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Old April 7th, 2011, 07:14 AM   #261
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W HOTELS WORLDWIDE CONTINUES GLOBAL EXPANSION WITH W MUMBAI

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MUMBAI, India--(BUSINESS WIRE) - Apr. 05, 2011-- Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT) today announced plans to open W Mumbai, marking the debut of W Hotels Worldwide in India.

Located in bustling South Central Mumbai where modern architecture intertwines with colonial cultural monuments, W Mumbai will introduce its world renowned lifestyle hotel concept to one of India's hippest cities, where the country's music, fashion, media and entertainment industries converge. Under a management contract with Jaguar Buildcon Private Limited, W Mumbai will be developed on approximately three acres of land and is expected to open by 2015. Overlooking the Mahalaxmi racecourse, the hotel will form a part of the Namaste Tower, an iconic 55-story mixed-use building designed by WS Atkins to look like clasped hands. Expected to be a landmark in the city of Mumbai with its iconic design, W Mumbai will be a highly anticipated and spectacular addition to India's financial and fashion capital.

"We are excited to bring the W lifestyle to Mumbai, another step in W's global expansion into the world's most exciting and vibrant destinations," said Frits van Paasschen, President and Chief Executive Officer of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. "W Mumbai will offer a contemporary take on design, fashion and music in the heart of one of the city's most vibrant districts, bringing an innovative and distinctive experience to Mumbai. When W Mumbai opens, Starwood will have seven of its nine brands present in India."

W Mumbai will house more than 350 stylishly appointed guestrooms, including two WOW Suites and one Extreme WOW Suite (W's take on the Presidential Suite); two contemporary restaurants and one destination bar; the signature W lounge (W's interpretation of the traditional hotel lobby); WET pool deck; SWEAT, state-of-the-art fitness center; and a signature spa for guests to detox and refuel for what's to come. W Mumbai will also house stylish spaces for luxury designer retail stores and boast a full calendar of exclusive and exciting W Happenings events that showcase what's new and next in design, fashion and music for both guests and locals alike.

"We are thrilled to partner with Starwood and its distinct stable of brands. It is the perfect time for W Hotels to enter India, specifically Mumbai, a city that matches W's vibrant energy, and strong association with fashion and Bollywood. Luxury in India has existed in its traditional form, but with the entry of W, there is an opportunity to introduce luxury in its modern and trend-setting sense," said Gurinderjit Singh, Managing Director of Jaguar Buildcon.

"With the construction of our first W Hotel in India, we expect to see more owner interest in developing this great brand in other key leisure and business destinations in the country," said Dilip Puri, Managing Director, India and Regional Vice President South Asia, Starwood Asia Pacific Hotels and Resorts. "Locations such as the Delhi NCR region, Goa and Kerala are targets for Starwood to develop W Hotels and Retreats."

About W Hotels Worldwide

W Hotels is a contemporary, design-led lifestyle brand and the industry innovator with 41 hotels and retreats in the most vibrant cities and exotic destinations around the world. Inspiring, iconic, innovative and influential, W Hotels provides the ultimate in insider access, offering a unique mix of cutting-edge design and passions around fashion, music and entertainment. W Hotels offers a holistic lifestyle experience that is integrated into the brand's sensibility through contemporary restaurant concepts, glamorous entertainment experiences, stylish retail concepts and signature spas. With more than 12 years of proven success, W Hotels is on track to reach more than 50 hotels by the end of 2012. W Hotels and W Retreats have been announced for Paris, St. Petersburg, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Abu Dhabi, Bangkok, Athens - Astir Palace, and Verbier, among other international destinations. For more information, visit www.whotels.com.

About Starwood Hotels & Resorts

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. is one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with 1025 properties in 100 countries and territories with 145,000 employees at its owned and managed properties. Starwood Hotels is a fully integrated owner, operator and franchisor of hotels, resorts and residences with the following internationally renowned brands: St. Regis, The Luxury Collection, W, Westin, Le Meridien, Sheraton, Four Points by Sheraton, and the recently launched Aloft, and Element SM. Starwood Hotels also owns Starwood Vacation Ownership, Inc., one of the premier developers and operators of high quality vacation interval ownership resorts. For more information, please visit www.starwoodhotels.com.
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Old April 11th, 2011, 05:48 PM   #262
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Mumbai Drivers’ 50-Year Wait May End With $2.5 Billion Trans-Harbor Bridge
By Siddharth Philip - Apr 11, 2011
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Mumbai intends to begin work next year on a bridge costing as much as 110 billion rupees ($2.5 billion) as it acts on an idea first proposed in the 1960s to curb traffic jams.

