Tuesday, 17 May 2016



Riverdale is a large-scale residential Project by Duville Estates located along the banks of Mula-Mutha River with a picturesque view. It is spread over 31 acres of land and will be constructed in three different plots – under the name of Riverdale Heights comprising of 1BHK & 2BHK apartments, Riverdale Residences – 2 & 3 BHK apartments and Duplexes and Riverdale Grand – 4 BHK & 5 BHK residential apartments.

The ongoing phase of Riverdale Heights, a 8.84 lakh sqft development, in a plot of 4.04 acres comprising of ground, three levels of parking and 5 towers of 23 habitable floors each. Altogether, 590 flats with club house, double height banquet hall, gym, childrens’ play area, tennis & badminton courts, swimming pool with glass canopy, floating pod etc as amenities.

The infrastructure and utilities consists of solar powered common area lighting, reticulated gas system, treated water for both domestic and flushing purposes, organic waste converter, closed circuit TV in common areas, data and telephone connections in rooms, power back-up, kitchen cabinet/ modular kitchen and a landscaped podium etc.

The uniqueness of this project is its glass facade i.e. curtain glazing at one face of every bed room & living room, giving a feel of a strong connection to the external views and natural landscape beyond. The façade is further articulated with ACP ribbons and various types of louvers and metal screens.

MASTERS has been associated with this project in the month of May 2015 when the scheme design had already been substantially frozen and advanced to a detailed design stage. It was thus a considerable challenge for the team to take control over the scheme of things midway and meet the various aspirations of the Client, one of which was to carry the project swiftly to the tender stage while adhering to a stringent construction budget.

MASTERS within a very short period of time, undertook a detailed assessment of the design and put a detailed cost plan in place, thereby triggering a concern about the big gap between the anticipated cost of the project as against the Client’s budget. This in turn had all the stakeholders of the project convinced about the need for a strong value engineering exercise.

The value engineering work, which was coordinated by MASTERS commenced with a detailed review of first principles of space planning and traversed almost every area of the project ranging from structural design, finishing, MEP services, external development, procurement strategies, including getting quotes from all major items from market and also identifying the items to be outsourced etc.

The aim being to bring about a cost reduction without affecting the Client’s intent to have a flagship project, which would please customers and establish their brand.

Some of the initiatives which were implemented included :

1) Space planning interventions including - re-evaluation of the design of a lobby to improve the efficiency of the car park with an overall reduction of 3780 sq.ft.; reallocation of services to release a pocket of approximately 5,909 sq.ft spread over three parking floors for car parks; modifying the typical lobby area to save approximately 11,244 sq.ft.; shifting the fire refuge area outside the building footprint increasing number of saleable units.

2) Structural design interventions, including – standardization of wall thickness, conversion of compound wall, planter walls, landscape walls, storm water drain to either plum concrete or brickwork from earlier RCC walls; converting a huge fill over the podium from light weight filling to sand filling as the design had not factored the difference of soft-scape and hard-scape areas, re-utilization of excavated rocks in plum concrete, soling below roads etc.

3) Finishing – Optimization of finishes, including for external development.

4) MEP Services – review of the load calculations etc thus effecting a reduction in the number of transformers, undertaking a traffic study and market study to optimize the design of elevators, review of security and fire systems with improvements in some instances.

With this out-of-the box approach, the team comprising MASTERS and other project stakeholders was able to bring about a reduction of approximately 15% in the overall project estimate with the value management exercise still in progress. This in itself is a formidable achievement against a stringent initial budget, which is sure to assist our Client in its endeavour to establish a formidable brand in the highly competitive housing market in Pune.

Riverdale Pune 1

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Friday, 13 May 2016

All about SEZ infrastructure


The Special Economic Zones (SEZs) Policy was announced in April 2000 with a view to attract larger foreign investments to create world-class infrastructure for development, operation, maintenance and stable fiscal regime.

Every SEZ is divided into a processing area where alone the SEZ units would come up and the non-processing area where the supporting infrastructure is to be created. Specific industrial infrastructure facilities, appropriate & adequate social infrastructure facilities and the right atmosphere & environment of regional, urban and industrial scale with sustainability are the requirements for aspiring multi-product manufacturers, exporters and service providers in any SEZ.

