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December 2020
Otis India has launched the Gen 2 Stream, the latest version of the company’s all-time best-selling Gen2 elevator. This model is optimized for the commercial segment and will be built at the company’s manufacturing facility in Bengaluru. “The Gen2 Stream enables our customers to easily offer elevators that are smarter and better connected, through one comprehensive solution,” said Sebi Joseph, president, Otis India. “This is a major advancement for India’s commercial construction industry and enables connectivity with additional Otis innovations, including the Compass® 360 destination-dispatch system and our eCall mobile app, which allows for a touchless experience through the use of Bluetooth technology. We’re proud to introduce this innovative product — manufactured in our Bengaluru facility — and to support customers in India.”

The new elevator model forgoes the traditional machine room and is offered in two speeds. The first speed moves at 1 m/s and is best suited for low-rise commercial buildings, schools and universities and hospitals. The second speed moves at 1.75 m and is oriented toward mid-rise office buildings and other luxury commercial buildings. The Gen2 Stream is offered in a wide range of designs so customers can easily match it with their existing building aesthetics. In addition, it features coated-steel flat-belt technology; a space-saving, compact gearless machine; the Pulse™ monitoring system; and the ReGen® drive, which recovers energy and feeds it back into the building’s electrical system.
Mobility-challenged commuters at a Pune, India, railway station are dealing with problems of shut-down ramps and a shortage of staff to manage escalators, the Pune Mirror reported on November 28, 2020. Railway officials acknowledge that the station's access to a ramp on the old footbridge was cut off and the three escalators have only one operator, who must be called each time a person with special needs requires access. The officials said, however, that pathways have been created to help those with needs. After the family of a man with an amputated leg described the difficulty encountered, a railway official said, “We shut down ramps once the escalators were operational. The escalators are disabled-friendly. Even so, if someone is not able to use the escalator, we’ve constructed pathways from the railway lines which can be used to cross the platforms. We’ve also made arrangements providing assistance to people needing it. [They only] have to reach out to us at the help desk.”
A civic activist says non-functioning escalators at a foot-overbridge (FoB) in Chromepet, Chennai, India, contributed to forcing people to make dangerous attempts to cross the busy Grand Southern Trunk Road, The Times of India reported on November 30. It is difficult for some disabled people to climb the escalator, which is under repair. A senior official from the highway department said the escalator is under maintenance and that service engineers are trying to resolve issues associated with the handrail. Grand Southern Trunk Road is the city's third-deadliest thoroughfare for pedestrians. Typically, 70 or more people die each year crossing the 15-km stretch between Pallavaram and Tambaram.
Italy's IGV Group has named architect Giulio Cappellini art director. IGV CEO Michele Suria observed the company — which exports 85% of its products to more than 70 countries — distinguishes itself "by assigning the elevator not only a technical and functional role, but also an aesthetic one." Named one of the world's top design trendsetters by Time, Cappellini will reinforce this approach, according to IGV. "Innovating in this sector not only means creating a beautiful coating, but [also] transforming the use of the product — even if short — into a sensory experience," said Cappellini, who will lead discussions with architects on complex projects throughout the world.
ANACAM, the Italian elevator association, will present "ANACAM 2020 Online," a two-day virtual event on December 10-11 from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Central European Time each day. Registered guests will be able to access a free platform, presented in Italian and English, and visit the exhibition area comprising virtual stands of the main Italian manufacturing companies and service providers in the lift sector, as well as institutions, building managers, engineering firms, architects and Notified Bodies. Sales representatives of each exhibiting company will be available for one-to-one meetings to answer questions. In addition, seminars will be presented on topical issues, such as product news, new regulations and technical innovations and working in the COVID-19 era. The exhibition virtual stands will be organized by themes and offer easy access to workshops, roundtables and one-to-one meetings. Interactive, livestreamed conference sessions will cover a wide range of topics and allow visitors to send text questions to the speakers. For more information and to register, visit the event website.
Toshiba Johnson Elevators (India) Pvt. Ltd. (TJEI) has secured its largest residential segment order, for the design, supply, installation, testing and commissioning of 161 Toshiba elevators (fully imported) spread across eight residential projects of VTP Group, Pune. The 161 elevators, running at 1.75 m/s, will serve such projects as Blue Water, Pegasus, HiLife, Solitaire and Purvanchal. Katsuhiko Sato, managing director, TJEI, said, “Toshiba has been a trusted name for developers and architects of residential properties for mobility solutions that are safe, durable, environmentally sound and highly efficient. This order from the prestigious M/s VTP Realty gives impetus to our commitment of serving the vertical transportation needs using the power of technology while offering superlative customer experience. With lighting, fixtures and colors that amalgamate with [the] developer’s vision and building’s design, we stay steadfast on quality and safety, along with excellent after-sales services.”

