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Gurugram more liveable than Mumbai, Bengaluru says Square Yards   

According to the latest report by Square Yards, the tech-led brokerage and mortgage marketplace, Gurugram is the most suitable city to live from a Covid perspective as compared to Mumbai and Bengaluru. Four prime...

A national maritime heritage complex planned in Gujarat

A National Maritime Heritage Complex (NMHC) has been planned at Lothal, Gujarat for which a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed between the Union Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways (MoPSW) and Ministry...

Hyderabad is emerging as the new data center hotspot

Hyderabad is emerging as the new data center hotspot and according to JLL report titled ‘2020 India Data Center Market Update,’ the city’s data center is expected to triple by 2023. The city is...

Anarock brings Upflex’s hybrid workplace solution to India

Upflex’s hybrid workplaceUpflex’s hybrid workplaAnarock has signed a formal agreement with U.S.-based Upflex Inc. to deploy latter’s services across tier 1, 2 and 3 cities in India. The agreement combines Upflex's technology, processes, and...

Concrete and steel makers commit to become carbon neutral

Concrete is the most used building material in the world, with around 25 billion tonnes produced per year, leaving a significant carbon footprint. However, increased use of concrete may not have adverse climatic impact...

Tile manufacturers concerned about continued increase in gas prices

While domestic revenue for tiles industry has seen sharp slide due to local lockdowns by various states prices of gas have not stopped from going up. Gas price has continued to rise in recent...

PLI scheme will produce national manufacturing champions: Minister

Addressing the captains of the industry, Union Commerce and Industry Minister Shri Piyush Goyal said the Production Linked Incentive (PLI) scheme has been introduced to produce national manufacturing champions. He said that ‘India’s Growth...

Indian sink market to grow at 20% pa

According to Acrysil, the largest kitchen sink manufacturer, Indian sink market is growing at about 20% pa and is expected to see similar growth at least for the next 5-10 years. Meanwhile, the company has...

University of Washington to provide technical aid to 5 Indian cities

The United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) has engaged the University of Washington, US for providing technical aid to the five pilot cities in India on municipal finance and credit rating. Participating Indian cities...

India needs 400k charging stations by 2026

According to Grant Thornton Bharat-Ficci report, India needs about 400,000 charging stations to meet the requirement for two million Electric Vehicles (EV) that could potentially ply on its roads by 2026. As per EV industry...

EESL signs MoU with MECON for energy efficiency measures in steel industry

Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), a joint venture under the administration of Ministry of Power has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with MECON Limited, a Public Sector Undertaking under the Ministry of Steel...

ONGC to support 15 struggling handicraft projects

ONGC has launched the initiative to revive the struggling handicraft projects and empower the local artisans. ONGC’s efforts will be part of Oil PSUs to support various Art and Crafts in the country which...

GNIDA appoints consultant for Master Plan 2041

The Greater Noida Industrial Development Authority (GNIDA) has appointed Rudrabhishek Enterprises Ltd (REPL) as the consultant to prepare their Master Plan 2041 and an agreement to this effect has been signed between Amandeep Duli...

Environment in focus in Delhi Master Plan 2041

The draft Master Plan of Delhi-2041, prepared by the Delhi Development Authority, aims at redeveloping the city’s ‘green and blue’ assets, referring to the city’s forest and green cover and its water bodies. The...

For a low-carbon cement recipe, scientists look to Earth’s cauldrons

As the most-used building material on the planet and one of the world’s largest industrial contributors to global warming, concrete has long been a target for reinvention. Stanford scientists say replacing one of concrete’s...

Welspun One’s Bhiwandi logistics park gets IGBC’s Pre-certified Platinum rating

Welspun One's flagship Bhiwandi project was recently awarded as India's 1st Platinum Pre-certified Green Logistics Park by Indian Green Building Council (IGBC), a part of the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII). "We are committed to...