The SEZ infrastructure includes well-planned judicious land, open and green spaces, water bodies, road, business and residential complex, hospitals, hotels, educational institutions, leisure, recreational and entertainments, ware houses, airports, railways, transport system, ,boundary wall, weigh bridge, Gate cabin, SEZ Admin office, Police stations, fire stations and other utilities including water source, treated water, rain water harvesting, treated effluent disposal, temperature control, generations and distribution of power, telecommunications, data transmission networks, natural gas, ,etc.

The SEZ infrastructure to be environmentally sustainable buildings designed, constructed and operated to minimize the total environmental impact. Environment friendly & resource efficient process at each stage of construction right from site selection, design, construction , operations and maintenance namely increasing the efficiency w.r.t  Materials , energy and water and  reducing building impact on human health and environment.
The construction materials with  less toxicity,  low off gassing of harmful air emission, durable, rapidly renewal ,high recyclable and harvested. Use of high energy efficient plants and machineries, natural day lighting  and thermal comfort increases comfort & create healthier environment for people to live & work by improved air quality.

Reduced consumption of water with water efficient low flow sanitary fixtures and CP fittings, waste water management, micro irrigation, recirculation of centralized hot water ,rain water harvesting and optimized use of energy  substantially  reduce the cost of operations and contribute to the sustainability in a long way.

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Gujarat International Finance Tec-City (GIFT) is a International Financial Service Centre (IFSC) developed by Government of Gujarat through a joint venture between its undertaking Gujarat Urban Development Company Ltd. (GUDCL) and Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services Ltd. (IL&FS).

GIFT is an integrated Smart City, which aims to be developed as a global financial hub. GIFT is being developed to catalyst India’s largest financial services potential by offering World-class infrastructure to attract top talent in the country. The integrated urban development will include:

• Smart business environment with benchmark offices, high rise district with landmark buildings.
• Integrated residential development with a walk-to-work concept
• Social infrastructure such as international exhibition complex, international and domestic educational institutes, state of the art hospitals, training school, 5 star hotels and business club.
• External connectivity and transport provision.
• Multi-level car parks will be available to buy or lease.
• Provision of latest technology for global connectivity such as Wi-Fi/ Wi-max, broadband FTTP and shared IT services.
• An International Data Centre is planned; which will provide opportunity to buy or lease a dedicated data centre space.
• Smart infrastructure with uninterrupted and highly reliable power supply, next generation water and waste management and district cooling.
• Retail & entertainment hubs

Projects Undertaken by Masters

Masters is currently involved in two major developments within GIFT for providing project management services  firstly a commercial tower by DSCCSL and an affordable housing development by Janaadhar.
A brief outline of each of these projects and their current status is provided below:

1. Commercial Tower for Dalal Street Commercial Co-operative Society Limited
The DSCCSL which is a cooperative body formed by brokers of the Bombay Stock Exchange has acquired a block for commercial development, within the GIFT City integrated development at Gandhinagar, Gujarat. The salient points of the proposed development are as follows:

Allowable FSI :46,500 sq.m
No of Owners :102
Plot No :53E, Zone 5
 Plot Location :Near World Trade Centre & Central Park
Max. Allowable Building Height :122m
Max. Allowable Floorplate :2,310 sq.m
 Max. Allowable Basement Footprint :4,167 sq.m

The Client’s vision is to create an iconic ‘state-of-the art’ commercial building at GIFT City Gandhinagar, which will be the most desired address by global financial giants.

The building is expected to house front offices of traders, fund managers and part of their back –of-house operations as they are expected to trade and service multi asset class, traded globally.
The building shall include facilities such as business centre, coffee shop, cafeteria, medical room, crèche, convenient shopping and travel desk.

Current Status

The architectural concept design has been completed by the Project Architects and GIFT authorities has in-principal approved the same.
The Client has agreed on the Design & Build (D&B) form of contracting. Structural, MEP and other design works are expected to be undertaken by the D&B contractor.
The Client is currently finalising the appointment of the D&B Contractor.

2. Affordable Housing & Mixed Use Development for Janaadhar

Janaadhar is developing a mixed use development at GIFT City consisting of affordable residential units, school, market and community healthcare centre.
The overall development involves over 15095 Sq.m of gross construction area divided in to the following key areas:
• School Area – 1394 Sq.m
• Market, Health & Community Center – 1433 Sq.m
• Residential (90+240 Units of 1BHK) – 12268 Sq.m

Current Status

Works have commenced at site since April 2016, with excavation works for the residential blocks underway.

