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Modi government plans to sanction one crore houses before 2020

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Union Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry initiated several schemes in 2018 and plans to sanction construction of one crore houses before 2020 under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (urban), a move aimed at ensuring ‘housing for all by 2022′.
The ministry is mandated to implement a number of flagship programmes – Swachh Bharat Mission, PMAY (U), Smart City Mission, National Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana (HRIDAY), Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) among others.
An official of the ministry said that since April 2018, 1,612 cities have been declared as open defecation free (ODF) taking the total number to 4124 across the country under Swachh Bharat Mission (Urban).
The official said that construction of almost 62 lakh individual household toilets and 5 lakh community and public toilet seats is already over or nearing completion.
Further, urban areas of 21 states and union territories have been declared ODF, including Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Chandigarh, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Haryana, Jharkhand and Madhya Pradesh.
The urban and housing ministry also launched Swachh Survekshan’, a move aimed at fostering healthy competition among cities for improving cleanliness standards.
Indore had secured first rank in ‘Swachh Survekshan’ in 2017. The third round was conducted from January 4 to March 10, 2018 covering 4203 statutory towns in India.
Indore, Bhopal and Chandigarh had emerged as the top 3 cleanest cities in the country. Swachh Survekshan 2019, launched on August 13, 2018, will cover all urban local bodies in the country and commence from January 4, 2019.
Around 68.5 lakh houses have been approved so far for construction under the PMAY (U).
“Out of these, 35.67 lakh houses are under various stages of construction of which 12.45 lakh houses have already been completed. The government is on course to sanction one crore houses well before 2020 to ensure that construction activities are completed to provide housing for all by 2022,” the official said.
According to government estimates, the total investment involved is Rs 3,56,397 crore. An amount of Rs 33,455 crore has already been released to states and union territories out of the approved total central assistance of Rs 1,00,275 crore.
Under Smart City Mission, 100 cities have been selected in four rounds based on an all India competition.
The ministry said that since the launch of the mission, a total of 5,151 projects have been identified for implementation by the cities worth more than Rs 2 lakh crore which are in various stages of implementation in the 100 cities.
“If we talk about urban transport, around 536 km of metro rail lines are currently operational in 10 cities -Delhi-NCR, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Chennai, Jaipur, Kochi, Lucknow, Mumbai and Gurgaon.
“In 2018 (from January 2018 to till date), about 110 km of metro rail lines have been commissioned in Delhi-NCR, Hyderabad and Chennai,” the official said.
In 2018, three new projects with a length of about 66 km at a total cost of Rs 16,408 crore were approved for Bhopal, Indore and Delhi Metro extension from Noida City Centre to Noida Sector 62.
Twenty HRIDAY projects amounting to Rs 140.14 crore were completed in 2018 in the cities of Ajmer, Amaravati, Amritsar, Badami, Dwaraka, Puri and Varanasi.
Under AMRUT, out of the total state annual action plan size of Rs 77,640 crore, contracts for 4,097 projects worth Rs 54,816 crore have been awarded including 1,035 projects worth Rs 2,388 crore which have been completed, the official said.
In the water supply sector, contracts for 965 projects worth Rs 29,205 crore have been awarded including 154 projects worth Rs 1,325 crore which have been completed.
The government’s construction major Central Public Works Department (CPWD) also underwent a major digital transformation, which enabled payments of around Rs 20,000 crore per year electronically.
The e-MB Module, launched in April 2018, is the first integrated web-based module in civil ministries to monitor and track both the financial progress such as utilisation of funds in projects, along with related physical progress captured through e-MB as per schedule of various items of works.

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Sarovar Hotels Plans To Expand Its Reach Across India By The End Of 2019

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In order to expand its reach across the country, leading hospitality firm Sarovar Hotels has planned to add around 16 properties by the end of this year. With this expansion, the group will be adding 970 more rooms to its portfolio.

At present, the group is managing around 73 hotels in the country and three in the international arena with a total of 6000 rooms.

Speaking on the above expansion, Ajay Bakaya, Managing Director, Sarovar Hotels said, “We took this decision to strengthen our reach across India and that’s why we are opening around 16 new properties by the end of 2019,”

He further added that the upcoming properties will be developed under the brand name- Sarovar Premiere, Sarovar Portico, and Hometel Suites Brand. These properties will be located across various cities like Dehradun, Bengaluru, Dindi, Ahmedabad, Goa, Junagadh, Udaipur, Dahisar, Bodh Gaya, Jammu, Dibrugarh, and Morbi among others.

While most of the hotels will be under the Portico series, the one at Bodhgaya and another at Dahisar will be under Premiere series and Hometel Suites brand respectively.