Cement industry turned out solid volume growth in Q4

Robust demand growth for cement in the fourth quarter of FY21 helped the industry to compensate (at least in part) for the volume loss in the first half of the year due to lockdown....

Design of Navi Mumbai Airport inspired by lotus

If the Mumbai airport’s T2 terminal design took inspiration from the peacock, it’s now the lotus flower that is going to guide the shape of upcoming international airport at Navi Mumbai. According to GVK...

JLL Announces Senior Leadership Transition

JLL has announced that, Rahul Arora, currently Managing Director, Bangalore will now head its Office Leasing Advisory business for India. This strategic move underlines the Firm's confidence in the strong prospects of India's office...

CESL and Ladakh sign an MoU to make the Union Territory carbon neutral

If everything moves as planned the Union Territory (UT) of Ladakh will soon become carbon neutral union territory. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to this effect has been signed between Convergence Energy Services Limited...

AC makers see 2nd consecutive busy season washout

Calendar year 2021 is no different from year CY2020 for air conditioner manufacturers – year starting off well, fuelling good busy season sales’ hope and Covid-19 led lockdown taking it away. This has left...

Sharmistha Bagchi-Sen to join ASU

Sharmistha Bagchi-Sen will join Arizona State University (ASU) as Director of the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning. She will assume the new role starting July 1. Prior to joining ASU, Bagchi-Sen served as...

Govt issues a detailed fact sheet about Central Vista project

The Union ministry of housing and urban affairs has released a fact sheet to bust the false propaganda about the Central Vista project. The ministry said that the redevelopment plan was envisaged in 2019,...

Visualizing cement hydration on a molecular level

The concrete world that surrounds us owes its shape and durability to chemical reactions that start when ordinary Portland cement is mixed with water. Now, MIT scientists have demonstrated a way to watch these...

AC manufacturers not happy with PLI scheme

Most of the air conditioner manufacturers are not impressed by the government’s Production Linked Incentive (PLI) scheme announced for the air conditioning industry. Most of them, therefore may not go for the scheme for...

WFH trend may significantly damage office space market: Ind-Ra

According to India Ratings and Research (Ind-Ra), negative demand created by the work-from-home culture along with reduction in fresh leasing activities due to a weaker economy may save 40 per cent off annual demand...

Green Room AC launched on the Government e-Marketplace

On the occasion of World Environment Day, a new product category of Green Room Air Conditioners was launched on the Government e-Marketplace (GeM) by the Department of Commerce. The GeM portal will enable and...

Air quality improved during India lockdown, study shows

Research by scientists from University of Southampton (UK) and the Central University of Jharkhand (India) and has shown the first COVID-19 lockdown in India led to an improvement in air quality and a reduction...

EESL to work with ISHRAE for energy-efficiency & clean energy in HVAC&R Industry

Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), a joint venture under the administration of the Ministry of Power has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with The Indian Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers...

HDFC Bank to become carbon neutral by 2031-32

HDFC Bank has announced its plans to become carbon neutral by 2031-32. As part of this initiative, the Bank is looking at reducing its emissions, energy, and water consumption. The Bank will continue to...

Mega housing programme kicks off in Andhra Pradesh

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy yesterday virtually launched the YSR Jagananna Colonies project across the state which aims to build 15.6 lakh houses by June 2022.  An amount of Rs 28,084...

Falling trend in PVC price continues

In a big relief to irrigation and plumbing sectors, falling trend in PVC prices continued in June also. With effect from 1st June, PVC prices have declined by a further Rs 5/kg, or 3.7%,...

Here is SWASTIIK way for safe & healthy drinking water

Scientists, Dr. VM Bhandari and his group at CSIR-NCL Pune, with support from the Water Technology Initiative of the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India, has developed the novel hybrid technology...

Union Cabinet approves Model Tenancy Act

The Union Cabinet has approved the Model Tenancy Act for circulation to all States / Union Territories for adaptation by way of enacting fresh legislation or amending existing rental laws suitably. The government had...

