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Demolition of Telangana secretariat begins

The Telangana government has started the demolition of the old secretariat building in Hyderabad which may be completed in next few days. The entire area around the secretariat was cordoned off and barricades were...

First World Heritage City Lab held

The first World Heritage City Lab organised by UNESCO from 17 to 26 June 2020 provided an online avenue for innovation laboratory for analysis, assessment, learning, and development of strategies for the protection and...

COVID-19 led disruption may lead to sizeable residential price correction

According to some real estate analysts with leading broking houses, COVID-19 disruption is likely to set the stage for meaningful residential price correction. Further, markets which are more investor driven may witness higher volatility...

Greenply lost Rs 60 cr sales in Q4 due to lockdown

Greenply Industries, India’s largest plywood manufacturer, has lost about Rs 60 crore of sales in March quarter due to nationwide lockdown. India went into total lockdown on 25th March to prevent spread of COVID...

Morbi is limping back to normalcy

Morbi, the ceramics cluster of India, is slowly limping back to normalcy after prolonged closure due to nationwide lockdown. While April and May were blank months as far as operations are concerned June saw...

Cement prices see correction in June

Good news for the cement consumers is that strong pricing environment seen in April-May period could not be sustained in June and the same started correcting during the month. Most markets have registered moderate...

Slow paced professional movement in Architecture & Interior Design field 

Professional movement has slowed down but has not come to a grinding halt. If the green shoots are the real ones, it may pick up pace in the coming months. Here is the list...

Odisha plans to adopt water-sensitive urban design and planning

The Housing and Urban Development Department (HUDD), Government of Odisha, in collaboration with Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), plans to work towards mainstreaming Water-Sensitive Urban Design and Planning (WSUDP) in cities and towns...

Many tiles units may be closed in Morbi

Though lockdown has been partially lifted, normalcy has not yet returned in tiles industry in Morbi. According to industry sources, 300 out of 900 manufacturing units in Morbi have started their production since May...

This 18th century personality’s life can inspire everyone

Yesterday’s Google Doodle featured not so much talked about personality from Brazil, that is, Joaquim Pinto de Oliveira, also known as Tebas. He is not much talked about because nothing much written about him....

Tamil Nadu Shelter Fund to cross subsidise affordable houses

International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) has approved a $50 million Tamil Nadu Housing and Habitat Development Project to support innovations in housing finance and strengthen housing sector institutions in the state. It...

Prince Pipes ventures into water storage tank business

Prince Pipes and Fittings has ventured into water storage tanks business with ‘STOREFIT’ brand. The company has started manufacturing and supplying tanks from its Dadra unit to do some test marketing in Gujarat market...

Asia’s first continuous rebar production facility in Punjab inaugurated

Asia's first-ever Continuous Galvanized Rebar (CGR) Manufacturing Facility was virtually inaugurated by Shri Dharmendra Pradhan - Hon'ble Union Minister of Steel, Petroleum & natural Gas yesterday. The first-of-its-kind facility, situated near Gobindgarh in Punjab,...

Jaisalmer, Jodhpur stones may become global heritage resource

The government is now eyeing for Global Heritage Stone Resource (GHSR) status for the famous yellow limestone of Jaisalmer and pink sandstone from Jodhpur. It may be recalled here that Makrana marble, the white...

Realtors still hopeful of liquidity infusion by govt

Realtors, battling the liquidity crisis, hope that the government will come to their rescue. The sector expects that the current measures announced are not enough to lift the beleaguered sector around  and any further...

Movement of real estate professionals in the industry

Real estate sector is passing through a lean patch and the situation has been aggravated by the recent prolonged lockdown. Meanwhile, at the corporate level lot of shuffling is taking place the glimpse of...

Softer VAM price gives breather to adhesive manufacturers

The only silver lining for the adhesive manufacturers who are facing lockdown induced demand disruption is the softer prevailing price of their key input, vinyl acetate monomer (VAM), in the international market. VAM, which...

OBPS implemented in more than 2k cities

Online Building Permission System (OBPS), a digital transformation-based reform aimed at reducing the overall time taken for approvals of building plans, has been implemented across 2,057 cities, including 444 AMRUT cities. As a result,...

Asian Paints may pass on benefits of softer RM price to consumers

If Asian Paints’ FY20 fourth quarter performance is any indication, lockdown though implemented hardly for one week in March has impacted the decorative paints industry adversely. Its also true that had there been no...

Over 4.6L homes likely to miss delivery deadline in 2020: Anarock

Liquidity crisis post NBFC crisis of 2018 has already taken its toll on Indian real estate sector in the form of delays in completion of flats and stalled projects and the outbreak of COVID-19...

