corporate head quarters gets 4 star green rating

SJVN, a hydro power producer in Himachal Pradesh, has informed that its Corporate Head Quarters ”Shakti Sadan” has been rated Four Star by Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment “GRIHA” Council. Shakti Sadan is...

Adani’s entry brings in a spell of uncertainty in cement industry

Adani’s entry into cement industry has brought in a spell of uncertainty into the industry as the incumbent players are still in guess mode about the possible strategy of the Group which has been...

Indian home textile industry facing multiple headwinds

Indian home textile industry which was sailing smoothly till H12021 is now facing various headwinds, given the continuous escalation in input cost, logistic challenges, inflationary pressures, and a volatile global environment, which is putting...

Central vista Avenue redevelopment project to complete soon

According to officials in the Union housing and urban affairs ministry, the redevelopment project of the Central Vista Avenue, stretching from Vijay Chowk to India Gate, will be completed in the next 10-15 days. Soon...

5th annual Charles Correa memorial lecture held in Kolkata

The 5th edition of the Charles Correa Memorial Lecture was held at Salt Lake in Kolkata last week after a gap of two years. After the very successful fourth edition in 2019, the memorial...

Six million houses completed under PMAY-U so far

With a total investment of Rs 8.31 Lakh Crore, Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Urban (PMAY-U) has so far sanctioned 122.69 lakh houses, out of which more than 1 crore houses have been grounded and over...

Chandigarh architects oppose new Haryana Assembly building plan

The Chandigarh Chapter of the Indian Institute of Architects (IIA) has expressed a grave concern over the proposal to have a new building for the Haryana Vidhan Sabha in Chandigarh. A couple of weeks...

Macrotech Developers enters Bengaluru realty market

Realty major Macrotech Developers Ltd has entered the Bengaluru real estate market and has formed a joint venture to develop its first housing project with an estimated sales bookings value of Rs 1,200 crore....

Durability Technology can achieve massive reductions in the carbon footprint of concrete structures

Construction stakeholders can reduce up to 65 per cent of the carbon footprint of concrete by adopting a long-term view and extending the durability of the material, according to the 2022 Towards Zero Carbon...

IIT-H to offer 2-year course in Heritage Science & Technology

IIT Hyderabad (IIT-H) will offer MTech in Heritage Science and Technology with three specialisations from this August onwards. The institute has already launched a new Department of Heritage Science and Technology (HST) for this...

Printing with wet clay

The reception area of a high-rise office in downtown Toronto now features a one-of-a-kind privacy wall thanks to a research team from the Waterloo School of Architecture. Comprised of 175 unique, interlocking bricks made of...

Delhi govt to streetscape its roads

The Delhi government will beautify its roads as per global standards which will give a new identity to the national capital and will make residents feel proud. Presently, streetscaping of 500-metre stretch from Shantivan...

Highest vacancy of office space in Delhi-NCR

According to property consultant Anarock, Delhi-NCR has highest vacancy of office space at 28.5 percent, while Pune has the lowest at 8.5 per cent because of higher demand of premium workspace from IT/ITeS sector. As...

Architect can’t be held responsible onsite deaths

A single judge bench of Justice M Nagaprasanna of Karnataka High Court recently quashed criminal proceedings pending against an architect, observing that it would be too far to stretch Section 304A of the IPC...

Central Vista Avenue will be opened in next few days

According to Shri Hardeep Singh Puri, Minister of Housing & Urban Affairs, the Central Vista Avenue will be opened in next few days. He was speaking on the occasion of launch of project for...

Steep increase in demand for flexible workspace in FY22

According to a joint report by JLL India and Qdesq, demand for co-working office space jumped over two-fold in the last fiscal year at 90,200 desks across seven major cities as flexible workspaces rose...

‘Pick-up in rural demand for cement could see some postponement’

According to a research report by Goldman Sachs, pick-up in rural demand for cement could see some postponement, especially if the 'building-material' cost basket remains elevated. However, the report is positive about the long...

