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Mar 6, 2007, 5:18 AM
I'll parallel SSC's Mumbai developments page here. I won't post previous months news (check there for news (http://www.skyscrapercity.com/forumdisplay.php?f=450) going back 2 years), but I will start off say... mid feb?

First lets start off with some Mumbai-mood setting background music. Play this in the backround while you read the thread ;)


And a video of Mumbai's rising skyline.

Also, check out the following thread for a Rundown of Mumbai's booming development, including a total of 65 skyscraper projects over 40 stories and above:
The Bombay *BOOM* -- A Rendering Rundown of u/c Mumbai skyscrapers (http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=107833)

Most of them concentrated in the area seen in the 2nd youtube video above. (And most of them aren't even tall enough to be seen!) Mumbai's Dharavi and Mill land CBD development will literally quadruple the current building boom by 2009, and double the current allowable FSI will make for both commerical and residential supertalls.


Some recent skyline views...

Back Bay view of skyline:
Supersized Version of this Photo (http://img213.imageshack.us/img213/5641/panonv1.jpg)

Powai skyline
Supersized Version of this Photo (http://img152.imageshack.us/img152/5808/40378717547acf25aaao1a5dj2.jpg)

And now, on to the news...



Mar 6, 2007, 5:19 AM
Verdict on Gateway plan today
http://img246.imageshack.us/img246/7181/2102200700601501715233ajp4.jpgTOI Epaper 21 Feb 2007

Toilets proposed in the earlier plaza have been dropped in this recent plan

Naresh Kamath

THE GRAND makeover planned for the Gateway of India may finally come through. On Wednesday, the beautification plan for the heritage structure will be placed before the standing committee of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) — after a two-year wait.

If it is passed, it means in the near future a visit to Gateway will not entail being greeted by pesky hawkers, parking chaos. Haphazardly planned and illmaintained gardens will give way to better organised green areas with facilities.

Visitors will be able to enjoy a view of the Gateway of India from a viewers plaza and also enjoy the sea breeze from the 400metre promenade to be built in the vicinity of the structure.

The Rs 4.59-crore plan to give a face-lift to the surroundings was prepared by noted architect P.K. Das for the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH).

Mayor Datta Dalvi said the beautification will be undertaken keeping in mind the historic importance of the place. “This is a significant structure in the city and visited by lakhs of tourists,” said Dalvi. “Changes will be made keeping in mind existing aesthetic aspects of the place.” Besides signage and lighting, the plan includes shifting stalls like ticket booths, milk centres and a police chowky to one side.

1. A gallery of steps will be constructed at foot of the Shivaji statue. There will be an elevated garden around the statue. The gallery will be used to hold shows; visitors can sit there and look at the bay.

2. A section for amenities (milk centre, police chowki, ticket kiosks will be built below elevated garden near Wittet fountain.

3. Parking lot behind statue connected to the amenities section. Parking spaces on both sides of the garden will be removed.
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RIVAL FOR BKC? - Wadala will soon be a business hub
DNA India Epaper 21 Feb 07



STATE URBAN planners expect to soon finish drafting a plan to develop a huge swathe of Wadala as a business district to rival the Bandra-Kurla Complex, after dusting off a nearly three-decade-old proposal. The plan also envisions making the area the city’s transport hub.

The plan will be completed in about a month, said T. Chandrashekhar, joint commissioner of Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authori ty, which is working on the plan along with a consultant.

“We are pushing to get the project off the ground,” he said. The project was mooted in 1979, but didn’t take off, unlike the other projects that planning body has pulled off, including the Bandra-Kurla Complex.

The planning body has finished acquiring nearly all the 200 acres identified for the project, and will soon shift transit tenements in the area to another location, said an official.

The district is to include commercial centers, hotels, multiplexes, parking lots and parks. These buildings will be subject to architectural norms relating to height and facades, which the planning body will stipulate as it did for the Bandra-Kurla Complex.

The plan also envisions making the area the terminus for bus and truck operators, although an official said they may initially protest against moving from their current hub near the Mumbai port in south Mumbai because they pay very low rents there.

Road links to the district will also be improved, officials said.

Mar 6, 2007, 5:20 AM
via HT Mumbai Feb23

Mar 6, 2007, 5:25 AM

Remember 45 storey Akruti Lakewoods in Thane?

Here's a night rendering:


Regarding Sumer Burhani Park,

Here's a view that I don't think was posted before:

Seeing as the 2nd pic is older, it seems that 4-spired, er, thingy became the one-spired convention center seen in the top rendering


Larger rendering of upcoming Neelkanth Greens, Thane: several buildings of 30 stories each


Another rendering of Kalpataru Towers, Kandivali (East)

Does indeed look to be 32 stories


Nirmal Group's Amethyst, Mulund

Looks to be 32-34 stories


Also, remember that Raheja Excelsior project at Haji Ali?

Looks like it, too, went a great redesign. This one hasn't hit the internet yet, but is taken from a recent photograph of a hoarding in South Mumbai.


Counting the floors, I'm going to confirm my estimation of the previous render saying at 45 stories tall. We'll have to wait for a larger rendering to come out to be more certain.

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Some nice malls by architect Reza Kabul

Orchid Mall, Malad


Raghuleela Mall, Mumbai



Here is the largest size rendering of Imperial Towers I believe exists on the net. The previous rendering was about 1/2 the size:

^ You can see many details you otherwise couldn't have in the smaller rendering, especially in the roof.

However, this is only the 2nd latest of 3 released designs, so it may not reflect the current design, which looks more like this:



Mar 6, 2007, 5:27 AM
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Here's an interesting building seemingly planned by Lokhandwala Constructions, which can be seen on the wall in the photo accompanying the article "Greedy slumdwellers are maligning me" in HT e-paper on 25 Feb.

A closeup of the building. Looks to be about 32-34 stories

There are a couple other buildings that look like they may be taller in the pictures above that one, but they are hard to make out...

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Mar 6, 2007, 5:28 AM
NDTV has this on Lodha Bellessimo: High-end property in Mumbai (http://www.ndtv.com/ndtvvideo/default.asp?id=7882)
Aired on: [October 1, 2006]

It features an awesome model of the project by Lodha Group:






As well as a guided walkthrough through these ultra expensive flats

Mar 6, 2007, 5:29 AM
Mill auction to push prices through roof
TOI Epaper
09 Jan 2007

Madhurima Nandy

(Above) Construction work underway 24/7 at Jupiter Mills SOUMITRA GHOSH/HT

REAL ESTATE prices in central Mumbai could rise because developers are expected to bid higher-than-market rates for the National Textile Corporation’s proposed auction of four mills in Worli and Parel, real estate consultants said.

The sale will free up 40 acres of land to private developers in this land-starved city, an area that is twice that of the Oval Maidan and thrice that of the Cooperage.

The textile company plans to sell the 18-acre Madhusudan Mill, its largest mill in Mumbai, Poddar Processors and Bharat Textile Mill, all three in Worli, and Finlay Mill in Parel.

The three mills in Worli could fetch more than the going rate of Rs 20,000 per sq ft and the one in Parel more than Rs 12,000 per sq ft, the consultants said.

“Prices will be as high if not more (than existing rates), with more developers coming in from out of Mumbai this time,” said Joy Gopal Sanyal, vice president at Trammel Crow Meghraj, a property consultant. He said these new developers might bid jointly for these bids with real estate funds.

Some consultants echoed a long-standing criticism of the government’s policy for mill lands, by pointing out that the city’s infrastructure could not bear the burden of further private development.

“There needs to be some method in the madness,” said Pranay Vakil, chairman of Knight Frank India. “There needs to be some regulation.” Real estate prices in Mumbai, which are among the highest in the world, had begun to rise at the end of 2004. They got a further boost when the National Textile Corporation auctioned its first set of five mills, Sanyal said.

Prices soared even over the period in which the company had sold these mills. It had sold Mumbai Textile Mill in mid-2005 for Rs 7,000 per sq ft. A month later, it got Rs 15,000 per sq ft for Kohinoor Mill.

Jupiter Mill, Lower Parel: 14 acres
Sold to: Indiabulls
Plans: Three towers office space

Mumbai Textile Mill, Lower Parel: 17.5 acres
Sold to: Jwala Realty
Plans: Biggest shopping mall

Apollo Mill, Chinchpokli
Sold to: Lodha Group
Plans: Lodha Bellissimo, an upmarket residential project

Kohinoor Mill No 3, Dadar: 4.9 acres
Sold to: Raj Thackeray-Unmesh Joshi partnered Kohinoor CTNL
Plans: Shopping mall coming up

Elphinstone Mill, Senapati Bapat Marg: 7.8 acres
Sold to: Indiabulls
Plans: Plans not yet known

NTC also plans to develop on its own:
India United Mill No 6
Where: Prabhadevi
Plans: India International Trade Tower, a 72-storeyed tower in the 11.96 acre mill.

Remaining NTC mills some of which will be sold and some will be functional:
Kohinoor Mill No 1 and India United Mill No 5, No 2, Dadar Kalachowkie Digvijay Mill, Lalbaug Tata Mills, Parel Gold Mohur Mill, Dadar New City, Kalachowkie India United Mill No 1, Poddar Mill, NM Joshi Lalbaug Marg

(Above) Madhusudan Mill in Worli

New Hind Mill – Mhada
Size: 8.33 acres
Where: Byculla

India United Mill No 4 – Mhada
Size: 7.79 acres
Where: Kalachowkie

Jam Mill – Mhada
Size: 7.99 acres
Where: Lalbaug

Sitaram Mills: MCGM
Size: 8.43 acres
Where: NM Joshi Marg

India United Mill No 2: MCGM
Size: 10.64 acres
Where: Kalachowkie

India United Mill No 3: MCGM
Size: 5.40 acres
Where: Kalachowkie
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Mar 6, 2007, 5:30 AM

Mumbai's skyscrapers add to civic woes (http://www.ndtv.com/morenews/showmorestory.asp?category=National&id=100541)
Anjali Doshi
Wednesday, February 7, 2007 (Mumbai):

Promoted by Vikas Kasliwal of Shree Ram Mills, Palais Royale is all set to be one of Mumbai's tallest and most luxurious skyscrapers.

The 700-feet high building, to be ready in 2009, boasts of indoor heated swimming pools, ample parking space and world-class fire safety norms.
Here is the link to the video report (http://www.ndtv.com/ndtvvideo/default.asp?id=11351) of this story. It has a quick peek at both the construction site (construction seems to be underway) as well as a quck pan on the elevation.



It took some time to splice the screencaps together. I think it is in correct proportion.

Vikas Kasliwal of Shree Ram Mills also said this in the video report:
"It doesn't have too many stories, but since each storey has a very good height we've gone to very good heights. It will probably end up being a fairly tall building. We're not aiming to be the tallest building, but I think we may just end up being one of the tallest."

The newsreader also said:
But the title city's tallest is hotly contested. In the next two years three projects will vie for that honor.

However, they forgot to mention Oberoi Skyz in the contest, which isn't surprising, seeing as Oberoi Construction seems to be trying to draw as little attention to it as possible.

I can't find the builder, architect or promoter's website. Seeing as this is going to be an 'invitation only' project, just like also u/c Oberoi Skyz, and Reliance Tower, we're probably not going to see any good quality renderings outside brief newsclips until its nearly finished. :(


Mar 6, 2007, 5:35 AM
Lodha Builders has updated their website. Some new projects. Unfortunately, they are small, but are of good quality:


Lodha Solitaire, Napean Sea Road: 16 stories


Chateau Paradis, Worli



Lodha Palazzo


Lodha Paradise



Re: Lodha Belissimo they've uploaded this neat little map


Before, the following was the only rendering we had of Lodha Grandeur

Now they've uploaded




Mar 6, 2007, 5:39 AM
Hey guys, remember this?


The first high-res pics of the buildings under construction, from exploreyd @ webshots:



Mar 6, 2007, 5:52 AM



Mar 6, 2007, 5:58 AM

Also, a rendering of a "typical" elevated metro station, from Mumbai Metro website:

Each metro station will be a combined metro station-retail-hospitality outlet that will be designed and built by private developers. As they vie for passengers and shoppers, expect the competition to be extremely heated, and the architecture of the metro stations themselves to be extremely flashy :)

Mar 6, 2007, 6:02 AM
Several-month old news, but worth mentioning:


Video walkthrough of the new Airport (http://www.ibnlive.com/videos/23840/whats-in-store-for-mumbai-airport.html):








Mar 9, 2007, 5:43 AM
Two bidders for second sealink

HT Epaper
07 Mar 2007

Madhurima Nandy


IT WILL be a 14-km bridge over the sea, almost thrice the length of the Bandra-Worli sealink, to take you from Worli to Nariman Point in less than 20 minutes. In a recent development, two parties — Anil Ambani’s Reliance Energy teamed up with South Korean company Hyundai consortium, and Malaysian firm Gamuda — have been shortlisted to develop the Rs 3,551 crore Western Freeway Sealink Project (WFSL) on a build-operate-transfer basis.