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Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Infrastructure Planning for Townships


In any large-scale public or private housing township development, physical infrastructure such as earthworks, roads, drains, sewers and utilities are critically needed not only to enable the physical development of but also support modern community living in the new housing estates. In fact, no development can function properly and effectively without the timely provision of adequate infrastructural facilities and public utilities. Comprehensive and well-coordinated Infrastructure planning is a prerequisite in developing a new town or housing estate and is carried out in tandem with the master town planning and well in advance of any physical developments. It serves to establish the full infrastructure requirements and guide their timely implementation thereby ensuring quality, efficiency and cost-effectiveness in the infrastructure provisions for the proposed development.

Specific functional modes of Infrastructure can be listed as Streets, roads, water supply and water resources, waste water management, sewage treatment plants, solid-waste treatment and disposal, electric power generation and transmission, telecommunications and hazardous waste management etc.

Infrastructure planning can be conceived as a multi-stage process. Each of these stages varies in duration. The greater the time spent on project preparation and structuring, the more likely it is that the project can be implemented smoothly and in a cost-effective manner. Hasty project preparation often leads to rework of documents, leads to false or missing information, and leads to project delays.
The planning process must to take into the local context. More specifically;

•    Local needs should be satisfied.
•    The project should comply with the existing institutional and legal frameworks
•    The project should align with political objectives and ideology
•    The project should be technically and economically feasible

Various stages of planning are listed below:

a)    Preliminary Feasibility Study
The preliminary feasibility stage of the project establishes the need for the project. Existing information as well as field visits are conducted to substantiate the need for a project. This phase also determines the kinds of detailed studies that need to be undertaken.

b)    Detail Study and Project Structuring
This stage is most time consuming.  During this stage various technical studies like Geotechnical, land surveys are taken up. Economic market study, Environmental compatibility, Environmental Impact Assessment, Socio-economic Cost Benefit Analysis, Financial Analysis.  

c)    Detailed Project Report (DPR).
At the conclusion of the above stage, a Detailed Project Report (DPR) is also prepared with detailed technical specifications Financial Engineering and Structuring must also be done during this stage. Lenders, Terms of Loan (Tenors and Rates of Interest), mix of debt and equity, and user charges can all be modelled to determine the financial viability of the project. For Private participation in infrastructure, the private sector may be tasked with many of these studies.

d)    Contracting and Procurement
Once the DPR is prepared, the project can be contracted out. Expressions of Interest are sought, Requests for Proposals are sought. Pre-bid conferences are held to clarify terms of the project. Proposals are evaluated and a successful bidder is selected for execution. In the case of Private Provision of Infrastructure, a winning bidder is selected based on their ability both to build and operate the infrastructure.

e)    Construction
The successful bidder then proceeds with the construction of the project. Material, manpower and productivity risks must be managed in this phase. Once the project has been built and commissioned, operations can commence and the infrastructure service can be availed by the citizens.

f)    Operations and Maintenance
An Operations and Maintenance Contract can be given to a separate party. Maintenance Parameters can be fixed well in advance. Technical Maintenance and quality issues, Revenue generation issues and Administrative risks must be considered in this phase.

Editor’s Note: Masters has been involved with several township developments these include Batanagar Township at Kolkata, IQ City at Durgapur. In addition we have executed large-scale developments such as L&T Phoenix SEZ at Hyderabad, Godrej Prakriti at Kolkata and Godrej Anandam at Nagpur and Riverdale at Pune all of which had considerable infrastructure requirements.

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Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Smart solutions in India: A step towards developing SMART CITIES


"Smart cities Improve Lives"

"Smart Cities focus on the most pressing needs and on the greatest opportunities through careful planning."

Smart Cities embrace ideas that have been proven elsewhere and customize them to meet genuine local needs. In turn, these efforts serve as exemplars, showing the way for others to follow.

Good ideas come in many shapes and sizes, and are designed to improve quality of life. They may involve technology, institutional or managerial reforms, and the involvement of citizens. The choice of solution is only smart if it is right-sized to the challenge it aims to address; bigger isn’t necessarily better.
 Smart city

What’s The Real Mean of ‘Smart City’?

A city can be defined as ‘smart’ when investments in human and social capital and traditional (transport) and modern (ICT) communication infrastructure fuel sustainable economic development and a high quality of life, with a wise management of natural resources, through participatory action and engagement.

Experts predict the world’s urban population will double by 2050 – which means we’re adding the equivalent of seven New York Cities to the planet every single year. As our planet becomes more urban, our cities need to get smarter. To handle this large-scale urbanization, we’ll need to find new ways to manage complexity, increase efficiency, reduce expenses, and improve quality of life.

