Archive for April, 2012

Green Homes for Middle Class

Posted by rajat On April - 8 - 2012

SARE Homes (South Asian Real Estate), has announced the launch of Green ParC-II, the fourth phase of its 65-acre integrated township called Crescent ParC in Sector 92, Gurgaon. After selling more than 3,500 apartments, “handing over first possession on time, and creating significant monetary appreciation for its customers, investors and other stakeholders.

“SARE Homes caters to the aspirations of the middle-income group by offering quality, community-housing at strategically identified locations across India. The company has invested in eight integrated projects in major cities like Gurgaon, Ghaziabad, Navi Mumbai, Chennai, Amritsar and Indore, which represent nearly 36.5 million sq ft of developable area. SARE is on a highgrowth mode and aims to double its area under development in the next three years,” said David Walker, executive director of SARE Homes.

He also said that “We are extremely enthused by the overwhelming response to our project in Gurgaon, and are very happy to launch the fourth phase, Green ParC-II. SARE Homes plans to invest Rs 2,000 crore in developing real estate projects over the next five years in India. The scale of our business will enable us to deliver best-in-class services to our customers and commit the resources to ensure on-time delivery of our projects. SARE Homes, promoted by the Duet Group, is a unique real estate investment and development company, as far as the project funding is concerned. We are funded internally by foreign direct investment; hence, our projects are assured of uninterrupted progress.”

The township is placed in a sategically convenient location on the Gurgaon growth corridor, on the arterial 60metre-wide road, just 40 minutes from the IGI Airport and in close proximity to the Dwarka and KMP Expressways, and the industrial hub of IMT, Manesar. It lies within the NCR, home to major multinational IT-ITeS, automobile and manufacturing companies.

Vikram O Datta, director (marketing and sales) of SARE Homes, said, “In Gurgaon, SARE has invested nearly Rs 200 crore, and has sold more than 1,600 apartments till date. Homebuyers, as well as investors in this region, are very savvy and we are confident they will respond positively to our latest offering.”

The township consist of different housing, lowrise, midrise and highrise group housing in Ground + 4, stilt + 7 and stilt + 19 formats. Green ParC-II consists of 3 and 4 bedroom apartments, ranging from 1,261-2,226 sq ft in stilt + 7 and stilt +19 towers. The towers have a unique design, with beautiful balconies allowing for maximum privacy.

Each apartments faces the lush 7-acre central greens, which has a jogging track, children’s play area, a cycling track, an open-air amphitheatre, a skating rink, putting greens, a feature forest, beautifully landscaped water bodies, and a 35,000 sq ft clubhouse, one of the largest in Gurgaon. This project has been designed by Rajiv Khanna & Associates, an architectural firm. The price of these apartments starts from Rs 55 lakh.

While launching a project, we give importance to the lifestyle of our customers in that particular demography and their objective of maximizing the value for their investment. An exciting differentiating factor of Green ParC-II will be the sky deck, which is new in the Gurgaon market,” said Vineet Relia, the chief operating officer of SARE Homes

News Source : Times of India

Book Fair Celebrates 100 Years of Delhi’s History

Posted by rajat On April - 6 - 2012

With almost everything available online, a fair might sound less interesting. When it comes to book fair, not much people might be interested but the But the 20th edition of the World Book Fair inaugurated on Saturday has a different story to tell as thousands thronged the sprawling Pragati Maidan, the venue.

The fair has attracted some 1,300 exhibitors from 26 countries are participating in the nine-day-long festival. For this year, it will be more than just a book fair. the fair has much to do with Delhi, which turned 100 in December last year. A glimpse of 100 years of Delhi as the Capital of India has been displayed at a special pavilion in the fair.

The rich history of Delhi has been showcased in in pictures sourced from various libraries, including the British Library, by Roli Books, the organiser of the pavilion. The exhibits includes pictures of Lord King George V visiting Delhi for coronation in 1911, light locomotives that started here during the same period and the gates in the city are on display.

Pramod kapoor, publisher, Roli Books said, “Not everybody can afford expensive coffee-table books on the Capital. This pavilion gives Delhiites an opportunity to know the history of their city.“  The pavilion’s theme is based on two books published by Roli Books -`Red fort to Raisina Hills’ and `New Delhi: Making of a Capital’.

The fair will also include exhibits of more than 100 rare works, most of which have never been displayed in the country before. More than a dozen non-profit organisations, along with government-aided film organisations, universities and trade bodies, are supporting the event. Kapil Sibal, the Internet and technology, human resource and development minister will addressing the crowd said that “India is only country that publishes books in over 40 languages. Despite the growth of Internet and technology, books will not take a back seat, instead they compliment each other.”

By 2021, Badli will be largest interchange Metro Station

Posted by rajat On April - 4 - 2012

According to officials, the Badli Mor Metro station which is proposed to be 4 km long from Jahangirpuri-Badli corridor will be one of the largest interchange Metro stations by 2021. Five years down the line, when phase 4 is scheduled to be completed, Badli Mor Metro station in northwest Delhi will cater to lakhs of commuters.

