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Indias First Green Hydrogen Plant For Gail in Madhya Pradesh

Tecnimont and Nextchem have inaugurated Indias first green hydrogen plant for Gail (India) in Vijaipur, Madhya Pradesh.

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Somany Ceramics inaugurates its Grande Store in Hissar, Haryana

The store will offers a diverse range of wall and floor tiles across multiple categories reports Surfaces Reporter (SR)

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Danish Ambassador to India Freddy Svane unveiled Junckers “Oak Nature” flooring in New Delhi | SURFACES REPORTER

Junckers, Europe’s renowned manufacturer of premium solid wood flooring, has launched its latest product, "Oak Nature"

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Delhi Airport roof collapse kills 1, injures 8 amid heavy rain in the Indian capital

This portion was constructed during 2008-09 by GMR Airports Limited, as per sources in the government.

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WADE ASIA largest platform for women in design joins hands with NAREDCO MAHI, the forum for women in real estate

WADE ASIA, the platform for community of women-led developments & design is the Community Partner of the 3rd NAREDCO MAHI Convention, the women wing of National Real Estate Council.

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Navrattan Group Pioneers Green Cement Revolution with Rs 500 Crore Investment

Indias Construction Sector to Get a Sustainable Boost with Clinkerless Cement Production reports Surfaces Reporter (SR)

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ROHL Makes Grand Debut in Surat with Largest All-Suite 5-Star Hotel

Royal Orchid Hotels Ltd has made a significant announcement following the signing of a management agreement with Hindva Hospitality, LLP in March 2024.

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India’s First Net-Zero Business Park Launched in Chennai by Morphogenesis | SR News Update

Located in Chennais IT hub, this innovative business park has received Indias first net-zero certification for energy, water, and waste management from the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC).

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Wade Asia x Merino Announces Merino Designs India Architecture Conference 23-25 Aug 2024 Delhi | Check Exclusive Video

For the 2nd time MERINO continues to strengthen its position as the Presenting Partner of the WADE ASIA Architecture Conference to host MERINO DESIGNS INDIA ARCHITECTURE CONFERENCE from 23-25 Aug ’24 at Yashobhoomi, (IICC), in New Delhi.

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Sternhagen teams up with Sussanne Khan to launch a curated bathware collection

The SK 02 Collection of bath fittings showcases the exciting innovations of the brand reports Surfaces Reporter (SR)

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Trade Promotion Council of India signs MoU with FederlegnoArredo, Italy | Salone del Mobile, Milano

Today at Salone del Mobile, Milano, the Trade Promotion Council of India (TPCI) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with FederlegnoArredo (FLA), Italy, signifying a noteworthy advancement in mutual collaboration to nurture furniture and associated clusters in India.

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Electrolux Group Wins Best of the Best Red Dot Award, Plus Four More Awards for Product Design | SR News Update

Electrolux Group has won five Red Dot design awards this year, with the SaphirMatt induction hob earning the top honor, Red Dot: Best of the Best, for its innovative scratch-resistant matt glass.

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Brigade Group Partners with Agni Estates to Develop 8.36 Lakh Sq Ft Commercial Project in Chennai | SR News Update

Spanning 8.36 lakh sq ft of leasable area, this project will be developed in collaboration with Agni Estates & Foundations Pvt Ltd under a Joint Development Agreement (JDA).

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Ashiana Housing Achieves Record Sales-All 224 Flats Sold in Gurugram Project Within 15 Minutes

Ashiana Housing sold 224 luxury flats in Gurugram within just 15 minutes of the launch, generating revenue of Rs 440 crore.

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Graphene: A Groundbreaking Solution to Concretes Environmental Impact

Researchers point out adding graphene to concrete mixture promises 30% strength boost and reduced cement usage, ushering in a greener future for construction

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Indian scientists introduce a sand replacement material in construction

Indian Institute of Science researchers in Bengaluru have developed a new material to replace scarce natural sand in construction.

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Deepika Padukones First Home Furnishings Collection with Pottery Barn, Infused with Indian Flair

Deepika Padukone, in her role as the brand ambassador for Pottery Barn, has launched her debut home furnishings collection following an extensive process spanning multiple years.

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Avendus Capital Predicts Tripling of Indias Flex Workspace Market Value to $9 Billion by 2028

Avendus Capitals report forecasts a significant expansion in Indias flex workspace market, with projections indicating a tripling of its value to $9 billion by 2028. The report predicts a doubling of the stock size to 126 million sq ft by the same year, growing at a robust CAGR of 15%.

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Asian Granito India Ltd Announces Ranbir Kapoor as Brand Ambassador

Asian Granito India Ltd (AGL) has signed Bollywood actor Ranbir Kapoor as its brand ambassador.The company plans to launch a captivating brand campaign and TV commercial featuring Ranbir Kapoor in the near future.

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Hyatt Hotels announces major expansion in India with 7 new properties set to open in 2024 | SR News Update

Hyatt Hotels intends to widen its presence in India by launching seven new hotels and incorporating 1,115 rooms across various leisure and urban locales in 2024.

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Hindwares Lacasa Experience Centre opens in Lucknow, featuring premium bathroom products

The new showroom displays an extensive range of products including sanitaryware, faucets, wellness products, and shower enclosures from Hindwares various brands such as Queo, Hindware Italian Collection, and Hindware.

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Havells India set to heat up kitchen appliances space with May 2024 Launch

Strategic expansion aimed at diversifying product portfolio, leveraging synergies with its existing products, and capitalizing on the growing demand for kitchen appliances in the Indian market reports Surfaces Reporter (SR).

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Ozone Launches Its State-Of-The-Art Flagship Experience Centre in Delhi

Discover Cutting-Edge Architectural Innovations at Ozone Overseas Flagship Experience Centre.

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Indias Construction Boom: Third-Largest Market by 2025

Government investment drives rapid growth and job creation

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Karnataka Govts Proposal for 10-Storey Building in Cubbon Park Sparks Outrage

The Karnataka government plans to construct a multi-storey building, with at least seven to eight floors, within Bengalurus Cubbon Park to serve as the office of the state Election Commission.

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Noida Authority to Build Waste to Wonder Park, Transforming Iron Waste into Sculptures

The park will be called Noida Jungle Trail and will involve the transformation of approximately 500 tonnes of iron waste into sculptures.

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Hindware Home Innovation and Migsun Real Estate Collaborate to Elevate Residential Projects in Ghaziabad and Greater Noida

Hindware Home Innovation Limited has partnered with Migsun Real Estate for supplying modular kitchens and wardrobes for residential projects in Ghaziabad and Greater Noida.

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How AI is Transforming Kashmirs Carpet Industry

In Indias traditional carpet-weaving heritage, a special code called talim is undergoing a silent revolution.

