The Resurgence of Shopping Malls in India

With the advent of e-commerce in India, shopping converged into mobile devices in the form of websites and/or apps. At the click of a button, one could buy groceries, apparel, electronics and almost everything else. For a while, it appeared that ‘couch potato shopping’ was a real threat to physical retail, and that shopping malls will run out of business.

That has not happened – in fact, shopping malls are witnessing a visible resurgence in India. A clear measure of increasing focus on the retail sector is that private equity (PE) players invested more than $700 million into Indian retail in Q1-Q3 2017 itself - around 90% of the investments that came in during the past two years (2015 and 2016).


New Technologies To Be Adopted By Govt For Housing Projects

New Delhi: Housing and Urban affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Thurday said that government will adopt new technologies for their housing projects to provide a further boost to the housing sector. 

Addressing the National Seminar on Emerging Building Materials and Construction Technologies in New Delhi, Mr Puri said, to construct new building, green technology is the only option. 

He said, the construction sector has witnessed significant advancements in technology, materials and construction practices. 


Govt Fails To Meet Basic Needs Of Construction Workers

The construction sector is one of the largest employment generators in India, and the country will need approximately 76.5 million workers in the building, construction and real estate sector by 2022. Despite it being a job creation engine for people from the economically weaker section of society, the basic working conditions of construction workers have been long ignored. Migrant workers are the most vulnerable - they are more often than not forced to work under inhuman conditions, and are simultaneously bereft of any real bargaining power.

Under the labour laws, migrant construction workers are entitled to housing and other social security benefits apart from minimum wages, overtime payments and weekly offs. However, on the ground, the implementation of this clause of the labour law has been abysmal. In far too many cases today, it can be said that the bottom line literally consumes the bottom of the pyramid.


Initiative Of Door-To-Door Waste Collection Signifies The Need Of Scientific Landfills In India Before Its Too Late

New Delhi: The door-to-door waste collection service which is in force in parts of Gurugram is likely to be extended to all wards by March 31, said the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) officials.

The service, which was started in December, is currently in force in 11 wards. But soon will likely to be extended to all the 34 wards by March 31.

To meet the desired goal of the initiative, residents are required to segregate dry and wet waste in different bags, so that the waste would subsequently be collected from their doorstep by sanitation workers.

Depending on their plot sizes, the residents will be charged anywhere between Rs. 50 and Rs. 100 for the door-to-door waste collection service.


Finance Minister makes lucrative announcements for Benguluru ahead of Karnataka assembly polls

New Delhi : Keeping Karnataka assembly polls in mind, Finance Minister, Arun Jaitely, has made lucrative announcements for the state during his last budget speech in Parliament on Thursday.

“A sum of Rs 17000 crore has been allocated for expansion and enhancement of almost 160 km suburban metro network in Bengaluru”, Jaitely said while delivering his last budget speech for the fiscal year 2018 – 19.  The Finance Minister has also announced similar perks for Mumbai, the financial capital of India and one of the safe zones for the BJP Government.  “The Government has also planned to expand the rail networks and transport systems in Mumbai and suburban. With a cost of Rs 11000 crore, the government will add 90 km of tracks to Mumbal’s local train network in days to come”, the Finance Minister said.