PROJECT INDIA

Elections are back but so is the smog and the end of the year. Some collateral benefits or features of elections include rapid decision-making, rapid project execution, timely payments, brisk purchase of materials and equipment due to release of liquidity, increase in cash transactions and so on. While construction of the Ram Mandir will be […]

The toasts of construction

The construction industry could not have asked for a more integrated play than the one witnessed at the INDIA CONSTRUCTION FESTIVAL (ICF) on October 24-25 in New Delhi. Needless to say, the CEOs of construction companies are a hard-working lot and getting them to come together needs more precision than a BIM programme can offer! Vinayak Deshpande, Managing […]

Attitude for altitude

Beginning its operations in 2002, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation now has a route length of 296 km, making it the 12th longest and 16th largest in daily ridership. Its punctuality is 99.9 per cent when any delay of over 59 seconds is considered a delay. After its expansion, it will reach a length of 350 […]

The Pacesetters

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari is a man in a hurry. Recently, he announced the Rs 1-trillion Mumbai-Delhi Expressway, which will connect India’s two most backward districts, Mewat (Haryana) and Dahod (Gujarat). With this, the travel time will reduce from the current 24 hours to 12 hours. The first tender for the project worth Rs 440 […]

The world of construction is coming to India

The news on the Indian economy has gotten better. As it inched past France to become the sixth largest economy in the world with a GDP of $2.59 trillion, the country’s growth numbers for fiscal 2018 seem to be within reach at 7.3 per cent, and then onwards to a tough 7.6 per cent in […]

Why Public Works needs to work for private!

Have you noticed that the size of project execution has grown manifold? New projects worth Rs 1.95 trillion were announced in the January to March quarter, up from Rs 1.20 trillion in the previous quarter. The capacity of companies in delivering larger projects has expanded. Earlier, we would rarely discuss a few mega projects concurrently […]

The Tepidity Hangover

While most agencies are speculating on the estimated GDP growth rate for India and the fact that oil is a big worry for our financial health, not one is able to capture the mood of the economy despite the numbers. Are we well past the painful period in the economy? How long do we have […]

Quality over quantity

Oil, the single biggest factor that helped the government manage the fiscal deficit, has climbed from its advantageous position to well over $75. Even as GST is gaining stability, the E-way bill has caused feathers to be ruffled again. Not only are small companies having to contend with compliance changes a bit too often, there […]

The sustainability challenge

Indian architecture has been decorated with its crown jewel BV Doshi being honoured with the Pritzker Prize, making him the first Indian ever to have received this honour. Charles-Édouard Jeanneret, known as Le Corbusier, was a Swiss-French architect, designer, painter, urban planner and writer, and a pioneer of what is now called modern architecture. In […]

Building Smart

According to McKinsey, construction holds the dubious honour of having the lowest productivity gains of any industry. The reasons attributed to this include continued use of labour instead of technology; lack of consolidation; and the fact that builders are still averse to using technology even though architects increasingly espouse it. Technology is becoming key: The […]