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Jai May 27, 2007 12:27 AM

40-storeyed hotel to rise at Phoenix

It is expected to be among the tallest structures in the area and possibly the tallest hotel in Mumbai

22 May 07
Mumbai Mirror Epaper

The Atul Ruia-promoted High Street Phoenix Mills (HSPM) plans to construct a 40-storey five star hotel on its premises at Lower Parel. Sources told Mumbai Mirror the first five floors will be used as parking space, the next two will be leased out to retail shops and the rest would accommodate the 500-odd luxury rooms.

Once completed, the hotel is expected to be among the tallest structures in the area and possibly the tallest hotel in the city.

The sources told Mumbai Mirror that HSPM has tied up with Shangri-la Group for the maintenance part.

Shishir Srivastava who heads the hotel projects division at HSPM confirmed the plan to build a hotel but refused to divulge details saying they are yet to be finalised. “We are in talks with some groups. The project will be finalised in the next one month,” he said.

HSPM has decided to raise Rs 1,000 crore by way of preferential allotment of shares and placement of shares with qualified institutional buyers.

Shangri-la would not invest any money. It will offer technical expertise and manage the hotel. The revenue share model is to be worked out.

This would be second five star hotel in the central suburbs. The first was constructed by ITC at Chinchpokli.

Joe Rajan, chief executive of Harvey India, which is into sourcing clients for hotels worldwide, said a new property would do just as well.

“Average room rents in the city have been going through the roof. Top hotels are competing to fix higher room rates. So a new hotel is always welcome,” he said.

A senior official of a major hotel chain said there is enough room for another hotel in Mumbai, the financial capital, since the economy is booming. “As of now, occupancy rate in most hotels is 70%, which is traditionally considered low. But for large parts of the year, it is almost 100% despite the high tariffs,” said the official.

Shantanu Jha, director (sales), Intercontinental said the new hotel can expect plenty of business as there is a gap between demand and supply. “Average room rents are in the vicinity of Rs 13,000-15,000 per day. In big hotels, there is no difference in occupancy rates in peak season, which is October-March, and non-peak season,” he explained.


Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts was launched in 1971 with a deluxe hotel in Singapore. Today, the Hong Kong-based company is the largest Asian-based deluxe hotel group in the region. It has 50 deluxe hotels and resorts in key cities in Asia and West Asia. Besides, it is regarded as one of the world’s finest hotel management companies.

Jai May 27, 2007 12:27 AM

I dunno why they keep repeating the falsehood that this is the largest slum in Asia, but if that tagline underscores the transforming of India into an economic giant, than maybe its a mis-statement worth repeating.

Dharavi project gets a move on

Firms from 16 countries will vie for makeover of Asia's largest slum

Madhurima Nandy & Ketaki Ghoge

23 May 07
HT Epaper

FROM JUNE 1, companies from 16 countries will bid for the contract that will create Mumbai's biggest construction site, the Rs 9,250-crore project to transform Dharavi, Asia's largest slum.

Home to about 60,000 families, the biggest shantytown on the continent is a 535-acre sprawl, almost 12 times bigger than Nariman Point. The annual turnover of the industrial base alone in Dharavi is more than Rs 4,000 crore.

On Wednesday, Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh gave the final green signal for the bidding to begin for the mammoth project. Global Expression of Interest (EOI) will be published in major newspapers in countries like the US, the UK, Canada, Dubai, Japan, China, Singapore and, of course, India, to name a few.

"We begin selling the tender documents from June 1 and kickstart the first phase of global bidding for Dharavi. It will follow international bidding norms as defined by the World Bank," chief of Dharavi Development Authority I.S. Chahal. "The first phase, which has to finish in 90 days, involves scrutinising each bid and short-listing the selected bidders."

Chahal said one bidder for each of the five sectors in the project will be chosen in the second phase.

Deshmukh, who did not want further delay in the project, held a marathon meeting with stakeholders, non-governmental organisations, legislators and government officers.

"There has been much discussion on the project. It was cleared three years ago and it's high time that we got it off the ground,'' Deshmukh said. The entire process of scrutiny of bids will be conducted by a committee of secretaries. "We will choose the bidder depending on whoever pays the highest premium – basically the one who will share the maximum amount of profit with the government," Chahal said.