With this rapid growth ahead of us, imagine if our cities could talk—if they could give us live status updates on traffic patterns, pollution, parking spaces, water, power and light. Imagine how that kind of information could improve the economic and environmental health of the city for residents, merchants, and visitors. Imagine how it could improve working conditions and productivity for the people who maintain the city.

Smart City: A smart city is one that has digital technology embedded across all city functions.

Smarter City uses digital technology and information and communication technologies (ICT) to better quality and performance this engage more effectively and actively with its citizen. The Smart City includes government services, transport, traffic management, energy, health care, water and waste.

Case Studies - A Step towards a Smarter India

Case Study 1:


To help citizens plan better, Hubli partnered with a civic startup to develop an system that would alert residents 30 minutes in advance that water was about to be released for their neighborhood.

The Problem
Water supply is unpredictable in many cities across India. The citizens of Hubli in Karnataka, too, do not have access to a regular supply of water. In many neighborhoods, water is not available for
days, affecting the quality of life of residents. Predicting when an area would receive water is difficult because the municipality does not have the resources to update neighborboods on time.
The Solution
Hubli city partnered with NextDrop, a Bangalore-based civic startup, to alert residents about the availability of water in their households. Valvemen, responsible for turning water on, notify an
automated system when they are about to release water for a neighborhood. The system sends the information to NextDrop, which in turn sends a text message to residents that have subscribed to a 10-rupee service that water would be available within 30 minutes.

The Results
Over 25,000 households in Hubli have signed up for the service. With access to timely information, users of the service find it easier to make necessary arrangements for storing water. The system has
improved efficiency and allowed for better access to water.

Case Study 2:


The Problem
A 2005 water audit by the Nagpur Municipal Corporation recorded water losses at 62%. Energy costs in 2004-05 were 21.1 crore rupees, accounting for nearly 50% of the city’s water operation and maintenance. The city knew that it had to improve its energy management, both to save resources and to help prolong the life of the city’s water supply equipment.

The Solution
After the audit, the Nagpur Municipal Corporation’s initiated a study of its water situation that found that pumping system efficiency was low and there was significant potential to both increase energy efficiency and decrease operational costs. The audit recommended setting up an automated water management system. Based on the recommendation, the Nagpur Municipal Corporation rationalised water distribution and pumping systems to reduce static and friction. It replaced old, inefficient pumps with energy efficient pumps; improved pump machinery; and installed remote monitoring systems to operate the pumps at prescribed efficiency levels.

The Results
The city’s strategy led to a 106.96 Kwh/MLD reduction in energy consumption. It also helped the city to recover 7 MLD of backwash water and save more than 10 crore rupees in operation and management costs. Pumping efficiency rose from 40% to 75%. The Nagpur Municipal Corporation’s experience shows that a structured approach, specific investment funding, and timely implementation can help to achieve tangible savings.

Case Study 3


The Problem:
Citizens were reporting problems with garbage delivery, road maintenance, and street lighting to the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC), but the city encountered difficulties responding to all citizen complaints in a timely manner.

The Solution
The GMHC established an online complaints and reviews system to improve services available to citizens. The system includes 4,687 citizen service centres, a 48-hour response deadline and an
additional crowd complaint option that allows multiple people to escalate a complaint by contacting local officials and lodging any grievances. The government also makes 12 monitoring vehicles
responsible for monitoring 2,000 kilometres of Hyderabad. These vehicles gather photographic and video evidence to help government identify and address local problems.

The Results
The complaints system enabled the GHMC commissioner and other senior officials to closely monitor services including garbage delivery, manhole coverage, street lighting, stray dogs, toilet facilities, potholes and illegal constructions. Today, 30% of complaints to GHMC are made online, and the government has also launched a mobile app in partnership with the private sector that will make reporting grievances even easier.

Case Study 4


The Problem
In 2011, more than 50% of homes in Mumbai did not have toilets, meaning a large proportion of the population depended on public toilets. The result: toxic bacteria in the air and the water, which
spreads disease.

The Solution
The Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) and community-based agencies worked together with communities to install 330 modern and technological “toilet blocks” — including 5,100 toilet seats.

The Results
Mumbai’s Slum Sanitation Programme created enough sanitary facilities to serve 400,000 people in the slums of Mumbai, improving the health of citizens and infrastructure of the city. The new facilities received a 15% higher approval rating from citizens than the contract-run toilets they replaced.

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