BIS develops an Indian Standard for ‘Non-electric cooling cabinet made of clay’

‘Mitticool refrigerator’ developed by Shri Mansukh Bhai Prajapati from Gujarat using an eco-friendly technology can now get Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) certification as the National Standards Body of India, has developed an Indian...

ASI calls for registration of heritage object

As the pace of recovery of antiquities which were stolen and smuggled out of the country is picking up pace in recent years, ASI has now started eyeing artifacts in possession of private individuals...

Delhi will have its own Green state guest house

The Delhi government is planning to construct its own state guest house, 'Dilli Sadan', on the lines of several other states, in Dwarka sector 19 of the city. Dilli Sadan will prominently contain features...

Design firm Space Matrix acquires e-commerce platform Pursuite

Space Matrix, a Singapore-based design firm, has announced the acquisition of Pursuite, an e-commerce platform in the hospitality sector, for an undisclosed amount. Pursuite, with business operations across Asia and Europe, is an online...

Cement volume to grow by 7-8% in FY2023: ICRA

According to ICRA, Cement volumes are expected to grow by 7-8% in FY2023 to around 388 million MT aided by demand from housing, both rural and urban, and the infrastructure sectors. Notwithstanding the expected...

Protecting environments and health by building urban resilience

Disasters and emergencies have a direct impact on population health, causing injuries and diseases as well as mental and psychosocial outcomes. Extreme events also significantly affect the functionality of critical infrastructure, such as health...

ACC’s GBCs enable 33k affordable houses across India

ACC Ltd., through its Green Building Centres (GBC), enabled 33,338 affordable homes across India through GBC products last year. Green Building Centres are designed to provide durable and affordable housing solutions in India by promoting...

Scientists Create Cement Entirely Out of Waste Material

Scientists at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) have discovered a method to produce biocement from waste, making the alternative to traditional cement greener and more sustainable. Biocement is a kind of renewable cement that...

Rising interest rate is headwind to real estate demand

While it was a critical tool in the fight against the burgeoning inflation, this turn in the upward revision in interest rate cycle could be a significant headwind to real estate demand, says the...

IIT-K launches executive excellence programme for engineers, architects

The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur and the Association of Infrastructure Industry (India) have jointly launched an executive excellence programme in infrastructure management to upskill the practicing engineers and architects in the infrastructure...

NMA to identify new Centrally Protected Monuments in Arunachal Pradesh

A team of National Monuments Authority will visit ancient monuments, especially those bordering Tibet-China region of Arunachal Pradesh, between 14th to 18th June, 2022. The team will also meet local tribal leaders to find...

Dharohar: A museum of artefacts seized by Indian Customs

A unique museum has been opened in Goa – a museum of artefacts seized by Indian Customs. Last week, Union Finance Minister, Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman dedicated to the nation, “Dharohar” - the National Museum...

4.8 lakh homes stuck or delayed in top 7 cities

Construction work of nearly 4.8 lakh homes worth Rs 4.48 lakh crore are currently stuck or significantly delayed across seven major cities, says a study by property consultant Anarock. The study also says that...

Hyderabad sees 152% growth in property registration

Hyderabad city witnessed a 152 per cent year-on-year growth in property registration at 6,301 during May and 17.6 per cent month-on-month surge, indicating a strong demand trend despite external factors such as economic downtrend...

Dalmia Bharat commits CAPEX of Rs 9,000 cr

Leading cement maker, Dalmia Bharat Ltd has said that the government's continued focus on the infrastructure and housing sectors builds ''optimism'' for the cement industry and the company has committed to a capex of...

India’s data centre capacity to double by fiscal 2025

According to a report by CRISIL, data centre capacity in India is expected to double to 1,700-1,800 megawatt1 (MW) by fiscal 2025 from 870 MW last fiscal, powered by the troika of data boom,...