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Saint-Gobain Gyproc Unveils Innovative Construction Solutions- Glasroc X, Metlance Ceiling Tiles, Habito Standard Board, Rigiroc

Saint-Gobain Gyproc has introduced groundbreaking construction solutions, including the robust wall board Glasroc X, sophisticated metal ceiling tiles Metlance, and durable gypsum solutions like Habito Standard Board and Rigiroc to redefine architectural standards.

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Eldeco Groups Rs1000 Crore Investment in 10 Housing Projects Unveiled

Eldeco Group is set to allocate nearly Rs1000 crore across 10 mid to luxury housing projects.

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Crisil Forecasts Robust Demand for Cement, Anticipates Industry Capacity Surge

Crisil points out the upcoming surge in cement demand in India. The research firm indicates a significant boost in manufacturing capacity, anticipating an addition of 150-160 million tonnes per annum in the cement industry over the next five fiscal years.

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Retail Resurgence: Global Brands Surge into Tier-II Indian Cities

E-commerce Impact, Tech-Savvy Consumers, and Strategic Investments Drive Major Retail Growth in Jaipur, Lucknow, Chandigarh, and Beyond reports Surfaces Reporter (SR)

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Private hospitals to invest INR 32,500 crore in healthcare infrastructure presenting significant design and build opportunities

Contractors, architects and designers specializing in healthcare infrastructure set to thrive reports Surfaces Reporter (SR)

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South India Real Estate Surges: K-RERA Impact, CREDAI Policies and Puravankara shape positive outlook

The surge is empowered by new buyers, transparent markets, and commercial space demand reports Surfaces Reporter (SR)

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UltraTech Cement Records a 67% Spike in Net Profit Despite Challenges in the Industry

UltraTech Cement achieved an outstanding 67% increase in net profit during Q3 FY24, surpassing market expectations.

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Indias First Steel Slag Highway Unveiled by NHAI, Signaling Green Progress

The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has introduced Indias first Steel Slag Highway on the Mumbai-Goa stretch, showcasing a pioneering approach to road construction.

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Asias Biggest Aviation Training Centre to come up in Gurugram | Air India | 6Lac Sqft

Air India has unveiled plans to launch the most extensive aviation training academy in South Asia, located in Gurugram, Haryana

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Aerocity Delhi Set to Host Indias Largest Hotel Space by 2025 | SR News Update

Delhi is set to become home to the largest hotel space in India within the next three years.

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Casagrand & SHINE GOGLOBAL partners for $300M Investment to Shape Kanniyakumari into Indias Cape Town

Casagrand Contracts (CGCPL) and SHINE GOGLOBAL collaborate for Project MAN, aiming to transform Kanniyakumari into a conscious tourism destination, envisioning it as India’s Cape Town.

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IKEA Announces Ambitious Plans for India – Price Cuts, Expansion, and Export Strategy

IKEA unveils ambitious plans with 20% price reduction strategy reveals Surfaces Reporter (SR)

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Newly Renovated Puri Railway Station Reflects the Spirit of the Jagannath Temple through Ancient Kalinga Architecture | Rath Architectonic

The newly renovated Puri railway station is being transformed into a remarkable blend of tradition and modernity. Inspired by the famous Jagannath Temple, this project, led by Rath Architectonic, aims to seamlessly combine ancient Kalinga architecture from the fourth century BC with modern convenien

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Anticipated Surge in Investment for Alibaug Resort Homes Driven by MTHL

Anticipated infrastructural developments are expected to elevate the standard of living in Alibaug. These improvements in infrastructure are potentially poised to boost the real estate market in Alibaug.

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NTT Unveils a New Data Center Campus in Noida, India | SR News Update

The six-acre campus, located in Noidas data center corridor within the Delhi National Capital Region (NCR), houses two data centers with a planned capacity of 52.8 MW critical IT load.

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Ayodhya Gets its first 7-Star Vegetarian Hotel- becoming a Hotspot for Investments and Luxury Stays

This luxurious establishment will boast 56 fully air-conditioned rooms, each exquisitely decorated with distinctive themes.

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Marriott International to boost Indian Portfolio to 250 Hotels, introduce brand Moxy in 2024

In 2023, the company expected to make over $1 billion in India, giving them confidence for a positive outlook in 2024 reports Surfaces Reporter (SR)

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Mumbai Trans Harbour Link (MTHL): The longest sea bridge in India will bridge the gulf between Mumbai and Navi Mumbai

Apart from reducing travel time between Mumbai and Navi Mumbai to 20 minutes, MTHL is expected to impact real estate prices in New Mumbai in areas like Panvel, Ulwe, and Dronagiri, Surfaces Reporter (SR) Reports

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Punes Tallest Building Coming to Bopodi- What You Should Know

Punes municipal administration approved the construction of four buildings, ranging in height from 120 meters (approximately 33 floors) to the tallest at 160.5 meters (approximately 45 floors).

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Indias Major Developers to Unleash Three Million Sq Ft of Retail Space in the Next 2-3 Years

Indias high street space is expected to grow significantly, with major developers like DLF, M3M, Omaxe, Group 108, and Dhillon Group working on around three million square feet of retail projects in the next 2-3 years.

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TARC Limited Unveils TARC Kailasa : A Symphony of Luxury and Innovation in Kirti Nagar, Central Delhi

TARC Limited is poised to revolutionize the landscape of luxury living in Delhi with the introduction of TARC Kailasa, Surfaces Reporter (SR) Reports.

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Chennai’s Skyline to Transform with Brigade Groups Mega Project

Surfaces Reporter (SR) reveals Brigade Groups plan for a groundbreaking office park development in the southern region, with a potential of nearly 1 million square feet

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Radisson Hotel Group Unveils Park Inn in Ayodhya Ahead of Ram Temple Inauguration

The 80-key hotel strategically positions itself in proximity to key landmarks such as the Ram Janmabhoomi Temple, The Hanuman Garhi Temple, and Sita ki Rasoi, anticipating a surge in religious tourism.

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Cocoon Fine Rugs and Studio PKA Unveil Exclusive Rug Collections

Cocoon Fine Rugs and Studio PKA collaborate to introduce two distinctive rug collections – ‘Elemental’ and ‘Theseus’.

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Saint Gobain announces 3400 cr investment in Tamil Nadu across various product range

With the aim of fostering economic growth and development, Saint-Gobain has revealed a substantial investment plan of INR 3400 Crores for Tamil Nadu.

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Wade Award Winner Yasmin Lari Constructs $88 Flood-Proof Homes with Low-Tech, Natural Materials

Responding to the extensive 2022 floods that submerged a third of Pakistan, architect Yasmeen Lari, founder of the Heritage Foundation of Pakistan and recipient of the WADE Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018, pledged to construct one million flood-resistant homes.

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Cement companies accelerate towards green energy adoption | SR Latest News Update

In a move to reduce their carbon footprint and cut energy costs, cement manufacturers are actively embracing green energy initiatives.

