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AT A GLANCE

Viega, a global leader in the manufacturing of installation technology for sanitary and heating, participated in the Plumbing Skills Mahotsav 2019, organised by the Indian Plumbing Skills Council in New Delhi, where training was given to over 10,000 plumbers at the venue.


APPOINTMENTS

Narayan Krishnamohan to lead BASF in South Asia; appointed Managing Director of BASF India.


Project Update


Metro projects for Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat

Central Government, Ajay Narayan Jha, Public Investment Board, Metro-rail projects, Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut Rapid Rail Transit corridor


Metro projects for Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat

The Public Investment Board has reportedly approved metro-rail projects in Agra, Kanpur, Ahmedabad and Patna. Along with this, the board has also given a nod to the Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut Rapid Rail Transit corridor.


Infra projects launched in three southern states

Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently launched several development projects such as setting up a new terminal of BPCL at Krishnapatam in Andhra Pradesh, commissioning of Chennai Metro-Rail in Tamil Nadu, and gas distribution and foundation stone laying of the Indian Institute of Technology-Dharwad in Karnataka.


Housing Ministry launches Light House Project

The Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs has instituted a challenge for states and Union Territories to select six sites across India for constructing lighthouse projects.


Arunachal Pradesh gets projects worth Rs.40 bn

Foundation stones for projects worth Rs 40 bn have recently been laid in Arunachal Pradesh. These projects aim to improve connectivity by giving importance on the improvement of highways, railways, airways and power.


Over Rs.34 bn worth projects launched

National highways and waterways projects worth over Rs 34 bn has been launched in Bihar. Further, foundation stones for projects worth Rs 3.66 bn, which include two road overbridges, has been laid.


Leh transmission line inaugurated

Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently inaugurated the 220-kV Srinagar-Alusteng-Drass-Kargil-Leh Transmission System worth Rs 22.66 bn. The line is expected to minimise the massive use of diesel generating sets during winters in Jammu and Kashmir.


Rs.3.5 tn investment okayed for Karnataka

To drive an industrial development across Karnataka, the state government has approved 1,958 projects with an investment of Rs 3.5 tn. Karnataka is expected to be the first state in India in FY2018-19 in attracting such investments.


PMC eyes 500 acre for town planning schemes

The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) is expected to get over 500 acre under the town planning (TP) schemes in the near future.


Projects worth over Rs.11 bn launched

Odisha Chief Minister recently launched infrastructure projects worth over Rs 11 bn in Ganjam district of Odisha. These include projects in sectors such as roads, buildings, tourism and water supply.


Rs.10 bn allocated for RRTS

The National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC) is expected to start civil construction works of the Delhi-Meerut Regional Rapid Rail corridor. Under Phase-1 of the project, three rapid rail corridors are expected to be proposed for implementation.


Adani, Welspun to set up logistics parks

Adani Group and Welspun Group are reportedly setting up logistics parks on Hyderabad’s outskirts.


Highway projects worth Rs. 53 bn launched in Ayodhya

The Centre has reportedly launched half a dozen highway and infrastructure projects worth Rs 53 bn in Ayodhya. In the first phase, about 91 km of the 84 Kosi Parikrama Marg (250 km) will be expanded to four-lanes, with construction of the 48-km stretch of Ayodhya-Chitrakoot of the Ram Van Gaman Marg.


Coal India to procure Rs.70 bn mining equipment

Coal India is speeding the process of procuring 360 high capacity mining equipment worth over Rs 70 bn to bolster production.


Kuwait Investment Authority to invest in India

Kuwait Investment Authority is reportedly keen to triple its investments of $5 bn in India by foraying into infrastructure, airports and highways.


India proposes to construct Lower Arun Hydro Project

The Government of India has proposed to construct the Lower Arun Hydropower Project with a capacity of 400 MW.


44 road projects to come along Indo-China border

In order to ensure quick mobilisation of troops in case of a conflict between India and China, the Government of India will reportedly be building 44 strategic roads along the border with China, and 2,100 km of axial and lateral roads in Punjab and Rajasthan, joining Pakistan, at Rs 210 bn.


