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Ambani is creating two new cities, each with 5m people, on the outskirts of Delhi and Mum- bai. The $11 billion schemes will have reliable power supplies, railways, modern schools and hospitals, sewerage systems, and thousands of new jobs provided by foreign investors and manufacturers — things that many of India’s dirty, smelly and chaotic cities lack.
I hope this will really kick start a new revolution in India......hopefully we are gonna see projects like this more often.

I strongly believe tht we are jst watching the tip of a Big Iceberg in terms of wht is happening in India. :scouserd:

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Construction World's October 2006 issue has a feature on Indian skyscrapers. There's a lot of blatantly wrong information given (for ex: it says the World Tower of Vedic Learning was designed by Hafeez Contractor), however, in the parts of the article where the author doesn't speculate but relays press releases, there is some interesting stuff.

I'll post the relevant bits:
Ask most people int he know and they will tell you that the tallest buildings currently under construction in India are the Imperial Towers, in Tardeo, mumbai. Built by the Shapoorji Pallonji and Dillip Thacker-owned SD Corporation, they are set to be about 819 ft each, with a total of 60 floors.

In stiff competitoin is the Lodha Group's 57-storey Bellissimo at Apollo Mills, which it bought from the National Textile Corporation for Rs. 180 Crore. The group claims that the 648 ft building will be India's tallest - according to it, SD Corporation has included the height of the antenna and 10 levels of car parking while calulating the Imperial's height. If you calculate the height of the livable floors alone, the Imperial has a height of only about 500 ft., while the height of Bellissimo's livable floors is about 600 ft, they claim. SD Corporation has relatlated, saying that even if the height were measured from the 12th floor, where the liveable floors begin; their building would be tallest at 710 ft.!

While that controversy rages on, the Oberoi Group is planning to construct a 90-storey residential sturcture in Worli, Mumbai, which, if built, will likely be the talest all-residential structure in Asia-Pacific. The project is known as Oberoi Skyz. Another high residential complex is coming up in South City, Kolkata, with four residential 36-storey skyscrapers underr construction.

Hyderabad proposed an 80-storey commerical tower in its new business district, but it was later changed to 60-storey twin towers, before finally being finalized as 20-storey twin towers. In addition, a mega project consisting of a single 90-storey tower, sixteen 30-storey towers, and a mall has been announced.
 

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Construction World's October 2006 issue has a feature on Indian skyscrapers. There's a lot of blatantly wrong information given (for ex: it says the World Tower of Vedic Learning was designed by Hafeez Contractor), however, in the parts of the article where the author doesn't speculate but relays press releases, there is some interesting stuff.

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Will go through it.

Meanwhile a project in Navi Mumbai. The website is not functional!

is it like 14-15 storeys?
 

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^I'm not a huge fan of mall-like bases, but the tower design is solid. It might look even better if it was in the 20-30 story range.
 

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I've noticed a lot of builders now building towers with large, wide (and rather tall) podiums consisting of malls and parking in order to meet high FSI allowances. Most highrises from a couple years ago and before are built with low podiums or at ground level.

As for the tower, its quite nice. Its design elements and ornamentation remind me of the tech parks popping up in the southern metros - only vertical

Here are a couple other buidings by them:

 

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Construction World's October 2006 issue has a feature on Indian skyscrapers. There's a lot of blatantly wrong information given (for ex: it says the World Tower of Vedic Learning was designed by Hafeez Contractor), however, in the parts of the article where the author doesn't speculate but relays press releases, there is some interesting stuff.
Yeah this is interesting and there is a feature on the two proposed new tallest buidings in India: The World Centre of Vedic Learning & Noida Tower. Both look very interesting and monsterous & very expensive at the same time.
I agree with you its not entirely accurate.

The height of the Imperial Towers & Lodha Bellissimo are very close but the argument will rage on as which is the highest between them. Again the article itself is not sure and not accurate.

The needs to more of a correct and accurate source which is going to be the tallest but until then the media and us can only speculate. :doh:
 

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Well, the world center of Vedic learning was/is a stillborn project. However, because its made the rounds for a couple years, its rated high on search engines for anyone searching for 'india's tallest tower' and the like.

