Author: Darshan Baid


Public Spaces for Vibrant Cities: The Urban Park in Chandigarh

The UT administration and the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh recently began the ground-work to enliven the largely-deserted Sector 17 in the heart of Chandigarh city, under the umbrella of the Smart Cities Mission. Designed by the legendary Le Corbusier as a pedestrian public zone when the green-field city was originally planned 60 years ago, Sector […]

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Jaipur waits to be tagged a ‘World Heritage City’ by UNESCO

The Pink city has been tentatively placed on the World Heritage City list by UNESCO for its rich history, cultural heritage and universal value. The city will officially receive the tag of a�?World Heritage Citya�� and protection under the UNESCO after a five-day inspection in September, when a team from ICOMOS, the formal advisory body […]

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Cross Laminated Timber Gains Popularity as a Sustainable Building Material

Popularised in Europe, Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) is being touted as a promising option for sustainable, versatile building. The material consists of planks of sawn, glued, and layered wood, joined at perpendicular angles to obtain structural rigidity in both directions. The panel has great tensile and compressive strength. The panels can function as walls, floors, […]

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U.S.-India State and Urban Initiativea��s new partnerships with the Government of Maharashtra

The Government of Maharashtra and the U.S.-India State and Urban Initiative, led by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Wadhwani Chair in U.S.-India Policy Studies announced three new projects for the state. First, the Government of Maharashtra and the Network for Global Innovation (NGIN) will sign an agreement to develop a Cleantech Incubator […]

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CREBAI & Sai Estate Consultants hold 1st NatCon for brokers in Mumbai

The Confederation of Real Estate Brokera��s Association of India (CREBAI) in association with Sai Estate Consultants held its 1st national convention in Mumbai on 27th June. The event was held to unite the broker community and address the concerns and challenges faced by them. The event was attended by Gautam Chaterjee, RERA Authority and Chairman, […]

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10th Smart City Centre becomes operational

The Integrated Command and Control Centre of the Naya Raipur Smart City was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 14th June 2018. Hona��ble Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs Shri. Hardeep Puri and Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh Dr. Raman Singh were also present on the occasion, along with Rajat Kumar, IAS, CEO, Naya Raipur […]

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Hospitals flout fire-norms in Visakhapatnam

A major fire accident was averted recently at an operation theatre in King George Hospital, Andhra Pradesha��s biggest government hospital, with the timely intervention of the staff present. The main cause of the fire was an electrical short-circuit since contractors had not used star-rated electrical wiring and instruments to cut costs. The case of King […]

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Future Construction

Are robots set to drive the digital revolution in construction? Globally, construction firms are facing impending skill shortage, 80% in the USA, 62% in the UK and 1.2 million fewer worker in Japan by 2025. Even though this is not the case in India, major disasters necessitate extensive building repair work and construction labour shortfall […]

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BEST service in Mumbai to be wet-leased to private sector

Considering the current complex problems of falling revenue, lack of popularity and increasing costs of the BEST bus service has led to the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbaia��s decision to wet-lease the service to private players. Fleets of the BEST will be increased, reviving the bus service by making it more advanced, accessible and efficient. […]

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Andhraa��s Solar march

Andhra Pradesh Central Power Distribution Company Limited (APEPDCL) installed 563 rooftop solar grids. The grid provides a total capacity of 6,837 kW. Another 736 units of 3,651 kW capacity will be installed in the next stage. Adding to the momentum, the Greater Vijayawada Municipal Corporation (GVMC) has recently initiated construction of first of its kind […]

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