Prefab startup Katerra is shutting down

Menlo Park-based Katerra, a modular prefabrication startup and timber innovator, is reportedly shutting down. Katerra, founded in 2015, had raised about $2 billion from investors including SoftBank Group Corp. At one point, it was...

India and Japan to sign MoC on urban development

The Union Cabinet has approved a new Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) on Sustainable Urban Development between the Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs, Government of India and the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and...

Real estate sector to cross $1 trillion by 2030

According to Housing and Urban Affairs Secretary Durga Shanker Mishra, the size of real estate sector is projected to cross USD 1 trillion by 2030. He also said that the government has taken various...

Court allows the Central Vista project work to continue

Terming the Central Vista project as an essential project of national importance, the Delhi High Court yesterday dismissed a petition which had sought a stay on the construction taking place at Central Vista Avenue...

Cement demand falls in May, but price remains stable

Localised lockdowns subsequent to Covid-19 second wave became widespread in May covering almost the entire nation as compared April when it was limited to few states only. As a result, demand for cement too...

Phoenix, CPP Investments to develop retail centre in Kolkata

Phoenix Mills Ltd (PML), a retail mall developer and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board will form a new joint venture to develop a regional retail centre at Alipore in Kolkata. CPP Investments will commit...

Western Railway heritage HQ building in Mumbai gets makeover

The headquarter building of Western Railway at Churchgate in Mumbai, a Grade I Heritage structure, has undergone various restoration works. To add more beauty and aesthetics to this magnificent edifice, the façade of the...

Larger share of home buyers in MMR upgraded post Covid

An Anarock report showed that out of the total housing sales in NCR during 2020-21 nearly 21,750 units and in MMR around 47,140 units took place in the nine months between July 2020 and...

City-wide environmental surveillance platform launched in Bangalore

The Government of Karnataka is introducing a city-wide sewage surveillance system in Bangalore that will help officials track the virus at an early stage, even among asymptomatic individuals. Assisting this effort is the United...

Turning food wastes into construction material stronger than concrete

Most people don't think much about the food scraps they throw away; however, investigators from the Institute of Industrial Science at The University of Tokyo have developed a new method to reduce food waste...

ITC Hotels gets world’s first platinum certification in infection risk management

ITC Hotels has become the first hotel chain in the world to receive the platinum level certification in infection risk management from Norway-based DNV, a global leader that aims at boosting customers' confidence in...

Visaka to foray into multiple new businesses

Visaka Industries, second largest roofing sheet manufacturer in the country, has announced its decision to foray into multiple new business segments which complement their existing businesses. According to the company, proposed new segments will...

World’s second tallest tower will be in St Petersburg

Lakhta Centre II on the outskirts of St Petersburg will be the second tallest skyscraper in the world. At 703 metres it will be just shorter than Dubai’s famous Burj Khalifa (828m). Europe’s tallest...

Greenpanel to focus on exports in the near term

Greenpanel Industries, one of the leading manufacturers of medium density fibreboard (MDF) in the country, plans to focus on higher MDF exports for the next couple of months till the domestic market reopens and...

NGT asks govt to issue SOP on environment norms in construction projects

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed the government to consider circulating standard operating procedure (SOP) to all State Environment Impact Assessment Authorities (SEIAAs) for such activities. After noting continuous violation of environment norms...

BSI, COA sign MoU to popularise bamboo use in building sector

Bamboo Society of India (BSI) and Council of Architecture (COA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to mainstream bamboo in building sector. The MoU was signed by Habeeb Khan, President, COA, Delhi; and...

IIT- Guwahati Researchers develop smart window materials

Indian Institute of Technology-Guwahati researchers have developed smart window materials for automatic climate control of buildings which can help to develop efficient automatic climate control systems in buildings. The smart window has been designed by...