Continuing its growth momentum, TJEI has established itself in 17 of India’s major cities and is working with more than 200 renowned customers across the country. Early this year, TJEI established its Training Centre & Distribution Centre to further improve the efficiency of on-site work. “We have registered a [year-over-year compound annual growth rate] of over 15% in the last seven years, taking our order book to a 4,181-unit mark,” Sato said. “We will continue to consolidate our market share in both residential and commercial market segments with our highly reliable products.”
Manish Mehan, CEO and managing director, thyssenkrupp Elevator (India), has been presented the Master Entrepreneur Award at the Asia Pacific Enterprise Award (APEA) 2020 event, under the engineering industry category for his contribution to the growth of thyssenkrupp Elevator in India while also fulfilling social responsibilities. “I am grateful to be bestowed with this prestigious award, as it testifies our organization’s commitment to excellence and recognizes my passion to lead the organization to the greater heights while I contribute my bit toward. . . society,” Mehan said. “This wouldn't have been possible without the unconditional support of my colleagues, all my teammates and my family. I thank them all for their consistent support."

As the CEO and MD of thyssenkrupp Elevator (India), Mehan has restructured the business by introducing organizational and leadership changes, and by strengthening branches to build a sustainable organization. He has steered strategic initiatives, such as “Elevate India,” a business transformation project that has led to improved business performance in several areas, including spare parts business excellence, segment-specific business growth, process improvement through digitalization and automation. He has also increased focus on in-house R&D initiatives and spearheaded a digitization drive across business functions. Under his leadership, the organization has further strengthened its market position by winning landmark projects in India across segments comprising one of the largest convention centres, biggest townships, aviation projects, largest mall and high-rise projects.
Project management is a concept that brings both cheers and challenges for an individual and the associated organisation. Each project manager must be treated and designated as CEO of that particular mission. The title includes responsibility in allied management functions, necessary to achieve a mutual winning concept for the contractor and customer. For a successful project concept, the best time to have the project manager/lead on board will be during the tendering phase and subsequent full-time project involvement. Project management scope, by and large, contains quite a number of branches, including major ones: scope or specification management/safety management/quality management; logistics management, including deliveries/cost management; HR and tool management/time management/communication management; and risk management/variation management/receivable management.

Johnson Lifts, with more than 57 years of experience, has gained strong project-management expertise, delivered over 13 metro projects, 32 airport projects, 30-plus railway projects in the government segment, and thousands of residential and commercial projects, which have led to repeat customers. Among Johnson Lifts’ best project-management endeavours was the success of the DMRC project-Phase 2, completed under challenging conditions and recipient of final commendation by Mr. Sridharan, managing director of DMRC. The outcome of a successful project management is to ensure mutual benefit/profit for both the contractor and the customer.
The Global Lift & Escalator (GLE) Expo 2021, an interactive virtual expo for the vertical-horizontal-transportation (VHT) industry, is set for March 18-20, 2021, organizers recently announced. G Raghu, director of event organizer Virgo Communications and Exhibition Pvt. Ltd., said, “Virgo has one-and-a-half decades’ experience and expertise in consistently creating path-breaking platforms for the VHT industry.” He added that Virgo has been extending support during the current pandemic by creating new communication channels through webinars and content.

Noting the popularity of previous GLE Expo events, Raghu said, “Our future vision is to continue serving the VHT industry and creating unique opportunities.” Raghu said. Virgo also organizes VHT expos in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Africa, he noted.