Redevelopment of Dharavi would be special and a first in many ways. The project has demanded an independent set of Development Control Regulations (DCR). A copy of the changed DCR will also be attached with the bid document, as the bidder will have to know the new regulations. For the first time, a slum redevelopment project will include rehabilitation of industrial units.

Property consultants said the massive project will increase property rates in the area. "Property rates will easily go up to Rs 8,000-10,000 per sq ft," Managing Director Anuj Puri of Trammel Crow Meghraj said. "This is be cause of the area's proximity to the Bandra-Kurla Complex and for its planned development."

Puri also believes the area has a lot of potential for retail and entertainment facilities. If all goes well, the im plementation of the project will begin by September, after developers are selected for the each of the five self-sufficient sectors in Dharavi, said Varsha Gaikwad, legislator from Dharavi, who was present at the meet- ing. "The CM agreed to our suggestions that residents should be allowed to buy additional residential or commercial space (beyond 225 sq ft) at construction cost and not at market rates,'' Gaikwad said.

"We have also been demanding the should have only commercial saleable component."

Approved in principal in 2003, the project got the cabinet nod in 2004 but has been fraught with proce- dural delays and controver- sies over the last six months.


Total area: 535 acres
Cost of project: 9,250 crore
To Be Rehoused: 3 lakh in 600 buildings

69 percent of the land is oned by BMC,
10% by state & Centre,
21% is private land

Experience in building one-acre townships anywhere in the world.
Company net worth at least Rs 600 crore (that is, 30 per cent of the project cost).
Construction experience with an annual construction turnover of Rs 500 crore.
No consortium to get more than one sector, though they can bid for all.
Each consortium can have only 3 parties.

Jai May 27, 2007 12:28 AM

Beauty before utility for BMC

Naresh Kamath

HT Epaper
26 May 2007

RESIDENTS MAY be complaining of inadequate and contaminated water supply, but the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is spending crores of rupees beautifying pumping stations and lakes instead of paying more attention to plugging the problems.

On Friday, the Standing Committee of the civic body passed a resolution giving a green signal to the beautification of the Dadar pumping station at a cost of Rs 40 crore and the Powai lake for Rs 43 crore.

It is a cause that saw the ruling Shiv Sena and the opposition Congress team up to pass the proposal. Stringent opposition from the BJP, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) did not matter.

"Since the BMC has surplus money in its coffers, spending such an amount is justified," Congress cor porator Sameer Desai said. "The place will be the pride of the city."

In case of Powai, the BMC will also develop the Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Udhyan, spread over 40 acres. While the strengthening of the Powai dam is also part of the project, money will also be spent on construction of gates, compound walls as well as landscaped gardens.

"Citizens have to face a daily battle for water and instead of increasing water supply, the BMC is only interested in beautifying," MNS corporator Rajendra Lad said. "This only shows where their priorities lie."

In case of the Dadar pumping station, the plan entails creation of a garden zone, which is to hold an amphitheatre and murals, complete with illumination. BJP corporator Bhalchandra Shirsat is opposed to the idea of the BMC spending taxpayer money on such projects.

"Sponsors should be roped in for the project. We should spend BMC money on other priority works," Shirsat said.

Additional Municipal Commissioner Manukumar Srivastava defended the plan, saying sponsorship would mean the sponsor's name would figure at the site rather than that of the BMC.

"Our aim is to beautify the place," said Srivastava. "Other works like increasing the water supply or changing pipelines will continue unhindered."

Jai May 28, 2007 11:48 PM


Aditya Ghosh

27 May 07
HT Epaper

ON A ROCKY, brown-green patch of land in the distant suburb of Nalasopara, a group of archeologists, heads shielded from the blaz ing mid-day sun by hats, are bent over a large stone frieze, gently brushing away the accumulated dust of centuries. They are trying to turn the clock back 2000 years to uncover a slice of history that Mumbai is barely aware of.

The archeologists are excavating a stupa that was built circa 2 BC and was in its time, the most important in western India. So important that, they be lieve, the Emperor Ashoka himself came to see it during or after its construction. Proof: Ashoka's original edicts (inscribed stone plaques) were discovered during the excavation last week.

Archeologists believe all the evidence points to their contention that Nalasopara was one of the first Buddhist centres in western India.
Why Nalasopara? Because, says G S Narasimhan, superintending archaeologist Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) (Mumbai circle), "The port once buzzed with commerce and was a prominent trade point in Ashoka's kingdom."