Its obvious from that reference, and some others in the article, that the author had a core interview or at least a heads up on the SD Corp / Lodha Group back-and-forth, had some figures on the current tallest building, and then bascially did google searches for filler material for the rest of the article.

It's too bad that one of India's biggest construction mags can't really break any news on the status of some of our long awated projects
 

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In fact, the Vedic Learning tower went as far as the foundation stone ceremony, but then it was cut down by local opposition. Not even Maharishi Mahesh Yogi could get past this perinnial issue in Indian construction. (I don't want to start a discussion on the credibility of some of these gurus, FTR)
 

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from the Mumbai edition of the ePaper of ToI. Sorry, no links.

Another mega tower to home in on Tardeo

Yet another skyscraper is quietly springing up in Tardeo, one of the most congested and populated localities of south Mumbai. Work on the 37-storey Crescent Tower commenced recently on a plot belonging to the BMC in Tardeo’s Janta Nagar, just below Usha Kiran building on Carmichael Road.

Under the development plan, the plot is shown reserved for “housing the dishoused’’. Kaushik Shah of Crescent Developers, who is redeveloping the plot in a joint venture with construction giant Shapoorji Pallonji, claims he has already rehabilitated the original 308 tenants who were staying on the plot, free of cost, in four new buildings nearby.

However, local residents allege the BMC plot had empty sheds for several years before they were demolished to make way for the tower. Said Shah, “The project is part of a BMC redevelopment scheme of 1996. So far we have permission to construct upto 28 storeys with a floor space index of 2. We are entitled to another 0.5 FSI, which will allow us to go up to 37 floors.’’

Work on the basement has already commenced. The building will have four podiums and about 30 to 40 apartments ranging from 1,600 sq ft to 3,200 sq ft in size.

The tower is coming up a few hundred metres away from India’s tallest residential buildings—the under-construction 60-storey twin towers in Tardeo’s MP Mill compound, which are also being built by Shapoorji Pallonji. In fact, there are close to a dozen proposals to construct skyscrapers along the hillside on the road connecting Haji Ali to Nana Chowk, raising concerns about the pressure thay would put on the existing civic infrastructure in the locality.

The twin towers are also being constructed by Shapoorji Pallonji through a slum rehab scheme. The construction firm had planned to build a third tower of a similar height but had to scrap it as it necessitated cutting the Tardeo hill, which was prevented by Bombay high court.

“Over the last 30 years or so, not a single new quality school has come up in South Mumbai to cater to middle-class and upper middle class citizens. The redevelopment will add about 2,500 to 3,000 new upper middle class families, who will then vie for the same school, hospital and recreation facilities which are already inadequate,’’ said residents.
 

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Mumbai's cooler cabs get going

The much-awaited new taxis will start on October 18 even as the black and yellow cabbies are viewing the new entrant with suspicion. With the taxi union claiming that the system aims at destroying existing services, the new cab operation is under a cloud of doubt.

Even as Fullora Foundation, the NGO behind the Mumbai Gold Taxi Company, is busy registering its brand new taxis with the Regional Transport Authority, the Mumbai Taximen’s Union president, A L Quadros has said that the sops being doled out to the existing taxi drivers — wherein they surrender their permits to the new taxi company in return for Rs 25,000 as the taxi’s cost and a monthy renumeration of Rs 3000 plus company shares and an additional life insurance policy — is ‘bakwaas.’

Fullora’s Arun Sabnis maintained that nearly 30 taxi drivers switched to the swanky new cabs in three segments — small, medium and luxury. Tata Indigos, Maruti Esteems and Indigo Marinas make up the fleet.

Despite being plush these air-conditioned taxis will have a flag down fare of Rs 15 only (Cool Cabs charge is Rs 16.50). There will not be a single Mumbai Gold Taxi stand in the city, but cabs will be available round the clock then and in a jiffy, promised an executive of the taxi foundation.

The taxi union asked how taxis could be dispatched to a given location in the minimum possible time. The answer to this was that each cab will be fitted with a GPS system enabling its on-time tracking and dispatch. They will also have electronic meters (with bills) for accurate fares.

Sunday MiD Day got an automobile consultant and a routine taxi-user to appraise a Indigo Marina at the Road Transport Authority office in Tardeo.

The consultant, Gurmeet Singh, working for a leading automobile dealership in Mumbai checked out the vehicle and said that it would be a welcome change.