Power Update


Power line to run from Karnataka to Goa

A 400-kV power transmission line from Karnataka to Goa is reportedly on the cards for power evacuation from generation projects located at Rajgarh, Tamnar, in Chhattisgarh


Foundation laid for Kiru Hydroelectric Project

Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently laid the foundation stone of the 624-MW Kiru Hydroelectric Project, being implemented by Chenab Valley Power Projects.


Cabinet okays `80 bn for solar projects

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has reportedly approved Rs 85.80 bn for solar power projects developed under the second phase of the Central Public Sector Undertaking scheme,


SECI approves solar PV projects with battery storage

Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has received an approval to go ahead with a scheme of setting up a 14-MW solar PV project with 42 MWh of aggregate battery storage capacity in Leh and Kargil regions.


Major boost for four hydro projects worth Rs. 450 bn

The government has received clearances for four projects worth about Rs 450 bn, and is thus expecting a big push in the hydropower sector.


Bandhunala pump storage project to be under PPP

The West Bengal Government will develop a third pump storage power plant at Purulia under the PPP mode.


NHPC issues tender for rooftop solar projects

NHPC has reportedly issued a tender for 1,082.16 kW of rooftop and small solar power projects at various power stations in Himachal Pradesh.


Bathinda floats tender for 23,254 LED streetlights

The Municipal Corporation of Bathinda (MCB) in Punjab has reportedly floated a tender for the installation of 23,254 LED streetlights,


Tenders floated to tie up 2.5 GW PPAs with stranded plants

In order to attract more independent power plants for procuring electricity from 2,500 MW capacity without power purchase agreements (PPAs)


Plans to revive 10,000 MW of stressed power plants

The government will reportedly put 10,000 MW of stressed power assets on track through auctions, starting with 5,000 MW of power purchase contracts.


Transport Update


Leh Airport to get a new terminal building

Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport in Leh will be getting a new domestic terminal building.


Kolhapur Airport to get new terminal building, ATC tower

Foundation stone has been laid for a new terminal building and ATC Tower at Kolhapur Airport in Maharashtra.


Greenfield airport for Arunachal Pradesh

To provide better connectivity, a foundation stone has been laid for the construction of a greenfield airport at Hollongi in Arunachal Pradesh.


Chittoor to get its third airport

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister has reportedly approved the establishment of another airport at Madanapalle in Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh.


Trichy Airport to get integrated terminal building

A foundation stone has been laid for the new integrated terminal building at Trichy International Airport.


Rs.1 tn investments for Paradip Port's expansion

An investment of Rs 1 tn has been announced for the expansion of Paradip Port Trust (PPT) in the next five years.


Construction work on Machilipatnam port begins

Navayuga Engineering Company has bagged the project to develop Machilipatnam port on Build-Own-Operate-Transfer basis for a period of 50 years.


VO Chidambaranar Port expansion to begin

VO Chidambaranar Port Trust has received environment and coastal regulation zone clearances to expand its capacity with an investment of Rs 57.20 bn.


Foundation stone laid for Subarnarekha Port

Odisha Chief Minister recently laid the foundation stone of Subarnerekha Port, which is being developed by Chennai-based Creative Port.


Indian Railways announces its second longest rail tunnel

The proposed 10.7-km railway line, which includes a 9.02-km-long tunnel connecting the upcoming Vizhinjam seaport with the railway network, is set to become the second longest railway tunnel in India


Dharmapuri-Morappur railway line approved

The Central Government has approved the Dharmapuri-Morappur railway line. Construction work on the 36-km rail line is expected to commence soon.


MUTP receives Rs.5.79 bn from Indian Railways

The Indian Railways has reportedly allotted funds for improving the suburban rail system and its expansion in Mumbai, for which it has sanctioned Rs 5.79 bn for various phases of the Mumbai Urban Transport Project (MUTP), including the ongoing projects.