He explains that Buddhists often built stupas along trade routes to serve as resting places and meeting points, where traders and travellers could exchange merchandise and information. "The Buddhists revered monks and ascetics and this stupa seems to have been built by the traders for the monks," Narasimhan adds.

In fact, Ashoka's son, Emperor Jalauk is also believed to have come here, and even built a temple in the Orissa style of architecture. Locals call it the Samadhi Mandir.

The Centre has sanctioned a complete excavation and repair of the site, in which the entire stupa will be uncovered and recreated as faithfully as possible to its original dimensions and beauty .

Next week, architects and artists from the capital will arrive in Nalasopara to work on the re-creation. They will work in consultation with the archeologists to reconstruct the missing portions and restore it to its original shape if not its former glory .

This site, rich in history and significance, was first noticed in 1882. While minor efforts at excavation were carried out from time to time, the current project, which started early this month, has been the most successful, revealing statues and inscriptions in addition to the precious edicts.

In fact, according to the ASI this will be one of the most elaborate Indian excavations in recent times. "This stupa is the first such construction by the Buddhists in western India and critical from a historical viewpoint," says Narasimhan, adding that "the history of this area will come to life."
However, before the grand plan is executed, the ASI has to address a religious problem - some locals have installed a statue of Buddha on the site, and have started worshipping it. "It is illegal but we are helpless in the absence of political or police support," says Narasimhan.

Worse still, the monsoon is due to arrive in Mumbai soon. To protect the stupa, Narasimhan says the site will be completely covered by a plastic sheet. "Otherwise, rainwater will damage the structure," he explains.

While the archeologists chip away at the stupa, trying to pack in as much work as possible before the rains arrive, local residents are largely unaware of the treasure in their backyard. Says Narsimhan wryly, "Not too many people in Mumbai are bothered about their heritage."

But there is one man in Nalasopara who is aware of the site's significance: Ashok Holkar, the security guard at the site. He says he is proud to stand on a spot where his namesake may have rested his royal limbs some 2000 years ago.

Jai May 28, 2007 11:49 PM

Pic from DNA Mumbai Epaper of Lower Parel. Look at all that construction

Ashok Towers u/c can easily be seen

Jai Jun 2, 2007 11:08 PM

Some infra news

Soon, Mumbai to Pune in one hour

Railways Commissions Feasibility Study, Plans High-Speed Corridors

29 May 07
TOI Epaper


Mumbai: Close on the heels of a brainstorming session on a high-speed corridor, the Indian Railways has decided to commission a feasibility study to run high-speed trains between Mumbai-Ahmedabad and Mumbai-Pune. Soon, travelling from Mumbai to Pune in less than an hour should not be very difficult to imagine.

The Times of India was the first to report in its edition dated May 15 about Railways’ eagerness to experiment with high-speed trains on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad and Mumbai-Pune route to attract frequent travellers. The The railways is looking at the prospect of running trains that achieve top speed of more than 250 km per hour.

The proposal got a boost after Railway Board Chairman J P Batra met Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh on Monday in Delhi and proposed formation of a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) to run the high speed services. In fact, Batra had a series of talks with state chief secretary Johny Joseph last weekend in Mumbai.

The Railway Board has had a detailed presentation on high-speed corridor from international transport experts and project financiers earlier this month. Senior officials from the likes of Alstom, one of the pioneers in commissioning high-speed trains, and Suzuki of Japan have given extensive low downs to the railways on the opportunities, hurdles and funding of a high-speed corridor in India.

“The Board is now busy identifying cities within 7-8 hours distance from each other for the high-speed corridor,’’ said sources in the Railways.

Sources said Batra apprised Deshmukh about the brainstorming within railways on starting high-speed trains on certain corridors throughout India.

The Mumbai-Ahmedabad route passing through Surat and Baroda is a perfect fit for the high-speed corridor because of its distance of 500 km. “The journey of eight hours can be compressed into less than three hours using a high-speed train running at more than 250 km per hour,” said sources in the railways.

As of now, the average superfast trains run at a speed of 105 km per hour. The Delhi-Agra Rajdhani attains the fastest speed of 150 km per hour on certain stretches of its journey.