The much-delayed project, a crucial extension to the ongoing Bandra-Worli sealink, was supposed to take off by end-2006. The pre-qualification process itself has taken more than seven months.

Speaking to HT, State Public Works Department minister Anil Deshmukh said: “Bidders have now been issued draft bid documents, on the basis of which they will now have to submit technical and financial bids.” Senior Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) officials said the bidders had been chosen over both national and international bidders like Urbana from the US and Gammon. According to procedure, bidders will be soon issued complete bid documents after which they submit their final bids. Lastly, MSRDC will scrutinise the bids and select one.

REL is currently fighting a case against being thrown out of the pre-qualification process in the Rs 4,000 crore Mumbai Trans-Harbour Link project between Nhava Sheva and Sewri. Gamuda, a top infrastructure and engineering firm in Malaysia has a background of building and operating expressways and highways, tunnels as well as water infrastructure projects and is seriously looking at entering the Indian market in a big way.


Route: Worli to Nariman Point
Total length: 16.92 km
Length of main bridge: 14.77 km
Project cost: Rs 3,500 crore
Travel time: Less than 20 mins at 100 km/hr

The sealink will connect to the mainland at Worli Dairy, Haji Ali and Bhulabhai Desai Road
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Mar 10, 2007, 4:33 PM

Tata Power/Kalpataru Construction project, Thane
designed by Ong and Ong Architects, Gurgaon


This master planning and design project, in Thane, Mumbai is set in picturesque surroundings, adjoining a national park.

The development consists of two tower blocks housing 132 apartments units, 25 landed homes and 800 m2 of retail space on a total site of 26,269m2. The focal point in this project is a landscaped band of water features cascading down the naturally differing levels of the terrain.


Another view of Kalapataru Towers, Kandivali
designed by Ong and Ong Architects, Gurgaon




Mar 10, 2007, 6:59 PM
Wow theres some amazing thingsing happinging in this city. I love the architecture. The bridge and the air port are amazing. My god I really hope to see some more pics soon.

Mar 11, 2007, 10:09 AM
I love the airport design too :) It's designed to resemble India's national bird, the peacock

BTW, here are some more Bandra-Worli Sealink u/c pics:

An awesome model of BWSL's span (and Indian actor Amitabh Bachchan)

So how does one exactly build a bridge?

Like this of course!

Check out that rising skyline :)


Mar 13, 2007, 4:28 AM
Rabale to get new station

HT Epaper 12 March 07
The Central Railway will soon open the Rabale passenger railway station for public. The station, designed by eminent architect Ratan J. Batliboi, is equipped with state-ofthe art facilities like a subway, huge parking space and polycarbonate station roof. The station is on the ThaneVashi line and will benefit the Thane-Belapur industrial zone.


Larger renderings of Sheth Developers projects Grandeur, Ivy, and Polaris

Click below for full size:
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Infinity At Malad, IT Park Master Plan


Mar 15, 2007, 2:39 AM
Dharavi getting crowded with makeover plans
An alternative plan has been proposed because experts fear the first one could overcongest the area

DNA Mumbai Epaper 14 March 2007
Gurbir Singh


THE STATE seems to have decided on a relook at the makeover plan for Dharavi, home to 6 lakh people and the largest slum pocket in the city, following fears that the previously proposed plan may overcongest the 216-hectare central Mumbai district.

Additional Chief Secretary in Charge of Urban Development Ramanand Tiwari said that besides the new plan that they were thinking of, there was also the possibility of a third alternative, which would be a combination of the old and new proposals.

One of the new proposals under consideration is to get developers to build more commercial and office space instead of resi dential structures.

This will also give higher returns to builders, Tiwari said.

The plan now under consideration proposes low-density rehabilitation for slumdwellers in groundplus-three or plus-four buildings. According to the plan, developers in Dharavi will be given development rights equivalent to 40 per cent of the floor space index (FSI) of the rehabilitation construction from which they will earn their profits. The first proposal spoke of 130 per cent development rights.

FSI is the ratio of total space on all floors of a building to the land area of the plot on which construction is undertaken. The government has cleared an FSI of 4 as a special case for Dharavi, and has invited objections and suggestions as per town planning norms before it is integrated into the Development Control Rules (DCR). The prevailing FSI in the island city is 1.33.

The new plan, recently presented before a high-power committee of secretaries, was developed by the Kamala Raheja School of Architecture and Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology (CEPT), Ahmedabad.

It proposes just 14 per cent of Dharavi's land be put up for commercial sale, with ground-plus-15 structures housing the saleable component.

“If the state adopts the original plan, the density will go beyond that of Hong Kong. This is not sustainable,” said Uppal Sharma, Dean of CEPT’s School of Planning, the students of which came up with the alternative model.

Dharavi has a density of 600-700 housing units per hectare. Town planners peg the tolerance ceiling at 500. “The old proposal would have pushed density to 1,700 units per hectare,” Sharma added.

Tiwari said they were also considering the proposal made by the two schools of architecture.

“We could finally also have a mix of both the old plan developed by Mukesh Mehta and the new,” Tiwari said.
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Mar 15, 2007, 2:42 AM
Worli-Bandra sea link may extend to Gorai
MSRDC has invited bids from consultants for a feasibility study

DNA Epaper
14 March 2007


Smita Deshmukh

With work on the WorliBandra sea link reaching the halfway mark, the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) is studying the feasibility of extending it from Bandra to Gorai.

The MSRDC has invited bids from consultants for a pre-feasibility tender for the proposed sea link. PWD Minister Anil Deshmukh said the bids will be opened on Friday and a decision on the consultant taken within 15 days.

Officials told DNA that they will have a clear idea in four months whether such a link connecting all of the western suburbs by sea would be viable.

The MSRDC has already received environmental clearance for extending the sea link from Worli to Nari man Point through a sixlane bridge. At 2006 prices, the project is estimated to cost Rs3,150 crore.

“We are aiming at decongestion, and extension of the sea link to Gorai is a natural step towards it,” said Deshmukh, who is also chairman of the MSRDC.

“The design and nature of the new connectivity would depend on what the consultants tell us.” Deshmukh said sea connectivity from the island city to the far end of the western suburbs would reduce the pressure on the existing north-south western corridor, which is highly congested. The congestion often causes bottlenecks on multiple locations.

“We may also look into the option of connecting Nariman Point to Sewree, since the Mumbai TransHarbour Link (MTHL) from Sewree to Nhava Sheva is in its final bidding stage,” he said.

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Here's a couple progress updates

And here is a clip from National Geographic's series, Megacities: Mumbai, focusing on the Bandra-Worli Sealink bridge

I highly recommend checking it out! Contains lots of animations and information on the project


Mar 17, 2007, 8:36 PM
Some new projects


Wadhwa Developers's Anmol Annex, Goregaon (West): 25 stories


Rustomjee Athena, Thane (West): Three towers of 30 stories each


Mar 17, 2007, 8:41 PM
wow cool bridge.

Mar 20, 2007, 3:16 AM

Sahara Star (ex centaur hotel) construction update, from attack of the darkness @ flickr:



Orbit Heights - looks like it is very near to Shreepati



So now that the general location is known, it should be easier to spot. It is however still too short (or is it behind Shreepati?) to be seen from the panoramic skyline pictures posted earlier.


Mar 20, 2007, 3:21 AM
Credits also go to Suncity :)


Firstly Dynamix Group's Orchid Woods, Goregaon (East): this is the rendering from the builder's website:

This is one from a property website. Looks somewhat different -- like no spire, larger podium, better landscaping, etc.:

It has a larger podium than the first rendering: 8 storey podium + 48 storey tower + 2-3 storey penthouse. In total 58-59 storeys tall.

Who knows which rendering is the correct one. Personally, I'm going with the top (spired) one, as it appeared on the Developer's website


Now on to Oberoi Constructions's updates:

From their new website, it seems that Oberoi Woods, Goregaon is confirmed to be the 'old' design (below, left) and not the 'new' design that appeared on Hafeez Contractor's website (below, right):
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As also evidenced by this u/c pic from this month, posted in the cityscapes thread:

The website also has some hitherto unseen pics of the landscaping of the project:
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All in all, its too bad. The original buildings look bland. The new ones would have been striking. But I guess time/budget constriants forced the developer to go with the old plan.


Oberoi Commerz



Oberoi Sky Heights, Andheri (West) is looking a lot better than its renderings:

I see only one tower though?
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While not looking like its 'old' rendering, Oberoi Springs, Andheri (West) also looks different from the 'new' rendering below:

This is what they have on their website:


Here's another view of Splendor, Andheri (East)



Finally, Oberoi Skyz, Worli, the 60 storey twin tower whose rendering has so far eluded us...



Oberoi developers seem to also have this upcoming residential project to look out for:
Oberoi Exotica, Mulund



Mar 22, 2007, 2:48 AM
This is big news, as Reliance is the company set to create the MahaMumbai SEZ, a planned city that will rival Mumbai and New Mumbai in size, and is planned to have a skyscraper-laden CBD.

REL wants to turn slums to skyscrapers
HT Epaper 21 APR 07
Madhurima Nandy

RELIANCE ENERGY Limited (REL), part of the ADAG group and one of India’s biggest conglomerates, is now planning to get into the slum rehabilitation business.

The company, which inherited tracts of land in Mumbai’s suburbs when it took over Bombay Suburban Electric Supply (BSES), is proposing to develop these plots, all of which have been encroached upon.

An REL spokesperson from Delhi confirmed that the company is looking at ways to rehouse encroachers. “We have some land that is illegally occupied. We want to provide these encroachers with alternative accommodation... we also need land to build receiving stations,” he said.

The spokesperson did not have details of the size or locations of the plots owned by the company.

Like a typical slum rehab scheme, REL, which owns these plots, would rehouse slumdwellers and in return, get a vast sprawl of land to construct buildings to be sold at market rates.

Speaking to HT, D.S. Malwankar, joint director and finance controller of the Slum Rehabilitation Authority (SRA), said the corporate house had appointed architect Shrimati Deodhar to draw up the plans.

“REL is seeking clarifications on different slum rehab schemes and their architect has been meeting SRA officials in this regard,” he said. “They are yet to submit their project proposal.” Senior SRA officials, meanwhile, said REL is contemplating building residential towers that would be sold on the open market.

They also said it would not be difficult for REL to get its plans sanctioned by the SRA, since the land is owned by the company.
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Mar 24, 2007, 10:13 PM
Today's HT

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Looks like Anmol Annex has been redesigned only a week after its original design (see this post for it) came out. Seems to be 32 stories:


It's good to see that even smaller developers are building increasingly better looking buildings. Here's one from Lakhani Developers' Centrium


Mar 27, 2007, 7:18 PM
DLF signs deal with UAE developer for $20 billion India venture (http://www.domain-b.com/industry/real%20_estate/20070327_developer.html)
27 March 2007

Mumbai: DLF, India's largest real estate developer, has entered into an agreement with Al Nakheel group of the United Arab Emirates to develop two integrated townships in the suburbs of Mumbai and New Delhi, involving investments of $20 billion. :happy:

The companies will initially invest $5 billion each over the next three years to build complete townships at unspecified locations in India, company sources said.

The 50:50 joint venture would capitalise on India's real estate boom to build the townships across 40,000 acres of land.

Reports said, New Delhi-based DLF and UAE's leading real estate developer Nakheel have already acquired about 70 per cent of the land needed to set up the townships, which will include commercial and residential centers.

In January, DLF said it had filed a new and downsized initial share sale offer with the market regulator almost six months after investors balked at its plan to raise $3 billion for its ambitious expansion plans.

DLF said it planned to raise $2.2 billion via an IPO in 2007, down from the $2.98 billion of shares it proposed to sell in August 2006. This was withdrawn after major investment banks said the company's plans were unrealistic.

The Hindujas are also investing millions of dollars in the UAE for property development business there. "The company has already bought land in the Waterfront Project of Al Nakheel," Hinduja group chairman Ashok P. Hinduja said.