He was however sceptical on whether people would flag down a luxury taxi. He says “A normal Mumbaikar is generally busy and would not want to call for a Mumbai Gold Taxi when the regular taxis are available everywhere.”

User ratings (Out of 10)

• Interiors (covers, door pads) – 8
• Fares (vs Cool Cabs and taxis) – 10
• Accessories (chargers, music) – 10
• Looks – 7
• Mileage – 8 (petrol - 13 kmpl, CNG 20 kmpl)
• Electronic meter and bill dispensers – 10
• Comfort (seats, headrest) – 9
• Leg space – 7

Taxiwallahs Speak — Union president, A L Quadros

• ‘The new system will not work without taxi stands’
• ‘Who has the time to make calls and call for a taxi, boss?’
• ‘Only three cabbies have shown interest in the proposed new package’
• ‘The number of new taxis will never be 100. They are fooling the people’

The only thing missing is the phone number of the new taxi company.
 

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This is an older article that I posted back in June. Reposting for comparison

Use credit card to pay taxi fare

The scheme, based on taxi service in Singapore and New York, is expected to take off in four months, according to state government's principal secretary (Transport), G S Gill.

"We have already received proposals from two firms for participating in the fleet taxi scheme", he told PTI.

A fleet operator having between a minimum 500 and a maximum 10,000 taxis would be given an operating license, Gill said. However, none of the existing taxi drivers would lose their jobs as they would be absorbed by the fleet operators, he added.

The new taxis would be bigger, with a minimum 1,000 cc capacity and will offer features like global positioning system which would make it possible to track the position of a taxi on Mumbai roads, he said.

Each fleet owner would have a control room. By calling designated numbers, people would be able to get the taxi at their doorstep, Gill said.

The state government wants to have around four to five operators as part of the fleet taxi service, Gill said.
 

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http://www.dnaindia.com/report.asp?NewsID=1057509

As per procedure, the existing taxi drivers must enroll themselves in the MGTC. They will have to surrender their Premier Padminis, and the proceeds from the sale — approximately Rs25,000 — will be invested in the shares of the company, thus making them stake holders. However, their permits need to be transferred to the new vehicles. “The transfer of permits for over 300 applications received by MGTC is pending with the RTO. It will take a fortnight more to complete the formalities,” Sabnis said.
 

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BMC at work to make Senapati Bapat Marg Mumbai’s best road

Illegal hutments, hawkers will go; soon, footpaths, green patches, flower beds

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Mumbai, October 13: Mumbai’s makeover will now include a facelift for Senapati Bapat Marg—popularly called Tulsi Pipe Road. And the BMC promises to make it the main arterial road connecting south Mumbai with the western suburbs.

Says R A Rajeev, BMC’s additional municipal commissioner (city), the man behind the plan: ‘‘We want to make it the best road in Mumbai, a VIP road.’’ Just like the Western and Eastern Expressways, which link Mumbai to Dahisar and Thane.

Work is already in progress to make the road a ‘‘hundred per cent encroachment free zone’’. Clean footpaths on both sides with paver blocks, green patches and flower beds at regular intervals and dustbins will follow soon.

‘‘We have taken up this road on a priority basis since it links Churchgate to Dadar and further to Mahim,’’ says Rajeev.

The road already has a ‘‘good riding quality’’, but sees severe traffic snarls throughout the day because it’s not wide enough as it has been encroached upon from both sides.

The biggest problem is the row of illegal hutments—950 in all. During the monsoon, 186 were removed and the occupants were provided accommodation meant for project affected persons (PAP).

Now, an encroachment removal squad, including a 200-member task force with 10 vehicles, is clearing the rest in the most encroached area—Dadar West. Over Thursday and Friday, they cleared 382 encroachments.

‘‘There are around 1,100 hutments in that area—Swargeeya Meenatai Thackeray Phool Market, Jawale Marg, D’Silva Road, Chabildas road, Ranade Road and Keshav Sood Bridge—of which 670 are eligible for PAP benefits. The rest will have to go,’’ says Deputy Municipal Commissioner (demolitions) V N Kalam Patil, who is spearheading the clearance.