“The hospitality sector has witnessed a huge jump and a sturdier growth in the last few years. The reason behind this is the increased use of advanced technology as well as huge domestic travel. India remains severely undersupplied in hotel rooms. We will see hospitality grow both by conventional and disrupter means” Bakaya added.

Sarovar Hotels and Resorts is one of the leading hotel management companies in India. The group has its leg in each and every segment of hotels ranging from tech-enabled spaces to modern designs, from affordable to boutique suites across the country. The group also deals in setting up of new hotels and resorts which are managed under long term management contracts.

Apart from India, the group has its properties in Zambia and Nairobi in Africa.

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Central Government Plans To Construct Light House Projects Across Six Cities

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To promote the use of Green construction technology, the central government has planned to construct over 6000 lighthouse projects under the Global housing Technology Challenge (GHTC), India. The Government has recently floated Requests for Proposals (RFP) for the same. The GHTC was launched by the government in February this year.

Under the challenge, the government has given a challenge to six different cities to construct over 6000 Lighthouse projects using six different technologies appropriate to the geo-climatic condition. The six selected cities are Chennai, Ranchi, Indore, Rajkot, Lucknow, and Agartala.

These houses will be developed under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Urban (PMAY-U).

As per the government officials, these projects will be completed within 12 months from the date of beginning at an estimated cost 20,000 dollars. These projects will encourage builders and developers to adopt innovative technologies useful in the construction of housing units. At the same time, some more research in these technologies will help in the development of the construction sector of India.

Elaborating more on the LHP and GHTC, India challenge, Amrit Abhijat, JS&MD (HFA) said, “These lighthouse projects would encourage the potential beneficiaries to visit the selected sites to see the ongoing work for adaptation. It would also serve as open laboratories for a live demonstration and would further garner the attention of academia, practitioners and media connoisseurs.”

To create awareness among developer and builders as well as participating states, the government has also planned a series of events on various web portals. You may log on to www.eprocure.gov.in to download the RFP, and for further details relating to RFP, you can access GHTC-India website at https://ghtc-india.gov.in/.

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Godrej Resort Residences: Premium Living Amidst Sprawling Greens In Noida

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Leading developers Godrej Properties presents Resort Residences; an ultra-modern residential project located in the greenest sector of Noida; Sector-150. Surrounded by large acres of central greens, massive open spaces, and healthy green environs, the low-density housing project is designed by renowned architect Hafeez Contractor.

The gated community will be offering 2, 3 and 4 BHK spacious apartments in various size and configuration. All the residences are equipped modern amenities and come with glass railings balconies, floor to height windows that provide excellent flow of natural daylight, and proper ventilation.

Godrej Resort Residences will be home to state-of-the-art facilities like sculptured kids’ play area, an interactive fountain for kids, amphitheater, jogging track, koi-lily pond, branded retail, exquisite plantations, colour and maze garden, butterfly garden, botanical pathway, and reflexology garden, indoor games arena, cards room, banquet hall, mini-theatre, tennis court, badminton court, luxury spa, poolside cabanas and much more.

The project is well-connected to major NCR areas via Noida-Greater Noida, Yamuna Expressway and the proposed Faridabad-Noida-Gurgaon Expressway.

Premium Features of the Project

  • 2, 3 and 4 BHK residences with resort-themed lifestyle.
  • Themed gardens lounged with herbs, ferns, textures and tree plantations
  • Yoga and meditation centers.
  • Zen and maze gardens
  • Butterfly garden, botanical pathway, and reflexology garden
  • Dedicated kids play area, swimming pool, sports area
  • Party lawn
  • 20,000 Square Meter Of Central Greens
  • Terrace Garden Amenities: Exercise Station, Meditation Zone, Hopscotch, Fountains, Pergolas
  • Amphitheatre, Sculptured Kids’ Play Area, Interactive Fountain
  • Jogging Track, Branded Retail, Koi-Lily Pond, State-Of-The-Art Gym With A Spectacular View
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M Pallonji Owns Turner Morrison Building In Kala Ghoda For Worth Rs. 150 Crores

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In a recent development, M Pallonji Group bought Turner Morrison Building in Fort’s Kala Ghoda area, sources said.

The M Pallonji group is known for operations in construction, shipping and finance and various other sectors. The group bought Turner Morrison building owned a Kolkata-based company for nearly Rs. 150 crores. This building has G+4 floor structure and covers an area of 54,000 sq.ft.

The sources close to the development also informed that all formalities of this freehold property have been completed.

This building has offices of two reputed companies that are Cox & Kings who are the tour operator and a legal company named Crawford Bayley. Turner Morrison also holds some space in the building. The M Pallonji has reportedly paid Rs. 28,000 per sq ft.

A few years back, in 2016, the biggest such transaction took place when a Spanish fashion chain Zara leased 50,000 sq ft carpet area in South Mumbai’s prime location known as Flora Fountain, i.e. near to Fort House.