The Hinduja group has also announced plans to enter into a healthcare joint venture with Limitless, a subsidiary of Dubai World. Both companies will invest $1 billion over the next three years for medical facilities in key cities like Delhi and Mumbai.

In the past few months, DLF has signed agreements with several companies for joint ventures to tap India's growing market. The company's joint venture partners include Prudential Financial, Hilton Hotels and UK-based infrastructure major Laing O'Rourke.

send this article to a friendThe DLF-Al Nakheel deal is part of a series of agreements inked between the governments of India and the UAE during a visit by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashed al-Maktoum, vice president and prime minister of UAE and ruler of Dubai.

UAE is home to an estimated 1.4 million Indians.

Apr 8, 2007, 10:04 PM
Now, global sport on city turf?
07 Apr, HT
Sanjeev Shivadekar


THE STATE government has taken a crucial baby step to host international sporting events in Mumbai.

Having lost the opportunity to hold numerous international events due to the lack of state-of-the-art indoor stadiums in Mumbai, the government has now decided to construct two multi-purpose stadiums — one in Andheri, the other in Dharavi – at a cost of Rs 4 crore each.

The state has already acquired a 2.7-acre plot in Andheri and a 3.25acre plot in Dharavi — each approximately one-fourth the size of Shivaji Park.

“The administration is waiting for a no-objection certificate from the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority as the plot selected for the construction of the Sports complexes falls under its jurisdiction,” said Deputy Director (Sports, Mumbai Division) N. B. Mote.

Welcoming the decision, former Indian hockey captain Dhanraj Pillay said it would add to the city’s international status.

Without pinpointing a sport, Pillay said: “All sports should be treated equally and adequate infrastruc ture should be made available for every sport.” Besides the two stadiums, the state government has written a letter to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, requesting the civic body to provide land to build sports complex es across the city .

“There is a proposal to build 24 sports complexes — one in every administrative ward. This will give a big boost to sports activities in Mumbai,” Mote said.

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Apr 8, 2007, 10:05 PM

Raj Grandeur, Powai


NG Royal Heights, Andheri


Sumer Trinity, Prabhadevi


Ariisto Heaven, Mulund


Here's a poor quality pic showing the layout of RNA @ Central Park, Chembur
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Apr 9, 2007, 3:01 PM
More and more, builders are getting bolder and more interesting in their designs. Especially the medium-sized developers. Check out these proposals, courtesy one of my friends from Mumbai who subscribes to MPE.


Project at Goregaon West, 40 stories:


Project at Wadala, 42 stories:


Project at Worli, 30 stories:


Project at Goregaon (West), 50 stories:


Obviously these are prerenderings, and the designs aren't fully developed, but what is quite clear, is that each of these buildings is very unique. I like this trend. :)


Apr 9, 2007, 3:37 PM
I have only one word to say--mindblowing
Thanks for the pics, Jai.

Apr 13, 2007, 10:06 PM
Mumbai tops must-see list (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/18076034/)
TODAY's Peter Greenberg reports from the city formerly known as Bombay

By Peter Greenberg
TODAY Travel Editor
Updated: 12:24 p.m. PT April 12, 2007

Peter Greenberg
TODAY Travel Editor

Here’s the bad news: The drive from the airport into Mumbai, India can sometimes take three hours. And, once there, the traffic get worse.

Now the good news: You still need to go there, and the sooner the better. The country is experiencing near double-digit economic growth. And expansion and construction sites are virtually everywhere. It has an amazing train system.

The Crawford Market is Mumbai's oldest and one of the most popular.

More and more airlines are flying there. More hotels and resorts are being built. Beach areas are being developed.

Welcome to India, on the top of my list of must-experience, affordable and accessible destinations.

Ever hear of Jet Airways? Kingfisher? Both are relatively new airlines offering great affordable service to and within India.

How about hotel rooms for $75 a night on the beach? And then there’s connectivity. India is now a wired nation — and a wireless one. Each month, more than seven million new cellphone numbers are issued. That’s right, seven million.

Of course, there’s the infrastructure — the sheer size of the country can be daunting, especially the condition of the roads. But no problem — smart travelers pack light and take the train. And for longer journeys, the plane.

And the plane offers some surprises. Recently I took a flight on Jet Airways (it has more than 300 flights daily to 44 destinations in India and Europe) between Delhi and Mumbai, a flight lasting barely more than 90 minutes. It was a 737, densely packed with passengers. And then, the meal service: linen tablecloths and a three-course meal on china. In coach!

Boats sail during international boat show in Mumbai

That was my introduction to Mumbai, formerly Bombay.

Mumbai has a fascinating history. The Portuguese gave it away in the 17th century. The British inherited it and leased it out for just 10 pounds a year to a private firm, the East India Company. And that company transformed Bombay into the trading headquarters for the west coast of the country.

And it’s been that way ever since.

Service in India is intoxicating. You will be spoiled to the point of not being happy anywhere else in the world. There is no language problem. If you want it, it will be provided — from great shopping to every kind of food (at the Taj Mahal Palace hotel in Mumbai, my recommendation is Wasabi, a world class sushi restaurant).

In a three-day trip, I hit the Chor and Zaveri bazaars (no reason NOT to do your Christmas shopping early). The Chor (“thieves market” is a wild circus of shops, mosques, temples, narrow streets and very cool stuff: antiques, clocks, brass lamps, and furniture. (Tip: Don’t go on Fridays. Most of the bazaar is closed). Looking for bling? Zaveria bazaar is loaded with gold, silver and jewelry workshops.

Perhaps the most surprising development in Indian tourism is that the country has quietly (and now proactively) become one of a number of countries (including Argentina and Thailand) actively promoting itself as a dedicated destination for medical tourism. Surgery ranging from hip replacements and heart surgery to kidney transplants offered in state of the art hospitals, with a pre- or post-operative vacation thrown in — for one third to one fourth the cost of the operation back in the United States.

And the numbers keep growing. As well as the tourists. And where are the travelers coming from? The number of American visitors is slowly growing. But the real tourism push is regional. Consider this: Two years ago, the number of weekly flights between China and India was eight. Today, there are more than 58!

Remember, that’s just regional tourism. Now, imagine what those flight connections will be like 18 months from now.

And a modified government open-skies policy is making more and more flights from the U.S. —and routes — possible. In the U.S. Continental, American and Delta each fly nonstops to India. And more flights are being planned.

Bottom line: If you can live with the traffic — and yes, it is a challenge — India is worth a visit now. Again, take trains and planes and see a country that is at a delicate, threshold moment of travel and tourism— where service and attitude have not yet been destroyed by further development.

Peter Greenberg is TODAY's travel editor. His column appears weekly on TODAYshow.com. Visit his Web site at PeterGreenberg.com.

Apr 14, 2007, 3:36 AM
I have only one word to say--mindblowing
Thanks for the pics, Jai.

No prob man :) Thanks for the reply -- it was feeling mightly lonely in this thread! :)

Some recent pics showing u/c skyscrapers clustering around the Tardeo area:


(Ignore the Michael Chiklis looking guy) ;)


And the best pic of them all (since its the most recent -- only 2 days old!):

Apr 18, 2007, 4:57 AM
Mumbai's skyscrapers add to civic woes (http://www.ndtv.com/morenews/showmorestory.asp?category=National&id=100541)
Anjali Doshi
Wednesday, February 7, 2007 (Mumbai):

Promoted by Vikas Kasliwal of Shree Ram Mills, Palais Royale is all set to be one of Mumbai's tallest and most luxurious skyscrapers.

The 700-feet high building, to be ready in 2009, boasts of indoor heated swimming pools, ample parking space and world-class fire safety norms.[/QUOTE]
Here is the link to the video report (http://www.ndtv.com/ndtvvideo/default.asp?id=11351) of this story. It has a quick peek at both the construction site (construction seems to be underway) as well as a quck pan on the elevation.



It took some time to splice the screencaps together. I think it is in correct proportion.

Vikas Kasliwal of Shree Ram Mills also said this in the video report:
"It doesn't have too many stories, but since each storey has a very good height we've gone to very good heights. It will probably end up being a fairly tall building. We're not aiming to be the tallest building, but I think we may just end up being one of the tallest."

The newsreader also said:
But the title city's tallest is hotly contested. In the next two years three projects will vie for that honor.

However, they forgot to mention Oberoi Skyz in the contest, which isn't surprising, seeing as Oberoi Construction seems to be trying to draw as little attention to it as possible.

I can't find the builder, architect or promoter's website. Seeing as this is going to be an 'invitation only' project, just like also u/c Oberoi Skyz, and Reliance Tower, we're probably not going to see any good quality renderings outside brief newsclips until its nearly finished. :(


Apr 18, 2007, 5:30 AM

This is a very informative article. Main points:

Reliance Tower, Altamount Rd.
• Looks like the 42 storey Ambani building u/c iat Altamount Rd is to called "Antilla Residence"
• According to this article, it's built with some Singapore-based developer. A previous news article said the building was designed by a Singapore-based architect as well.
• This article also states it will be 245m(!) in height, one of the tallest u/c buildings in Mumbai.
• Here are some images of this building, I took from the older NDTV video:
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• http://img398.imageshack.us/img398/836/emotiiamlj8.gifAnyone have any ideas on the Singapore developer and architect?http://img398.imageshack.us/img398/836/emotiiamlj8.gif

K Raheja's Chattan, Altamount Rd.
• Once again we read another reference to this u/c building, 'Chattan', but we still don't have any word on the project from their website or an official rendering!
• This building was posted on a property website as "Raheja One Altamount Road." Is this Chattan?:
Corporate head honchos, industrial bigwigs race to build paradise buildings (http://www.financialexpress.com/fe_full_story.php?content_id=161476)
Posted online: Wednesday, April 18, 2007 at 0000 hours IST

MUMBAI, APR 17 : Developing high-end buildings for private use is fast catching up among industrialists. Reliance Industries CMD Mukesh Ambani, Videocon Industries chairman Venugopal Dhoot, JSW Steel's Sajjan Jindal, Kasliwal brothers, Nitin and Vikas of S Kumars are some among a long list of corporate honchos who are moving to their dream residences. Mukesh Ambani and his family will shift from their Sea Wind reidence in Cuffe Parade to Antilia Residence in Altamount Road by November 2008. Antilia Residence is a typical high-end building. It will have six floors of parking space, four floors of gardens, an entertainment floor, two floors of apartments for guests and has seven lifts. Construction is in full swing and is scheduled to be completed by November 2008. Mukesh Ambani has tied up with Leighton Asia, a Singapore-based developer for building Antilia Residence for a whopping Rs 400 crore.

Dhoot has already initiated work for the development of a 12-storeyed high-end residential building for private use at Mahalakshmi in North Central Mumbai. Spread over 2 lakh sq ft of space, the building will have two to three floors for parking, two residential floors, one floor each for a ballroom, an entertainment zone and a fitness centre.

According to Dhoot, “Consultants and developers from Dubai have approached us for our expertise in architecture and development. Since we own the land in Mahalaxmi, we would be investing Rs 100 to Rs 200 crore in development. Our new residential building would be based on the similar lines of Antilia Residence, a 245-metre residential building being developed by Mukesh Ambani at Altamount Road.”

Pranay Vakil, chairman, Knight Frank India, residing at Olympus, a building opposite Antilia Residence said, “The prices of the existing residential buildings is between Rs 25,000 and Rs 35,000 per sq ft. Now that Altamount Road and Carmichael Road are considered the most expensive areas in India, the new buildings will bear a price of Rs 50,000 per sq ft.” For example, K Raheja Universal’s residential project, Chattan, which is currently under construction on Altamount Road will command a similar price. Although a stretch of Carmichael Road, Peddar Road and Altamount Road house big estates belonging to the likes of Birlas, Mafatlals and Dahanukars, corporate leaders are shifting base to the sprawling Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC). Sajjan Jindal of JSW Steel proposes to investment Rs 300 crore to Rs 500 crore for the development of a high-end building at BKC.

The Kasliwal brothers have also launched an initiative to construct an apartment complex for private use at Lower Parel.

Raj Kumar, head, residential projects, TrammelCrow Megharaj, indicated that more and more corporate leaders are to join the bandwagon. According to him, the new trend is to catch on all over the country.