Cement demand to be impacted in Q1-FY22:  CARE Ratings

According to Care Ratings, the demand for cement is expected to be impacted in Q1-FY22 on account of localized lockdowns in almost all states owing to the recent spike in Covid-19 caseload. The varied...

Bangalore startup develops carbon recycling technology

A Bangalore based startup has received the National Award 2021 from Technology Development Board (TDB) for developing a commercial solution for conversion of CO2 to chemicals and fuels. Breathe Applied Sciences, a startup incubated at...

Cement manufacturers go ahead with capex plans amid uncertainties

Despite the fact that demand for cement is affected by the local lockdowns in almost whole of the country, most of the cement manufacturers are not worried about the prospects of the industry in...

Maldives plans a floating city

The Maldives government in collaboration with a Dutch company, Dutch Docklands will be developing the first-of-its kind 'island city' will be based in a warm-water lagoon just 10 minutes by boat from the capital...

6 Indian sites added to tentative list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Six Indian heritage sites have been added to the tentative list of UNESCO’s world heritage sites, the Ministry of Culture, recently announced. The submissions were made by Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), which is...

Six Indian teams win Water Innovation Challenge

The global finals of the Next Generation Water Action (NGWA) Water Innovation Challenge has come to an end and six Indian teams (four student teams and two start up teams) have been announced winners....

Data centre sector requires $3.7 bn investment over 3 years

According to a report by JLL India, an investment of USD 3.7 billion (about Rs 27,000 crore) will be required over the next three years to develop six million sq ft space for the...

World demand for architectural paint to grow 2.5%

World demand for architectural paint is forecast to advance 2.5% per year through 2024 to 33.8 million metric tons, says a research done by Freedonia Group. The most rapid gains in architectural paint demand...

National Gallery of Modern Art launches Audio-Visual Guide App

The National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), New Delhi, has launched Audio-Visual Guide App on the occasion of International Museum Day. It will be possible for museum viewers to listen to anecdotes and stories...

AC manufacturers lose another peak season for Covid

Though the summer had started much earlier this year (than last year) air conditioner manufacturers are not celebrating as the lockdowns have taken the initial spark off the market. This is the second busy...

Home sales across top 7 cities up 21% in Q1 2021

According to PropEquity study, sale of housing units went up by 21 per cent across top seven cities in India in the first quarter of 2021 to 1,05,183 units against 87,236 units in Q1...

Thermax Absorption Cooling Manufacturing Plant gets platinum certification

Thermax Absorption Cooling Manufacturing Plant of Thermax Limited in SRI City, TADA , A.P. has achieved Platinum certification under CII - Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) Green Factory Buildings rating system. IGBC Green Factory Building...

MDF prices continue to rise

Robust demand and increase in the prices of raw materials have impacted price of MDF in the country. In the fourth quarter, leading MDF manufacturers took a price hike of 5-7% in North India...

This will be the house of the future

Danfoss in association with the Bitten & Mads Clausen’s Foundation will be constructing one of the world’s most sustainable residential buildings with traditional building materials and already existing energy-efficient technologies. The project will see the...

Welspun to restart supplies to Target Corporation

Welspun India will be working again with Target Corporation, a retailer with over 1,900 stores in the U.S. Welspun has recently completed a vendor re-empanelment process with Welspun Global Brands Limited, the company’s subsidiary. “We...

Ar. BV Doshi to deliver Primary Speech at the Boston Architectural College

Renowned Indian architect and Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate Balkrishna Doshi to receive an Honorary Doctorate and deliver The Boston Architectural College's primary speech at its virtual commencement Friday, May 28. "It is an immense honor...

Adhesive manufacturers affected by VAM price spurt in Q4

While builders and developers are complaining about the surge in the prices of building materials in the last 6-9 months, manufacturers of building materials too are faced with the challenge of ever increasing raw...

