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1.Appointments

Neerav Parmar has taken over as the Chairman of Builders´ Association of India (BAI), Mumbai Centre for 2014-15. Prior to this, he was the Secretary of BAI Mumbai Centre for 2010-11, 2011-12 and Vice Chairman for 2012-13 and 2013-14.


2.With L&T´s surveillance network, Mumbai has come under the scanner 24/7

The Mumbai City Surveillance was a breakthrough project for the Smart World Communications business vertical of L&T Construction that involved the design, development, implementation and operation and maintenance of around 6,000 CCTV cameras, including Fixed Boxes, PTZ and ANPR cameras, at over 1,500 locations spread across 400 sq km in the city.


3.Bouquets, Brickbats and a Wishlist

2016 promises to be remembered as the year of demonetisation. Certainly, the initiative has slowed project execution and the growth momentum. Contractors have been busy, making arrangements on site to open bank accounts for workers and switching to online payments for petty supplies. Want of upfront cash has also slowed down the movement of goods.


4.Here's tracking opportunities and upcoming tenders in India's Smart Cities

The numbers speak for themselves. A total investment of Rs 191,155 crore has been proposed by 90 cities under their smart city plans.


5.How are smart solutions such as ICCC and ITMS benefitting cities?

An ICCC collates information to analyse data for quicker decision-making


6.Smart cities require the development and maintenance of infrastructure

The govt’s mission has identified the need to merge ICT and civil infra


7.The government’s Smart Cities mission is keeping companies busy

Through smart projects, cities are able to provide citizens upgraded infra


8.Viable finance options for India’s smart cities

The govt needs to boost public spending, generate revenue on its own


9.Better Centre-state coordination and adequate and timely funding will be required

L&T’s Smart World Communications (SWC) business unit has been the frontrunner in the implementation of smart solutions across various cities in India as part of the Centre’s ambitious smart city mission, with an enviable track record of 12 completed or on-stream projects.


10.Better Centre-state coordination and adequate and timely funding will be required for smart cities

The smart city mission along with other new-age initiatives like Digital India is expected to remain top priority in the Government’s development-led agenda.