An observation: according to the renderings shown on NDTV of Reliance Tower/Antilla Residence, its to be approx 42 stories and 245 meters tall: a whopping ~6 meters / storey. Hence the building will look a helluva lot taller than an average 42 storey building when it is built. Seeing as the average building in India has 3.5m/floor, this 245m tall building will be the equivalent of a "normal" 70 storey building!


To put i perspective, The Imperial twin towers u/c, the tallest building in Mumbai in terms of highest number livable floors (65) is to be 252m each; the Reliance tower will be only 6m shorter!)

This increasing of storey height is seemingly a new trend in Mumabi. An example is Lodha Bellissimo. Thought 'only' 50 storeys, since the height of each storey is significantly larger than The Imperial's, the roof height (though not highest number-storey height) is taller than Imperial.

Another example is Palais Royale (http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?p=11785366&highlight=Royale#post11785366) planned by the Vikas Kasliwal of Shree Ram Mills posted above. This 700ft/213m building, because it has a higher floor height, only boasts ~ 50 stories as well.

Can anyone find this article on Financial Expresses epaper (http://expressindia.com/epaper)? You can use this free login ID/pass (bugmenot.com/view/www.expressindia.com) to try. I'm having no luck. :( There might be a picture that shows a rendering or something...


Apr 23, 2007, 3:16 AM
Another article. More points:
• Glad to see my estimation of the height (42 stories) was about right. Judging by how builders count floors, the 42 stories may not count the podium, and hence may be a bit taller
• It will be a green building, literally as well, with greenery going all the way up to the 40th floor
• The top four floors are to be the Ambanis'. The rest will be residential
• The architect is US-based Perkins & Will (http://www.perkinswill.com/). Armed with this new information, I've done some more digging. It seems Perkins and Will won a Distinguished Building Award 2006, an award "to recognize significant achievements in the planning, design and execution of recent building projects", for their design of the Reliance Group Headquarters Building in mumbai:
• I still can't find a damned better rendering of the Ambani tower.>(


Mukesh's new home is a Rs 400-cr hanging garden (http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/Mukeshs_new_home_is_a_Rs_400-cr_hanging_garden/articleshow/1922697.cms)


NEW DELHI/MUMBAI: You may have only heard about ‘the Hanging Gardens of Babylon’; but you can actually see the new ‘Hanging Garden of Mumbai’ under construction, and at a blistering pace at that. We are talking about the future residence of Reliance group chairman Mukesh Ambani on South Mumbai’s Tony Altamount Road.

Mr Ambani is expected to shift to his new residence by the end of 2008, when the 40-storey building would be completed. “The construction work is on at full pace, two floors are being added every 10-12 days,” a source close to the development told ET. The project cost is estimated at around Rs 400 crore.

Even as the building plans have been kept under wraps, sources say that the Ambanis’ new residence will have little less than 1 lakh square feet of built-up area (the cost of one square floor of space on Altamount Road is stated to be around Rs 18,000-20,000 per sq foot) with facilities comparable to any five-star hotel.

The building will be green, literally so. The tower, when completed, will look like a vertical garden with creepers going all the way to the 40th floor reflecting Mr Ambani’s love for greenery. The top four floors are designated as the core family residence with there will be health club and swimming pool in the intervening floors.

The bottom six floors will be dedicated to parking. Similarly, separate floors are being planned for the kitchen, laundry and other services, sources said. The entire building will be covered by a Wi-Fi system. For rest and recreation, it will have a mini-auditorium where the Ambanis can watch movies along with friends. The tall building will have both indoor and outdoor swimming pools besides a gym, a library (study) and other facilities.

In every aspect, bar one, it will be a dream house for Mr Ambani. His dream of having a helipad on top of the building may not come true. The government is unlikely to give permission, sources said. While, the US-based Perkins & Wills is the architect, the building project is said to be executed by a Singapore-based firm which has been involved in Reliance’s various construction works.

Apr 23, 2007, 3:17 AM
Dharavi makeover now a model for the world (http://cities.expressindia.com/fullstory.php?newsid=232655)
Kavitha Iyer

Mumbai, April 20: THAT global eyes and camera lenses are focusing on Dharavi is not new—from The Chicago Tribune to BBC News, everybody has been visiting. Still, if there remained any doubt about the intense world interest in Dharavi’s future, these can now be put to rest. The May 2007 issue of National Geographic has put Dharavi on the cover, in a feature titled “India’s Shadow City”.

Reporting on the poor living in “some of India’s hottest real estate”, National Geographic writer Mark Jacobson and photo-journalist Jonas Bendiksen tell an evocative story of the lakhs residing in “the most diverse of slums, arguably the most diverse neighbourhood in Mumbai, India’s most diverse city”.

The article chronicles the slum’s quirky people and their impossible fantasies, their politics and their festivities. It also recounts some continuing, defiant opposition to the redevelopment plan to rehouse 57,000 families in 225-sq-foot homes, to be built by investing real estate developers.

Meanwhile, the project management consultant Mukesh Mehta is in New York, attending the mid-year meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative, where he’s sharing experiences with global icons from fields including poverty alleviation and housing. “This is only the beginning,” he said, speaking to Newsline from the Lincoln Center, NY.

“I’m fascinated by the idea that we can make this model work elsewhere. I think India could just be a torchbearer for slum rehabilitation the world over.” Already, he says, propelled by the keen interest Dharavi has generated, other Indian states’ administrators have invited him, proposing to embrace the same strategy for their big cities.

Just after making plans to meet the Nat Geo team for lunch, perhaps in Brooklyn where one of them lives, Mehta—described in the feature as an urban planner and architect, who returned to Mumbai after years of building top-end mansions in the US, and also somebody with the “fanciful” idea of golf courses and a stadium in Dharavi—says the potential to replicate the Dharavi model is “vast”. Clearly, the interest is not just in a big real estate killing—Asian planners faced with slums and urban housing challenges are looking at what could become a model.

Back in Mumbai, the expressions of interest documents will be released in weeks, officials promise.


Meanwhile, the rising Worli skyline. Check out the progress on Beaumonde!!

by mailophobia @ webshots:



Apr 24, 2007, 6:27 AM

Mantri Group Project, Bhandup, Mumbai


Project by Kalpataru Construction, Kandivali, Mumbai



Located in Kandivali, Mumbai, this 484 unit development epitomises garden living. Built over two phases, the two-bedroom and 2 + 1 bedroom apartments are nestled in lush, green surroundings. The landscaping of this project is extremely extravagent – the club house and external landscaping is seamlessly integrated – cascading infinity pools seem to flow into the clubhouse, blurring the lines between internal and external space. Shaded walkways meander around the development enveloping it in a tropical oasis.

Aimed at the growing middle-class albeit offering qualities and amenities consistent with up-market residential projects in other cosmopolitan cities internationally. Upon entry into the development, the visitor steps into a huge reception area, reminiscent of a grand hotel. Amenities include concierge service and reading rooms akin to a country club.

The apartments themselves are generously proportioned and well ventilated offering garden-in-the-sky balconies – stunning, unobstructed views abound. All design and space planning is sensitive to the Indian principles of Vastu, an old Indian science of architecture.

Designed by Ong & Ong Architects, Singapore. Completion 2008.


I'd posted some renderings, but here are some more, with full info

Project by Kalpataru Construction/Tata Power, Thane:





This master planning and design project, in Thane, Mumbai is set in picturesque surroundings, adjoining a national park.

The development consists of two tower blocks housing 132 apartments units, 25 landed homes and 800 m2 of retail space on a total site of 26,269m2. The focal point in this project is a landscaped band of water features cascading down the naturally differing levels of the terrain.

Designed by Ong & Ong Architects, Singapore. Completion 2007.


Apr 26, 2007, 7:37 AM
Someting waaaaaay overdue. Good on 'em.

Construction a drain on resources
DNA Epaper 24 Apr

MTDC to convert area into tourist district, Heritage Society to restore the 11 temples

Smita Deshmukh


The 12th century Banganga Tank in Walkeshwar, one of leading listed monuments under the state archaeology department is up for restoration. While the state archaeology department would get Rs2.5 crore from the Centre to conserve the historic tank, different agencies are pitching in for the total overhaul of the precinct in a rare show of partnership. The Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) is working to convert the precinct a tourist district, Indian Heritage Society planning to restore the 11 temples spread around the tank and the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) undertaking the roads and drainage work.

“Restoration of the ghat will begin soon, which would involve the strengthening of the basalt rock. We have cleared the rectangular tank of all water and the clean-up would begin soon,” informed Bhushan Gagrani, secretary, cultural affairs. Also holding the dual charge as managing director, MTDC, Gagrani is eager to convert the precinct into a tourist district. “We want it on the tourist map of Mumbai. In fact, we are seeking to acquire a small plot in the precinct belonging to the BMC, which would be converted into a resource centre,” added Gagrani.

With the 13 temples in the precinct are owned by the private trusts, the toughest job belongs to the Indian Heritage Society (IHS), which is overlooking its restoration. “After we restored the Rameshwar temple the response has been positive from the trusts as well as individual donors. We will soon start work on the Ganesh temple,” explained Anita Garware, chairperson, IHS.

The unique aspect of Banganga is that it is pre-British era, pointed out Garware. “Unfortunately, only the Gothic architecture in Mumbai is talked about and conserved. But dynasties like Silhara, Yadav too made an imprint on the city and I’m glad we are restoring one such Silhara monument,” she added.

The BMC, on the other hand, has undertaken the task of repairs of the parikrama road, which would be strengthened by using interlocking tiles.

Drains and other underground utilities would be checked along with illegal structures, which have mushroomed along the monument.

“The cleanliness of the tank is a huge responsibility as the littering along barbers working along the tank throwing shaved off hair in the water. We would also build public toilet,” informed R A Rajeev, additional municipal commissioner (city).

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Apr 26, 2007, 7:44 AM
Hanging sealink seeks Centre aid
DNA Epaper 22 Apr

Work on the Worli-Nariman Point link may start next year
Rajshri Mehta


If everything goes well, construction of the 15-km north-south bridge from Worli to Nariman Point may start by next year.

In a bid to give impetus to what is now known Western Freeway Sea Link, the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) recently requested the Centre to sanction up to Rs 1,100 crore to make Rs 3,700-crore project economically viable.

The corporation has asked the two shortlisted bidders – Anil Ambani’s Reliance Energy which has teamed up with South Korean company Hyundai consortium, and Malaysian firm Gamuda – to submit their bids. The bidders have already submitted the design parameters. MSRDC hopes to scrunitise their bids and select one in the next few months.

Interestingly, the much-delayed project – an extension to the ongoing BWSL – was expect ed to begin last year. But it got delayed as MSRDC got environment clearance late from the Centre and it had not finalised the route.

There was a plan to construct a flyover connecting Peddar Road to the Worli bridge, but now it is proposed to be constructed separately If the Centre gives assistance to only .

20 per cent (in this case about Rs 700 crore) of the project cost, this will be the highest amount sought for an infrastructure project to be constructed on Build-Operate-Transfer basis. Unlike the proposed Nhava Sewa to Sewree link, the Worli to Nariman Point link will be the only sea bridge where Centre’s assistance has been sought. The third 4-km sea bridge between Bandra and Worli is being constructed on contract.

Viability Gap Funding (VGF) is the financial support provided by the Centre to infrastructure projects when the bid amount quoted by private parties fall short of the project cost. MSRDC has sought VGF under the public-private partnership scheme of the Centre and the Jawaharlal National Urban Renewal Mission for infrastructure projects.

A senior MSRDC officer said: “The lack of financial viability usually arises due to our inability to increase user charges (toll) to commercial levels and the long gestation period for private companies to recover the construction cost which are usually high for infrastructure projects.” In the Western Freeway link, which would be constructed with private participation, the successful bidder can levy toll for 35 years after he constructs the bridge in 5 years. The alignment runs over major bridges keeping the shoreline at about 150 m from Worli Hill and thereafter across the bay up to Nariman Point. The proposed project starts from the take-off point at Worli end of BWSL at Khan Abdul Gaffar Khan Road and finally connects to the Netaji Subhash Bose Road near NCPA.

Apr 27, 2007, 5:24 AM
Dharavi makeover gets going
DNA Epaper 6 April

Invitation to the global tender process for the massive urban renewal project will begin next month

Smita Deshmukh


Decks are cleared for the much-delayed Rs 9,300-crore Dharavi Redevelopment Project (DRP) as the Expression of Interest (EOI) for the biggest urban renewal project in Asia is set to come out by the third week of May.

A final presentation of the master plan, which has undergone a series of changes in the last two years, will be made to Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh in the May second week for his nod.