NATA will be held in August

National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA) will be held in August, according to a release by the Council of Architecture. Earlier it was scheduled to be held on 19th April 2020 and 31st May,...

Rs 5k crore disbursed to building & construction workers during lockdown

The State Governments have disbursed an amount of Rs 4957 crore cash assistance till date to approximately two crore registered construction workers across the country during the lockdown. It may be recalled here that...

Railways to develop 15 stations for multi-functional complexes

The Rail Land Development Authority (RLDA) plans to develop 15 multi-functional commercial complexes on lease basis in different states. RLDA has floated two requests for proposal (RFPs) for development and leasing of 15 multi-functional...

WelcomHotel Amritsar becomes Punjab’s 1st LEED Platinum certified hotel 

WelcomHotel Amritsar is now Punjab's 1st LEED Platinum certified hotel and ITC Hotel’s 18th LEED platinum certified property. ITC Hotels is also the first and largest chain of hotels in the world with maximum...

Cement prices down from May level

Dealer survey reveals that cement price has fallen from the May 2020 level but is still higher as compared to the average price in the fourth quarter of last financial year. Cement prices have...

Steps taken to revive Pokhran Pottery

Not many people may be knowing that Pokhran in Rajasthan is not just famous for India’s first nuclear blast but also its home for potteries which are popular as “Pokhran Pottery.” Now the government...

Professional movements in Building Materials Industry

With construction activity at the low ebb the building materials industry is trying to come to terms with the reality. So, there is nothing much activity on the professional movement front either. Lakshmi Narayanan B...

Major correction in property prices unlikely: 360 Realtors

A report published by 360 Realtors says that property prices are unlikely to correct considerably from the current levels. According to the report, Developers are unlikely to take up major cuts in property prices...

Paint makers become aggressive to push up sales

With sales not picking up on expected lines, paint manufacturers are becoming aggressive to push up their sales. As the initial pent up demand has dried out and with no major new projects coming...

EESL plans IPO in next calendar year

Energy Efficiency Services Ltd, a joint venture of power PSUs, is planning Rs 5,000 crore IPO. The listing process is expected to commence by the end of the current or the start of next...

Real estate remains preferred asset class for investors: Survey

Despite subdued consumer demand amid an economic slowdown, real estate is still perceived as the preferred mode of investment, a survey conducted jointly by Housing.com and National Real Estate Development Council (NAREDCO) has revealed. Nearly...

NGMA in Jaipur House to be illuminated

The National Council of Science Museums under Ministry of Culture is planning illuminate the newly restored Jaipur House of the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA) situated on the C-Hexagon of the India Gate...

A recipe for eco-concrete

It is the most widely used product in the world. Cement is indispensable yet its reputation has become quite tainted in the course of the ongoing climate debate. Mixed with water, sand and gravel,...

PVC price rises 17% in three weeks

Between May 18th and June 11th PVC price has gone up by as much as 16.8% or by Rs 11 per kg. Price was raised thrice in May and twice June so far. Last...

Work begins on world’s largest cultural and heritage development in Saudi Arabia

Construction on the first phase of Diriyah Gate, a sweeping 18th century adobe city that once served as the capital and stronghold of the first Saudi State, has resumed despite whole world’s fight against...

Cement demand in May was better than expected

Cement demand in the month of May was better than initially estimated due to strong demand from rural and semi urban areas. According to some sources in the industry, demand fall in May was...

NMA to appoint 3 whole-time Directors

The National Monuments Authority will be soon appointing three whole-time directors. The Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains AMASR (Amendment and Validation) Act, 2010 under which the Authority has been established provides for...

Proposed Central Vista Project will not increase area’s population density

According to Ar. Bimal Patel, the architect in charge of the Central Vista project, the proposed project will not result in increase in density of population in the area as had been feared by...

This week’s job movements in Urban Planning & Development

Nearly two months of lockdown and diverted focus on handling COVID-19, there had been a lull in urban development programs which is a temporary phase. In the coming months activities on the urban front...

State-of-the-art Flood Warning System for Mumbai Launched

i-FLOWS - Mumbai, a state-of the-art Integrated Flood Warning System for Mumbai developed by Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES), has been launched to provide early warning for flooding especially during high rainfall events and...

Rebranding of ASI on the cards

You may soon see the age-old Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) in new form and possibly more efficient.  A Niti Aayog working group under the chairmanship of Amitabh Kant has suggested rebranding of Archaeological...