Realtors expect slowdown in housing demand in short-term on RBI’s rate hike

Housing demand is likely to be affected in the short term as home loans are set to become costlier following the RBI's decision to hike the repo rate by 50 basis points. Further, the...

Punjab CM approves Aerotropolis township in Mohali

With the Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann giving a go-ahead the stage is set for building a modern residential township, the seventh independent township in the Mohali master plan. The CM took this decision at...

JW Marriott opens new Spa in Bangalore

JW Marriott Bengaluru Prestige Golfshire Resort & Spa has launched a new wellness sanctuary, the "Spa by JW". Spa by JW has been constructed keeping in mind subtle design elements such as the play of...

NIUA & WRI launch Leaders in Climate Change Management Program

The National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA) and World Resources Institute (WRI) India, have jointly launched ‘Leaders in Climate Change Management’ (LCCM) program, a practice-based learning program on World Environment Day. It aims at...

WFH here to stay says CIRIL report

According to real estate research agency CIRIL, there is an increased demand for functional and flexible spaces that can accommodate workspace conveniently located in urban centres for easy access of the employees which is...

Delhi Airport to become net zero carbon emission by 2030

Delhi International Airport Ltd (DIAL), a joint venture which is formed as a consortium between the GMR Group, the Airports Authority of India, and Fraport AG & Eraman Malaysia, has announced its Green Transportation...

IGBC-AICTE to train engineering students on Green Buildings

With a view to augmenting the talent pool of trained professionals in Green Built Environment, CII- Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) last week singed an MoU with All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE)....

Investing in trees: global companies are restoring forests

Companies from across sectors are working together through the World Economic Forum’s 1t.org initiative, which supports a global movement to support 1 trillion trees by 2030. Since the launch of our global pledge process...

3 properties of ITC Hotels LEED Zero Carbon certified

3 properties of ITC Hotels in India have been ranked as the world's top 3 LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Zero Carbon certified hotels, a first-of-its-kind achievement globally. ITC Windsor, Bengaluru, ITC...

CEPT University Library project shortlisted by Aga Khan Award for Architecture

Lilavati Lalbhai Library at CEPT University, in Ahmedabad, India, by RMA architects is the only Indian project that has been shortlisted for this year’s Aga Khan Award for Architecture (AKAA). The 2017 completed project...

10 antiquities (sculptures) retrieved from Australia and USA

Union Minister of Culture, Shri G Kishan Reddy, handed over ten antiquities (sculptures) retrieved from Australia and USA to the Government of Tamil Nadu on Wednesday. The collection of antiquities handed over to the...

Central vista Avenue redevelopment project to complete soon

According to officials in the Union housing and urban affairs ministry, the redevelopment project of the Central Vista Avenue, stretching from Vijay Chowk to India Gate, will be completed in the next 10-15 days. Soon...

India Adhesives & Bonding Expo 2022 to be held in Delhi in September

Ace Exhibitions will organise India Adhesives & Bonding Expo 2022 on September 7-9, 2022 at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, to facilitate the manufacturers of adhesives and bonding materials, raw materials, and process equipment, and...

Here  is the 1st green warehousing project to receive gold certification

Pragati which is one of India's leading warehousing developers, has been awarded 'Gold' certification by U.S. GREEN BUILDING COUNCIL & GREEN BUSINESS CERTIFICATION INC. (GBCI) for its warehousing project Pragati One Logistics Park, located...

Net Zero goals for Indian cement sector are way tougher to meet: CRISIL

According to CRISIL’s Sustainability Yearbook, 2022, Net Zero goals for Indian cement sector are way tougher to meet than for most other manufacturing sectors. While a continued increase in blending factor using alternative materials...

Cement prices fail to sustain higher levels

Attempted price hikes by cement manufacturers in May proved to be unsustainable and in most of the regions they were rolled back. Despite May being a busy month, construction activities failed to peak during...