The 535-acre Dharavi will be now divided into five sectors of roughly 100 acres each to be converted into independent townships comprising residential, commercial and industrial areas with a Floor Space Index (FSI) of 4.

“The thrust of the plan continues to be designed by architect Mukesh Mehta. Bids will be invited for each sector and no developer or consor tium will be given the entire project.

We will build 20,000 transit tenements in Dharavi to ensure that residents need not move out during the construction,’’ said IS Chahal, Officer-on-Special Duty (OSD), DRP.

Sources told DNA that the bid would be entertained only from companies with a net worth of 40 per cent of the project cost. This means leading city builders will have to form consortiums to be in the race or international developers would chip in.

However, the schedule of the entire project depends on the clearance from the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) – a task which the DRP has entitled to the selected developers after the bidding process is over.

“MoEF requires all design details, which the developer must submit and the state will back them for necessary support,” said Chahal.

From the original 12-sector plan with a central park in the middle surrounded by buildings, the new Dharavi master plan now spreads into five big sectors, offering major scope of work.

“Each sector will have a polyclinic, over three to four primary schools, one secondary school and one college. There will be open spaces and recreational areas in each sector. The plan will give the state Rs1,850 crore worth high-quality infrastructure like roads, toilets, schools and colleges all free of cost,” said Mukesh Mehta.

With a series of tall buildings slated to dominate the Dharavi skyline, Mehta admitted that the sale component buildings would be high rises. “We do not want any Transfer of Development Right (TDR) to come out of Dharavi to be used further in the northern suburbs,” he insisted. Along with buildings, a corresponding plan on aesthetics and character of the new structures is being worked. “Personally, I would love to give it an art deco look to ensure that Dharavi connects at some level with South Mumbai. :| But many feel that art deco is past and regressive. Modern architectural style could be considered :cheers: ,” he added.

Changing the face
There are 56,000 households, each will get 225 sq ft houses free

There are 4,500 industrial units, each will get 225 sq ft free and the rest have to be purchased at market rate

Each sector will have its own public amenities

The Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council will set up more than 300 industries

The National Institute of Design has proposed a leather village spread over 12.5 acres with small factories and show rooms. It also has plans to convert the existing kumbhar wada into a state-of-the-art ceramic centre based on cooperative model.

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BTW, I finally found Architect Mukesh Mehta's website: http://www.supportourslums.com (http://www.supportourslums.com/). Unfortunately, nothing especially interesting there.

Apr 30, 2007, 5:10 AM
I predict that this will do wonders for tourism in Mumbai :cheers:

India's Bollywood Is Getting A Theme Park (http://www.postchronicle.com/news/entertainment/article_21277608.shtml)
By Staff
Apr 28, 2007

India's Bollywood movie industry in Mumbai is getting its own theme park, likened to the Hollywood studio parks.

Percept Holdings, a media and entertainment company, has announced plans to build the Bollywood entertainment park for about $100 million, the BBC reported Saturday. The company says it will provide "the Bollywood experience."

The park will aim at letting fans get behind the scenes of the world's biggest film industry -- by audience size anyway.

"Bollywood accounts for over 40 percent of the total revenues of the overall Indian film industry," said Shailendra Singh, joint managing director at Percept Holdings. "Bollywood is what the Indian masses turn to for entertainment, but there is no organized format or means to consume this experience."

The entertainment park will open in 2008 and feature cafes, walk-throughs, film sets, tours and gaming booths.

(c) UPI
From other articles, it seems like $100 million will be the initial investment for the first phase of the project, which will be open in 2008. This implies that there will be other phases to this project with larger investments.


Apr 30, 2007, 5:11 AM
MMRDA has a plan to speed up Metro
“ We have no desire to go around with a begging bowl any- more, not even to foreign banks.” T Chandra Shekhar, Metropolitan commissioner

DNA Epaper 29 APR
Smita Deshmukh

Forget the official 2021 deadline. The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Develop ment Authority (MM RDA) wants to make all nine corridors of the Rs19,500 crore Metro Rail functional in just over five years.

To make this grand plan possible, the MM RDA will be attempting to self-finance the crucial build-operate transfer (BoT) project.

A new notification, already approved by the state government, would allow the MMR DA to amend the Development Control (DC) rules and increase the Floor Space Index (FSI) in the Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC) from 2 to 4.

This would allow the MMRDA to sell off the remaining 70 acres of land in the area, where 70-metre-high buildings could be erected after the Airports Authority of India revised its height restrictions. Officials say the move could fetch a whopping Rs25,000 crore – more than enough to make the MMRDA self-sufficient to build the Metro Rail. Forget the 2021 deadline. The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) wants to have all nine corridors of the Rs19,500 crore Metro Rail functional in just over five years. To make it possible, the MMRDA would be attempting to self-finance the crucial built-operate-transfer (BoT) project.

“Projects like the Metro require massive capital. Moreover, the BoT process quite taxing. So, it is in our best interest to tap the potential of BKC to its fullest and speed up the project,” said Metropolitan Commissioner T Chandrashekhar.

The MMRDA is also looking at other avenues to raise funds. FSI incentive, along with commercial exploitation of land, at the proposed InterState Bus Terminal in Wadala is expected to rake in around Rs2,500 crore.

Also, the MMRDA’s appointment as special planning authority for the proposed growth centres in Bhiwandi and Kalyan will fetch more funds.

Sources said the MMRDA pushed its case for more developable area in the BKC with the state following the approval of FSI 4 for the Dharavi redevelopment project. Another cue was taken from their next-door neighbours — the joint venture of Reliance and Maker Group, who were allowed to increase the height of their buildings from 30 to 70 metre by the AAI.

“We have no desire to go around with a begging bowl anymore, not even to foreign banks which take a long time to process loans and place stringent measures. We can undertake the Metro project on our own and finish it in record time,” said Chandrashekhar.
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Apr 30, 2007, 5:12 AM
A long needed and major step on the road to modernization and development.

City gets world-class public loo
Toilet complexes come equipped with a host of facilities

Sandeep Ashar
DNA Epaper 29 APR

Mumbai got its first “worldclass” public toilet when Mayor Shubha Raul inaugurated a sophisticated public convenience built by Fumes International near the Santacruz airport on Sunday. The function was attended by outgoing Municipal Commissioner Johny Joseph and Additional Municipal Commissioner R A Rajeev among others.

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has sanctioned Delhi-based Fumes International to construct 100 such complexes in the city in the next one year. To be run by Fumes on a built-operate and transfer basis for 10 years, the public conveniences are set to come up across the city, including Wilson College at Charni Road, Worli Sea face, Nariman Point, and Mahim Church. Two of them, one near the domestic airport on the Western Express Highway and the other opposite the Mayor’s bungalow at Shivaji Park in Dadar, are ready for use.

BMC chief engineer for solid waste management R R Markendeya said, “Spacious and with regular running water, the facility at Santacruz has four toilet blocks for men and three for women and separate toilets for the physically-challenged.” Stating that the blocks were planned keeping in mind people’s changing attitude towards using public conveniences, Markendeya added,” The utility has been outfitted with hand dryers, liquid soap and separate shower rooms, while well-lit interiors, an aquarium and a water fountain facing the road add an aesthetic appeal.”

Fumes International has built more than 30 such toilets in Delhi since 1998. A team of Mumbai municipal officials visited Delhi in 2005 to find out more about Fumes’ toilets. Impressed with what they saw, the firm was contracted to construct similar toilet complexes at a cost of Rs25 lakh each.
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May 1, 2007, 6:11 AM
And another welcome development

Plans Are Ready For The Dadar-Mahim Seafront Makeover. But Can They Plug Illegal Drains, Resettle Slums Quickly?

TOI Epaper 30 APR
Clara Lewis | TNN

Faced with a barrage of criticism regarding the poor upkeep of Mumbai’s western waterfront, the civic administration is now planning a beach nourishment plan along 4.5 kms of the Dadar-Prabhadevi seaface. The project, which includes building promenades and restoring gardens along the seaface, is aimed at restoring a beach that has been washed away under waves of sewage, flotsam and debris.

The stretch to be covered is from the Hinduja hospital end at Mahim to Worli village and will take around two years to complete from the day work commences. “We are planning to appoint a consultant to revive this beach which, at present, is bereft of sand,’’ said R A Rajeev, additional municipal commissioner.

The project is estimated to cost around Rs 12-15 crore and will require sand to be imported from other beaches (and even the desert) to make the stretch more hospitable to residents and holidaying crowds.

Work is likely to start in six months to a year, and would be a daunting task considering that it would require diverting sewage lines which spew out waste on to the beach, resettling slum dwellers living nearby, and coordination between agencies because land comes under the collector’s jurisdiction and the revamp is being planned by the civic corporation.

The blueprint is based on an idea put forward by architect P K Das who has also been involved in the beautification and restoration of Carter Road, Bandra Bandstand and Juhu beach. “Das will be appointed as a consultant since he already has a plan ready,’’ said Rajeev.

Of late, BMC has been repeatedly censured by activists and citizen groups regarding the plight of Mumbai’s beaches including those at Versova, Dadar and Marve. Mahim resident Ravi Thatte, who is also on a civic supervisory panel, says, “The beach is polluted by untreated sewage from illegal drains. BMC had appointed a contractor to clean up the beach, but he’s not doing a very good job. There are also two slums in the area. Restoring the beach is a grandiose plan and will take a lot of doing.’’

It was former Lok Sabha speaker and Dadar resident Manohar Joshi who set the ball rolling for the Dadar revival plan after a visit to Bandra where the waterfront had been restored. Joshi proposed that a wall be constructed to prevent the beach from further erosion. Eventually, the idea of a wall was shot down when environmentalists pointed out potentially adverse effects. “Sea-wall construction is now banned in the US as well as central Europe. It is believed that it damages the environment by restricting the natural cycle of in and outflow of water. Also the impact of construction of a sea-wall is felt at other beaches where the displaced water reclaims its space,’’ said Das.

Joshi’s suggestions, however, spurred a group to work on an alternate plan. To start with, a coastal and hydraulic study was carried out by DHI (India) Water and Environment Pvt Ltd at the site. This included drawing up a description of the area’s coastline, an assessment of the wave climate and hydrodynamic conditions in the bay, and compiling recommendations on how to implement the project.

The study found the Dadar-Prabhadevi stretch to be a shallow tidal beach, narrow and sloping. Government’s efforts to protect the coast had resulted in rubble encroaching upon it. Besides drains open onto it and unplanned constructions have contributed to the debris and pollution.



Phase I

This includes a proposal to increase the width of the beach from 5 metres to 50 metres across a stretch of 1.5 km from S K Bole Marg to Suryavanshi Kshatriya Sabhagriha Marg.

Phase II

This includes redevelopment of the beach at Hinduja Hospital, Keluskar Marg (North & South), Mayor’s Bungalow, development of two gardens — Baji Prabhu Udyan and Sant Dnyaneshwar Udyan — apart from creation of access roads and promenades

Total cost: Rs 12-15 crore


Beach nourishment by bringing in sand from other places: 9 months Redevelopment of two gardens along the waterfront: 4 months Promenades to be built at two locations: 6 months Extension of drains to divert the sewage: 4 months Building access roads: 6 months


Since the bay at Dadar-Mahim has very little sand, it has been decided to bring it in from outside. “Roughly around 300 trucks per day for 6 months or six barges a day for four months will be sufficient to create the beach. While the sea will continue to wash away sand it will also bring it back and the loss will be minimal,’’ said P K Das, architect in charge of the project. Sand will be brought in from other beaches, and may be even the desert. Some replenishment of sand may also be required every 5-10 years.

May 1, 2007, 6:16 AM
Mumbai looks to be getting another project with at least one -- possibly more than one -- supertall. And we are not talking about the previously anncounced India International Trade Center (see details on this project below), but the Mumbai International Finance Centre. First read the article and check out my comments below the article that follows.


Govt shortlists 3 sites for financial hub (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Business/India_Business/Govt_shortlists_3_sites_for_financial_hub_in_Mumbai/articleshow/1931890.cms)
[21 Apr, 2007 l 0147 hrs ISTlTIMES NEWS NETWORK]

MUMBAI: The International Financial Centre (IFC) in the city, a 10-year-old project dogged by delays, may come up about sooner rather than later. :cheers:

State government officials are already scouting around for a suitable site in which to house the complex and are considering sites at Dadar, CST and another on Bombay Port Trust land.