Dr Vandana Sehgal is part of Ram temple trust jury

Dr Vandana Sehgal, the principal of the college of architecture at Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Technical University (AKTU) Lucknow, has been named as a member jury to finalise design and architecture of the proposed...

MoHUA recommends Pedestrian Friendly Market Spaces in cities

The Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs has recommended holistic planning for pedestrian friendly market spaces in various cities and municipal areas in the country in consultation with stake holders. The advisory issued by...

IIT Kharagpur retains 1st Rank as best Architecture institute

Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur has retained the first rank in “India Rankings 2020” of Institutions of Higher Education under architecture category. It may be recalled here that IIT, Kharagpur had secured the first...

AC makers are trying to cover the lost ground before Monsoon

As the Monsoon is moving slowly from South to West and North, air conditioner manufacturers are trying hard to clear their stock. Having lost the substantial part of the busy season (due to closure...

PE investments in real estate drops 93 pc

According to a report by Knight Frank India, the private equity investment activity in real estate in India dropped to 238 million dollars with only five deals getting concluded in the first five months...

Realtors offer innovative schemes in digital mode

Adversity has brought out best in our real estate companies who have come up with a variety of schemes using the digital route since the beginning of April 2020 to generate sales in ongoing...

ARCI develops new way to shape ceramics through 3D printing

Scientists at the International Advanced Research Centre for Powder Metallurgy and New Materials (ARCI), an autonomous R&D Centre of Department of Science and Technology (DST) in their recent study utilized an environmentally benign thermal...

COVID-19 affects home textile exports

Like other products, home textiles business too has suffered due to outbreak of COVID-19. As the COVID-19 affected home textiles importing countries like USA and European countries, India’s exports to these countries too affected....

Village where Guru Nanak was born to be recreated in India

Punjab government has decided to create the replica of Rai-Bhoi-Di-Talwandi, the village where Guru Nanak was born, in India. The replica, Pind Babe Nanak Da heritage village, will be created in Sultanpur Lodhi, Kapurthala....

NGMA to run online summer art program from today

National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi will run online NAIMISHA 2020 - Summer Art Program from 8th June 2020 to 3rd July 2020. The month-long online summer program by NGMA is an initiative...

820 centrally protected monuments to be opened from today

The Culture  Ministry has approved opening of 820 centrally protected monuments under the Archaeological Survey of India which have places of worship from 8th June, 2020. Union Minister for Culture & Tourism (I/C) Shri...

Painting activity off to a slow start

In 2019, decorative paints was one of the star performers among all the consumer goods products but the reverse seems to be true in 2020 thanks to COVID-19 led lockdown which was followed by...

Architecture and Design, Jun 08, 2020

COVID-19 has put special responsibility on the shoulders of architects and urban planners. But that has not deterred the people to enter the field and start their own practice. That’s a good sign. Ar. Deepak...

EESL, USAID launch “Healthy and Energy Efficient Buildings” Initiative

On occasion of World Environment Day, Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) in partnership with the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) the Market Integration and Transformation Program for Energy Efficiency (MAITREE) program, launched the...

India to have 200 urban forests in next five years

On the occasion of World Environment Day on 5th June, the government announced implementation of the ‘Urban Forest’ (Nagar van) scheme to develop 200 Urban Forests across the country in next five years with...

Mall reopening permission fail to cheer up owners

With central government allowing the reopening of malls (with certain restrictions) from June 8th onwards, mall operators and retailers are readying themselves to get back to business after a gap of nearly three months....

Urban Learning Internship Program for fresh Graduates launched

An online portal for `The Urban Learning Internship Program (TULIP)’ - A program for providing internship opportunities to fresh graduates in all Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) and Smart Cities across the country was yesterday...

MoEFCC to celebrate WED virtually with focus on ‘Urban Forest’

This year’s theme of World Environment Day (WED) is ‘Biodiversity’ and Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change (MoEFCC ) will be celebrating the WED with a special focus on ‘Urban Forest.’ In view...

Cement sustains price hike

After near washout in April, semblance of normalcy seems to have returned to cement market in May. Though the cement companies were allowed to operate from April 20th, normal operations (with restrictions and social...

India, Bhutan sign MoU on Cooperation in the areas of Environment

A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed between the Government of India and the Royal Government of Bhutan on Cooperation in the areas of Environment. The Memorandum of Understanding will enable establishment and promotion...

Major Impact on climate due to extension of Amery Ice Shelf

The National Centre for Polar and Ocean Research (NCPOR) has predicted that there would be a 24% increase in the expansion of Ameri Ice Shelf (AIS) boundaries by 2021 and another 24% expansion by...