Funds sanctioned for Kotipalli-Narsapuram line

The Central Government has approved Rs 2 bn for the railway line between Kotipalli and Narsapuram. Besides, three bridges are expected to be constructed for the railway line between Kotipalli and Mukteswaram, and two bridges for Bodasakurru and Narasapur at the Rs 6.70 bn.


Funds sanctioned for Kotipalli-Narsapuram line

The Central Government has approved Rs 2 bn for the railway line between Kotipalli and Narsapuram.


Centre approves over Rs.9.7 bn for Marathwada

The Centre has sanctioned Rs 5.5 bn for the Ahmednagar-Beed-Parli Vaijanath railway line, and Rs 345 mn for the Mudkhed-Parbhani doubling project. Besides, Rs 3.89 bn has been approved for the ongoing electrification work between Manmad-Mudkhed-Mehboobnagar.


National highways projects launched in West Bengal

Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently laid the foundation stone for widening the 41.7-km four-lane 31D National Highway in northern West Bengal at Rs 10 bn.


Widening of roads under port connectivity scheme

In order to boost the connectivity to Azheekkal, Beypore, Alappuzha, Kollam and Cochin ports in Kerala


World’s longest expressway project approved

The Uttar Pradesh Cabinet has approved the construction of the six-lane Ganga Expressway at Rs 360 bn.


Odisha gets three national highway projects

Foundation stone for three national highway projects in Odisha have been reportedly laid.


Four highway projects launched in Rajasthan

Nitin Gadkari recently laid the foundation stone for four national highway projects in Rajasthan, worth Rs 30 bn. Of the four highway projects, three projects are expected to be established in Bikaner, under the Bharatmala Project.


Equipment Update


Repurpose It picks Volvo for operations at its Victorian facility

In order to run material handling duties at its facility in Epping, Victoria, Repurpose It has selected five machines from Volvo Construction Equipment.


CASE Construction strengthens its network in Bihar

CASE Construction has strengthened its distribution network in Bihar with the opening of a new dealership facility – Patliputra Earthmover – near Didarganj in Patna.


Two Liebherr crawler excavators in action in South African coal mine

Keaton Energy coal mine, Liebherr R 976 crawler excavators, Liviero Group, Keaton Energy coal mine


Averbeck Bau relies on Paschal formwork systems

In order to build three ready-to-use new buildings, Averbeck Bau, a construction company from the Münster region,


Vermeer launches Vermeer Equipment India

Vermeer Corporation has established an equipment dealership in India – Vermeer Equipment India – which will focus on sales, service


Vermeer launches Vermeer Equipment India

Vermeer Corporation has established an equipment dealership in India – Vermeer Equipment India – which will focus on sales, service


Cement Update


JSW Cement to double the capacity of its Salboni unit

JSW Cement is planning to double the capacity of its Salboni unit in West Bengal to 4.8 mtpa from 2.4 mtpa in order to strengthen its presence in eastern India.


JK Cement forays into new markets, lines up Rs.17 bn for expansion

Rs 17 bn to enhance its production capacity from 10 mn tonne to 15 mn tonne by 2020.


Cement demand may grow 1.2x of GDP growth rate

UltraTech Cement is reportedly expecting the average cement demand to grow 1.2 times of the GDP growth rate in India over the long-term.


Work commences on RCCPL’s cement unit in Maharashtra

Birla Corporation has commenced the construction of its greenfield integrated cement plant of its subsidiary RCCPL in Maharashtra’s Yavatmal district.


Ramco Group to invest Rs.35 bn to expand cement capacity

The Ramco Group is investing Rs 35 bn to increase its capacities, funded through internal accruals and borrowings


Real Estate Update


Hong Kong-based Garage Society comes to India

Garage Society, a Hong Kong-based co-working space provider, has launched its first co-working space – Garage Gurgaon – in Cybercity, Gurugram.


Jubilee Group launches another commercial project

Jubilee Group has reportedly announced a commercial project Jubilee Walk, which claims to be the first international high street concept in Mohali, Punjab. Spread over 2.02 acre, the project comprises of world-class signature retail and office suites, entertainment area, food joints, parking space, etc.


