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1.Tender document for e-auctions of cancelled coal blocks will be out by December 22

Efficiency could well be the middle name of Anil Swarup who set a clearance track record as head of the Project Monitoring Group (PMG).


2.We have now started planning for Gujarat and Karnataka

One of India's oldest business houses, Poddar Group boasts a legacy of 10 generations. In 2008, the company decided to form Poddar Developers with the aim to provide high-quality housing at affordable rates, great amenities and low monthly maintenance.


3.Once the supply side fixes are made, bank financing will follow.

Ajay Gupta, Head-Infrastructure Finance, Investment Banking, HDFC Bank While the government appears to be on a fast track with its recent efforts towards approving the Rs 1.83 trillion worth of infrastructure projects, banks and NBFCs continue to find it difficult to mitigate the unknown risks such as regulatory clearances, land acquisition and coal supply.


4.Taking the initiative

In the next in a series of interviews with prominent civil engineers, SHRIYAL SETHUMADHAVAN speaks to P Surya Prakash, Founder Director, Satya Vani Projects and Consultants Pvt Ltd.Being a civil engineer was my choice and I have enjoyed every bit of this activity," says P Surya Prakash, Founder Director, Satya Vani Projects and Consultants Pvt Ltd (SVPCPL) with pride.


5.Success Storeys!

Shriyal Sethumadhavan examines the technique behind the construction of tall buildings and whether India is ready for these.´I am the power that lifts the world´s head proudly skywards, surpassing limits and expectationsà I am Burj Khalifa.´ These lines are ingrained at the entrance of the world´s tallest building that stands at 828 m with over 160 storeys in Dubai.


6.In 20-30 years, India will be the biggest market for many of our companies

Since the Dutch East India Company was established in 1602, the Dutch have been major international traders. ´Our trade relations with India started nearly 400 years ago when we were trading spices here in 13 different settlements,´ says Geoffrey van Leeuwen, the new Consul General of the Kingdom of The Netherlands. Today, bilateral relations between India and The Netherlands have expanded to various areas, infrastructure and transport being key areas of focus.


7.Mall Maze

With an increase in the number of non-performing malls in India, Shriyal Sethumadhavan examines what´s wrong and what can be done.Malls in India seem to be getting bigger with the average size likely to increase from around 380,000 sq ft to 470,000 sq ft in 2015. While this is in sync with India´s retail transformation, the question remains: of the hundreds of shopping malls operating today, how many are genuinely successful?


8.Our annual budget for the city is Rs.1,000 crore.

Jagroop Singh Yadav, CEO,Jaipur Municipal Corporation This capital city is a gateway to Rajasthan. The Jaipur Municipal Corporation (JMC) executes diverse schemes, plans, projects and day-to-day functions; looks after the sanitation work carried out by 5,800 permanent workers and 2,500 casual workers; and tends to maintenance, roads, sewerage, streetlights and stray animals the brass tacks of urban life.


9.We hope Indian infra companies invest in new townships in Korea.

Jang Seok-gu firmly believes that India is a close friend to Korea. The Consul General, Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Mumbai, fondly recalls the beginning of bilateral trade and exchange of goods between both countries, saying, "Our relationship dates back to 46 AD.


10.Mezzanine capital typically targets an IRR return from 18% to 24%

Chetas Desai, CEO, Ambit Corporate Finance Here´s an investment bank that thrives on crucial decision-making, accelerated timelines, transactions of significant complexities and colossal stakes. With key partners, Ambit Corporate Finance has created a niche for itself as one of the top investment banks in India.