Infosys develops a public-health-based, data-driven platform

Infosys, a global leader in next-generation digital services and consulting, has collaborated with RXR Realty to build and deploy a comprehensive, award-winning smart building health and wellness solution running on Microsoft Azure. RxWell, a...

Global real estate sentiments improved in Jan-March: Report

The sentiment in the real estate markets globally improved in the first quarter of 2021, as revealed by the results of the Q1 2021 RICS Global Commercial Property Monitor (GCPM). The report points to...

Ultratech reached 99% capacity utilisation in March

India’s largest cement manufacturer, Ultratech Cement reached 99% capacity utilisation in March 2021 while its capacity utilisation for the fourth quarter was at 93% signifying demand surge for the commodity just before the outbreak...

Knight Frank expects India’s prime office rentals to remain stable

Despite uncertainty around India's office sector, Knight Frank, leading international property consultancy firm, expects Bengaluru, NCR and Mumbai markets to remain stable in rental values over the next 12 months. According to its latest report...

Indian Standards for Low-cost AC Charge Point (LAC) to be released

Cities, towns and villages in India will soon be able to benefit from an innovative low-cost Electric Vehicle (EV) charge point that can accelerate the adoption of Electric 2-wheelers and 3-wheelers. A forthcoming Indian...

AP to use energy efficient building technology in its housing scheme

Andhra Pradesh will use innovative ‘Indo-Swiss energy efficient building technology’ in its housing scheme under which it proposes to provide housing for all. Under the initiative, 30 lakh affordable houses would be constructed in...

LafargeHolcim’s Indian units accelerate decarbonisation agenda

Ambuja Cement and ACC – both operating companies of LafargeHolcim in India – have collectively accelerated their decarbonisation agenda. The aim is to generate clean and green energy in line with Lafarge Holcim’s Net...

Arthur Gensler Jr passes away

World-renowned architect M. Arthur Gensler Jr., popularly known as Art Gensler, passed away on Monday at the age of 85. An architect and astute businessman who propelled a small practice into the largest and...

Teri-Shell sketch India’s energy pathways ahead

TERI and Shell have come together to chart India’s Net-Zero Emissions (NZE) scenario. The report evaluates India's current options and limits across each of the energy sectors and sub-sectors towards examining the need for...

Delhi HC to hear plea on construction of Central Vista Project today

The Delhi High Court will hear today the plea seeking direction to stop or suspend all construction activity of the Central Vista Avenue Redevelopment Project in compliance with orders issued by the Delhi Disaster...

Puri Mathas to be redeveloped in Kalinga Architecture style

As part of Shree Mandira Parikrama project, Mathas (Mutts) falling within the heritage and security corridor will be relocated and redeveloped in the temple city of Puri in Odisha. Redevelopment of these Mathas will...

Public consultation meetings held to build accessible, safe & inclusive cities

National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA) in collaboration with the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Roorkee with the support from Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs recently held public consultation meetings for revisions in...

Plastic pipe demand declines in FY21

If the PVC resin consumption during 20-21 is any indication, the production of or demand for plastic pipes has seen a decline in the just concluded financial year. According to rough estimates, PVC resin...

Anant National University expands the presence of Covid Recovery Facilities

After establishing 13 COVID care facilities across 5 states in India, recently Anant National University along with its coalition of partners has set up 2 more COVID care facilities in the interior regions of...

Gold Plus Glass to expand capacity

Gold Plus Glass Industry Limited (Gold Plus), India’s second largest float glass manufacturer and a dominant player in the architectural glass segment, plans to put two float glass lines and one solar glass line...

These nozzles can save 90% water from your taps

IIT Madras incubated start-up Earth Fokus has launched the latest range of water-saving tap nozzles that can conserve 90% water during hand wash and washing utensils, even with low water pressure. These nozzles when...

Indian cities’ ranks go down in global prime residential index

New Delhi and Mumbai have moved one spot down to 32nd and 36th rank respectively, while Bengaluru has moved down four spots to 40th rank in the latest Knight Frank's Prime Global Cities Index...