M Pallonji & Co. Pvt. Ltd. is a reputed firm in the Indian business arena that operates in multiple fields such as power generating stations (hydroelectric and thermal), chemical and fertilizer factories, petroleum refineries, offshore oil and gas platforms and more.

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Tata Realty And Infrastructure To Step Up Its Commercial Real Estate Portfolio

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In a recent development, leading realty firm Tata Realty and Infrastructure (TRIL) have decided to step up its focus on the development of more commercial projects to maintain its real estate portfolio. The move has been strategised to create a balance between residential and commercial projects so as to enhance their legs in this real estate category too.

According to company senior officials, the group will start with ramping up their land acquisitions by adding around nearly 10-15 million sq. ft within a short span of time. At present, the group has approximately 5 million sq ft of commercial space, which is completed and leased, while another 2 million sqft is under various phases of construction. The company is also planning to launch more 1 million sqft of commercial development by the end of this year.

Commenting on the above, Sanjay Dutt, managing director and chief executive officer (CEO), TRIL said, “Our main aim is to dominate the commercial real estate market. Currently, the commercial to residential ratio is around 20:80. But with this move, we will now create a balance between the two categories. We want ourselves to be named as an all-rounder in the Indian real estate market.”

He further informed that under this, the company will develop corporate offices, information technology parks as well as shopping centers.

The decision is going to help TRIL in strengthening its commercial office portfolio that generates steady annual income as compared to the residential sector.

Apart from this, the company is also planning to put focus more on real estate developments in markets like National Capital Region (NCR), Mumbai, and Bengaluru along with Pune, Chennai, Kolkata, and Hyderabad.

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Runwal Group Launches New Residential Project In Mulund West, Mumbai

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Leading real estate developer Runwal Group has recently announced their new residential project in Mumbai. The project ‘Runwal Pinnacle’ is located in Mulund (West) and is designed by Architect Hafeez Contractor. The project will be one of the tallest residential towers in Mulund offering its residents a bird’s eye view of the surroundings such as Airoli Mangroves, Bay, and Sanjay Gandhi National Park.

The 67-storey tower will be offering 1, 2 and 2.5 BHK spacious and premium residences in various sizes and configuration. All the residences are equipped with modern facilities and Smart Home Automation system that will uplift the living style of its residents. The other state-of-the-art amenities include Landscaped Driveway, Double Height Entrance Lobbies, Sewage Treatment Plant, Rainwater Harvesting, Multi-level Car Park, Intercom Facility from Lobby to Apartment, CCTV Surveillance, RFID Tagged Security, and IP Video Door Phones.

Runwal Pinnacle has an exclusive Sky Deck which is a rooftop leisure zone 200 meters above the ground. Some of the amenities include Rooftop Jogging Track, Sky Deck Open Gym, Sky Deck Barbecue, Star Gazing Deck with Telescope, and Roof-top Sky Lounge. The Club facilities include Swimming Pool with Poolside Decks, Kids’ Pool, Party Hall, Mini Theatre, 2-Level Gymnasium, Yoga Room, Aerobics Room, Badminton Court, Half-Basketball Court, Creche, and gaming Arena. The project also has a Business center as well as Convenience Retail within the development.

Situated in Mulund, Runwal Pinnacle is surrounded by leading schools, colleges, hospitals, shopping and hospitality centers as well as also has a well-established social and civic infrastructure. The Eastern Expressway is just 2 km, while the international airport is 17 km from the project. The nearest railway station is Nahur Railway station.

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State Government Approves Metro Expansion In Gurgaon; To Boost Realty Market

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In a recent development, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has approved the Detailed Project Report of the proposed metro expansion in the Millennium City Gurgaon. The proposed metro corridor will ensure last-mile connectivity in the IT city linking the newly developed areas such as Sohna, New Gurgaon, Udyog Vihar Phase 6, etc.

The Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) has recently met and discussed the persistent traffic issues in the city. After the meeting, the officials came out with the decision to expand the current metro line so as to provide relief to the commuters.

As per the Authority officials, the proposed metro corridor is expected to be operational by the third quarter of 2023. The route will have a total of 25 stations along with six interchange stations.

Elaborating on the need of this metro expansion, a senior GMDA official said, “The Millennium city is witnessing a huge influx of working professionals and families from past many years. Due to the development of commercial office spaces in Cyber city, New Gurgaon, Dwarka Expressway, Sohna, etc., the traffic on the roads is increasing and becoming a mess for daily commuters.”