Officials said three sites were being considered: Rashtriya Textile Mill site owned by National Textile at Dadar, a plot within Bombay Port Trust land and a site off P D'Mello Road near CST on railway land. All are located in south Mumbai.

The IFC has been discussed for over a decade in the city for better international financial services and boost economic opportunities in the metropolis. However, the plan has never moved beyond the discussion stage. Of late though, it has acquired momentum following the release of a Union ministry of finance report, which looked at the framework needed to be put in place for Mumbai to be promoted as an global destination for commerce.

Secretary for special projects in the city, Sanjay Ubale, admitted that government was keen on going ahead with the project. FM P Chidambaram's visit to the city later this month is expected to give the project a further boost.

The model being considered for the plan is the Hong Kong International Financial Centre complex which has two tall buildings housing such a centre. Officials said the Hong Kong IFC has "a signature building" which is the tallest in the territory and the fourth tallest in the world with 88 storeys.


Ok, let's put down what we know about these two projects...

The facts we know about the India International Trade Tower (IITC)

• The NTC's IITT will be 1050 feet (http://www.wirednewyork.com/forum/showthread.php?t=8662)/72 storeys in height (http://propertybytes.com/?p=732)

• It will be is located on the 11.96-acre India United Mill No. 6 at Pravhadevi (http://propertybytes.com/?p=732).

• The cost of the tower's construction will be around Rs. 700 crore (approx $170.5 million USD)

• NTC has officially confirmed (http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&ct=res&cd=3&url=http%3A%2F%2Fpib.nic.in%2Frelease%2Frelease.asp%3Frelid%3D21443&ei=DrE2RuWsOKfIgQOAqoHtAg&usg=AFrqEzdNkcsw6HC-aPdEkVU3pR-i_FTjZg&sig2=0tVafSL3zw1TOqJkEz7jSg) that the tower will be built.


The facts we know about the Mumbai International Financial Centre (IFC)

• The project apparently has been 10 years in the making. However, it recently got impetus due to the recent High Powered Expert Committee (HPEC)'s report (http://ajayshahblog.blogspot.com/2007/04/mumbai-as-international-financial.html) detailing steps to take to make Mumbai an International Financial Centre (MIFC).

• It seems that this project is supported by city, state and national governments and will be implemented soon. We will likely get more word on what this project is when will come when India's Finance Minister P. Chidambaram visits the city.

• There 3 possible sites under consideration for the project:
- NTC's Rashtriya Textile Mill, in the Mill Lands -- where I guess it will complement all the other towers being built on other NTC mill lands by private developers.

- a plot in Bombay Port Trust land -- perhaps finally opening up the huge, prime, seafront land to skyscraper (commerical/CBD/docklands?) development?

- a site off P D'Mello Road near CST on railway lands -- right the hell downtown. Perhaps someone can correct me, but I don't think there is much room here for other skycrapers to be built, as it is in a historic district. Unless the raillways want to release more land for development, I doubt there will be potential for major future skyscraper clustering a la a proper CBD.

• It is to be a major commercial center modeled on HK's International Finance Center complex, which consists of a major mall, three towers (88 storeys, 40 storeys and 39 storeys), one of them the signature One IFC, one of them a hotel. One IFC is HK's tallest building.

- This modeling business implies that surely there will be a signature tower, most likely a supertall. I'm guessing that at least a major mall would be built as well (pure speculation.) If it is modeled on the HK IFC, perhaps a complementary building (a Two IFC) will also be built? From this view, possibly a cluster of Trade Centre buildings will be built.

- To show some of the possibility of the scale of the project, check out HK's IFC:


Comparing the Two Towers

• OK, now the the National Textile Corporation is a Central Public Sector Enterprise which is building the IITC on funds earned through the sale of the mill lands to major developers.

• This International Finance Center seems to be a government funded project, though skimming through the HPEC's report, this project is likely to be a public-private venture.

• The IITC is to be 72 stories and will be located in an area anchoring the current Parel/Back Bay skyline and the future Dharavi redevelopment skyline. The IFC will be located on either the Port Lands, the Mills or by CST, the former two are two future sites of skyscraper development. In each, it will serve to anchor the skyline. If it is to be located in the Port Lands, it may finally open this area to development sooner than expected.

• Both the IITC and the IFC are designed to be catalysts for business, trade and commercial skyscraper development. By signing off on these two projects, the government has made a very public and visible green light on encouraging commercial skyscraper construction in Mumbai. Commercial skyscrapers are not only taller, but more costly and inherantly of better quality than residental towers, which all but a handful of Mumbai's major projects are.

• The seeming drive to suddenly crash modernize Mumbai's infrastructure (metro, freeways, sea-links, rail) probably got moved to the front burner due to the recommendations this report, and underscores Mumbai is trying to develop the infra that can sustain such huge commercial projects (which are more of a strain on transport than purely residential towers are; consider the large numbers of office workers that will be commuting to and from work)


May 9, 2007, 4:53 AM
Guys, this is HUGE news that friggin came out of nowhere to us seasoned skyscraper enthusiats here... The news is over a week old and no one came across it!

Mumbai looks to be getting another project with at least one -- possibly more than one -- supertall. And we are not talking about the India International Trade Center. First read the article and check out my comments below.

>>> I created a new thread in this forum specifically detailed to these projects. Please check it out. I also added my comments to this article in that thread. (http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?p=12931791) <<<

Govt shortlists 3 sites for financial hub (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Business/India_Business/Govt_shortlists_3_sites_for_financial_hub_in_Mumbai/articleshow/1931890.cms)
[21 Apr, 2007 l 0147 hrs ISTlTIMES NEWS NETWORK]

MUMBAI: The International Financial Centre (IFC) in the city, a 10-year-old project dogged by delays, may come up about sooner rather than later. :cheers:

State government officials are already scouting around for a suitable site in which to house the complex and are considering sites at Dadar, CST and another on Bombay Port Trust land.

Officials said three sites were being considered: Rashtriya Textile Mill site owned by National Textile at Dadar, a plot within Bombay Port Trust land and a site off P D'Mello Road near CST on railway land. All are located in south Mumbai.

The IFC has been discussed for over a decade in the city for better international financial services and boost economic opportunities in the metropolis. However, the plan has never moved beyond the discussion stage.

Of late though, it has acquired momentum following the release of a Union ministry of finance report, which looked at the framework needed to be put in place for Mumbai to be promoted as an global destination for commerce.

Secretary for special projects in the city, Sanjay Ubale, admitted that government was keen on going ahead with the project. FM P Chidambaram's visit to the city later this month is expected to give the project a further boost.

The model being considered for the plan is the Hong Kong International Financial Centre complex which has two tall buildings housing such a centre.

Officials said the Hong Kong IFC has "a signature building" which is the tallest in the territory and the fourth tallest in the world with 88 storeys.

May 9, 2007, 4:53 AM
This is a cool picture. From today's TOI
NEW LIFE IN A HIGH-RISE: Slumdwellers who once resided in the Sanjay Gandhi National Park look skywards at their new multi-storeyed dwellings in Chandivali on Tuesday. The 30 families were the first of a group of 4,142 households which will be shifted in the next ten days.

May 9, 2007, 4:55 AM

With official word of this project just announced last week, the 85-storey Hyatt Park Tower, India's tallest under construction building officially broke ground.

Designed by Fox and Fowle (FXFOWLE) architects as part of three-hotel luxury project being developed by Neelkamal Realtors in conjunction with Hyatt hotels, Hyatt Park tower is located at Marine Lines, Mumbai, just north of the city's historical district. It marks the southernmost point of a major region of skyscraper development that currently stretches north to under construction Parel/Back Bay skyline.

A mixed-used development totalling 882,000 sq ft, Hyatt Park tower, in the architects' own words:
...centers on creating an iconic residential mixed-use building within India's emerging new economy.

The 85-storey tower is informed by distinctive indoor/outdoor environments and the desire to optimise the panoramic views of the surrounding landscape.

The tower's rotated form emerges in response to the buildings functional requirements and its mixed-use program - which changes with each twist of the structure. This circulation pattern separates retail, 5-star hotel and serviced apartments and long lease duplex penthouse condominium apartments within a sustainable network of green roofs and hanging gardens; creating a singular, extraordinary building that, when completed, will be the tallest and greenest building in India.

Emails to the architect (thanks spyguy) reveals that the tower is currently under construction and will have a height of 301m. Whether this is roof height is not yet clear.

While currently rather seperated from the current skyscraper construction, it is located at the southern end of what will be a massive skyscraper-laden redevelopment region that will see a long skyline anchored in the north at Dharavi, west at Worli, in the middle at Parel, and in the south at Back Bay.

Though developers in Mumbai tend to be ultra-secretive about their projects until they have broken ground (it wasn't even known that this project even existed until a couple days ago when the Hyatt told the Economic Times newspaper about it (http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/Mumbais_Hyatt_The_new_Times_Square/articleshow/1999730.cms)), other developers have made known that they are planning skyscrapers at Marine Lines. Currently a 50-storey commercial skyscraper, and 2-3 other projects, including the possible supertall Mumbai International Finance Centre, are planned around the location where Park Hyatt tower is being built.

Here are some more renderings. I will update this first post as more renderings and information come out.

^ Looking South towards Historic mumbai. Looking North will be a view of the under construction skyline around Parel





Arihant Aradhana, Khargar:


Arihant Darpan, Mulund:


BTW, here is Shankala Group's Sterling Tower, Magazon: 34-35 stories



G Square Business Park, Vashi: looks to be ~34 stories

May 9, 2007, 4:56 AM
Paying tribute - A new landmark in BKC

Post-monsoon, RIL will start building Dhirubhai Ambani International Convention and Exhibition Centre

Smita Deshmukh
DNA India Epaper - 07 May 2007

Culture, commerce and community. That will be the theme of Mumbai’s next-generation global business address. With environment clearance, design approval and site preparation in place, decks are being cleared for the proposed Dhirubhai Ambani International Convention and Exhibition Centre (DAICEC) in the Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC). Work is scheduled to begin post-monsoon, with officials eyeing an early 2009 deadline for the launch.
Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) made a clinching bid of Rs 1,104 crore for the 75,000 square metre plot in January 2006. Personally monitored by RIL Chairman and Managing Director Mukesh Ambani, along with his wife Neeta, the project will be the family’s tribute to the late Dhirubhai Ambani.

The DAICEC will have 20,000 square metre commercial area, while the remaining 55,000 square metre has been earmarked as Convention and Exhibition (C&E) area.

The RIL’s global signature headquarters will be shifting to the commercial area, which will house its corporate office and those of its main partners and vendors.

The Rs 2,000-crore project will be an architectural delight— the sprawling 25,000 square metre exhibition area will have five halls offering banquet facilities to 4,000 people, board rooms of varying sizes — fit for contingents of any size between 20 and 450, Congress hall for 1,500 people, VIP lounges, 24-hour multi-cuisine restaurants and shopping area.

The most prominent feature of the hub will be the 2,000-seat performing arts theatre and convention hall designed on the lines of Los Angeles’ Kodak theatre. “The entire area will have a large outdoor public concourse, which will be integrated to create a venue for big international events in Mumbai. The DAICEC will also trigger economic benefits for the city,” said RIL’s Shalin Tandon, the project leader.

RIL is also planning a 150-room boutique hotel, with an exclusive Billionaire’s Club for global business bosses and heads of states to reside and interact. To make the eco-friendly environment complete, there will be musical fountains and water bodies. “We will develop a waterfront along the Mithi river, once its cleanup phases are over. We have told top MMRDA officials that the promenade would be a tourist attraction,” said Tandon.

With an estimated 1,50,000 people expected to throng the area daily, RIL is bidding for plots in BKC for parking. “The main design has parking facility for 6,000 cars. We are in the process of acquiring an RG1 plot next door, which has two-level underground car parks. The integration of the DAICEC with the entire BKC will facilitate traffic management,” said Tandon.

Special features
- RIL made a clinching bid of Rs 1,104 crore for the 75,000 square metre plot in January 2006

- Personally monitored by Neeta and Mukesh Ambani, the project will be a tribute to the late Dhirubhai Ambani

- 20,000 sq mt has been earmarked as commercial area. It will house the RIL corporate office and those of its main partners and vendors The 25,000 sq mt exhibition area will have 5 banquet halls, board rooms, VIP lounges, 24-hour multi-cuisine restaurants and shopping area

- The most prominent feature will be the 2,000-seat performing arts theatre and convention hall resembling Los Angeles' Kodak theatre

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May 9, 2007, 4:58 AM
Mumbai seems replete with good news these last weeks!