PVC price hiked again

PVC price was hiked by Rs 2/kg, that is, by 2.9% last week which is the third hike in a matter of just 10 days. Thus, within a span of 10 days (on 18th...

Karnataka wants to convert heritage cities into smart cities

Karnataka state government is planning to develop four heritage cities under the Smart City Project of the Union Government. The state government has already written to the central government seeking to include Mysuru, Kalaburagi,...

Environment Ministry to come out with rules for C&W waste control

Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) will soon come up with the rules for implementation of Construction and Demolition Waste Control so as to control dust, a major source of pollution in...

Delhi’s Smart Poles win IDC Smart City Asia/Pacific Awards

Smart Poles for a Sustainable & Scalable Smart City in New Delhi has been named as Top Smart City Project for Sustainable Infrastructure by the IDC Smart City Asia/Pacific Awards (SCAPA). Out of 19...

Real Estate, Jun 01, 2020

Though battered by lockdown and slowdown, real estate sector is still a hub for activities for employee movements. Look at this week’s movers & shakers, it clearly drives home the point. (List is in...

In one week, India loses two iconic architects

Last week Indian architecture lost two iconic figures – in Goa architect Sarto Almeida passed away at the age of 95 while in Delhi Pradeep Sachdeva died at the age of 62. While former...

This is the largest building to achieve “LEED Gold” certificate

Istanbul Airport has become the largest building to achieve LEED Gold certification from the US Green Building Council (USGBC). The airport was recognized for low water consumption, high energy efficiency, and for its heating, cooling...

It’s now time to prevent mobility debacle, high cost of congestion & pollution: CSE

As Indian cities get ready to reopen the economy, public transport is becoming an urgent necessity. “The future and the ‘new normal’ that we will be faced with post-lockdown,” says Anumita Roychowdhury, executive director-research...

Renowned architect Vasant Pansare dies at 93

Renowned architect Vasant Pansare passed away after a prolonged illness on Thursday at the age of 93. Pansare, a bachelor, had been suffering from age-related ailments for quite some time and breathed his last...

New Flexible Building Material could have Civilian and Military Applications

Even though they are miles from the epicenter of an earthquake, buildings can collapse due to how an earthquake's energy makes the ground shake and rattle. Now, a team of engineers led by Guoliang...

SGS is the approved assessment body for the QCI for its WASH Scheme

SGS has been approved by the Quality Council of India (QCI) as an assessment body for its Workplace Assessment of Safety and Hygiene (WASH) scheme. With this authorization, SGS can undertake assessments of workplaces...

India’s data centre market to grow in 2020: CBRE

A CBRE report says that the data centre market is set to grow in 2020 with rising demand and supply due to various policy initiatives, widening customer base and increasing corporate requirements for data...

Hadi Teherani to design Puravankara’s Purva Atmosphere

Renowned Tehran born German architect Hadi Teherani will design Puravankara’s Purva Atmosphere coming up in Bengaluru. Puravankara is introducing its new line of ultra-luxury homes 'WorldHome' Collection and Purva Atmosphere is the first flagship...

IGBC Green Service Buildings Rating System launched

CII – Indian Green Building Council has digitally launched the IGBC Green Service Buildings Rating System. This is the 26th rating system of the Indian Green Building Council. Mr V Suresh, Chairman, IGBC and...

Delhi govt plans a green building for DSIIDC

Delhi government is planning to build multi-storied integrated Office building complex in Govt. land measuring 2,865-sq.m at I.P. Estate adjoining to Vikas Bhawan where DUSIB office is functioning. The proposal includes construction of clean,...

NGMA to organise virtual tour of Ramkinkar Baij’s works

Ministry of Culture’s National Gallery of Modern Art will organise virtual tour titled “Ramkinkar Baij | Journey through silent transformation and expressions” to commemorate the 115th Birth Anniversary of Ramkinkar Baij on 26th May...

Two adjacent towers to be merged to become one

In a first of its kind, in Australia, two adjacent buildings in Brisbane's CBD will be merged to become one tower. The project, the Midtown Centre development, will merge together two former government office...

Mall owners may resolve rental issue with retailers through dialogue

Malls have been closed across the country for the last two months due to countrywide lockdown resulting in loss of business to retailers and loss of rental income to mall owners. The situation has...

PVC price changes direction, goes up

PVC price which had been falling continuously since mid-March, last week changed its direction of movement and started rising. In fact, last week, PVC price was hiked twice, by Rs 2/kg each on 18th...

Building Materials, May 25, 2020

Building materials industry was nearly out of action for two months due to lockdown and has recently resumed activities once again. Hence most of the new recruitments and promotions are likely to take place...