‘‘All this while we were waiting for accommodation for the project affected. Now, we have been given the go-ahead as they have got alternative accommodation. Work will be on full force on Sunday too,’’ says Rajeev.

He says he has also arranged for continuous monitoring so that the hawkers and hutments do not return. ‘‘There will be heavy penalities if they do.’’

Construction of footpaths will begin on Sunday. ‘‘It’ll be a road every Mumbaiite will look at with pride, and it’ll set the example for other roads,’’ says Rajeev.
 

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HUH! They should do that with all road and move all the encroachments, make pavements, flowerbeds and add greenery.

One of the streets in Mumbai are the worst in the world as per a BBC report into Mumbai as India's financial capital plus you can see that for yourself looki g at some of the pics on here.

Yes of course Mumbai has its problems of housing and the population swell which I can understand but it is only making things worse for the city. Slums everywhere according to many tourists because of too many people as well as the flith and dirt.

I think Mumbai has a long way to go before it can be a better city. Delhi, Bangalore and Hyderabad are the better cities of India. However many porjects have been kick started and many in the pipeline so there is hope at last.
 

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State-of-the-art pagoda in city



Monument set to become one of country’s major tourist attractions

Mumbai, October 12: The work for the World Vipassana Foundation’s pagoda, a replica of Myanmar’s Shwedagon pagoda, is in full swing. It will be completed by December next year. The pagoda, a dream project of S N Goyanka, who has taught vipassana to thousands of people in India and other countries, is situated near Gorai’s Essel World area.

The ceremony of placing sacred relics of Gautam Buddha in pagoda will be done by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on October 29. This unique pagoda will be about 325 feet high.

The Maha Bodhi Association of India has donated sacred relics of Gautam Buddha to be enshrined in the pagoda. Buddhists in Myanmar have also donated materials for the pagoda. It includes 850 marble rocks with the size of one cubic meter each for flooring the pagoda compound; 150,000 square feet of parquet for laying the floor of the cave; timber for crafting Myanmar decorations and 90 door frames; the sacred gold umbrella; stone Buddha statues including 28 2.5 feet high vipassana-practising Buddha statues in various mudras (postures); 18-feet high Buddha statue in sitting position; eight 5.5-feet high standing Buddha statues and donations totaling to $23 million will be spent in building this pagoda. The pagoda will contain a 280-feet diameter cave with no supporting columns. It will be the largest rock cave in the world. Unlike other pagodas, it will not be a solid brick structure, but with a spacious cave in which thousands of yogis can practice vipassana at the same time.

According to the World Vipassana Foundation, the pagoda will be a vehicle for the spread of Buddha’s teachings that emphatically opposes any sectarian, casteism and religious dogmas. His teachings have already proved to be an ideal bridge for peace, tolerance and harmony across all the communal and regional divides splintering India today.

The strongly secular nature of vipassana is further proved by its acceptance amongst people of all religions, nations, sects and socio-cultural backgrounds. Vipassana courses are taking root in even some of the staunchly sectarian countries. This monument will be an added focus of attraction to visitors and tourists worldwide, who visit our ancient country for its rich cultural traditions and its magnificent knowledge in the spiritual field. The sheer size, grandeur and architectural style of the pagoda itself will be sufficient to gain its entry into tourist maps. Even the tourists, who visit the pagoda, as merely another monument for sight seeing, will get great opportunity to receive the true teachings of the enlightened one, understand their benefits and may be inspired to follow the practical path of vipassana.
The Grand Pagoda, as envisioned by Shri S.N.Goenka, will preserve the Vipassana technique, also known as the way out of suffering and the relics of Buddha.

The most significant part of this structure is that it will be more than twice as large as the presently largest dome structure in the world, namely the Gol Gumbaz at Bijapur in India. The stones will be skillfully placed to form a load bearing dome structure without supporting pillars inside the hall.



The height of the pagoda will be 96.12m, to put that in perspective, that's nearly the height of a 30-storey building!

Some more renderings of the pagoda:











Some construction views from Google Earth:




The website, at GlobalPagoda.org also has construction updates

Cheers,
Jai
 

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I thought a long time ago mumbai taxis were gonna become BMW or mercedes like Germany...Old old article..
The news article is new. The idea however has been floating for quite time and was met with opposition from Taxi union leaders.
 
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