UN-Habitat finds multi-hazard vulnerabilities in Jaipur city

UN-Habitat has identified multi-hazard vulnerabilities, urban sprawl, weak urban mobility and “green-blue break” as pressing issues for the city of Jaipur. The project received funding from the Global Environment Facility (GEF-6) to evaluate the...

Cost of Executive Enclave in Central Vista goes up

The estimated project cost of the Executive Enclave, part of Central Vista project, which will house prime minister's office (PMO) has gone up by over Rs 100 crore to Rs 1,316 crore. This has...

MSME Home Textile Sector impacted by spiralling cotton yarn price

Spiralling cotton yarn prices playing a spoilsport for the home textile sector who is now finding the target set this year extremely difficult to achieve despite the fact that the industry had opened up...

Appetite for land acquisition continues unabated

According to property consultant Anarock, the appetite for land acquisition continues unabated for developers and other entities in the post-COVID world. Real estate market has witnessed at least 28 land deals, including outright purchases...

Dholera greenfield industrial city phase 1 almost ready

The first phase of the project spanning 22.5 sqkm  of Dholera Industrial City, located around 110 km southwest of Ahmedabad on the western coast, encompassing 22 villages and the Dholera taluka, and part of...

NMA finalises 101 Heritage By-Laws in 3 years

National Monuments Authority (NMA), has made a record number of 101 Heritage By Laws during the covid period (from 2019 onwards), covering a total of 126 centrally protected monuments. This is in comparison to...

Live presentation of the Royal Gold Medal to Balkrishna Doshi on 15th June

Presentation of the 2022 Royal Gold Medal to Balkrishna Doshi, will be held live from Ahmedabad and London on 15th June. Earlier this month, Pritzker Prize winner Balkrishna Doshi was conferred with prestigious Royal...

Swachh Survekshan 2023 aims at garbage free cities

The eighth edition of Swachh Survekshan (SS) – SS 2023 under Swachh Bharat Mission Urban 2.0 has been launched with the theme of ‘Waste to Wealth’ as its driving philosophy. SS 2023 is curated...

EESL’s entry into B2C may impact small-medium players

According to some analysts, Energy Efficiency Services Ltd’s proposed entry into retail segment may have some impact on pricing pressure for small-medium players. However, the industry doesn’t expect any material impact on larger players...

Housing price increases by 11% in Q1

According to a joint report by CREDAI, Colliers and Liases Foras, housing prices increased by up to 11 percent annually across eight major cities during the January-March period of this year due to a...

Government plans 62-storey high-rise for navy

A 62-storey skyscraper is planned in Mumbai’s Colaba, one of India’s most expensive neighbourhoods to accommodate the navy officials. According to the available reports, the government is in the final stages of awarding the...

Anangtal step well to be cleaned & beautified

Cleaning and beautification of Anangtal, an 11th CE monument resurrected, will be taken up this week by DDA. This assurance was given by DDA Vice Chairman Shri Mukesh Gupta,  who visited the grand water...

Cooling items in hot demand, says Croma report

Record breaking summer temperature this year has resulted in record breaking sales for cooling equipment. According to Croma report, ‘Unboxed Summer 2022’, the demand for cooling products such as refrigerators, air conditioners, coolers and...

Upturn in interest cycle unlikely to impact realty demand

If the past trends are any indication, upturn in interest cycle is unlikely to have any impact on the demand in real estate sector. According to real estate analysts, urbanization is still low in...

These braces can improve earthquake resistance of structures

Researchers have developed low-cost buckling-restrained braces that can give improved protection to constructions from earthquakes. These braces have several advantages, such as all-steel components, onsite fabrication and assembling process, post-earthquake inspection, and easy replacement. The...

Government owned EESL plans major retail push

State-run Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL) plans to increase its presence in the business-to-consumer (B2C) retail space through offline and online channels, with products such as smart bulbs, inverter bulbs, energy efficient ACs, fans...