Restoration work of Shimla’s Bantony Castle starts

The homeless migrant labourers hailing from different parts of the country have started renovation and restoration work of over century-old building, 'Bantony Castle', the British era building, amid the fourth phase of coronavirus lockdown....

Urban planning crucial for better public health in cities

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to highlight the importance of safe distancing in cities, a new sourcebook launched by WHO and UN-Habitat provides a wealth of useful information on ensuring human health is a...

More than 55k housing units sold during Q1, 2020

55,138 housing units were sold across nine major markets in the country during the Covid-hit January-March quarter, says PropEquity’s latest report. The survey was done across Bengaluru, Kolkata, Pune, Mumbai, Thane, Gurugram, Noida, Chennai...

This data centre to be the smartest of all

National Payment Corporation of India (NPCI), the umbrella organization for operating retail payments and settlement systems in India, is getting ready to launch its own Smart Data Centre in Chennai. Edappadi K. Palaniswami, Hon’ble...

Tiles dealers see better than expected demand in South

According to South India’s one of the largest ceramic tiles dealers, actual demand for tiles and sanitaryware at the ground level is far better than the expectation. This has actually surprised many dealers who...

Cement sales to decline by more than 20% – CRISIL

In fiscal 2021, most of the dealers expect sales to decline more than 20%, says a CRISIL report titled “Cracks loom for cement dealers.” The report is based on a survey of 100+ cement...

There are only six 5-Star cities in India

Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs has announced star ratings of Indian cities for the year 2019-20 and according to this rating, there are six 5-star rated cities in India. These cities are: Ambikapur,...

COVID-19 to inflict $ 1 tn loss on real estate sector: KPMG

The consequent loss of COVID-19 pandemic outbreak to India's real estate sector is estimated to be one trillion dollars (about Rs 76 lakh crore) by the end of the current financial year, says a...

Cement price goes up sharply in May

A survey of a cross section of the dealers reveals that cement prices have gone up by 5-8% all over the country in May. Price was hiked despite the demand condition was poor. Cement...

Conversations kick started to create sustainable cultural organizations

Development of Museums and Cultural Spaces, Ministry of Culture, Government of India hosted a webinar on “Revitalising Museums and Cultural Spaces” yesterday to celebrate the International Museum Day and kick start conversations around creating...

Mumbai’s luxury housing projects may face tough time

According to some property consultants in Mumbai, prices of super-luxury apartments in some locations like Central Mumbai may see further correction due to lukewarm response from property investors. Usually, property investors account for 25-30%...

Plumbing pipe mfrs expect better demand in 2nd half

Like any other building materials industry, plumbing pipe industry too has suffered badly due to countrywide lockdown. April month has seen almost nil sales for the plumbing pipes as the house construction activity was...

RERA completes three years

It has been three years since the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act, 2016 (RERA) was  implemented in the country and in the last three years the sector has seen lot of disruption and...

Labour shortage may hasten automation in construction

It may not be life as usual for the construction industry going forward in the post-lockdown era which will be governed by social distancing norms. The way cement being used will largely be dictated...

Urban Planning, May 18, 2020

A casual glance through this week’s list of urban planners who have some moves in their professional career recently indicates that there is increasing trend of architects doing post graduation in urban planning and...

Office leasing activity drops in top three Indian markets

COVID-19 is already showing its impact on office leasing. According to the latest Knight Frank Asia Pacific market bulletin, office leasing activity across India's three tier-one cities witnessed a drop due to the impact...

RFP for Tirupati railway station smart makeover gets good response

If the number of firms that participated in the pre-bid meeting for the development of the Tirupati railway station is any indication, the response for redevelopment of the station is very good, if not...

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Demolition of Telangana secretariat begins

The Telangana government has started the demolition of the old secretariat building in Hyderabad which may be completed in next few days. The entire...

First World Heritage City Lab held

The first World Heritage City Lab organised by UNESCO from 17 to 26 June 2020 provided an online avenue for innovation laboratory for analysis,...

COVID-19 led disruption may lead to sizeable residential price correction

According to some real estate analysts with leading broking houses, COVID-19 disruption is likely to set the stage for meaningful residential price correction. Further,...

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First World Heritage City Lab held

The first World Heritage City Lab organised by UNESCO from 17 to 26 June...

Greenply lost Rs 60 cr sales in Q4 due to lockdown

Greenply Industries, India’s largest plywood manufacturer, has lost about Rs 60 crore of sales...

Demolition of Telangana secretariat begins

The Telangana government has started the demolition of the old secretariat building in Hyderabad...