Sources in the state government said the railway board chairman might be thinking of a special tunnel route for the high-speed trains to make the journey safer. “The railways is planning to offer special services to make the high-speed train more attractive,’’ said a mantralaya official.
HT Epaper's article on the same:


CR clears contract to rebuild Kurla terminus

Opening in 2008

29 May 07
TOI Epaper


Mumbai: For once, the Central Railway (CR) has stuck to its deadline. It has cleared a contract in time for the construction of a new age station in place of the existing Lokmanya Tilak Terminus (LTT) in Kurla.

The dilapidated and staid structure, which currently serves as the LTT station will make way for a glass and steel construction that is expected to be opened for passengers in December 2008.

CR has appointed Mumbai-based Eagle Constructions to build the station, designed by noted architect P K Das and Associates. And the firm has been asked to start construction from June, instead of waiting for the rains to go away.

“What is the purpose of finalising the bids quickly, if there is no activity on the ground for next three months? Despite rains, the basic foundation work can start,’’ said an official from CR’s construction department.

For CR, the LTT project marks a big shift in construction, as compared to the plain vanilla stations built all these years. For starters, the involvement of a private architect to design the main building is a novelty. Secondly, it has sought to include sophisticated material to create a structure more on the lines of a metro station. “We are spending Rs 24 crore on constructing the station,’’ said the CR official.

It will be the first CR station which will have a subway, directly connecting the arrival bay to platforms located on other side of the station building. Also, the architect has earmarked enough space for landscaping, which is hardly visible in the existing CR stations.

Officials said CR has convinced Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA), to extend a ramp from the proposed flyover going over the LTT station. The MMRDA is building the flyover as part of the Santacruz-Chembur Link Road.

The station, with a big canopy in front, would have the booking offices and cabins of the railway officials on the ground floor. The first floor would house the dormitory and a modern food court.

The CR has also started work on the fifth platform to house extra outstation trains. Once the terminus is ready, more trains will be diverted to the new terminus in a bid to decongest CST, which currently serves as the main hub. Moreover, CR is adding at least three new pit lines for the overhaul and maintenance of trains before its journey.

Jai Jun 2, 2007 11:10 PM

An update on Ambani's Residence Antilia.

Ambani went totally public with the project yesterday. Lots of articles in the world press on this today, however the original article that the rest got their information from was from yesterday's Mumbai Mirror. This article confirms much of what was put out about this building before, but also corrects some information, namely:

Total number of floors: 27, not 40
Total height: 173.2m, not 245



The 27-storey glass-fronted building will have parking for 168 cars, three helipads, a theatre and a staff of 600 for its upkeep

And an u/c picture:


You may have read details about Mukesh Ambani's new house-in-the-making at Altamount Road, but even as work on its construction goes on in full swing, here on your right is the first picture of what it will look like when it's complete.

Mumbai Mirror is in possession of the entire architectural plan for Residence Antilia (as the house is going to be called, after a mythical island), the subject of enormous curiosity in the city ever since the Reliance Industries Ltd chairman purchased the 4,532 sq mt plot in 2002.

The plan, drawn up by the firm Perkins+Will, reveals that the house will resemble a virtual glass palace, with entertainment centres, a health club, a swimming pool and various green spots thrown in for good measure.


Construction of Mukesh Ambani’s new house at Altamount Road, where real estate prices are now in the region of Rs 75,000 per sq ft, began in late 2006, and the first six floors are already in place now. The building is expected to be complete in September 2008.


According to the plan, the house will rise to a height of 173.12 meters, equivalent to that of a regular 60-storeyed residential building. However, Antilia will have only 27 storeys in all, which means each floor will have a ceiling considerably higher than the current average of nearly three meters.


The first six floors — which have come up — will be reserved for parking alone, and that too for cars belonging only to Mukesh's family. Space for a total of 168 'imported' cars has been earmarked here.


Sources said the Ambanis would prefer to have all their cars serviced and maintained at an in-house service centre. This centre will be set up on the seventh floor.


The eighth floor will have an entertainment centre comprising a mini-theatre with a seating capacity of 50.


The rooftop of the mini-theatre will serve as a garden, and immediately above that, three more balconies with terrace gardens will be independent floors.


While the ninth floor will a 'refuge' floor — meant to be used for rescue in emergencies — two floors above that will be set aside for 'health.' One of these will have facilities for athletics and a swimming pool, while the other will have a health club complete with the latest gym equipment.


