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Gujarat Approves Rs 6,758 Crore Metro Phase II

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Gujarat Approves Rs 6,758 Crore Metro Phase II

The Phase II of the Ahmedabad Metro Rail project gets the stamp of approval for Rs 6,758-crore by the state government. The Phase II will connect Mahatma Mandir, Sachivalaya, Gift City and PDPU.

According to the officials at the Metro Link Express for Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad (MEGA), the Phase-II will extend from Motera to Mahatma Mandir. The 34.6km Phase-II will be completely elevated and will have 24 stations. A separate line from Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University (PDPU) to GIFT City will link Gift City to the main line. The second phase cost is estimated to be is Rs 6,758 crore and its work will start as soon as the government of India approves it.

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) had prepared the Detailed Project Report (DPR) of Phase-II, connecting Mahatma Mandir, Akshardham, GIFT City and GNLU.

“In order to achieve the maximum benefits from the project, the DPR made 2014 for Ahmedabad Metro Rail Project Phase-I projected that connectivity to Gandhinagar would be provided from the North-South corridor of Phase-I. Accordingly, the 2017 DPR has been prepared for Phase-II, which will connect Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar”, said Metro officials.

The second phase, the officials mentioned, will start from Motera and connect to PDPU, Raysan, GIFT, and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport. In Gandhinagar, it will connect Akshardham, Sector 24 and Mahatma Mandir, which is also close to Gandhinagar railway station. The railway station is also getting a facelift.

The first phase of the project, according to the authorities, should finish by the end of 2019 which connects Thaltej and Vastral and APMC to Motera. Soon after the elections, the state plans to have the first metro trial run. Commercial operations will need a final nod from the commissioner of metro rail safety (CMRS), which takes some 18 months.

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Hiranandani Group’s TCS Olympus Centre In Thane Inaugurated

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The inauguration of TCS Olympus Centre at Hiranandani Estate in Thane was inaugurated by the prestigious Hiranandani Group at the hands of Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. The commercial building spread in over 14.5 acres comprises of 2 million square feet of space and 16 storey. The construction of the building was completed in 18 months.

A ‘built to suit’ deal was signed by the India’s software giant Tata Consultancy Services for the commercial office space in the Hiranandani Estate, Ghodbunder Road, Thane. The building is made as a Green campus and is complete with Rainwater Harvesting and a Sewage Treatment Plant, with Eco-friendly, low-emission systems and fixtures.

The Maharashtra CM said, “TCS Olympus Centre is a state of art technology centre, and will accommodate more than 30,000 employees. This in turn, will create further employment opportunities in the Thane and the Navi Mumbai region.” He congratulated the Hiranandani Group on the yet another milestone achieved.

For those who in the IT and ITeS sectors, Thane has become an attractive option as a residential destination. The company said in a release that the ‘walk to work and walk back home’ option has grown for the people opting for a home in Thane, in locations close to their workspaces.

Dr Niranjan Hiranandani described the project as a ‘new next-gen workplace’ and said the state-of the art facility includes a training block, club house and gymnasium, which provides a contemporary and holistic work culture. He also added, “The relocation of corporate offices spread over different locations in Mumbai city and a suburb to Thane’s Ghodbunder Road reflects on the increasing attractiveness of its commercial real estate. Excellent connectivity through road and rail corridors in the Mumbai Region makes Thane ideal for corporates to follow the TCS lead, to relocate and expand in Thane”.

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Walmart’s First India Dark Store Opens In Bhiwandi

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Walmart’s First India Dark Store Opens In Bhiwandi

Walmart Stores now open its first global fulfilment centre, or ‘dark store’ in India. They wish to speed up the operations here in order to benefit from their fast adopting online retail services.

The store is spread in 45,000 square feet centre at Bhiwandi near Mumbai. They will serve kirana stores and other B2B businesses through online orders and they shall also stock packaged consumer products and home supplies.

Krish Iyer, CEO at Walmart India said, “Metro cities are great markets for consumers but the availability of large real estate at a reasonable cost is a challenge”. He explained almost half its sales are generated out of its 20-odd big-box formats through online and sales staff ordering.

Walmart’s Indian unit launched its online platform for members of Best Price Modern Wholesale stores three years ago. However, it was limited to the cities which have the stores. Now Walmart will begin an online platform without any physical store presence.

Iyer further explained, “The idea was conceived nearly a year ago and we first piloted it in Lucknow. Last-mile delivery and the time taken are a challenge but we have to manage that. We have promised delivery within 24 hours to our members”.

On the other hand, Amazon, over a month ago, has also opened its largest fulfilment centre in India on the outskirts of Hyderabad. This gives them 45 centres and warehouses.

Walmart, about four years ago, had agreed to buy Bharti’s 50% stake in their wholesale business that operated Best Price Modern Wholesale stores. They franchise and supply agreements related to almost 200 Easyday retail stores was terminated. With the JV getting dissolved, Walmart now sells goods only to traders, institutions and kiranas.

Walmart will again aggressively begin its store expansion which had been put on hold for some years now. Iyer concluded, “We will open 5-7 stores next year and add another 8-10 in the subsequent year”.

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Commercial Real Estate Space Gets A Revamp From InstaOffice

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Commercial Real Estate Space Gets A Revamp From InstaOffice

With the advent of co-working solutions in India, one would think the trouble of finding an office space would be over. Even though functional workstations are in supply, the demand for high quality productive spaces at affordable rates is still not being met. InstaOffice steps in right here.

Vikas Lakhani, co-founder of InstaOffice said, “There were two kinds of players in the serviced office space – co-working and premium business centres. On one end of the spectrum, co-working spaces target early-stage companies with economical plans and on the other end, business centres offer the flexibility of a small office at nearly 40% premium over a traditional lease office”. He explained that they want to bridge the gap and provide a solution which would be long-term and economically viable.

The startup’s model rests on disrupting the existing value chain of commercial leasing. It will partner with landlords whereby they can earn high rental yields from their spaces. This way, even the customers will get a high degree of flexibility.

Lakhani added, “Your office needs would be very different depending on the nature, age and size of your business. Hence, we have created multiple offerings that allow us to address the office needs of a very diverse user-base”.

As a solution to the growing end-to-end office space requirements, Lakhani with co-founder Devendra Agarwal in 2016 founded InstaOffice which offers furnished office spaces, meeting rooms, virtual offices, conference rooms and business centres. They started with their business centre in Gurgaon. Today they have more than 0,000 sq ft of area under management, spread across 10 centres in three cities, namely Bangalore, Delhi and Gurgaon.

Lakhani also mentioned their interest in cities like Indore, Jaipur, Pune and Hyderabad over the next three to four quarters. The company has raised its capital from external investors like Globevestor. He said, “We have had just one round of investment so far and most of them have from industry experts or others who have had extensive experience investing in the Indian startup ecosystem”.

Lakhani believes entrepreneurship is a learning process where it is inevitable to make mistakes. “One needs to have the ability to work in an environment where one would not get a lot of handholding – where one basically learns by doing,” he concludes.

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