A nontoxic glue for plywood – from glucose, citric acid

The go-to materials for building home furniture, décor and floors are composite wood products that come in large sheets. But the glues and resins holding together particleboard, fiberboard and plywood usually contain formaldehyde and...

Lion sculpture found during excavation for Puri heritage corridor

A sculpture of a lion was found during excavation for the controversial heritage corridor project in Puri. The incident has prompted the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) to rush a team to the spot...

Nucleus Office Parks has the largest LEED v4.1 certified office portfolio in India

With nine assets receiving LEED certifications, Nucleus Office Parks, the operating platform for Blackstone Real Estate’s wholly owned offices in India, is now the country’s largest office portfolio to have received Leadership in Energy...

Lockdown in Covid-hit China may affect Indian AC industry

It has been a smooth sailing for the Indian AC industry this season so far but the lockdown in Covid-hit China may play a spoilsport, say industry sources. Complete shutdown of industries in China...

Inauguration of amenities at Kanheri Caves

The Union Minister for Tourism and Culture Shri G Kishan Reddy, inaugurated various amenities at the Kanheri Caves on the occasion of Buddha Purnima. Located in the Sanjay Gandhi National Park in Borivali, Mumbai,...

12th edition of INDIAWOOD to be held in June

The 12th edition of INDIAWOOD organised by NuernbergMesse India will be held from 2nd - 6th June, 2022 in Bengaluru. With country pavilions from Germany, USA, Canada, Turkey, Malaysia, Finland, Estonia, Taiwan, Gabon amongst...

Net Zero Buddhist culture and heritage centre planned in Lumbini

A unique centre for Buddhist Culture and Heritage within the Lumbini Monastic Zone during in Lumbini will be constructed and "Shilanyas” ceremony for the same will be held today. The Prime Minister, Mr Narendra...

National Museum to celebrate International Museum Day 2022

Beginning today, the National Museum is offering a mixed bag of online and offline activities and events, designed for both young and adults, during the next five days as part of International Museum Day...

WeWork signs deal with Bhutani Group for Alphathum, Noida

WeWork India, India's leading flexible workspace provider, has signed its largest expansion deal to date with renowned real estate developer Bhutani Group wherein WeWork will take up the entire tower comprising 25 leasable floors...

Logistic issues halt home textile exports surge

Most of Indian home textile exports are USA which is facing supply-chain disruption problems on account of US Truckers issue. Adding fuel to the fire is the ocean freight costs which have tripled in...

Lodhas & 2 global investors plan digital infrastructure platform

Real estate developer, Lodha, in partnership with Bain Capital and Ivanhoé Cambridge will develop a next-generation green digital infrastructure platform. The platform will establish a pan-India presence in the digital infrastructure space that includes...

Housing demand will be unaffected by rising prices, interest rates: Report

According to CRISIL Research, the momentum in housing demand across India’s top six cities is expected to continue this fiscal and grow 5-10% despite rising property prices, interest rates and a high-base effect. The...

This centre for excellence gives hospitality inspired look

The Centre for Excellence (CoE), Gartner's largest office globally has been designed by Space Matrix, a leading multinational workplace design and building consultancy, to ensure a workspace that offers a perfect mix of collaborative...

Architect Balkrishna Doshi Conferred with prestigious Royal Gold Medal

Pritzker Prize winning Ahmedabad-based acclaimed architect Balkrishna Vithaldas Doshi was yesterday conferred with the Royal Gold Medal 2022, one of the world’s highest honours for architecture. Thus, BV Doshi became one of the rare...

HC verdict on GST may reduce tax outgo for buyers

Gujarat High Court’s last week’s ruling that the actual value of land should be deducted before levying GST on under-construction flats is likely to reduce the tax outgo for homebuyers, provided the contractual arrangement...

Geopolitical tensions may affect new MDF projects

The ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine may also affect the implementation new projects for manufacturing MDF, say some manufacturers in the wood panel industry. This may be beneficial for the existing manufacturers in...