There will be a two-storeyed glass-fronted apartment for the Ambani family's guests above the health floors. One more refuge floor and one floor for mechanical works will be built on top of these apartments.


The four floors at the top, that will provide a view of the Arabian Sea and a superb view of the city's skyline, will be for Mukesh, his wife Neeta, their three children and Mukesh's mother Kokilaben.


According to the plan, two floors above the family's residence will be set aside as maintenance areas, and on top of that will be an "air space floor," which will act as a control room for helicopters landing on the helipad above.


The plan states that three helipads are to be built on the terrace.

However, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation officials told this paper that permission for the helipads has not been granted yet. "The residential plans were approved threefour years ago. Two levels of basement have also been shown in the proposed project," Sudhir Shinde, deputy engineer at the BMC's building proposals department said.


Nearly 600 staffers are expected to work fulltime in the building, sources said.


According to BMC records, the total area of Mukesh's Altamount Road plot is 4,532.39 square meters. The proposed built-up area is 4,778.09 square meters (only for residential purposes), and the permissible built-up area 4,939.81 square meters.

Jai Jun 2, 2007 11:18 PM

Guys, I found more information on FXFowle's Park Hyatt Tower in AIArchitect Magazine:


FXFowle is one such international player. They established a representative office in Dubai about a year ago. Peter Weingarten, AIA, FXFowle’s director of international architecture, says many of his clients are interested in the energy-efficient aspects of high-density vertical development. One such project is FXFowle’s India Tower in Mumbai, which uses a solar chimney to generate electricity, provides on-site wastewater reclamation, and is LEED®-Gold certified. Without the current climate of rampant and volatile high-rise development, the silver 85-story tower would be universally recognized as India’s next tallest building, but now, Weingarten says, not even this visionary project can claim the subcontinent with any great certainty.

Weingarten’s vision of India Tower’s transformative potential is emblematic of developers in many emerging nations. “It will have a much more intangible effect than just another big building, and then it will spur more development around it,” he says. “It becomes a magnet and a center, and if enough of these dots start to get created and they start to become connected into a network, you can really start to see some dramatic changes in the landscape of Mumbai and India.
Here's another new rendering of it:


And some more new projects

Raheja Reflections


Raheja Waterfront


Raheja Excelsior


James Bond Agent 007 Jun 4, 2007 7:48 AM

Speaking of the Dharavi project . . .

Hey Jai did you read that article in the current National Geographic on Dharavi? It's a rather interesting read, lots of colorful characters in a place like that.

Jai Jun 16, 2007 2:39 PM

Why Mumbai's litter now sports a logo


TOI Epaper, 10 Jun, 07
Kiran Wadhwa

THE BRANDING of Mumbai's 8,000 tonnes of waste has begun - on garbage trucks, bins and hoardings - in the hope it will make you more conscious of your trash and eventually lead to a cleaner city.

The new brand manager of the waste-management cycle and the man in charge of its image makeover is Piyush Pandey, executive chairman and national creative director for India and South Asia at advertising agency Ogilvy and Mather.

Pandey - under whom O&M has been named India's most creative agency 10 times in the last 11 years - has designed the Clean Up! Mumbai concept free of cost for the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation and the branding is starting its journey into Mumbai's collective sub conscience.

"Visualisation is strongest form of identification," said R.A. Rajeev, Additional Municipal Commissioner, who approached Pandey with the idea of brand management for waste. "A traffic policeman's white uniform drills in that you can't break traffic rules, so if you see a uniformed garbage collector, slowly we will learn not to litter."

The branding is a rare example of a government-run civic service tapping into Mumbai's private creative talent and could be an important milestone on the road leading to the city's makeover.

"Small brand-building measures like using the same green colour and logo for everything related to garbage, from the trucks to the bins, will create an identity for the waste-management cycle," said Pandey, who likes to be known as the Minister of Fun at O&M, rather than his unofficial title, the Godfather of Indian advertising.

But making an impact on the hardened litter-loving Mumbaikar won't happen overnight.

The branding is part of Mumbai's Rs 800-crore waste-management budget, the largest of any Indian metropolis.

Jai Jun 16, 2007 2:40 PM

Space Conflict. HIGHER FSI: - That's the Mumbai makeover mantra

The state government is seriously contemplating to raise of the FSI from four to eight. However, the Supreme Court's decision disallowing FSI beyond four has not gone down well with the state administration. Even environmentalists and social organisations are supporting the SC decision as they are opposed to further burdening Mumbai.

