05 June 2020

Editor's Space



Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. once remarked that the axis of the earth sticks out visibly through the centre of each and every town or city. Last month, the tiny city of Diu certainly stuck out the earth’s axis by becoming the first city in India to run on renewable energy. This news offered a glimpse of how smart technology is bringing about a quiet revolution and is reimagining India, one city at a time. It’s said that a city is not defined by its length and width, but by the hopes, dreams and voice of its inhabitants.



While the Smart Cities continues to trigger a stream of discussions and debates, cities like Dholera, Naya Raipur, Pune, Diu, and Ahmedabad are quietly scripting their own definition of smart. With a burgeoning urban population threatening to burst current cities at their seams, the new upcoming tier 2 & 3 smart cities with their new-age ideas and concepts are not only leading the initiative on building future ready infrastructure, but also serving as important tools to strengthen participatory governance, lead environmental stewardship and achieve social equality for all its citizens. So this month we decided to take a look at the latest developments on the smart city front and find out if they live up to the SMART principles that underlie the initiative.



Also with Madhya Pradesh bagging a $210 million loan from the World Bank last week for upgrading more than 10,000 kms of road, and JCB India announcing a revenue increase from Rs. 5,550 crore in 2014 to Rs. 8,100 crore at the end of 2017, the road construction segment is back again in the spotlight. Industry sources predict the segment could grow by another 10-12 per cent this year on the back of renewed investment thrust by the government. One of the major industry directly impacted by the road sector is the concrete industry and with the last week of May 2018 already playing host to the Concrete Show India (CSI) in Mumbai, we are presenting an overview of the industry including the challenges, latest advances in concrete design and construction.



Lastly check out what's new on the project management scene. With competition and customer demand now ramping up the technology quotient of the construction segment, project management and software companies are gearing up with a flurry of new ideas and systems to raise the performance bar.



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