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Pritzker Winner Ar Francis Kéré Wins 2024 Crystal Award by World Economic Forum

Diébédo Francis Kéré, a visionary architect from Burkina Faso, has been awarded the 2024 Crystal Award for his outstanding leadership in sustainable projects benefitting the Gando community.

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Etreluxe introduces Flavour Kitchens from Cucine Lube

Etreluxe, a luxury lifestyle brand for interior spaces, is delighted to announce the introduction of Cucine Lubes award-winning kitchen concepts to its collection.

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Smartsters Children Furniture Brand Launches New Standalone Store in Pune

The upcoming store will display an extensive range of Smartsters signature collections, presenting furniture and décor that seamlessly blend style with functionality.

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Perth Set to Welcome the Worlds Tallest Wooden Tower | Fraser & Partners

Fraser & Partners, an Australian architectural firm, is set to redefine city skylines with their groundbreaking design for the C6 residential tower in Perth. Expected to soar to almost 190 meters, the tower boasts a remarkable composition of 42% glulam, signaling a new era in architectural innovatio

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Robust Residential Sales Leading to 52 week high Nifty Realty Index | DLF may record high sales from NRIs in FY 2023-24 | SURFACES REPORTER Realty Update

The Nifty Realty Index is showing strong uptrend from last year by jumping almost 94% depicting the strong performance of realty majors including Sobha, DLF and Prestige Estate Projects. An Update by SURFACES REPORTER.

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Ultratech Cement Records 6% Surge in Sales, Reaching 27.3 Million Tonnes in Q3 FY24

UltraTech, a leading cement manufacturer, reported a 6% surge in total sales, reaching 27.32 million tonnes in the third quarter ending December 31, 2023.

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IHG Hotels & Resorts Thrives in 2023: Plans Luxury Expansion with Regent and Kimpton Brands in India

Record-breaking growth, strategic plans, and a focus on luxury as Sudeep Jain, IHG Managing Director, outlines the next frontier in hospitality

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CEPT University Announces Honorary Doctorates for Alain Bertaud and Christopher Charles Benninger, a well-deserved recognition

For the first time, CEPT University will confer honorary doctorates to two veterans in the domains of urban planning and architecture during its upcoming annual convocation on January 20, 2024.

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Ar Hafeez Contractor roped in for Dharavi Redevelopment Plan by Adani Group | SURFACES REPORTER Design News Update

Notable Ar Hafeez Contractor, known for the transforming the skyline of a number of metro cities is now roped in to give a new face to Dharavi, one of the biggest slums of the world. A report by SURFACES REPORTER.

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Design Innovations that Earned Bengalurus Airport T2 the UNESCO Prix Versailles Award | SR News Update

Designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) during an extensive four-year period, T2 Bengaluru sprawls across an impressive 255,000 square meters, equivalent to 47 football fields

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New Noida Master Plan 2041 Receives Official Approval

New Noida Master Plan 2041 Receives Official Approval

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Singapore Governments 7 bold initiatives for tackling climate change

The governments initiatives to mitigate climate change impact include cutting bottled water use and implementing energy-efficient measures. SURFACES REPORTER (SR) reports

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Gujarat will soon become Indias manufacturing Powerhouse- Colliers | SURFACES REPORTER Manufacturing sector update

India’ top regions for manufacturing sector investment include Gujarat, followed by Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu. A report by SURFACES REPORTER.

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CREDAI Urges Developers towards Green Construction Practices

Noting that green construction is cost-effective, he further assured that CREDAI would reportedly support its members in transitioning to sustainable practices.

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Provident Housing Ventures into Bridge-to-Luxury Living

The 15-acre project on IVC Road, inspired by Manchester City, features 288 units of around 2,000sqft each, priced at approximately Rs 1.9 crore per unit, presenting a total revenue potential of Rs 600 crore.

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Godrej Appliances Eyes Rs6,000 Crore Turnover in FY24 with 120% Growth in Premium Products

The surge in premium product segments is reportedly primarily observed in urban and semi-urban markets, fueled by increased affordability among the affluent class.

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Prestige Group Targets Mumbai and Goa for Mall Expansion Amid Retail Upswing

While presently managing four malls in Bengaluru and Kochi, Prestige Group has outlined plans to develop an additional eight malls in various phases, extending its footprint to cities like Chennai and Hyderabad.

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UltraTech Cement is Set to Reach 149.14 MTPA Total Capacity Following Kesoram Industries Merger

UltraTech Cement, the flagship company of the Aditya Birla Group, has successfully acquired Kesoram Industries cement business through a share-swap deal.

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BDA Aims for 2,600 Units by March in Chandrasekharpur Affordable Housing Project

The project targets four slums—Narayani Bachelor Barrack Basti, Telugu Basti, Kimviria Basti and Srikrushna Basti—with 97 dwelling units already assigned to beneficiaries from these areas.

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Reputed Developers Shift Focus to Plotted Low-Rise Homes in India

In Indias residential real estate market Tier-II and III cities have emerged as the new frontiers, enticing developers with their untapped potential and promising opportunities. Big developers like HoABL, Godrej Properties, Mahindra Lifespace Developers, and Arvind Smartspaces are getting involved

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India Unveils the World’s First Portable Hospital for Rapid Emergency | Aarogya Maitri Cube

Reportedly, it is equipped to address diverse injuries, encompassing 40 bullet wounds, 25 significant burns, around 10 head injuries, fractures in lengthy limbs, spinal injuries, chest injuries, and spinal fractures.

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Roca Group Unveils World’s First Electric Kiln for Sustainable Sanitaryware Production

The success of the new kiln system extends beyond sanitaryware production, presenting potential applications in various ceramic sectors such as structural and technical ceramics or tableware.

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Dwarka Expressway: A golden opportunity for developers, architects and consumers

The Dwarka Expressway has started reshaping the real estate dynamics of Delhi NCR propelling it into a hotspot for architects and designers.

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Magnolia Quality Development Corporation (MQDC) Enters the Indian Market with Luxury Housing Projects

In a strategic move to diversify its presence in India, Thailand-based real estate firm MQDC, known as Magnolia Quality Development Corporation, reveals plans to venture into luxury housing projects in the Delhi-NCR region.

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SR News Update- Surge in Sales of Homes Over Rs 4 Crore- Find Out the Top Cities

In a remarkable turn, the sale of homes priced at ?4 crore and above has witnessed a staggering 97% year-on-year increase in Indias seven major cities during the period of January to September 2023, as reported by real estate firm CBRE.

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Indias Pressing Need for 2 Billion Square Feet of Healthcare Infrastructure- Latest Report Says

A joint report by global real estate consultancy Knight Frank and US partners Berkadia has highlighted a severe shortage of healthcare infrastructure in India.