Shubhangi Khapre takes a look at both sides of the story Govt request The state govern- ment is going to constitute a panel of experts to study and make presentations be- fore the SC in favour of more FSI for Mumbai

TOI Epaper, 09 Jun, 07

The state government is contemplating the adoption of a flexible urban development and housing policy with provisions to raise the FSI (Floor Space index) from four to eight. However, they are tight lipped as the Supreme Court has expressed reser vations on higher FSI. The state government is going to constitute a panel of experts to study and make presentations before the court in favour of more FSI for Mumbai. The administration also reckons that it will also have to tackle the infrastructure challenges simultaneously.

The Supreme Court's decision disallowing FSI beyond four has not gone well with the state administration. Environmentalists and social organisations have lauded this decision. The Chief Minister exercising great caution and reflecting the human face of the housing policy stated that increase in FSI to attain the specific housing projects that help to break the barriers of class will go a long way in redevelopment. Deshmukh is also quick to add, "Extra FSI coupled with planned infrastructure development is essential for the city to transform itself into international financial hub. The government is confident to address the infrastructure challenges along with extra FSI." City planners maintain that the redevelopment of the city which promises to provide shelter to one core population will have to rise higher and there is no more space for horizontal growth. Ramanand Tiwari, principal secretary, urban development ministry, said, "At the moment I don't think we are talking of matching Dubai's 40 FSI. We are speaking of adopting a flexible policy on FSI, which does not become a road block for redevelopment of city.

At the same time I must emphasize that we cannot violate the Supreme Court's norms." The secretary of housing department, Swadhin Kshatriya said, "Unless we are allowed to utilise extra FSI it will be impossible to rehabilitate slums dwellers and redevelop the old dilapidated buildings. The constraint on FSI will hamper the process of redevelopment."

It is mandatory for the government to provide 225 square feet houses to slum dwellers residing in city before the year 2000. 60 per cent of the total population of Mumbaikars is estimated to be slum dwellers. Another challenge is providing affordable houses to the lower and middle class. Notwithstanding various options to generate more space, the administration is convinced that higher FSI is the only route to expedite its pending projects. It admits that all the other related aspects such as restricting the migrant flows to decongest Mumbai, development of adjoining satellite townships complete with greater employment opportunities and civic infrastructure will have to be taken on a war footing.

The scrapping of the Urban Land Ceiling Act (ULCA), the release of the salt pan land, relaxing coastal regulation zones are some of the alternatives for making more land available. In the monsoon session of the state legislature assembly, the government is going to scrap the ULCA. The decision will help in release of thousands of acres of private land for commercial exploitation. At the moment nobody knows whether private players will allow the land use for residential complexes or not.

Jai Jun 16, 2007 2:41 PM

Australian architect to redevelop Wadias’ land

Bombay Dyeing’s mill land in Mumbai will be developed into hotels, residences, malls and office complexes

Sagar Malviya
Mon, Jun 11 2007. 12:27 AM IST

Bombay Dyeing and Manufacturing Co. Ltd, part of the Wadia group, has appointed Australian architect Ross Bonthorne to draft a plan for its mill land in Mumbai that will be developed into residences, hotels, malls and office complexes. Bonthorne was associated with one of Europe’s largest shopping centres—Bluewater in Kent, the UK.

A spokesperson for the company confirmed Bonthorne’s appointment and his role in developing a master plan for the company’s real estate development business.

Bombay Dyeing has relocated most of its manufacturing to Ranjangaon in Pune and will develop 4.3 million sq. ft of space in its Mumbai mills. It has already begun constructing residences at its Spring Mills property.

A master planner generally provides a concept for the unified mixed-use development of a large tract of land. “At the same time, he (the master planner) tries to give independent identity and image to each building while maintaining the synergy,” said Shubhranshu Pani, president, retail services, Trammell Crow Meghraj Property Consultants, a real estate advisory.

Designing retail spaces to international standards has gained importance in India with the entry of large Indian companies such as Reliance Industries Ltd, Bharti Enterprises Ltd and Aditya Birla Group into the segment and the growth of existing retail businesses such as Shoppers’ Stop Ltd and Future Group. With Indian laws now allowing 51% foreign direct investment in single-brand retail, several fashion and luxury brands such as Ermenegildo Zegna, Valentino and Chanel have entered the country.