Sarovar Hotels to set up its third hotel in Goa

Sarovar Hotels has reportedly signed its third hotel in Goa, thus enhancing its presence in the state.


Twenty 14 Holdings to invest `10 bn in India

To increase its pan-India presence, Twenty14 Holdings is expected to invest Rs 10 bn in the coming two years to build hotels in key cities.


Mahindra Lifespace to grow mid-segment housing project in Pune

In order to develop a mid-segment residential project with development potential of about 0.7 mn sq ft, Mahindra Lifespace Developers has reportedly acquired 7 acre in Pune.


Contracts Awarded


BAGGED IT!

The cable manufacturer has bagged a contract from East Coast Indian Railways for the supply of cadmium catenary wire in West Bengal.


Newsmakers


PROGRESSIVE WINNER

Under the leadership of Vinayak Deshpande, Tata Projects, in a JV with


NOVEL LEADER

Bimlendra Jha has been newly appointed as the Managing Director & CEO of Ambuja Cement. The company’s board inducted him as Additional Director and Managing Director & CEO-Designate.


NOVEL LEADER

Bimlendra Jha has been newly appointed as the Managing Director & CEO of Ambuja Cement


SMART BIDDER

GMR has, under the leadership of its Chairman-Airports GBS Raju, won the bid to construct the greenfield Bhogapuram International Airport project in Andhra Pradesh. GMR Airports has successfully won the bid by offering a fee of Rs 303 per passenger as share of revenue to the government, beating Doit Smart Infrastructure India and GVK, that offered Rs 261 and Rs 207 per passenger, respectively. GMR Airports will reportedly be involved in the designing, building, financing, construction, development, upgradation, modernisation, and operation and maintenance of the airport for a period of 40 years. With GMR having bagged this project under the strategic vision of Raju, Phase-1 of the airport is expected to be built at Rs 23 billion and have a capacity of 6 million per annum on completion. Apart from being among the largest private airport companies in India, GMR Group is also the only Indian airport developer to have developed and operated airports outside the country. And, the Bhogapuram airport is yet another jewel in Raju’s crown!


Cover story


Can NHAI per day?

CW explores current challenges in financial closure and land acquisition in the roads segment that could act as major deterrents in achieving the ambitious target of 40 km per day.


Interviews


Imports of lower priced steel will impact the cost and quality of steel

The domestic steel consumption growth is expected to grow by 7 per cent during this fiscal and the trend is likely to continue in the next financial year as well, says an ICRA report.


Communication Feature


Brand of the Year

Duravit bags the Brand of the Year award in Bath Designs-Sanitaryware category at the third edition of the Interior & Exterior Awards 2019.


A Thriving Confluence

FunderMax India’s Confluence brings business partners under one roof to celebrate the past and to discuss the way forward.


Budget 2019: Logistics Sector

KARTIK GANDHI, Director, Gandhi Automations, expects the logistics sector to remain an important recipient of the government’s upcoming budgetary proposals, especially on infrastructure development.


Whole New Level of Comfort and Protection

Garware Polyester is among the pioneers and leading manufacturers of Suncontrol films for application on glass, under the prominent brand Garware Suncontrol and Global.


Labour Skill Development

Habitat for Humanity through The Terwilliger Center for Innovation in Shelter’s roundtable and report launch urges housing sector leaders to work together to improve India’s skills development landscape.


The Unbreakable Bond

Mapei’s Keralastic and Keralastic T are two-component, solvent and water-free adhesives that are flexible and waterproof.


Striving for Design Excellence

Shaw Contract’s Forum Collection is designed for today’s rapidly evolving hospitality-centric environments.


Special Report


Metro Luck-Now

The 23-km stretch of Lucknow Metro’s North-South Corridor will reduce travel time by 50 minutes.


A Lean Solution

Inefficiency and wastage in the construction sector are estimated to be 50-60 per cent abroad – the number is likely to be higher in India.