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DDA Ventures into Luxury Living with Exclusive Penthouses in Dwarka | SR News Update

Anticipated to be ready for occupancy by December-end or January, these four-bedroom duplex apartments present a sophisticated living experience just 13 km from the Indira Gandhi International Airport.

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Billionaire Radhakishan Damanis DMart Makes a Major Move, Acquires Mumbai Retail Space for Rs 89 Crore

Avenue Supermarts, the parent company overseeing the nationally recognized supermarket chain D-Mart, persists in implementing its growth plan by broadening its real estate holdings.

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IKEA’s Research Lab Space10 Closes after Successful Decade of Design Evolution

Space10’s 23-member team will reportedly conclude their work after September 1, marking the end of an era for this innovative design lab.

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Brooklyn’s First Tallest Skyscraper by SHoP Architects Completed | Brooklyn Tower

With an impressive height of 93 storeys and 1,066ft (325m), this supertall skyscraper achieved its topping out milestone in March 2023.

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Yamuna Expressway Authority Announces Sale of Multi-level Flats, Prices Starting at Rs 42 Lakh

Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (YEIDA) aims to earn around Rs 500 crore through two schemes. The last allotment was launched in 2014 and three plots located in Sector 22D were put up for auction on 5th May 2023.

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This 10-Storey Mass-Timber Building Passes Groundbreaking Earthquake-Resistance Test | Tall Wood Project

Standing at an impressive height of 112ft (34m), Tall Wood Project skyscraper is reportedly the tallest structure ever tested on a shake table.

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Morphogenesis Unveils the World’s Largest Office Building | Surat Diamond Bourse

Morphogenesis has revealed the impressive Surat Diamond Bourse in India, surpassing the Pentagon to claim the title of the world’s largest office building.

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Indian Railways Mega Project to Roll Out 8,000 Vande Bharat Coaches in Coming Years

Integral Coach Factory in Chennai has been commissioned to invite tenders for 3,200 sleeper carriages of Vande Bharat. The city is the birthplace of this iconic locomotive.

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Hon’ble CM Yogi Adityanath inaugurates High Speed Train Trial of Agra Metro at Taj East Gate Station

Low speed trials of metro were already being carried out in the Agra Metro Depot. Now the high speed trials Now, the high speed trials of the metro trains will commence on the 3 km long elevated viaduct which is a part of the 6 km long priority stretch on the first corridor.

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PM Modi inaugurates Bharat Mandapam, India’s largest conference and exhibition centre based in Pragati Maidan, New Delhi

The center, which takes its shape from a shankha (conch), elegantly blends tradition and modernity. Encompassing an impressive 123-acre expanse, it boasts a myriad of state-of-the-art facilities, such as a 5G-enabled fully Wi-Fi-covered campus and 10G Intranet connectivity.

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An Under-Construction Building Collapses in Delhi, Understanding The Root Causes Of Building Collapse During Rainfall

Understanding the root causes of building collapse during heavy rainfall and essential prevention measures to avoid building collapses

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A 10% YoY Rise in Indian Housing Prices, a Close Look at Demand Boosters

Despite rising interest rates on home loans and global headwinds, housing and office markets across major cities have remained steady in this calendar years first half.

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Faridabad Railway Station to Undergo Transformation into a World-Class Hub

As part of its ambitious railway station reconstruction initiative, Indian Railways would transform Faridabad Railway Station into a world-class station at a cost of Rs 261.97 crore.

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Breaking Records: Mumbai Accounts for 77% of Indias Tallest Buildings – A Closer Look

There are almost 77 percent of tall buildings in India - those higher than 150 meters - in Mumbai, which places it 17th and 14th in Asia.

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Pidilite to Manufacture Litokol and Tenax Products in India

Pidilite Industries Ltd recently announced the launch of its state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities in Amod, Gujarat.

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Unveiling Indias New Parliament Building: A Majestic Symbol of Unity and Democracy

From sourcing materials from different corners of the nation to embodying sacred geometry and symbolisms rooted deep in the Indian cultural ethos, India’s new parliament building is one of its kinds SURFACES REPORTER (SR) reveals the fascinating details.

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Bugatti Forays into Residential Real Estate with Opulent Skyscraper in Dubai | Bugatti Residences

The development will consist of 171 apartments, named Riviera Mansions, and 11 luxurious penthouses known as Sky Mansion Penthouses.

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UltraTech Determines to Acquire JP Super Despite Jaypee-Dalmia Deal | SR News Update

Jaiprakash Associates has entered into an agreement with Dalmia Cement for the sale of JP Super. Nevertheless, the asset is subject to arbitration between Jaiprakash Associates and UltraTech - the prior buyer - due to a dispute concerning redemption tied to the JP Super transaction.

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Ambuja Cements To Increase Clinker Capacity By 8mt/Yr | SR News Update

Ambuja Cements has placed orders with equipment suppliers, to enable an 8Mt/yr clinker capacity expansion of both its Bhatapara cement plant in Chhattisgarh (with 2.9Mt/yr production) and the Maratha cement plant in Maharashtra (with 4.5Mt/yr capacity).

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World’s First AI-Powered Designer Unveiled at Milan Design Week | Tilly Talbot

Tilly, dubbed the worlds first AI designer by Studio Snoop, appeared as a lifelike digital figure of a woman on a large screen at the Charles Philip Gallery in Milan.

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Rise In Industrial And Warehousing Demand to 7.2 Mn Sqft; Vacancy Levels Decline 170 Basis Points, Says Report | SR News Update

Industrial and warehousing demand in the top 5 cities witnessed a strong YoY increase of 11% at 7.2 mn sq ft in Q1 2023, standing out as the highest among the last 8 quarters.

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Nuvoco Opens New Ready-Mix Concrete Plant In Coimbatore | SR News Update

Nuvoco Vistas Corp. Ltd., one of India’s top cement groups, has opened its new Ready-Mix Concrete (RMX) plant in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu. This facility is designed with a 60 cubic meters per hour capacity and will provide reliable high-grade concrete to construction projects in the area.

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Dalmia Cement Starts Production Of Its Second Line In Bokaro, Jharkhand

A filing submitted to the stock exchange has revealed that on Saturday, Dalmia Cement Bharat Limited, entirely owned by Dalmia Bharat Limited, commenced production at its second line in the Bokaro, Jharkhand Cement Works.

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Rs 27,500 Cr fund to be utilized for upgradation of Airports till FY 2026| SURFACES REPORTER News

The Central Government has set aside a whooping Rs 27,500 Crore for the upgradation of airports till FY26, a report stated. The fund will be used in a myriad of activities including construction of Greenfield airports, addition of new passenger terminals etc. A report by SURFACES REPORTER.