In the absence of expertise within India in designing specialist retail spaces, developers and retailers have had to look outside the country. Unitech’s The Great India Place mall in Noida is designed by Callison, one of the largest architectural design firms in the US and the company behind Dubai’s City Mall. The Future Group’s real estate arm Kshitij Investment Advisory Co. Ltd has roped in UK-based Benoy Architects for Market City, a development that combines retail and office space and a hotel and convention centre. Mumbai’s Inorbit mall, developed by K. Raheja Corp. as one of Asia’s biggest, was conceptualized by the company in association with the UK’s Chapman Taylor Partners, whose clients include Tesco Plc., Warner Bros (UK) Ltd and Airport Authority Hong Kong.

“International consultants provide innovative concepts to design malls rather than creating the traditional box format. Their international exposure to malls globally also helps in creating a world-class mall in India,” said Pani.
Via googling, it seems architect Ross Bonthorne is associated with Bovis Lend Lease, one of the world's leading project management and construction companies.

Jai Jun 16, 2007 2:42 PM

Construction update on the Global Vipassana Pagoda:


Update by Ray Tomes @ flickr:


Jai Jun 16, 2007 2:44 PM

Looks like those mill-land redevelopments may be taller still! The downside: less low-cost housing in downtown Mumbai

Mill owners get more room for boom

They Can Hand Over Non-Mill Lands In Distant Suburbs For Low-Cost Housing, Develop On Prime Central Mumbai Plots

TOI Epaper, 16 Jun 07
Nauzer Bharucha | TNN
BUILDERS’ ISLAND CITY OF JOY: Simplex Mills’ owners, who want to give land for low-cost housing in Goregaon, are building 45-storey residential towers on their central Mumbai land

Mumbai: Owners of defunct mills in central Mumbai, who are setting up malls, hotels and residential skyscrapers on those lands, are all set to avail of an additional bonanza. They can surrender portions of their land meant for low-cost public housing in the distant suburbs, like Goregaon and Dahisar, instead of from their mill properties in central Mumbai, where real estate prices are booming.

A senior official from the state urban development (UD) department told TOI that this is “perfectly legitimate’’ as the provisions of the amended Development Control Regulation 58 of 2001 permits this. Hence, the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (Mhada) will have to accept its share from the mill lands on the fringes of the city instead of in the heart of Mumbai.

The UD official further confirmed that the land to be surrendered to Mhada in the suburbs need not be mill property, but any land owned by the mill owner. In fact, going by a proposal currently with the UD department, a mill could also enter into an arrangement with another mill to hand over the latter’s land in the suburbs.

Last year, mill owners had scored a major victory against environmentalists and activists in the Supreme Court, which allowed the owners to retain almost all their lands.

The apex court upheld the state government’s decision to drastically slash the public’s share of mill lands that had to go towards open spaces and public housing.

Now, in a first-of-its-kind proposal sent to the UD department for approval, Simplex Mills wants to hand over the share that has to go to Mhada not in Jacob Circle, where the mill is situated, but in faraway Goregaon. Simplex is supposed to hand over about 1,100 square metres to Mhada. What makes this proposal unique is that the Goregaon land does not belong to Simplex, but to another private mill, Morarji Mills.

Separately, Morarji Mill No 1 has already handed over 6,096 square metres in Kandivli as part of its own share for low-cost housing to Mhada.

Sources said the Simplex proposal is the first to involve the aggregation of mill lands belonging to different owners. Justifying the proposal, Jaidev Mody of Piramal, which owns Morarji Mills, said, “It is a win-win situation for everyone. Instead of giving bits and pieces of mill land to Mhada in central Mumbai, it is better to give a consolidated plot in the suburbs which can be developed properly for public housing or for mill workers.’’

Mody said that Morarji will get a few crore rupees from Simplex for the land to be given to Mhada in Goregaon. In turn, the freed land in central Mumbai, which would have otherwise gone to Mhada, will be developed by the mill owners.

The owner of Simplex Mills is currently constructing five residential towers, each 45 storeys high, on the Jacob Circle land, in a joint venture with Godrej Properties. Rates in this project have touched Rs 15,000 a square foot, sources said.