BadrinathDham to be developed as a Spiritual Smart Hill Town

BadrinathDham will be developed as a spiritual smart hill town and the cost of construction and redevelopment of this will be borne by the central oil and gas PSUs. The Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs)...

New house for PM to be ready by Dec 2022

According to the Central Public Works Department (CPWD), the construction of the prime minister's residence under the ambitious Central Vista project will be completed by December 2022. The CPWD is the nodal agency for...

West Bengal may have to toe Centre’s line on RERA

The Supreme Court has struck down West Bengal’s law on regulating real estate sector saying it was “unconstitutional” as the state's statute encroached upon the Centre's Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act (RERA). The...

Second wave & rollback of stamp duty affect Mumbai residential sales

It was a double whammy for new residential sales in Mumbai in April as the resurgence of Covid-19 and rollback of stamp duty adversely affected the number of transactions during the month. Though Mumbai...

New house for PM to be ready by Dec 2022

According to the Central Public Works Department (CPWD), the construction of the prime minister's residence under the ambitious Central Vista project will be completed by December 2022. The CPWD is the nodal agency for...

Dinosaur fossil park planned in Balasinor

Tourism Corporation of Gujarat Limited (a Government of Gujarat undertaking) is planning to develop a dinosaur fossil park at Raiyoli, Balasinor in Gujarat. The park will be built over 21 acres of land at...

Continued lockdown may impact cement demand in May

Demand for cement may remain sluggish in May as many major cement consuming states including Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Chhattisgarh have extended the work restrictions and strict implementation lockdown rules. This is likely to keep...

Despite lower demand, cement prices remain stable

Strangely enough, cement prices remained relatively stable through out April as compared to the previous month. The market showed its resilience despite the Covid second wave playing havoc with human lives all over the...

This paint can keep your home cool

In an effort to curb global warming, Purdue University engineers have created the whitest paint yet. Coating buildings with this paint may one day cool them off enough to reduce the need for air...

Global companies to reinvent office beyond pandemic: Report

According to Knight Frank's second edition of its (Y)our Space report, international businesses are looking to their workplaces to revitalise corporate brand and culture after the pandemic which will see significantly improved amenities and...

Winners of the Global Cooling Prize announced

Gree Electric Appliances, Inc. of Zhuhai with partner Tsinghua University; and Daikin with partner Nikken Sekkei Ltd. have emerged as the two winners among eight finalists of the Global Cooling Prize. The Global Cooling...

India’s first 3D printed house at IIT-Madras

It’s a small house measuring 600 square feet on the campus of IIT Madras. But the significance of this small house can be gauged from the fact that it was inaugurated (virtually) by none...

BIS’ new Reference Architecture for Smart Cities adopts ArchiMate® Specification

The Open Group, the vendor-neutral technology consortium, has announced the adoption of the ArchiMate® Specification, a standard of The Open Group, in the publication of India's ICT Reference Architecture for Smart Cities (ICTRA), marking...

NITCO imparts training to mason community under PMKVY programme

NITCO, known for its range of world-class tiles, has launched a training programme called ‘Mason Tiling’ to upgrade the knowledge of the Mason community working in the building material sector. Under the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal...

Bengaluru’s Bowring Institute is getting renovated

This restoration of 19th century building in Bengaluru has seen it all – from demonetisation to lockdown to second wave. Yes, the restoration work of the Bowring Institute that started in September 2016 is...

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Welspun One’s Bhiwandi logistics park gets IGBC’s Pre-certified Platinum rating

Welspun One's flagship Bhiwandi project was recently awarded as India's 1st Platinum Pre-certified Green...

ONGC to support 15 struggling handicraft projects

ONGC has launched the initiative to revive the struggling handicraft projects and empower the...

Hyderabad is emerging as the new data center hotspot

Hyderabad is emerging as the new data center hotspot and according to JLL report...