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Birla Group buys premium land parcel in Malabar Hill eyeing a revenue potential of Rs 600 Cr | SURFACES REPORTER News Update

South Mumbai, one of the poshest residential addresses of the country is soon to get another luxury project in its already exhausting list of uber-luxury properties with Birla Estate acquiring a land parcel in the area. A report by SURFACES REPORTER (SR).

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India’s Tallest Dr Ambedkar statue Unveiled in Hyderabad

Standing tall at 175ft including a 50-ft-high circular base resembling the edifice of the Parliament of India, the statue weighs 474 tonne.

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Kuwait Unveils Plans for the World’s Tallest Tower | Burj Mubarak al-Kabir

This awe-inspiring skyscraper, designed by renowned Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, will rise to a staggering height of 1001m (3,284ft) and is estimated to cost 25 billion Kuwaiti Dinars.

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Gautier, the French Luxury Furniture Maker is Entering India

French premium furniture maker and retailer Gautier is going to re-enter India in its third such attempt, although this time it will go solo after it had exited the country twice earlier when it was operating through a joint venture (JV).

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Rs 305.05 Crore Allocated To Construct 500-Bedded ESIC Hospital in Pune | CPWD

Muralage, which is one of Lucknow’s oldest and the country’s leading and fast-growing Architectural & Project Management firms- is appointed as the Design Architect of a 500-bedded ESIC hospital at Bibwewadi in Pune, Maharashtra.

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APPLE CEO Tim Cook Will Visit India To Inaugurate Its Stores in Delhi and Mumbai | Openings Soon | SR News Update

Apple CEO Tim Cook may be visiting India for the inauguration of its two new stores in Mumbai and Delhi. He may also meet the Prime Minister of India- Narendra Modi. The meeting will surely unlock new opportunities for both Apple and the Indian market.

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Srinagar To Host Third G20 Tourism Working Group Meeting on May 22-24 | SR G20 News Update

The nation is ready for meetings ahead of Indias presidency of the G20 summit, with Kashmir’s Srinagar set to host the third G20 Tourism Working Group meeting between May 22 and 24, 2023.

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Sector-150 in Noida about to get 30000+ Capacity Cricket Stadium

The National Capital Region is set to get another stadium soon, with the city of Noida expected to see an international stadium come up in Sector 150.

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Housing Sales at All-Time High, Women Homebuyers are a Key Segment

At a time when housing sales have reached an all-time high, women homebuyers are a key segment. 83 per cent of women respondents in ANAROCK‘s most recent Consumer Sentiment Survey looked at homes priced above Rs 45 lakh.

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Take A Sneak Peak To The Interiors of the New Parliament Building | Latest Pics | PM Modis Surprise Visit

SURFACES REPORTER (SR) presents here the exclusive pics of the interiors of Indias new parliament building released by the government.

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Cosmic Concrete made from Martian Soil is twice as strong as Regular Concrete | StarCrete

Made from extra-terrestrial dust, potato starch and a pinch of salt, StarCrete is reportedly said to be used to build homes on Mars.

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India’s Office Sector Can Witness Leasing Of 35-38 mn Sq Ft During 2023: Report

The report shows how hybrid working is possible to optimize space utilization and will continue to influence physical work infrastructure and how we work. Further, flex spaces will continue to be a major focal point for landlords and occupiers

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DLF Sells 1137 High-End Flats In Gurugram For Over Rs 8000 Crore Within Three Days.

Even before the official launch of Realty giant DLFs housing project- The Arbour- in the Golf Course Extension mini market- Gurugram, its 1137 luxurious flats already sold out with pricing starting at Rs 7 crores and above.

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Not Only The Old Ones But The Newest Buildings Turned To Rubble In Turkey Post Earthquake, Why? SR Reality Check

Not only the old ones but the recently built structures, which are advertised as earthquake-proof, got flattened in the quakes, which definitely puts a question on the compliance level of the buildings in Turkey.

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Prolific British Architect Sir David Alan Chipperfield Bags 2023 Pritzker Architecture Prize

David Chipperfield (formally known as Sir David Alan Chipperfield CH) won 2023 Pritzker Architecture Prize, which is regarded globally as architecture’s highest honour

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Hindware Italian Tiles creates Stunning Murals using Waste Tiles to promote its Sustainability Campaign | Broken But Not Waste

The entire project is part of Hindware’s commitment to sustainable design and its efforts to reduce waste.

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Govt Allocates Rs 10,000 Crore For Urban Planning, PM Modi Asks For Innovative Suggestions

The position of India in the world would have been completely different if 75 planned cities had been developed in our 75 years of Independence

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Know All About 1,350 km Delhi–Mumbai E-Highway- India’s longest Greenfield Expressway | Facts Check | SURFACES REPORTER News Update

The 1,350 km long Delhi Mumbai Expressway will provide easier connectivity to the cities of Ujjain, Bhopal, Jaipur, Kota, Chittorgarh, Indore, Ahmedabad and Vadodara.

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Adjaye Associates, Morphosis, Studio Fuksas and Coop Himmelb(l)au among the 12 architecture studios to work on The Line

Led by Pritzker Architecture Prize-winning architect Thom Mayne, US architecture firm Morphosis is reportedly leading the design.

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Good News- Home Sales in India over 73 Percent of New Launches in 9 Regions

SURFACES REPORTER #newscatchup - January 28, 2022, New Delhi: This is a sign of significant recovery in Indian real estate sector, and for the first time in the last decade, home sales are over 73% of new launches across top 9 regions in India indicating a strong, organized effort...

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Why is the Demand for Affordable Housing Down - Anarock Report and Budget 2023-24

SURFACES REPORTER #newscatchup - Mumbai, 30 January 2023: Indias residential real estate sector looks hopefully to Budget 2023-24 to boost the countrys flagging affordable housing segment.

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Pune Residential Property saw Best Sales since 2013

Last year Pune’s residential real estate market saw the best sales since 2013 despite a 7 per cent year-on-year rise in prices.

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Construction bans are hurting the sector badly, Real estate sector lobby to the Environment Minister

As the pollution continues to rise in Delhi-NCR, the government has recently temporarily banned construction activities. However, the continuous banning has hurt the sector badly which was conveyed to the Environment Minister by the real estate fraternity. A report by SURFACES REPORTER (SR).

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World University of Design Announces Admissions for 2023 Entrance Exam on January 14th

World University of Design has invited online applications from candidates for admission in its undergraduate and postgraduate programmes across all disciplines being offered at the university for the year 2023. More admission related updates on SURFACES REPORTER.

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Trident Realty acquired 200-acre in Panchkula - to invest INR 3000 crore

The company has acquired a 200-acre plot of land in Panchkula and plans to invest Rs 3,000 crore to develop this integrated luxury township.

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World’s Tallest Lord Krishna Statue to come in Gujarat

The minister informed that the government has decided to develop Devbhumi Dwarka Corridor to transform the area into the biggest religious centre in western India.

