Friday, 19 August 2016

Andhra Pradesh's Capital City Master Plan 'outsourced'. Enter Singapore.

Joint development of parts for core capital area, capital city area and larger regional level.
Singapore Government will design a master plan for building the new Andhra Pradesh capital near Viyaywada. It will not be rigid imposition. There would be joint development of parts of master plan which will be for the core capital area, capital city area and the larger regional level.
"... "We have a strategy to move forward and everything will be done systematically and scientifically. We want to build a capital that is economically, socially and environmentally sustainable," Naidu said.
As the Chief Minister said the master plan for the "core capital area" of "8 or 15 sq kms" would be ready in six months, Iswaran, too, maintained some details of the project would expectedly be ready by mid-2015. ..."
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Thursday, 18 August 2016

National War Memorial And War Museum

War Memorial and War Museum to be built now
This is being actively considered by the Indian Government now. The National War Memorial was first proposed in the 1960's.
"... "A proposal to construct a National War Memorial and National War Museum to commemorate our brave soldiers who have made the supreme sacrifice for the country, is under active consideration," Mr Parrikar said in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha. ..."
"... Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who was also Mr Parrikar's predecessor in the Defence Ministry, announced an allocation of Rs100 crore for the a war memorial, which he said would be constructed in the Princes Park area near India Gate in the national capital. ..."
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Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Building Bye Laws For Municipal And Metropolitan Bihar

Bihar Passes New Building Bye-Laws
Now Bihar has a framework for any construction development programme for its municipal and metropolitan areas.
Only G+1 with 7 m ht. on 12' wide rd.
G+2 of 10 m ht. allowed on a more than 12' wide rd., but FAR within 150 (they use 1.5).
G+2 of 16 m ht. allowed on 16' wide rd., but FAR 180 (they use 1.8).
G+3 allowed on 20' wide rd., but FAR 200 (they use 2).
G+5 allowed on 30' wide rd., but FAR 250 (they use 2.5).
On 80' wide rd., FAR is 300 (they use 3).
On 90' wide rd., FAR is 350 (they use 3.5).
On 100' wide rd., FAR is 350 (they use 3.5).
"... old and new buildings with the height of 16 metres from the level of a road with a width of 16 feet would have a 1.8 floor area ratio.
The builder will have to take a structural stability certificate for constructing a building of 15 metres height. ... the process has been simplified for constructing a building on a plot of 300 square metres. All the new buildings will be earthquake resistant.
As per the bylaws, only ground plus one storey building with a ceiling of 7 metres will be allowed on 12 feet wide road. One can construct G+2 (of 10 metre height) on a road more than 12 feet wide, but the floor area ratio (FAR) would not exceed beyond 1.5. Likewise, on a 16ft wide road, G+2 (of 16 metres height) with FAR 1.8 is allowed. On a 20ft wide road, a G+3 building could be constructed with FAR 2 and on 30ft road, it could be G+5 with FAR 2.5.
This apart, a G+3 has been allowed on 20ft road while G+5 on 30, 40 and 60ft road would have FAR of 2.5. On an 80ft wide road, the FAR would be 3.0, for 90 and 100 feet it would be 3.5 each. Any new building would have to spare minimum 25 percent and a maximum 35% of the total area for parking. Buildings constructed in groups on a bigger plot would have to spare additional 15 percent land for the movement of ambulance. ..."
Also read about a linear accelerator at Indira Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences (IGIMS) and a superspecialty hospital.
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Small Plot Owners In Delhi Can Submit Information And Start Constructing

Small House In Delhi? No Sanction Needed Now.
Plot owners with plots up to 100 square metres area can start construction after submitting all required information in one page. For plots above 100 sqm and till 20,000 sqm, the authorities have 30 days to respond for approval after submission to them by plot owners. If no response comes then it would be deemed approved! For plots above 20,000 sqm, a single window clearance mechanism is being devised wherein people from the Urban Development Ministry alongwith others will reject or approve. A Secretariat for the same is proposed. So this is going to be a single reference 'ready reckoner' after the 1983 notification. Changes notified over the years will be of course included.
#Delhi #BuildingByeLaws #ByeLaws
"... In a move that would bring huge relief to applicants seeking approval of building plans, the norms have been simplified and rationalized to cut down red tape and corruption. While small residential plots of size up to 100 sq metres have been exempted from sanction procedures, a 30-day deadline has been fixed for approving or rejecting building plans on plots in the range of 100 sq metres and 20,000 sq metres. ..."
"... Delhi Urban Arts Commission (DUAC) in association with Delhi Development Authority (DDA) and municipal bodies completed the simplification exercise and submitted draft simplified bye-laws to ministry. ..."
"... "We have clearly defined and specified the powers and competency of professionals and agencies such as engineers, architects and town planners. It also specifies which project needs clearance from Heritage Conservation Committee, Archeological Survey of India or National Monument Authority. These aim at ending confusion and other agencies unnecessarily trying to play some role in getting such clearances," an official said. ..."