Products


Touch wood

Ply Mahal has launched an exquisite collection of decorative laminated panels to give interior design and furniture pieces a new dimension.


Wall of fame

Ventura International has introduced a unique range of 3D decorative wall panel design 3D wall panel systems


Exquisite Bath Fittings

SPEED Water Technology has launched luxurious shower panels that are made of stainless steel body with single lever mixer.


TWISTED INNOVATION

Signify has launched its Philips CeilingSecure LED Downlighter, which enables easy installation and prevents ceiling damage while replacing inoperative downlighter.


MARVELLOUS MARBLE

Classic Marble Company has introduced its most flexible tile product Kalesinterflex.


SASSY SOLUTIONS

Anchor Electricals has introduced first-of-its kind IoT enabled smart plug kit Vetaar.


ACCESSIBLE WASHROOMS

Viega has added a new variant to its collection of clever bathroom creation with its adjustable WC height product Viega Eco Plus


TAKING THE FLOOR

The chocolaty shade of Oak Noir from Mikasa premium engineered wooden floors from the house of Greenlam Industries adds a Utopian touch to the floors.


Round Table


Think Table Conference Nagpur Smart City

Nagpur Smart City officials and Smart Cities Council India partners came together and deliberated upon addressing problem areas, through expert opinions.


Civic Sense


Projects worth Rs.5.09 billion are in the tendering stage.

Despite being selected in round two of the Smart Cities mission, Ujjain has already been able to tender out 42 out of its 43 listed projects.


Event


Good Air Quality Pays Off

International market leaders and leading technology companies to focus on indoor air quality, digital heating technology and the IoT, in relation to building automation at ISH.


Focus


Falling Short on Earthmoving Machines

While vendors are lining up earthmovers for companies engaged in infrastructure projects and mining, users attest to the shortcomings of Indian brands.


Smart City Update


Lucknow gets Rs.5 bn funding for smart civil work

Under the Smart Cities mission and AMRUT scheme, Lucknow has reportedly received Rs 5 bn of funds for projects such as construction of 40 smart bus shelters, area-based development of Kaiserbagh, 50 km smart roads and purchasing of mechanised sweeping trucks to clean roads.


Tamil Nadu speeds up smart city projects

The Tamil Nadu Government is expected to roll out smart city projects worth Rs 65 bn across all the 12 corporations in order to speed up its project work.


Smart City Thiruvananthapuram gets Rs.2 bn

Smart City Thiruvananthapuram has been reportedly allocated Rs 2 bn by the Centre to boost the implementation of major projects under the Smart City mission.


Karnataka to spend Rs.70 bn under Smart City project

In order to speed up work on the Smart City projects, the Karnataka Government has reportedly lined up schemes worth Rs 70 bn.


Tenders floated for smart water meter

In order to avoid water losses, the Chandigarh administration has issued tenders for smart water metering under the Smart City mission at Rs 1.64 bn for all the 11,500-houses in the Manimajra region of the city. The


Current Affairs


Maharashtra Govt to boost connectivity from Thane to Agra

Nashik, the foundation stone for the widening of the four-lane Thane-Vadape Highway to an eight-lane highway was recently laid by Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, and Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.


Gaurs Group records biggest sale in Delhi-NCR’s real estate

On a cumulative sale of 9,954 property units, which is perhaps among the largest sales in a calendar year by any real-estate developer in the country, Gaurs Group has clocked a sale of nearly $500 million in the Delhi-NCR region in 2018.


Pamban to become India’s first stainless steel railway bridge

Indian Railways has decided to deploy stainless steel for its visionary Pamban railway bridge project, connecting Rameswaram island with the mainland


Interim Budget 2019-20: Total capital outlay for infrastructure to be Rs.4.7 tn

Union Minister for Finance, Corporate Affairs, Railways and Coal, Piyush Goyal, presented an Interim Budget for FY2019-20 in February.


TÜV SÜD receives accreditation to certify RMC plants

TÜV SÜD, the German testing, inspection, training and certification giant, has been accredited by the Quality Council of India (QCI)