Revamp for British-era chawls
Naresh Kamath
Hindustan Times Epaper - 08 May 2007

THE REDEVELOPMENT of the British Improvement Trust (BIT) chawls — built as working class dwellings during the British rule — got a green signal in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Tuesday.

The general body meeting on Tuesday approved the proposal amid much controversy.


The passing of the proposal means land will be freed for largescale real estate development in the island city. Builders have been eyeing the chawl area as they are on prime locations such as Byculla, Agripada, Mumbai Central, Parel, Mazgaon and Sion. The Agripada chawl will be the first to be redeveloped among the 133 BIT chawls in the city.

“The buildings are in a dilapidated condition. With this move, residents will get decent houses,” said Sunil Prabhu, leader of the BMC House and Shiv Sena corporator.

BIT chawl residents stay in matchbox-sized 180 sq ft dwellings, originally designed for single males. The British built the chawls to provide housing to men who migrated to the city to work in mills.

The BMC has awarded development rights for Agripada BIT chawls No 5 and 7 to Vignaharta Builders Private Limited owned by Sunil Mane.

Those who are critical of the redevelopment plan accuse the BMC of selling out to the builder lobby.

“An IIT survey stated the two structures are not dilapidated,” said Nationalist Congress Party corporator Niyaz Wanu. “The BMC should have invited tenders instead of just handing over such valuable assets to a private party.” According to the proposal, Mane will offer 250 sq ft homes free to the 144 residents in the two buildings. He has also pledged to offer Rs 1 crore as corpus fund to the residents to pay off maintenance charges. In return, the developer will get 20,000 sq ft for sale in the open market.

Resident Jeevan Aawankar, who has been opposing the scheme, called it a conspiracy to drive ordinary Mumbaiites out of the city. “We cannot afford to pay thousands of rupees in maintenance charges. We will have to eventually sell off our flats,” said Aawankar. As of now, residents pay Rs 20 as rent.

Mane, who was waiting at the civic headquarters awaiting the decision, said majority of the residents approved of the redevelopment plan. “I have the consent of the majority of residents. A handful are against me,” said Mane. “Even the high court has ruled in my favour.”
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May 9, 2007, 5:06 AM
From today's DNA Epaper.

Nothing new, just some opinions. Best to just view the full size versions

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May 9, 2007, 5:12 AM
Public Hospital to get Private Touch
“ The hospital’s modernisation plan is intended to meet our existing needs and also to cater to needs 20 years down the line. There is a huge gap in what the hospital provides and what is needed. This gap is going to increase drastically. —Dr Nilima Kshirsagar, dean, KEM Hospital

The 80-year-old KEM Hospital is getting a Rs700-crore makeover. The huge grant will enable the hospital to buy new technologies, set up advanced research labs and restore the heritage building. Deepa Suryanarayan tells us what to expect after the revamp of one of the city’s biggest hospitals

[Read article in thumbnail below]

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May 9, 2007, 12:38 PM
From today's DNA Epaper.

Nothing new, just some opinions. Best to just view the full size versions

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Good to know that there are many other who share the concern regarding Mumbai airport. Its a national embaressment and those thick-skinned politicians are now selling the Shanghai dream in the midst of this smelly rubble. I wonder when are these politicians going to realized that India is now a low-middle income nation & going to be a strong middle income nation in a decade's time. Atleast, now is the time for them to reform out of their rhino hide.

May 11, 2007, 4:43 AM
Courtesy Spyguy
Residence Antilia is a 24-story high-rise residential building located in the heart of the city of Mumbai. The building program is divided into public and private spaces for the family and their guests. The building’s design is in direct response to unique programmatic elements and a desire to maximize the views around the site.

The building's shape consists of a series of continuous undulating surfaces both horizontal and vertical which helps to define each programmatic element while simultaneously unifying the composition. This undulating ribbon, or snake frame, serves as a secondary structure that transform the floor loads to the building core. The vertical surfaces of the frame are articulated with a steel lattice and contain a series of planter beds effectively transforming the facades into living green walls that will filter light and enhance the local micro climate of each level. It will be seen as a visual extension of the lush landscaping that surrounds the building, effectively creating an oasis in the sky.


My comments:
Let's look at the question of Antilia Residence's height.

Here's a blow up, clarified version of the rendering:

From the rendering, the tower obviously looks taller than 24 storeys -- closer to 36+ by my count.

Let's try to find some concensus to reconcile this. Now, according to some recent news articles....


This article says (http://www.financialexpress.com/fe_full_story.php?content_id=161476):
• Antilia Residence is to be 245m tall.

To put the size of this building in perspective, the famous Imperial Towers in Mumbai are 249m tall -- and that is spire height. There doesn't seem to be any spire or roof effects on the rendering of Antilia Residence. Assuming the standrad Indian 3.5m/floor measurement, Antilia Residence would have the 'equivalent' size of a 70 storey building. If it is this size, it will dominate the Mumbai skyline much like The Imperial towers will.

• The tower will have among other things: 6 floors of parking; 4 floors of gardens; 1 "entertainment" floor; 2 floors of guest apartments

• Construction is expected to be completed by November, 2008.


This article says (http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/Mukeshs_new_home_is_a_Rs_400-cr_hanging_garden/articleshow/1922697.cms):
• Antilia Residence is to be 40 storeys tall. Not only that, but, in confrimation of the 'living wall' tidbit, the article states that the tower will have a "vertical garden" going all the way to the 40th floor. Taking account non-standard architecture, the 40 storey building very well may reach 245m in height.

• The bottom six floors will be dedicated to parking. Kitchen, laundry and other services will each have their own floors.

• The building will have little less than 10 million sq ft of built-up area

• Ambani expected to move in in late 2008.


So to extrapolate from the above facts....

perhaps the 24 floors are the Ambani family's actual living space? + 6 floors parking + 4 floors gardens + 2 floors guest apartments + 1 floor theater + 1 floor kitchen + 1 floor laundry + other unspecified floors = 39+ floors. So I am guessing we have confirmation of the 40 floor height? Note that a floor count estimation of the rendering spyguy posted gives me 36 + floors.

It's worth noting that the 2nd design of this tower (the one by architect James Young) was officially called 22 floors high. However, this even more obviously conflicted with the renderings which clearly showed a 40-storey building. (http://img313.imageshack.us/img313/5151/1ak9py8.jpg)

In conclusion..
Seeing as two independent news articles basically gave the same height information -- information that corroborates with visual floor counts on two renderings -- I'm going with a est. height of 40 fl / 245m.

*phew* that's all I got now.


May 17, 2007, 12:39 AM
Firstly, here's a rendering of Royal Palms's Rs 600 cr SEZ coming up in Royal Palms Estates in Goregaon


Also, here are some week-old HDR snaps taken by Humayunn N A Peerzaada @ flickr that I originally posted in Mumbai Cityscapes, but is also relevant here, as it shows some construction updates

Byculla to Bandra:
Supersized Version of this Photo (http://img175.imageshack.us/img175/875/490270237f6db54cb12o562ee0.jpg)

Nagpada to Malabar Hill:
Supersized Version of this Photo (http://img410.imageshack.us/img410/4579/4902702738317047541o54esp5.jpg)

JJ Flyover to Colaba:
Supersized Version of this Photo (http://img175.imageshack.us/img175/2386/4902703073886a9917eo578ye7.jpg)

May 17, 2007, 12:39 AM
Global tenders for Dharavi soon
15 May 07
Yogesh Naik
TOI Epaper

Mumbai: After a delay of several months, the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (Mhada) will finally issue global tenders for the Dharavi Redevelopment project by May-end. Dharavi is Asia’s largest slum.

State housing secretary Swadheen Kshatriya said, “Various issues related to the project had to be resolved. The tenders were to be issued in October, but several reasons caused the delay. We had a series of meetings with the residents of Dharavi since October. The tenders will be issued in two weeks, soon after CM Vilasrao Deshmukh okays our plan.’’

A housing department official said the entire Dharavi slum had been earlier divided into 10 zones. Now, the slum has been divided into five zones and each bidder will bid for only one zone. “We wanted a better and planned development, hence the housing department reduced the number of zones,’’ the official said.

From an initial cost of 5,600 crore, the project’s cost has shot up to Rs 9,000 crore. The redevelopment aims to resettle 60,000 families who will get houses of 225 sq ft each. The project is expected to be completed in five to seven years. The buildings for rehabilitation will be of seven storeys each.

Kshatriya said the residents of Dharavi had raised many valid points and the housing department had tried to accommodate some of their demands.

Mhada officials said nearly 28 months had been spent on giving final touches to the plan. “In the last few months, we had several discussions with NGOs and groups in the slum to figure out their needs.”
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May 17, 2007, 12:45 AM
City will breathe easy once SEZ comes up

15 May 07
DNA Epaper

Plans for Reliance's Navi Mumbai Special Economic Zone (SEZ) have hit a road block as a railway line passes through proposed corridor that lies between Pen and Uran in Raigad district. So, everyone is now waiting for May 31, when the Centre's inter-ministerial Board of Approvals (BoA) meeting is slated to be held.

Though the BoA has given its approval for the 2,150 hectare SEZ in principle, formal approval was withheld during the last meeting.

The reason the board gave was that a railway line passed through the zone, which might result in revenue loss to the finance ministry. The SEZ will be a deemed foreign territory with duty-free import and export facility.

Being planned on 2,150 hectare of the coastal belt, the Navi Mumbai Special Economic Zone (NMSEZ) and the futuristic Mumbai Special Economic Zone (MSEZ) — which would come up on 5,000 hectare adjacent to it — are emerging as an attempt to decongest an overcrowded Mumbai.

In a recent interview to a private television channel, Anand Jain, chairman of the Reliance-led project revealed that SEZ townships, deemed to be foreign territories, would be world-class cities that will offer economic, trade, civic, recreational, and entertainment facilities to over one million residents and two million people who will work there.

According to Jain, the proposed trans-harbour-link between Nhava and Sewree will reduce the distance between mainland Mumbai and the SEZ by 20 minutes and will strengthen the Pune-Mumbai industrial corridor.

“Surely, it will be a new urban and industrial platform... The new towns will offer the best of hospitality, health and educational facilities," said a highly placed official at NMSEZ, according to whom, the BoA's approval of the NMSEZ was to be a mere formality.

Even as the Maharashtra government expects an investment of over Rs2,00,000 crore from Indian majors and multinationals at this economic and trade zone, Reliance has revised its SEZ projections, and is now expecting investments of over Rs3,00,000crore.

“The revision of the target has come following the hike in its project cost from Rs25,000 crore to Rs30,000 crore," NMSEZ sources reveal.

Till date, the total domestic commitment from the Indian majors is more than Rs5,000 crore.

Even the target of power generation for SEZ has gone up from 1,600MW to 2,080MW. Top IT establishments, health care groups, automobile giants, and reputed names in hospitality business have already registered their interest in the new SEZ. So far, 700 foreign multinationals and over 300 domestic companies have put up a proposal to set up their industrial and trading establishments in the upcoming SEZs.

An official with City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO), the state's nodal agency for SEZ project, said the RIL-led NMSEZ will offer six basic facilities — roads, water supply, rain-water disposal system, an underground sewage network, power supply, and telephone lines. The steamline and gas connections are under consideration and will be extended depending upon the requirement of industries, revealed the official.

Business houses in this zone will be offered special tax rebate, as the idea is to attract more and more private firms and multinationals to the area. The zone will offer special relief on export and import duties to industrial set-ups.

The proximity of Dronagiri in Uran to the Mumbai-Pune Express Highway, the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust, the proposed SewriUran sea link and the Navi Mumbai airport, has enabled the state in developing it as an SEZ. The area is already in demand from many business groups in and outside the country. “We are still planning the design details and broad zoning for our 900 clients, who have shown interest in setting up their business installations here. The response to the SEZ is just mind-boggling. It will take two years to put in place the best infrastructure,” said a NMSEZ official who is involved in the planning process.

The government expects massive investments from pharmaceutical, bio-technology, cloth, and petrochemical industries in these SEZs.

NMSEZ waits for official go-ahead Over 400 cream recruits at the newly set up office of the Navi Mumbai SEZ Development Corporation Ltd (NMSC) in CBD Belapur await the formal enactment and notification. “We are still at the planning stage since it is going to be the most gigantic of the infrastructure projects ever in the country,” said a NMSEZ official.