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Data from real estate platform shows that, since the COVID-19 outbreak triggered the trend of working from home, housing demand in areas other than those located near IT hubs has been increasing. With many companies saying their employees would continue to work from home until June 2021, homebuyers have begun seeking properties that are not only more spacious but also located in less-populated areas, irrespective of their distance from the workplace.
This trend is reflected in the fact that in Bangalore, localities such as Whitefield, Marathahalli, HSR Layout and Electronic City, which were high in demand pre-COVID, have experienced a decrease. Conversely, new localities that have been attracting greater interest from homebuyers since May 2020 include Horamavu (up 32%), Yelahanka (56%), RT Nagar (42%), and Hebbal (36%). Currently, space is a bigger concern for working-class couples, as they need a home that can accommodate two workstations along with a study room for children. The prices in areas that are not strategically located around IT hubs are more affordable, and living conditions are better because of less traffic.
Prominent town planner and leading developer NK Patel has taken over as the national president of the Institute of Town Planners India (ITPI), a New Delhi-based national body of town planners. Patel, a gold medallist post-graduate in urban planning from CEPT University, served in the Gujarat government’s town planning department, and also worked as town planner in the Ahmedabad Urban Development Authority (AUDA) for nearly 17 years. Currently, he is serving as chairman of The National Real Estate Development Council (NAREDCO), Gujarat chapter. He is also a former president of Gujarat Institute of Civil Engineers and Architects (GICEA) and past chairman of ITPI’s Gujarat chapter.

“Town planning and urban planning are critical for planned development,” Patel said. “The role of town planners is ever-evolving and has broadened from focus just on land use to land use, transport, economy and environment. It is a matter of pride for me to take over as national president of ITPI. We at ITPI will put in our best efforts to usher in structural transformation in these fields.” He continued, “As India becomes increasingly urbanised, dedicated efforts are required to ensure urban infrastructure keeps pace with it. Slum-free cities, affordable housing, better transport facilities and water and waste management, should be areas of central focus. During my tenure, I would work to focus on bringing these into our planning frameworks, academics and practice.”
TDI Infratech Ltd. plans to invest Rs 100 crore (Rs 1 billion) in its latest offering, Park Street, coming up in Sector 118 Mohali. Spread over 1.38 acres, the commercial project will have a total built-up area of 1.5 lakh (150,000) ft2 and will be delivered by December 2022. The project is being developed as a retail, food and entertainment hub of the Punjab region inviting leading food brands from across the world and different states of India. Located and facing International Airport Road connecting Chandigarh-Kharar Road to NH-21, the catchment of the project are the TDI Smart City residents and nearly 3 lakh (300,000) city customers.

The project is located in the vicinity of more than 10,000 flats in projects such as Wellington Heights I, II and Extension, Gillco group Housing, Spring Leaf, Complete Homes, Casa Floors, Connaught Residency, Park Hills, Royal Fame, Acme Heights, Paras Panorama and Palm Village, with around 1,500 more flats planned at TDI City in future. Park Street will have a basement plus six floors, with unit sizes varying between 327 ft2 and 3,500 ft2. With parking space for more than 200 cars, the price of the units here starts from Rs 30 lakh (Rs 3 million).
Prestige Group recently reported the digital launch of Prestige Tranquil in Hyderabad, its latest residential project. Located in Kokapet, a suburb growing in popularity that is easily accessible from the airport as well as the financial district, Prestige Tranquil is a spacious, self-contained, aesthetic enclave of 906 three-bed, high-rise homes. Irfan Razack, CMD, Prestige Group, said, “With over 35 years of market leadership, Prestige Group is committed to help tap into the realty sector’s potential to become an engine of growth for the Indian economy during this challenging time. Since we announced our first virtual launch in August, we are witnessing a steady recovery process, particularly in the residential segment.” Razack said connectivity and social infrastructure have helped the realty sector in Hyderabad place among the top three real estate markets in India. “This festive season offers the perfect opportunity to invest in real estate, and we have been witnessing a surge in demand from both resident Indians as well as NRIs looking to invest in residential properties in the country.”
Mahindra Lifespaces® has sold more than 1,000 homes, amounting to more than 85% of the total inventory in its residential project “Bloomdale” in Nagpur. Spread across 25 acres, Bloomdale is the first residential project in the Multi-modal International Cargo Hub and Airport at Nagpur (MIHAN) to achieve this milestone, and is the first housing project to be launched in the denotified area of the residential zone of MIHAN. Nearly 660 homes have already been handed over at Bloomdale, which has more than 400 families in residence, including about 100 medical professionals.
Bloomdale comprises spacious 1-, 2-, 2.5- and 3-BHK apartments, row houses and duplex homes. Residents have convenient access to companies operating in MIHAN, the nearby DY Patil International School and the international airport in Nagpur. Residents also benefit from fast-track connectivity to Nagpur’s city centre via NH7. Bloomdale includes a clubhouse with adult and children swimming pool, two tennis courts, a billiards room, squash court, basketball court, badminton court, indoor games room and a children’s play area. Other amenities include a health spa alongside landscaped gardens, parks, a jogging track and playfields.
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