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CPWD Invites Fresh Applications for Nav Bharat Udyan’s Iconic Structure

This year, the applications have been invited only from architects and architectural firms with a minimum experience of working with CPWD or any other government entities on similar projects.

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Impact of G20 Summit 2023 on India’s Infrastructure | SR News Update

The recent G20 summit held in Bali marked the end of Indonesia’s presidency of the grouping and now India will hold the Presidency of the G20 summit for the first time in the country in 2023.

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G-20 Summit: Delhi will be adorned with over 10 lakh exotic potted plants

Since India will host the G-20 summit next year, the forest department has announced that the capital city- Delhi- will be decked with more than 10 lakh exotic potted plants.

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Delhi: Transportation System To Get Makeover Ahead of G20 Summit 2023

Long gone ‘double-decker’ and ‘Hop on Hop off (Ho Ho)’ buses will again start looking at the Delhi roads next year ahead of the G20 summit to be held in September 2023.

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Know All About Long-Awaited Dharavi Redevelopment Project | Adani Group Wins The Bid

Adani Group has won the redevelopment of Dharavi, the government is planning to complete the formalities soon so that the ground work on the project can start within six months.

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Wipro Lighting Joins Hands With Aura Air To Allow Enterprises To Have Fresh Indoor Air

This partnership will allow Wipro Lighting to gain exclusive access to all enterprise offerings of Aura Air for India geography.

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Dalmia Bharat to Target 100% Production of Low-Carbon Cement in the Next Five Years

Dalmia Bharat has also worked to become a total waste and plastic waste recycling company.

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World Toilet Day| Significance, Theme, Government Initiatives and Brand Concerns

Exploring how inadequate sanitation systems harm humans and pollute the environment by spreading human waste into rivers, lakes and soil, polluting underground water resources, the theme for World Toilet Day 2022 is Making the Invisible Visible.

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Can Plastic Fibres Mitigate Earthquake Damage?

The research reportedly cites the use of plastic fibres for soil reinforcement to help in lessening of the liquefaction phenomenon in embankments, slopes, man-made fills or other geotechnical structures.

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Hindware Home Innovation Clocks Revenue Growth of 16% in Q2FY23

For the quarter, consolidated revenue from operations came in at Rs 715 crore, up 16 per cent.

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Book your dates! Understand the Culturally embed Architectural Approach for dedicated Medical Value Tourism Centric Hospital | Nov 25, 2022

On the first day of its second edition, VERTICA DVIVEDI, FOUNDER-WADE ASIA AND EDITOR-IN-CHIEF SURFACES REPORTER, will be sharing her insights at the MVT (Medical Value Travel) Vision for 2020-2030 panel discussion. More at SURFACES REPORTER

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Italian Architecture Studio- Migliore+Servetto- Bags Two Prizes In 2022 Edition Of Red Dot Design Awards

The 2022 edition of the Red Dot Design Awards- one of the most prestigious in the field of international design – witnessed prizes conferred to two projects done by Italy-based Migliore+Servetto design studio in Essen on Friday 28 October.

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MNCs including TCS, IKEA to set base in Noida| A major jump in investment underway | SURFACES REPORTER Realty update

Major brands including Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), Adani Group, furniture major IKEA are some of the big names who have promised major investment in Noida, a move that will spearhead economic development in the region. A report by SURFACES REPORTER.

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Dilli Sadan to be a Mixed-Use Building; will Incorporate Biophilic Design Principles

On the lines of several other states, the Delhi Government is in plans to construct its own state guest house in Dwarka sector 19 of the city. Almost each of the Indian state has its own guest house, sadan or bhawan, in the national capital. On similar lines, the Delhi Government aims to set up its

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Mumbai Airport Becomes First in India to Introduce 100% Hybrid Renewable Energy

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA) has become India’s 100 per cent sustainable airport with its recent shift to green sources. By transferring all its energy demands to green sources,

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This World Architecture Day, Design to Promote Health in Buildings | Architecture for Well-Being

Celebrated on the first Monday of October, this year today, World Architecture Day is a day of appreciation toward the works of architects and their great architectural works of brilliant designs, architectural engineering and innovation.

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Two projects from Bangladesh, one from Indonesia, Iran, Lebanon, and Senegal Won Aga Khan Award For Architecture (AKAA) 2022 | Complete List | SR News Update

Aga Khan Award for Architecture (AKAA) has announced the winners of 2022 edition.

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Indias maiden realty NFTs by House of Hiranandani to provide access to exclusive design consultation to owners

House of Hiranandani has become the first real estate developer in India to join the Non-Fungible Token (NFT) and Web3 bandwagon. Its foray into the NFT segment has led to the inception of its maiden NFT series titled DreamVerse. A report by SURFACES REPORTER (SR).

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Somany Ceramics unveils “REPLIQ”, a stunning new collection of tiles

Somany Ceramics Limited, an internationally acclaimed organization specializing in ceramics and allied product segments, launched their brand new REPLIQ product range today at Hotel Hyatt Centric in the presence of Mr. Abhishek Somany, MD & CEO, Somany Ceramics Ltd. and Mr. Amit Sahai, Dy. CEO

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Saudi’s Two 120 km-long Parallel Skyscrapers to House 5 million People by 2030 | Mirror Line

Saudi Arabia recently revealed its plans for a USD 1 trillion, 120 km long mirrored building as a part of its Neom desert megacity. Conceptually touted as the world’s largest structure, Mirror Line will reportedly be 500 m tall and use vertical farming to feed its residents.

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Fire Evacuation Lift mandatory in high–rise buildings in Maharashtra

Maharashtra States Energy Department in conjunction with the Municipal Corporation and the Fire Department has made it mandatory to install and operate a Fire Evacuation Lift in every High-Rise Building scaling 70-meters and above since January 2018.

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Aludecor Ties Up With Nedzink To Sell Rolled Zinc Products In India

Nedzinc will supply zinc rolled coils to Aludecor for the manufacturing of panels which will be used for applications in façade cladding, roofing, and other innovative applications.

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Varmora Granito Launches Premium Sanitaryware and Faucets Solutions

One of India’s leading tile, sanitaryware and bathware brands, Varmora Granito recently launched an exclusive range of premium sanitaryware, faucets, kitchen sinks, water heaters and bathware accessories.

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Pottery Barn to be Available in India Online| SR Decor

Member of the Williams-Sonoma, Inc portfolio of brands, the home furnishing brand Pottery Barn and Pottery Barn Kids is now launched in India as a part of a franchise relationship with Reliance Brands Limited (RBL).

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Powerplay Introduces Pet Insurance Cover to Create a Pet-Friendly Workspace

One of India’s first and leading end-to-end construction management applications companies, Powerplay recently announced a new employee benefit addition that will foster a pet-friendly working environment within the office.

