Wednesday , 18 September 2019

Author Archives: Vidyottama Sharma

Bridging their Way to Success

A spectacular Infinity Loop Bridge will be gateway to China’s new commercial hub – Shizimen Central Business District in Zhuhai. 10 Design and Buro Happold overcame many a challenge to come up with a winning design that got them the contract for the bridge. Vidyottama Sharma brings you the details.

Interview with : Nitin Patel, Our contractors have to maintain the roads

Gujarat’s roads and Expressways are among the best in the country. BRTS has worked only in its city of Ahmedabad and failed everywhere else, even in the national capital. The state government has initiated some good transportation projects like ferry boat, Metro and Ring Roads. Gujarat is on the move and how! Yet, it faces a big problem – the indiscipline of its mobile public, transporters and even government officers. Nitin Patel, Minister of Urban Development & Urban Housing, Water Supply and Water Resources (excluding Kalpsar Division) speaks on these issues and more with Vidyottama Sharma.

Mumbai on the move

While the various nodal agencies – MMRDA, MSRDC and MCGM – responsible to keep the metropolis on the move have tried their best (in varying and debatable proficiencies) to do exactly that – keep Mumbai moving – by undertaking and commissioning various new projects, the city’s travel woes haven’t eased much. But then, its commuting habits seem set to change now. In fact, they have changed to quite an extent. Only, the city bursting at its seams does not appear to be displaying these changes with the needed fervor. A look by Vidyottama Sharma at some of the projects that changed our daily travelling habits and those that are set to do so in the near future.

Interview with: O P Gupta, This year I will give BEST its first break-even in 15 years

He wants to bring BEST’s glorious years back – despite the odds. Despite the accumulated losses of र3000 crore over the last eight years. Despite the sudden 25% increase in the fleet of buses without any infrastructure support. Despite the general negative perception about his drivers. Installing cameras in buses to provide safety, unified passenger information system, electronic machines to ...

Traffic Island Gardens Providing visual relief and vital oxygen to drivers

The Green Thumb has been studiously designing and maintaining traffic island gardens all over the city since over three decades. S Kumar Shah, its proprietor, leading designer and landscape artist, feels that such islands are a must in a concrete jungle where tired drivers need a breath of fresh of air to continue their journey among traffic jams.

On the Road to Recovery !

Road infrastructure is not a very positive terminology in India. Basically, because good roads can be counted on fingers, sick roads rarely get treated and new roads take a long time to conceive. How dismal is the picture? And what is the possibility of recovery? Vidyottama Sharma tries to find the answers.

Interview with:Sudhir Hoshing, ‘Road Technology is still not highly evolved in India’

Three airports for the Indian Air Force, a strategic road for the Defence Forces in the sand dunes of Rajasthan and three civil airports are among the several accomplished projects of Sudhir Hoshing. His 25 years in the industry make his voice a highly valued voice in the domain of road infrastructure. He has held several key positions in major infrastructure companies like Punj Lloyd, GMR and Oriental Structural Engineers.

Reshaping the roofs to provide More free space at Railway Stations

If the Union Ministry of railways accepts a proposal by Rajya Sabha MP Javed Akhtar and noted architect and civic activist P K Das, the sloping roofs of railway stations could give way to modern and user-friendly lounges, better planned access & exit points and a well laid out conveniences area

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