And now that the NMSEZ has been taken over by the Reliance group, the project has picked up steam. Talking to DNA another NMSEZ official said unless the government issued a notification, they would not perform a bhoomi pujan and fix a deadline for the project.

However, the fencing of 450 hectare of land is underway.

The first phase worth Rs5,000crore will be completed in two years with the Reliance-led conglomerate gathering over Rs3,000 crore in equity and shares.

RIL has a 75 per cent stake in the Maha Mumbai SEZ and a 49 per cent in Navi Mumbai SEZ. The SKIL has a 25 per cent stake in the Mumbai SEZ.

NMSEZ officials, however, refused to divulge the names of companies which have shown an interest in setting up a business at the Reliance SEZ in Dronagiri. While actual Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) was yet to be calculated, sources, disclosed that over 200 multinationals had queued up to register at the SEZ. They are estimated to bring in over Rs8,000 crore.

It may be recalled that the central and state governments have already given consent to the SEZ Bill in 2005 and that Commerce and Industries Minister Kamal Nath had declared that the implementation on the bill had begun with effect from February 10, 2006.

Contours of the SEZ
¦ NMSEZ has already started fencing 450 hectare of land handed acquired last year. The state government recently sanctioned 400MLD of water from the Balganga River for the NMSEZ project. It will be a permanent source of water.

¦ The land being used for the SEZ includes parts of villages and talukas like Dronagiri, Ulve, Kalamboli, and Uran. The equity participation in the project by private companies is around 74 per cent while that of the CIDCO stands at 26 per cent.

¦ As per the agreement, the developer of SEZ, i.e. Reliance-led NMSEZ Ltd, will have to complete the infrastructure work within six years. The company will be responsible for the development of all basic infrastructural facilities. Fifteen per cent of the total SEZ land will be used for residential purposes.

¦ The equity partnership vehicle of RIL comprises Reliance Gas, Reliance Exclusion, Avinash Bhonsle, Nikhil Gandhi, the Hiranandanis, Pet Fibre, and Jay Corporation.

¦ The Union Commerce and Industries Ministry has given consent to the development of 117 SEZs in 15 different states and union territories, of which 51 SEZs have been technically given approval while 66 SEZs are officially under consideration.

¦ The Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) appears to have learnt a lesson from Nandigram. The industry major has begun acquiring land on its own by convincing farmers to sell, and has already purchased 1,200 acres of the total 25,000 acres needed for its Mumbai Special Economic Zone (MMSEZ) project.

¦ Following protest over the acquisitions, Reliance has announced attractive packages for farmers - Rs25 lakh compensation per hectare, 12.50 per cent developed land, and employment for one family member. The process of acquisition for MMSEZ is expected to be over by December 2007.
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May 22, 2007, 6:56 PM
State wants extra FSI for building revamp
21 May 07
HT Epaper

Ketaki Ghoge

THE MAHARASHTRA government will request the Bombay High Court to consider increasing the Floor Space Index (FSI) for reconstruction of old and dilapidated buildings in the city.

This was announced by Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh while speaking at a function in South Central Mumbai on Sunday. He said the state would convince the high court as it was being difficult to redevelop the old buildings and rehabilitate the tenants.

The high court has restricted the FSI granted on redevelopment of such buildings to four. There are around 16,000 cessed structures in the island city alone. The state housing department feels granting more FSI would enable the developer of old buildings to give bigger tenements to the tenants and also get profit.

"The cap of 4 FSI is little bit unfair. It is affecting the redevelopment. We will present our view before the High Court to grant more FSI,"Deshmukh who himself heads the housing department said.

The redevelopment of old buildings in Mumbai is a major issue in state's proposed housing policy. The Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (Mhada) is surveying similar properties in the suburbs.

"The government will request the high court to set up a committee to suggest more FSI for dilapidated buildings," said Deshmukh. The increased FSI is also likely to attract more developers, who may not consider this as a viable option now. The state government is also mulling over the option of allowing cluster development of old buildings. "The developers will be asked to go in for development of cluster of 3-4 buildings," Deshmukh said.

ketaki.ghoge@ hindustantimes.com
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May 22, 2007, 6:57 PM
First, this is a nice rundown of current mill land re-development projects, from 16 May's TOI Epaper:


A construction update on The Legend.


Looks like it has resumed construction! It looks significantly wider from this angle (head on) than in other pics we've seen

pics by StargazerAditi @ flickr:



May 27, 2007, 12:27 AM
40-storeyed hotel to rise at Phoenix (http://www.mumbaimirror.com/net/mmpaper.aspx?page=article&sectid=2&contentid=20070522030432375ba804f98&pageno=1#)
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.

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.

madhurima.nandy@ hindustantimes.com

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.
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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."

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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.


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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

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:
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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.

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.
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Jun 2, 2007, 11:18 PM
Guys, I found more information on FXFowle's Park Hyatt Tower in AIArchitect Magazine (http://www.aia.org/aiarchitect/thisweek07/0525/0525n_tall.cfm):


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.

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.
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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."

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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.
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Jun 16, 2007, 2:41 PM
Australian architect to redevelop Wadias’ land (http://www.livemint.com/2007/06/11002718/Australian-architect-to-redeve.html)
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 (http://www.bovislendlease.com/), one of the world's leading project management and construction companies.

Jun 16, 2007, 2:42 PM
Construction update on the Global Vipassana Pagoda:







Update by Ray Tomes @ flickr:




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.


Jun 16, 2007, 2:48 PM

A construction update on Planet Godrej

photo by nilesh sutar @ flickr:


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

Read more right here… »
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. http://www.propertybytes.com/

Source: DNA

May 14, 2008, 12:55 AM
Amazing pics on this thread.

Raheja Waterfront is amazing.

Oct 13, 2008, 9:10 AM
Dharavi getting crowded with makeover plans

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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 (http://www.exchange4projects.com/REALEST/changes-in-bidding-document-for-dharavi-project)

Jan 21, 2009, 6:54 AM
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.

read more (http://www.exchange4projects.com/REALEST/asias-biggest-slum-dharavi-being-redeveloped)

Feb 11, 2009, 5:54 AM
State starts selecting firms for Dharavi makeover read more (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Mumbai/State_starts_selecting_firms_for_Dharavi_makeover/articleshow/4108775.cms)

Feb 16, 2009, 6:55 AM
An impossible dream has finally become a reality for the slum-dwellers of Shroffwadi in Mumbai on Sunday, 15 February 2009 as over 500 slum-dwellers became the proud owner of flats in Dadar in Central Mumbai.

Read More (http://www.exchange4projects.com/REALEST/home-sweet-home-for-500-mumbai-slumdwellers)

Feb 20, 2009, 4:59 AM
Maharashtra Government may take up the Phase II of metro .... Read More (http://www.exchange4projects.com/RAIL/maharashtra-government-may-take-up-the-phase-ii-of-metro)

Feb 21, 2009, 12:53 AM
The Imperial Towers

photo copyright Avani

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Mar 2, 2009, 8:46 AM
MMRDA to provide Rs.1,000 crore for sea-link project ...... Read More (http://www.exchange4projects.com/ROADWAY/mmrda-to-provide-rs1000-crore-for-sealink-project)

Aug 18, 2009, 6:40 AM
Work on second metro line to begin tomorrow .... Read more (http://www.projectscommunity.com/story.php?title=work-on-second-metro-line-to-begin-tomorrow)

J'aime Toronto
Aug 19, 2009, 2:58 AM
BON SoiR...tout le monde

oui oui, beaucoup de chose sont se passer dans la ville de Mumbai, mais que est-ce que le action contre la pollution-la?
mon dieu, quelle odeur!.....il est comme un nnuage grand eet noir qui est partout sous la ville?
QUE EST-CE QUE la ville vas fair sur le polluition et les usines de charbon-la?.....faire quel que chose maintainent!.....notre planete vas mourir a cause de les pays comme le tienne! :(

Aug 19, 2009, 9:44 AM
BON SoiR...tout le monde

oui oui, beaucoup de chose sont se passer dans la ville de Mumbai, mais que est-ce que le action contre la pollution-la?
mon dieu, quelle odeur!.....il est comme un nnuage grand eet noir qui est partout sous la ville?
QUE EST-CE QUE la ville vas fair sur le polluition et les usines de charbon-la?.....faire quel que chose maintainent!.....notre planete vas mourir a cause de les pays comme le tienne! :(

HI J'aime Toronto nice to see u ... But i did not understand what u have written ... can u plss translate in English

Aug 19, 2009, 9:46 AM
DLF, India’s largest real estate developer, has emerged as the sole bidder for the 350.71-acre land parcel in Gurgaon put up for DLF. .... Read more (http://www.projectscommunity.com/story.php?title=dlf-sole-bidder-for-big-realty-deal-in-haryana) ... is DLF was part of delhi metro ?

J'aime Toronto
Aug 19, 2009, 8:12 PM
oh sorry, i am not good in englsih but i will try...
i wanted to ask what the india is doing on the pollution problems in the country..
i mean it is really important that something is done soon be cause the planete is in trouble...there is all them buildings going up but where is the "green building techniques?"....i am very interestd to know what the cvountry india is doing there to slow the affects of the worming of the planete..
because from all the stoires that i listened i heard that it is veryt dirty there and there are gharldy any small progrtams like recylincg there.....PLESE DO SOMETHING, BECAUSE OTHER PPL IN TEH WORLD ARE!
thanks you

Aug 26, 2009, 10:14 AM
The state government on Tuesday approved the blueprint for the proposed statue of Chhatrapati Shivaji in the sea off Marine Drive, and even began the process of appointing a developer for its construction, although it has yet to secure clearance from the Union environmental ministry. ... Read More (http://www.marathikatta.com/Mumbai/state-clears-blueprint-for-shivaji-monument/)

Sep 14, 2009, 3:39 PM
ardeo is all set to see the construction of a 100-storey tower - slated to be the tallest in the city - as part of a redevelopment project opposite Bhatia Hospital. The first 10 floors of the 325-metre tall building will be reserved for parking.

The Building Proposals Department of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) recently received a proposal for cluster development of the 12,202.44 square metre area, which now has chawls, the Income Tax Office building, the Matru Mandir complex and a few other structures. Besides the 100-storey tower, it will house five 25-storey towers and a 55-storey tower.

“We have received a proposal for the project, and forwarded it to the high-power committee of the Urban Land Ceiling Department. Once the committee approves, it will come back to us for further procedure,” confirmed Ashok Shintre, Chief Engineer, Development Plan department of the BMC.

The seven buildings under the project will have parking space for 1,600 cars. The developer will hand over parking space for 800 cars to the BMC free of cost for public use. The developer will also have to hand over 2,000 square metres of the plot to the BMC for a mandatory recreation ground.

The project will enjoy a Floor Space Index (FSI) of 4, under Section 33(9) of the Development Control Rules. “We encourage cluster development to phase out as many old buildings as we can. This project will get the benefit of maximum FSI under the rules,” Shintre said.

Construction work is due to start within a year. The first five towers will accommodate the 241 occupants of the existing chawls, and also have tenements for project-affected persons (PAP) of BMC and the Maharashtra Housing Area Development Authority (MHADA). More than 180 occupants of the existing 25-storey tower will be housed in the highest tower, sources said.

“While chawl occupants will be given 300 sq. ft carpet area homes, residents of the 25-storey tower will get 10 per cent more than the area of their existing flats or 1,000 sq. ft, whichever is more. We will also create a corpus fund, the interest on which will take care of maintenance of the towers in future,” said a member of Tropical Realtors Private Limited, the developers undertaking the project.

“The saleable towers will have all modern amenities including swimming pools and gymnasium. Most of the flats will be of approximately 2,500 sq.ft. area. There will be many terrace flats,” said Arun Dube, architect of the project.

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Sep 15, 2009, 6:51 AM
1st 10 floors are clearly parking lot. The rest 90 are residential floors.


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MUMBAI: Mumbai’s traffic police on Monday filed an affidavit before the Bombay high court, proposing the ‘High Occupancy Lane’ project as a
possible solution to the city’s traffic congestion.

They have mooted demarcation of a “fast’’ lane on major arterial roads exclusively for cars that carry three or more passengers. They claim the move will encourage people to use car pools.

The trial run is proposed to be from Mahim to Haji Ali junction and Suman Nagar to Nesbit junction on the western and eastern corridors respectively. The court is scheduled to hear the arguments on Tuesday.
Source : Times of India