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PM Modi Unveils 9,500 kg Bronze National Emblem on the New Parliament Building

Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently unveiled the bronze-made national emblem cast on the roof of the new parliament building.

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JK Lakshmi Cement Introduces Its premium quality Cement Products in Central- East UP

JK Lakshmi cement and its premium brand, JK Lakshmi PRO+ Cement was unveiled at an event in the Amethi Plant in the presence of its top officials, business associates, and channel partners.

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AFC Furniture Solutions Acquires Furniture Brands of Wipro Enterprise to Expand its Operations

One of India’s largest workplace furniture manufacturing solution companies, AFC Furniture Solutions recently acquired Xbench, Vibrant and Livo designed and owned by the furniture business of Wipro Enterprises to further expand the brand’s operations across India.

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Tata Power Launches India’s Largest Floating Solar Power Project in Kerala

One of the leading solar manufacturers in the world and one of India’s largest specialized EPC players, Tata Power Solar has launched India’s largest floating solar power project in Kerala’s backwaters.

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Asian Granito Invests Rs 174 cr in Future Ceramic to Manufacture GVT Tiles

The wholly-owned subsidiary of Asian Granito India Limited (AGL), Future Ceramic has started its work on the glazed vitrified tiles (GVT) plant in Morbi, Gujarat.

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NTPC Commissions India’s Largest Floating Solar Power Plant in Telangana

The National Thermal Power Corporations (NTPC) recently announced the commercial operation of the final part capacity of 20 MW out of 100 MW Ramagundam Floating Solar PV Project at Ramagundam, Telangana.

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MIT Researchers Develop Lab-Grown Wood to Curb Deforestation

Reports suggest that the world has lost nearly 10 million hectare of forest each year due to deforestation, which is close to the size of Iceland. Going at this rate, researchers predict the world’s forests would disappear in the coming 100 to 200 days.

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Pyse to Build India’s First Largest, Fractionally-Owned Solar Power Plant in Karnataka

One of the leading investment platforms that help retail investors invest in sustainable projects, Pyse has reportedly strengthened its leadership position in the renewable energy sector by launching India’s first and the largest fractionally owned solar power plant.

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Hope Arises for the Morbi Tiles Cluster as Anti-Dumping Duty Gets Eliminated by GCC Countries

The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries have reportedly withdrawn the anti-dumping duty on ceramic tiles that are exported from India. This change is expected to boost the ceramic industry in Morbi. Here is a detailed report by SURFACES REPORTER (SR).

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Somany Ceramics Launches Extraordinary Collection

Somany Ceramics Limited, an internationally acclaimed organization specialising in ceramics and allied products segments, is delighted to launch the EXTRAORDINARY collection of products range today at Hotel Hyatt Centric in the presence of Mr. Abhishek Somany, MD & CEO , Somany Ceramics Ltd.

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Roca India to Invest Rs 50 cr in a Pipe Manufacturing Facility in Rajasthan

One of India’s leading sanitaryware manufacturers, Roca India is reportedly in plans to infuse Rs 50 crore in its new Greenfield plant in Rajasthan to double its revenue. Roca India, the wholly-owned subsidiary of Spanish Roca Group.

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Orvi Surfaces Unveils Filo Collection at Salone del Mobile | Orvi X Matteo Cibic

Orvi Surfaces, one of India’s leading producers of handmade surfaces and home decor pieces, in collaboration with Italian designer Matteo Cibic has launched the Filo collection.

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Jaipur Rugs X Ashiesh Shah Collection Unveiled at Milan’s Flagship Store | Brahmaand Collection | Salone del Mobile

The recently concluded Salone del Mobile showcased the launch of Jaipur Rugs’ exquisite collection in collaboration with India’s leading designer Ashiesh Shah.

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Jai Prakash Lakhiwal’s Limited-Edition Sinks by Kohler Commemorates Traditional Indian Miniature Art | Quila

India’s diverse arts and crafts, traditions and folklore, speak of the country’s rich cultural heritage. Emerging from different corners of the country, they employ diverse methods and techniques, harness artisans.

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Nitco Expands its Franchise in Himachal Pradesh Through Nitco Galor Showroom

India’s renowned tiles manufacturing company, Nitco recently unveiled a new showroom in Himachal Pradesh’s Kangra district. The Nitco Galor store – opened in association with Milap & Sons Industries

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Uttar Pradesh Welcomes its First Construction Waste Plant that will Create Bricks and Tiles

A first-of-its-kind manufacturing unit in Uttar Pradesh that uses construction waste to make bricks and tiles has been recently made functional in Sangam City. Located at Baswar. A report by SURFACES REPORTER (SR).

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Bengaluru Is All Set to Get Its First IKEA Store On June 22 | SR News Update

Spread over an area of 460,000 sq ft, the store comprises 7,000 well-designed home furnishings.

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Ikea’s Space10 with Oio Launches a Furniture Concept that can upgrade to Users’ Needs | Updatables

In collaboration with creative studio Oio, Ikea alongside its research and design lab Space10 recently created a furniture range concept that would use artificial intelligence to tell owners how it can be updated.

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Goa Culture Minister Calls Charles Correa’s Work a Faulty Design | Kala Academy Renovation

One of Goa’s prominent cultural centres Kala Academy which had been designed by celebrated Indian architect and urban planner late Charles Correa recently has grabbed attention for all the wrong reasons.

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Shirish Beri- The First CEPT Alumnus Earns The Highest Honour By IIA | Baburao Mhatre Gold Medal 2022 | SR News Update

Indian Institute of Architects (IIA) conferred its highest honour- the Baburao Mhatre Gold Medal 2022 on Shirish Beri (FA UG ’67), the first alum of CEPT University. A report by SURFACES REPORTER (SR)

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AkzoNobels launches improved Dulux Weathershield MAX for the exterior emulsion segment

AkzoNobel India, one of the leading paints and coatings companies in India, has recently launched the all-new Dulux Weathershield MAX in the super-premium exterior emulsion segment of decorative paints. A report by SURFACES REPORTER (SR).

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Kashmiri Woodcarving Business Comes at a Standstill Due to Low Demand

Kashmir is one of the few places where walnut is still grown. Its walnut wood is tough and long-lasting and has a fine grain appeal. Its evenly textured surface makes it suitable for fine and intricate carving work. The carved walnut woodwork is, therefore, one of Kashmir’s finest and most significa

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Rays Experts to Commission World’s Largest Solar Park in Rajasthan With a 3,000 MWp Capacity

One of the leading solar power plant companies, Rays Experts has reportedly stated that it will commission the world’s largest solar park with a 3,000 MWp capacity in Rajasthan. Spread across 9,000 acre in Rajasthan’s Bikaner, Rays Experts has signed the necessary transmission agreements .