The 22-kilometer “Mumbai Trans Harbour Link,” connecting the island city with the mainland Navi Mumbai district, will open before a new airport begins operations in 2014, Rahul Asthana, commissioner of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority, or MMRDA, said in an April 8 interview. The bridge will have six lanes of highway and two rail tracks, he said.

“The advantages of the bridge will be huge,” he said. “Not only will it lead to faster connectivity to the new airport, but also it will lead to the development of Navi Mumbai and reduce pressure on the city.”

The first new road-bridge between Mumbai and the mainland in more than a decade may ease jams that have hindered the city of 18 million people’s bid to challenge Shanghai and Dubai as a business center. Journey times from the Nariman Point financial district to Mumbai’s existing airport have risen by as much as an hour in the past decade because of increasing number of cars, according to Mumbai First, a public-private organization.

The city plans to issue a tender for a consultant to work on the project soon, Asthana said. The consultant will help assess ways of paying for the bridge, including allowing a company to build and operate it, he said.

A construction tender will be issued next year and work may start before the end of 2012, he said. The government has twice previously issued tenders to build the bridge without finding a contractor. The delays and higher commodity prices have caused the estimated cost to almost triple from the 40 billion rupees forecast in a 2004 government-backed study.
Traffic Jams

The wait for the new bridge and delays on other projects have contributed to traffic jams in the city that’s home to India’s central bank, its largest stock exchange and the headquarters of Reliance Industries Ltd. (RIL), its biggest company by market value.

“Mumbai’s infrastructure seems to be moving on a treadmill,” said Killol Pandya, a Mumbai-based fund manager for Daiwa Mutual Fund, a unit of Japan’s second-largest brokerage. “It’s ambling along, but not going anywhere.”

An eight-lane bridge over Mahim Bay, connecting the northern suburbs with midtown, opened in July, 2009, four and a half years late and about four times over budget, according to Times of India reports at the time.
Phased Construction

The new bridge may be built in two phases, each comprising three lanes of highway and one railway line, Asthana said. This would generate toll fees earlier and ensure that the bridge opened ahead of the new airport, he said.

“The chief minister has made it very clear that the project needs to be ready by the time the airport comes up,” he said. The Navi Mumbai airport, which will initially be able to handle 10 million passengers a year, was approved by the central government’s environment ministry last year.

Capacity at the existing Mumbai airport, operated by GVK Group, is also being more than doubled to 40 million passengers. The city is also building a metro railway and a monorail to ease congestion and help win investment.
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The new bridge will ease traffic by allowing cars to avoid the city centre when traveling from the mainland to southern areas of the city, including Nariman Point, home of the regional offices of Bank of America Corp. (BAC) and Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc. Vehicle ownership in India is rising as the nation’s 8.2 percent growth rate is boosting incomes, making cars affordable to more people.

The bridge was first proposed in 1962, according to the website of the Maharashtra State Road Development Corp., a state government agency. Various other studies have followed, including the one in 2004, which laid the groundwork for the issuing of a build-operate tender.

“It’s only in the last five or so years that the bridge was being thought of seriously,” said Asthana. “Before that, there probably wasn’t the need.”

The competition following the 2004 study failed as the government rejected the only two bids it received. The bidding groups, led by Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services Ltd. and Reliance Infrastructure Ltd. (RELI), both sought “unreasonable concession periods,” according to the Maharashtra State Road Development Corp. website. A tender issued in 2008 for a cash contract to just build the bridge failed to attract any bids, Asthana said.
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Old July 18th, 2011, 09:32 AM   #264
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Old July 18th, 2011, 10:21 AM   #270
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Update! Some new approved/proposed or about to begin projects -

Shreepati Gardens | 110 fl x 2 + 68 fl x 2



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Indra Tower | 300m | 80 fl



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DLF Towers | 300m+ | 90fl x 3



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Waves | 80fl



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Shreepati Estate | 82fl



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Unnamed Bombay Dyeing Project | Multiple Towers 70fl +



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The Trident | 70 fl + 32 fl



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Ackruti Realms | 270m | ~70fl



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Omkar Project | Multiple towers of 250m +



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Twisting Horizons | 267m | ~70fl



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Infinity | 65fl x 2 + 45fl



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Signia High | 200m | 55fl



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Infinity | 58fl + 45fl x 2

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