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Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Solar photo voltaic cells across the slope of a dam in Maharashtra

India's First Solar Farm on Dam Wall
Solar photovoltaic cells are being erected across the slope of a Dam. This is an India-first.
The panels will be erected on the downstream slope of the Morbe gravity dam across the Dhavari river. This will generate 20MW power. The topography of the dam is its main feature. 32 million units power will be generated and fed into the grid.
This solar panels installation is different from the land ones. Mounting structures cannot be heavy. Structural integrity of the dam itself will be compromised otherwise. Although panels are being erected on the surface of dam reservoirs and canals, this is the first time -- possibly in the world -- that engineers are using the slope of a dam. India also has solar panels over canals.
Quote: 'India receives 4-7 kWh of solar radiation per square metre per day, with 300-325 sunny days in the year. India has abundant solar resources, as it receives about 3,000 hours of sunshine every year, equivalent to over 5,000 trillion kWh.'
A 1 MW solar power installation on top of a canal in Mehsana district was built. The pilot project spanned 750 metres. The project generates 1.6 million units of clean power and by covering the surface of the water, prevents 9 million litres from evaporating every year. Estimate is that by using one-tenth of the existing network of 19,000 km for solar panels, 11,000 acres of land and 2,000 million litres of water can be saved.
Punjab is also interested in the same and it has an extensive network of canals. Nano technology may be used to provide lightweight structures to support the panels over canals.
#SolarPower #Dams #DamsIndia #SolarPowerIndia #SolarFarm #SolarPanels #Maharashtra #Punjab #Gujarat #Kerala
"... The panels have to be installed carefully, considering that the slope of the dam is earthen. "It extends for 3 km and we are erecting the panels on the slope," Rahul Gupta, the 27-year-old founder of Rays Power told ..."
"... "Land is the biggest constraint," said Gupta, "so there is a huge potential in erecting panels over dams. The central government is proposing to help develop such technology." ..."
"... Since the Narmada dam authorities are presently building 19,000 km of canals to carry water to drought-stricken Saurashtra and Kutch, the scope for using these for solar power is immense. With declining costs of solar photovoltaic panels, the cost of such power has dropped from Rs 17 crores ($3 million) to Rs 11-12 crores ($1.8-1.9 million) per MW. Eventually, the canal network will extend for around 85,000 km. ..."
"... Meanwhile, Kerala is planning to set up another 1 MW pilot project where the panels would float over the reservoir of the Meenkara dam in Palakkad district. ..."
"... The National Hydroelectric Power Corporation is also planning to set up a 50 MW floating solar panel project in Kerala ... "
"... While conventional solar projects require 4 acres of land to generate 1 MW of power, with an investment of Rs 7 crore ($1.1 million), a floating alternative will call for 10-20% less surface area and cost Rs 6.5 crore ($1 million) per MW. This will generate power costing Rs 7 (11 cents) a unit, a rupee less than the conventional solar power system.
The Damodar Valley Corporation -- which straddles Jharkhand and West Bengal -- also plans to install 1,000 MW worth of solar power by covering 2,500 km of irrigation canals. ..."

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Monday, 15 August 2016

Testing and display of Textile Reinforced Concrete (TRC) - Green Building Lab.

India's First green building lab. After FRC there is now TRC.
A 'green building laboratory' was inaugurated at Ahmedabad Textile Industry’s Research Association (ATIRA). IGB Lab is India's first innovative and green building laboratory. The laboratory will be used for testing as well as display of Textile Reinforcement Concrete (TRC). The lab has been established with international partners and India's CSIR-Structural Engineering Research Centre, Chennai.
They want to convince Architects about TRC's feasibility. Until now, for green buildings, FRC (Fibre Reinforced Concrete) was being used. Technology for manufacturing TRC in India does not exist as of now. TRC requires alkali-resistant glass as raw material which is used to make warp-knitted structures and alkali resistant glass is not available in India. Import duty is high.

"... Textile-reinforced concrete is a type of reinforced concrete in which the usual steel reinforcing bars are replaced by textile materials. Instead of using a metal cage inside the concrete, this technique uses a fabric cage inside the same.
According to experts, TRC is 80% lighter than fiber-reinforced composite (FRC) and stronger. This lab is an attempt to make the builders aware about this green building technology. ..."
"... TRC can also be used for curved structures and in comparison to FRC gives extra carpet area to builders."
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Sunday, 14 August 2016

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