Earlier the station was proposed to be named Shalimar Place, is expected to register a ridership of about 7,000 commuters in 2016 -when Delhi Metro’s phase 3 stations will start operations. Anuj Dayal, spokesperson of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) said, Badli Mor Metro station will be the first ever station to be designed in such a way that the station structure will have provision for expansion in Phase 4 as well. The foundation of the station is being laid in such a way that it will be able to take the load of the two platforms, which will cater to Phase 3 and 4 lines.“

In the Phase 4, the station will facilitate interchange with the proposed Mukundpur-Janakpuri West section, which will then connect the currently operational Jahangirpuri-Gurgaon corridor with the proposed Mukundpur -Yamuna Vihar line and Janakpuri East-Botanical Garden corridor. Both these corridors are being constructed in Phase 3.

The first two floors , which will be lower than the road level will be used for property development as per the plan. The third floor (which will have a direct link with the road through a foot-over bridge) will be concourse and the platform will be above it. The Phase 4 platform will come up above the phase 3 platform. Tenders for this unique station structure have been floated and are in the evaluation process.

News Source : Hindustan Times

Great news for both shopkeepers as well as shoppers in Chandni Chowk as  the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) on Wednesday inaugurated a 1,020-car capacity underground multi-level parking lot making parking much hassle free for all. Mayor Rajni Abbi dedicated the parking located at Parade ground, Subhash Marg near Red Fort to the residents of the thickly populated walled city.

The construction for this multi level parking lot took two years to complete and cost around Rupees 52.83 crore. The parking is of multi-level and the three underground level is designed to fit more than 720 cars will the surface parking area will cater some 300 cars. Just within a few days, this facility will be open for the public to use.

An MCD official said that, “Two floors with a capacity of about 250 cars each will be thrown open first. There is still some pending work on the other two floors which will take some time to be operational.“  Speaking on the occasion, Abbi said that the parking will help in easing parking problems. She also said that, “The old city is famous among tourists who come to visit Jama Masjid and Red Fort. The area is also being used as a commercial hub which leads to the movement of large volume of vehicle. However, the scant space for parking was worrisome and therefore, the need arose to go for multi-level underground parking.“  Abbi pointed that around 1000 new vehicle are added on Delhi roads on a daily basis and the problem of parking is a major cause of concern in Delhi. The Mayor said that by March end, as many as five parking projects will be completed. According MCD officials, the parking has been designed for optimum space utilisation and has been made earthquake resistant.

News Source : Hindustan Times

MCD Online Plan Crawls, People Say Reboot

Posted by rajat On April - 1 - 2012

The Municipal Corporation of Delhi’s (MCD) ambitious project to sanction building plans online, which was aimed to simplifying the lengthy procedure and checking corruption, has ended up creating a roadblock.  In January, the civic agency started sanctioning building plans online for fresh constructions in authorized colonies in all its 12 zones, and since then the number of plans sanctioned has dwindled. The agency approved just 36 building plans online in January as against about 150 sanctioned manually in December 2011.

At present, MCD is sanctioning only fresh building plans in approved colonies online, under the new procedure. For alterations and any additional constructions, plans have to be submitted manually. Both architects and MCD officials admit that this project has the potential of checking graft and ensuring structurally safer buildings in the city but the decision to suddenly stop accepting applications manually has not been received very well by the general public.

Neeraj Dhingra, an architect empanelled with MCD said that “They should have allowed both manual and online submission initially. People, architects and, most importantly, MCD officials at the zonal level need to get used to the system. It is a big project and technical errors are bound to creep in. They stopped the manual system without streamlining the new system. It is a very time consuming process.’’

The maximum number of applications related to building plans was received from areas like the Shahdara (South), West, South, Central and Rohini  and these zones are the worst hit areas. An average of 40-45 applications we received under the simplified procedure, no plans were sanctioned in the month of January in Shahdara.

One of the reason why general public is not happy with the new system is because there are only 403 architects registered with MCD for online submission and people are having a hard time getting their plans approved. MCD officials say that these architects have hiked their charges arbitrarily.

An MCD official said “Earlier, people could get the building plan made from any architect, but now they have to get it made from the empanelled ones. People are facing a lot of inconvenience.’’ Why are a majority of architects fighting shy of the system? It’s a mix of old habits dying hard, lack of familiarity with the new system and scepticism.

Many architects are also complaining that they are facing serious problems related to the serves, especially while uploading the plans in the website. Munish Pandit, who is empanelled with MCD said that “One has to load and check the plan several times before all the errors are removed. MCD should have a software to check the errors in real time. We can download the software. A lot of time is wasted in uploading the documents several times. Often their server doesn’t work and the applications crash midway.”

Y S Mann, director, press and information, MCD stated that “is Monday, the server was down for three-four hours. “We were carrying out checking of the server to rectify the errors.’’ Officials admit that architects are taking a lot of time in rectifying errors. In some cases, they have had to upload the plan at least 12-15 times. An MCD official with the building department also said that “The software for sanctioning building plan online doesn’t accept any deviation from the building bylaws and Master Plan of Delhi-2021. Even a 0.1% change in any parameter will generate an error.’’

Mann also said that “Not many people would have opted for online had we kept the manual submission open. We are training architects in uploading the plans and rectifying errors.’’ While the plan has to be applied for online, the civic agency demands a hard copy of all the documents, including the plan, to be submitted at the zonal offices. “We can’t sanction the plan until the architect or owner has submitted a hard copy of all the relevant documents in our office,’’ said an MCD official.

News Source : Times of India