Congress MP from south Mumbai, Milind Deora, who was the only politician to stick his neck out to demand a larger share of mill lands for the city, said, “Surrendering land to Mhada in the suburbs for transit camps and rehousing mill workers does not make sense at all. Mill workers are mainly concentrated in central Mumbai and this is a clear attempt to push them out. Besides, Mhada is the loser, because the cost of land in the suburbs is much cheaper than in central Mumbai.’’

Housing activist Chandrashekhar Prabhu said any move to reduce amenity spaces in the island city needs to be deplored. “This could be a precedent for the further deprivation of such spaces,’’ he added.

However, Mantralaya sources said the government is contemplating making mill owners hand over a far larger share to Mhada if the land is located in the suburbs.

The land surrendered in the suburbs should be equivalent in cost to the ones in central Mumbai based on the Ready Reckoner rate. For instance, the government could demand four acres in the suburbs if one acre had to be surrendered in central Mumbai by the mill owner,’’ said a state government official.

The government’s proposal comes in the wake of a writ petition filed by the Girni Kamgar Karmachari Niwara and Kalyankari Sangh, which is representing the former mill workers. The petition has sought a policy that makes mill owners give larger accommodations that match the price difference between prime lands and lands situated in far-off places.

Jai Jun 16, 2007 2:48 PM


A construction update on Planet Godrej

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Also on Raheja Legend, and RNA Mirage:
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mars78 Jan 18, 2008 7:54 AM

Redevlopment Projects in Mumbai by Architect S.G.Dalvi Bldg at Dadar

PLUS May 6, 2008 7:34 AM

If taken up on a full scale this will be the best example
Bombay can set for the country


Construction sites now have childcare centres

Working mums have never had it easy, and the situation is even worse for construction workers who are expected to put in more than eight hour shifts. This situation saw the birth of Mumbai Mobile Creches, an NGO that runs day-centres for the city’s workers. And the facilities and child-care offered are quite up to date. Recently, a six-member delegation arrived from the UK, to provide support and advice.

As of now, the creche has a comprehensive day-care programme, which includes health, education and nutrition. The children are divided into three groups: Creche, which caters to children up to three years; Balvadi, which has three-to six-year-olds; and Non Formal Education (NFE), which minds children from ages six to 12. General manager, Neeja Khajuria, is proud of seeing this dream become a reality “No other NGO in India cooks food and serves it there and then,” she claims.

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In order to safeguard the health of the children, the NGO has enlisted the service of the city’s medical community. A doctor comes in every week so that the children can undergo regular health checkups at the day-care centres.

Currently, Mumbai Mobile Creches reaches out to 4,800 children every year. The new slogan of this NGO is ‘10 by 10′. Their hope is that by 2010, they will be able to reach out to 10,000 children.

The NGO has 20 day-care centres at various construction sites across Mumbai and Thane. The builder provides them with a room at their construction site for running the centre.

Each of these centres is open from 8.45am to 4.45pm, Monday to Saturday.
Dipti Nazareth, who has a five-year-old daughter, said, “These creches are very helpful. At least the children will be in good hands and will not waste time by running around construction sites. They will use their time constructively.” Apart from running day-care centres, the NGO runs a teacher training programme and a community centre.

Builders, too, have chipped in to make the project a success. Mumbai Mobile Creches receives funds from individual donors, corporate houses, builders and the state government. Says Neeta: “Our biggest fund raiser is the Mumbai Marathon, which is held every year in the month of January. If the corporate wants to visit the site, we even arrange for a visit to one of our day-care centres.” Some of the partners include HDFC Bank, Goldman Sachs and ICICI Bank.

Source: DNA

skellergroup May 14, 2008 12:55 AM

Amazing pics on this thread.

Raheja Waterfront is amazing.

megha Oct 13, 2008 9:10 AM

Changes in bidding document for Dharavi project

Originally Posted by Jai (Post 2689741)
Dharavi getting crowded with makeover plans

Maharashtra Housing & Area Development Authority (MHADA) is planning major changes in the bidding document for the Rs.10,000 crore Dharavi redevelopment project. According to the new conditions, the height of building will be G+7 and in some exceptional cases G+10 structures will be

Source : exchange

megha Jan 21, 2009 6:54 AM

Asia's biggest slum Dharavi being redeveloped
To give Mumbai facelift and offer the slum dwellers a better living environment,
Asia's biggest slum, Dharavi, is being redeveloped through a transparent global tendering process, the Maharashtra government.

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