ASI fears damage to Puri Jagannath temple

The ongoing Puri Heritage Corridor construction work might have caused damage to the 800-year-old Jagannath Temple, the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) informed the Orissa High Court yesterday. ASI also said that the state...

Macrotech targets to deliver 10,000 housing units in 22-23

Realty firm Macrotech Developers has set a target of delivering 10,000 homes by next March for which the company will invest Rs 3,800 crore this fiscal year on the construction of its various ongoing...

Some AC manufacturers face supply chain constraints

Though the demand for RACs remain all-time high, several brands, especially the import dependent brands, are witnessing supply side constraints. However, industry experts feel this would have long term positive impact on the industry...

Elevated cement price is affecting demand in some regions

Continued increase in cement price may affect the demand for the commodity in May and may force the industry to rollback the price hikes. The cement manufacturers have gone for another hike in May...

Tata Realty leases 1.56 lakh sq ft office space in Gurugram

Tata Realty and Infrastructure Ltd (TRIL), a 100 per cent subsidiary of Tata Sons Pvt Ltd, has leased over 1,56,000 square feet in its commercial projects at Gurugram in Haryana to Johnson Controls and...

Scaling back CO2 emissions with gratitude

“Gratitude Eco-Villa”, designed by Architect Trupti Doshi, a widely known sustainability skilled, is part of the mission that makes use of supplies, local weather particular passive design, and sensible development methodologies to create a...

World’s largest elevator installed in Mumbai

World's largest passenger lift, which can carry over 200 people at a go has been installed at the Jio World Centre in Mumbai. The 5-stop and 16-tonne elevator installed at Jio World Centre (JWC),...

Dalmia Bharat, FLSmidth join hands to develop more sustainability solutions

Dalmia Cement (Bharat) Ltd, a subsidiary of Dalmia Bharat Limited, and FLSmidth & Co. A/S, a major supplier of engineering, equipment and service solutions to the global mining and cement industries, have signed an...

Switch over to water based AC in Mumbai suggested

According to JLL India’s research report, conversion of air-based centralised cooling systems in prime office buildings in Mumbai to water-based air-conditioning can lead to savings of Rs 175 crore in electricity bills annually. Mumbai's Grade...

Cement Most Vulnerable to Climate Risk Among Building Materials

According to Fitch Ratings, cement production is the segment of the building materials and construction sector most vulnerable to long-term climate risks due to large, direct, hard-to-abate carbon emissions that require expensive decarbonisation technologies. Other...

4 tonne weighing sword for Kempegowda statue in Bangalore

Work on 108-feet tall statue of Kempegowda at the Bangalore International Airport has gained pace with the arrival of 35-feet long sword weighing 4000 kg from Delhi. The giant sword arrived in a special...

Fresh housing supply rises 43 pc in to 80k units in Jan-Mar

Indicating the revival in the demand for residential properties, fresh housing supply rose 43 per cent quarter-on-quarter across six cities during January-March to around 80,000 units, according to Square Yards, a technology-led real estate...

Trichy to get new energy efficient airport terminal

Airports Authority of India has undertaken the expansion work of Trichy Airport which includes Construction of a New Integrated Passenger Terminal Building, a new Apron, Air Traffic Control (ATC) Tower, and upgradation of Air...

India reiterates its commitment to go net zero

India has reiterated its commitment to environmental and climate causes and the Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Science & Technology Dr Jitendra Singh pointed out the recent launching of the National Hydrogen Energy...

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‘India is the second-largest urban system in the world’

The Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA), Shri Hardeep S. Puri has said...

Indian home textile industry facing multiple headwinds

Indian home textile industry which was sailing smoothly till H12021 is now facing various...

Six million houses completed under PMAY-U so far

With a total investment of Rs 8.31 Lakh Crore, Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Urban (PMAY-U)...