Archive for January, 2012

Delhi Set to go Higher, Taller!!

Posted by rajat On January - 8 - 2012

Forget the 12-15 floors that came up in east and west Delhi in the early 90s, now Delhi is also set to get skyscrapers.

Today, there are many developers who are building 15 floors and plus residential towers in Delhi and the tallest project. ‘Raheja Phoenix’ till now is set at 51 storey which will be build by Raheja Developers.

The Capital Greens project under DLF has 29 floors which are being constructed in Moti Nagar, while the Kings and Queens Court project in Greater Kailash II will have eight floors. In civil Lines, Parsvnath Developers has planned to build over 10 floors for its La Tropicana project. Projects launched by private developers and those in the pipeline will generate about 4,000 units in the national Capital.

Raheja Developers project ‘Raheja Phoenix’ is part of a redevelopment project that is proposed to come up in Kathputli Colony near Patel Nagar. This will be a joint-venture with the Dubai-based Arabtec Construction, who has built the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, the tallest tower in the world.

Navin Raheja, chairman and managing director, Raheja Developers Limited said  “We are planning 170 highend units in this project. Raheja Phoenix will be 190 metres tall and will exceed the tallest building in Delhi -the 112-metre Civic Centre. The project envisages the creation of 2,800 2BHK units for displaced slum dwellers in 14-storey structures.“ He also stated that “We are technically qualified for 23 such redevelopment projects in and around Delhi, mainly in Old Delhi, and if we qualify as the highest bidder, we will build over a lakh houses. We will naturally go vertical as there is no other option.

The search for land in Delhi is on for the Supertech Group, which is building the 300-metre, 80storeyed Supernova project and the 255-metre, 60-storeyed North Eye project in Noida.  R K Arora, CMD of the company said “We are considering several options in zones under MPD2021 in Delhi. We hope to launch tall buildings in the Capital, following the overwhelming response we received in Noida. Going forward, tall buildings are the only option available due to scarcity of land.

‘The challenges of going tall in India are the same as the challenges faced in all other countries,’ said GC Christofides, CEO, Arabtech Construction LLC. He also said ‘The easy challenges are utilising the correct systems to allow for the right quality and speed while at the same time handling efficiently the logistical problems specific to tall construction’.

News Source : Hindustan Times

As a rising economy, India has developed a curving for the better things in life and various luxuries. For Delhi, imported liquor seems to be one of the most common indulgence. The demand for imported alcoholic beverages has double since last year in Delhi. In 2011, more than 10.08 lakh bottles of imported beer was sold compared to the year before. Some 3.46 lakh bottles of wines were sold, when only some 1.94 lakh were sold the year before. The increase in demand for imported whiskey has also increased to 3.87 lakh when it was just 2.34 lakh bottles for the year before.

A senior excise department official stated that  “Buying and serving expensive liquor in parties has become a status symbol. The Delhiites’ buying capacity is increasing and they don’t shy away from spending big bucks on expensive imported liquor,“ There are some 32 shops in the city which sell imported liquor. Last year, the excise department collected a revenue of R1,240 crore. This figure has gone up to R1,540 crore this year.

There has been an increase of over 17 percent in the sale of imported liquor in Delhi and the revenue generated has also increased to over 24 percent as according to officials.  A excise department official said “We are expecting the sales to go up further because of the festive season. Generally, people consume more liquor to beat the cold.“

In Delhi there are some 423 government-run, 90 private and 16 mall-based liquor outlets in the city. Delhi government had also recently drafted a proposal to allow microbreweries in Delhi restaurants and pubs. The proposal has framed the rules and regulations which will act as eligibility criteria for such pubs, for instance, the minimum space required and the volume of beer which can be produced.

News Source : Hindustan Times

Top Stadia Open Doors to Students!!

Posted by rajat On January - 8 - 2012

Delhi’s decision to host the Commonwealth proves even more fruitful for colleges and other organization. Now your college or organization can host a sporting event at the same venue where some 71 Commonwealth countries competed for the top position in various sports in 2010.

The state-of-the-art stadiums which costed thousands of crores of rupees to built for the 2010 commonwealth Games is not available for government schools, colleges and universities for a nominal price of R1,000 per day to host various sporting events. .

According to the ‘Come and Play Scheme’, colleges, schools, universities and even corporate who want to use these world-class stadiums will be available.

Ajay Maken, the Union sports minister said  “After opening up of the Sports Authority of India (SAI) stadia to students and people at large earlier this year, we are now opening them for schools, colleges, universities and corporates for sports activities.“ The stadia will also be available to registered societies, clubs and sports associations.

Coaches for different sports has been deployed to different venues as according to their field, so sports fans can have access to the SAI stadiums in Delhi.

The Union sports minister, Ajay Maken also stated that “The initial response of the Come and Play scheme has been really good. Around 13,000 sports enthusiasts are availing this scheme and we think this world-class sports infrastructure should be accessible to whosoever needs it.“

Various colleges, schools and organization can start booking for Jawaharlal Nehru stadium, SPM Swimming Pool Complex, Major Dhyan Chand Hockey Stadium and Indira Gandhi Stadium on a per day basis. Though high fees would be charged to private colleges, sporting clubs, registered societies and corporate, along with extra charges for ACs, sports light, water and electricity but these stadiums would be free for government educational institutes.

Maken said ‘“There will be wear and tear even if the stadia are not utilised. This way, at least amateurs will be able to use the equipment.’ The weight-lifting auditorium at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium will be the only venue that will be opened for non-sporting activities. Its tariffs and other conditions are yet to be decided.

News Source : Hindustan Times