He further informed that the expected expenditure of the project will be 5126 crores and it will be developed by the Haryana Mass Rapid Transport Corporation (HMRTC). The proposed metro stations are HUDA City Centre, Sector 45, Cyber Park, Sector 46, Sector 47, Sector 48, Technology Park, Udyog Vihar Phase 6, Sector 10, Sector 37, Basai, Sector 9, Sector 7, Sector 4, Sector 5, Ashok Vihar, Sector 3, Krishna Chowk, Palam Vihar Extension, Palam Vihar, Sector 23 A, Sector 22, Udyog Vihar Phase IV and V, and Cyber City.

Impact on Real Estate Market

With the development of commercial hubs in Gurugram, the newly-developed residential sectors and areas in and around these hubs have gained traction among many developers to develop their premium, mid-segment and affordable housing projects here. Areas like Sector 46, Sector 47, Sector 48, Palam Vihar, and Sector 22 have seen witnessed many new launches in recent years. With metro connectivity, not only the areas will be linked to the other residential and commercial hubs but will also see a surge in the property prices

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Ministry Of Road Transport To Build Highway Between Chennai And Surat

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In order to enhance inter-state connectivity, the Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has decided to build a highway between Chennai and Surat. The 1,461 km-long highway will not only augment connectivity but will also help in boosting the property market of the two cities and its surrounding areas.

As per the Ministry officials, the highway will be developed under the central government’s ambitious Bharatmala Pariyojana.  The stretch between the two cities will pass through various cities of Nashik, Ahmednagar, Solapur, Kalaburgi, Kurnool, Kadappa and Tirupathi. Moreover, the roads between Surat and Ahmednagar in Gujarat and Akkalkot and Mahabubnagar in Maharashtra will have Greenfield alignments.

The other corridors falling in between the stretch will be broadened from the current 2-lane to Four-Lane.

Elaborating more on the above, K R Kiran, Project Director, NHAI, Hyderabad said, “At present, the commuters who want to reach Chennai mostly travel via Pune-Bangalore Highway. Due to this, the route has already been saturated and can’t handle passenger pressure anymore. This has led NHAI to develop a new highway so that commuters can relieve themselves from traffic congestion.”

The highway between the two cities will also enhance connectivity between Chennai and Mumbai. The travelling distance will reduce by 100 km. Once the highway will be operational, the passengers don’t have to take an alternative route via Bangalore to reach Mumbai.

He further informed that the NHAI has already offered the contract of preparing DPR (Detailed Project Report) on the Greenfield stretch between Surat and Ahmednagar. The work on other stretches in Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Gujarat, and Telangana has also started which is currently in various stages of execution.

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DLF Goes Into Joint Venture With GIC To Develop Biggest Mall In Gurugram

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The DLF group went into a joint venture with Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund GIC to build a retail mall in Gurugram. This mall will be developed in over 2.5 million sqft area and is believed to be the biggest mall of India, the sources said.

This will be a mix-land project and is planned to have both retail and commercial space named as Down Town. The same will be developed on a 23-acre land parcel owned by the DLF group in Gurgaon. This plot is located on the highway opposite to DLF Cyber Park that is spread over 2.5 million sqft.

The sources said that the retail mall is planned to be a part of 8 million sqft project and will also have serviced apartments, five-star hotel and commercial development. The project will be developed in two-three phases and will take more than five years to complete.

DCCDL i.e. the DLF Cyber City Developers Ltd will develop this project and will replace LuLu International Shopping Mall in Kochi that is spread over 2.5-million sqft and DLF’s Mall of India in Noida as the biggest mall in the country.

In 2017, the DLF and GIC signed jointed venture after the promoters K P Singh and his family sold their shares to the Singapore investment firm.

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Bharatmala Pariyojana: Government To Develop 35000 Km Highways By 2022

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In order to enhance connectivity all across the country, the Central government has decided to construct 35000 km of highways by 2022. The highways will be constructed by National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) using the eco-friendly technique.

The information was disclosed a few days back by the President of Indian Mr. Ram Nath Kovind. According to him, the major reason behind this development is not just to boost the urban infrastructure, but to generate massive employment opportunities.

Apart from this, the government wants to construct quality roads using the best techniques in the urban, rural as well as coastal areas. Also, the areas which are newly developed or are developing around the airport will also be covered under this project.

In the last few years, many new highways and expressway are developed that has not only enhanced connectivity between cities or states but has also made easy for commuters to travel easily from one place to another. The focus is also to provide seamless connectivity in between the North-Eastern and tribal areas on the country where the roads get destroyed due to rain, floods or landslide.

Launched in 2015, the Bharatmala Pariyojana targetd to provide smooth connectivity to the far-flung border and rural areas including the tribal and backward areas of India. Under this project, the government has to develop highways and expressways starting from Gujarat, Rajasthan, Punjab, and Haryana to Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand followed by some portions of borders of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar alongside Terai. It will then move to West Bengal, Sikkim, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, and will finally end at the Indo-Myanmar border in Manipur and Mizoram.

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