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China sees steepest drop in real estate since 2006 | SURFACES REPORTER Realty News Update

In nearly 16 years, China has experienced a massive fall in its property sales for the first time as the COVID lockdown has cooled the demand regardless of more policy easing steps. The property sales by value in April fell 46.6% from a year earlier. A report by SURFACES REPORTER (SR).

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Apollo to Lend $1 Billion to Indian Property Developers | SURFACES REPORTER Realty News Update

As the pandemic eases, Apollo Global Management Inc is in plans to lend nearly $1 billion to residential property developers in India this year. Reportedly, last year, Apollo had lent nearly $750 million to Indian developers. Read SURFACES REPORTER (SR) to know more.

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Entries called for 10,000 acre Aravali Safari Park in Haryana | SURFACES REPORTER News Update

Harayana State Govt has invited an expression of interest has been invited by from private companies to design its ambitious Aravali Safari Park. Interested companies are expected to submit their proposals online before June 16, 2022. A report by SURAFACES REPORTER (SR).

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Instead of destroying, can Lava build new cities? | SURFACES REPORTER Ideas

In a radical preposition, Ar Arnhildur Palmadottir described that how lave eruption can be used to build cities the recently concluded Iceland’s largest design festival, the DesignMarch. A report by SURFACES REPORTER (SR).

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India’s Largest Hockey Stadium in Rourkela, Odisha Nears Completion

The construction work of Indias largest Hockey Stadium- Birsa Munda International Hockey Stadium- in Rourkela, Odisha will be completed by October this year. The 20,000-capacity stadium will be the venue to host the Men’s Hockey World Cup 2023

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JLL Report: Indian Hospitality Sector Witnesses a Quick, Strong Recovery Post the Third Wave

Driven by growth in demand for leisure, wedding and business travel, the Indian hospitality sector witnessed a rapid and strong recovery post the third wave in January 2022. This has resulted to a rise in Revenue Per Available Room .

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Cristo Protector Becomes Third Tallest Monument of Christ, 4.9m Taller than Christ the Redeemer

Visitors can now head down a little further south as Rio de Janeiro’s Christ the Redeemer is not the only statue attracting tourist attention in Brazil. The construction of a taller statue of Jesus Christ than Christ the Redeemer has been completed in the town of Encantado.

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New Delhi Welcomes Wurfel Kuche’s Second Studio

One of the leading European stylized modular kitchen brands, Wurfel Kuche recently launched another studio in New Delhi. Offering functional contemporary kitchen solutions, Wurfel Kuche has teamed up with Delhi’s finest interior designer Rajni Rathi to launch the MG Road studio.

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Indias First Semi High-Speed Regional train For Delhi-Meerut RRTS; Can Run at 180 kmph & Decrease Travel Time by 40%

This is the first train that has been delivered in less than a year since the beginning of production and is 100% made in India at Alstoms  factory in Savli (Gujarat). RRTS is the first-of-its-kind system in which trains, with a design speed of 180 kmph, will be available every 5–10 minutes and cove

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Worlds Largest Elevator Installed In Mumbai at JWC; Can Carry 200 People At A Time

Almost 222 years since the establishment of Indias first-ever elevator at Raj Bhavan, Kolkata, in 1892, India now boasts of having the worlds biggest elevator!

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H&M Home Introduces the Colourful World of Iconic Designer India Mahdavi | India Mahdavi X H&M Home Collection

For its upcoming colourful collection, H&M has collaborated with Paris-based top interior designer and architect India Mahdavi. Designed for everyday life, the India Mahdavi X H&M Home collection includes a curated range of crafted ceramics and textiles in natural materials.

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Balkrishna Doshi Conferred With Royal Gold Medal 2022

The Ahmedabad-based distinguished architect is among the rare people to have been awarded both the Royal Gold Medal and the Pritzker Architecture Prize in their lifetime.

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Kone India Launches World’s Largest Elevator at Jio World Centre

One of the leading elevators and escalators company, Kone Elevators India announced the launch of its worlds largest passenger elevator during a press conference at Jio World Centre, Mumbai.

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India Art Fair 2022 to be Hosted in its Physical Glory and the Metaverse| SR Art

Rescheduled from February 2022 to April 2022, the India Art Fair returns in its physical glory after two years. Raising the excitement in the South Asian art scene, the 13th edition of the India Art Fair will be presenting a diverse roster of 79 exhibitors

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Disney Ventures into Home and Interiors Products through Disney Home | SR Decor

A new design brand selling furnishing, home accessories and limited edition collaborations called Disney Home has been recently launched by Disney. The entertainment and media conglomerate’s home and interiors brand.

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Another Design Fair Postponed Due to Current COVID-19 Outbreak | Design Shanghai

Originally slated to take place from June 9, 2022 to June 12, 2022, trade fair Design Shanghai has been rescheduled to October 13, 2022 as the city is in lockdown following a coronavirus outbreak. Asia’s leading international design event will now take place from October 13, 2022 to October 15, 2022

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Rs 441 Cr rights issue by Asian Granito Limited is open for subscription

Asian Granito Limited (AGL) one of the major tiles maken in the country has recently opened its rights issue for subscription for its shareholders. The issue which opened on April 25, will close on May 10. A report by SURFACES REPORTER (SR).

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Roca to invest Rs 130 Crore in India in 2022 | SURFACE REPORTER Material News Update

Roca, one of the major bath and sanitaryware solution providers in the country is looking to invest Rs 130 cr in the country in this calendar year. The brand has also considered India as one of its crucial markets and thus planning for major market growth. A report by SURFACES REPORTER.

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Embassy REIT Becomes Largest USGBC LEED Platinum Certified Office Portfolio in India

The Green Business Certification Inc (GBCI) has accorded Embassy Office Parks REIT – India’s first listed REIT and the largest office REIT in Asia by area – with the distinction of operating and maintaining the largest USGBC LEED Platinum

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Now, Students Can Learn Plumbing At India’s Engineering & Architecture Institutes, AICTE Signed MOU With IPA

AICTE has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Indian Plumbing Association (IPA) in order to introduce a course on plumbing in Engineering and Architecture institutes of the country.

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Blum Furniture fittings inaugurated their first Warehouse and Distribution centre

Blum India inaugurated its new warehouse which will be the center for supplying products to all customers in India and nearby countries such as Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, and Sri Lanka.

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AkzoNobel India Launches the All New Dulux Velvet Touch with Tru Color Technology

Dulux, the flagship decorative paint brand from AkzoNobel India today unleashed the next generation of colour innovation for consumers in India.

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Myntras new 3 lac sqft Bangalore office exudes fashion, technology and sustainability

Myntra has moved into a new, swanky and state-of-the-art premises in Bengaluru, situated on Outer Ring Road at Kadubeesanahalli. Spread across a total area of over 3,00,000 sqft, the contemporary architecture flaunts conversational interiors that are an ode to Myntra’s core viz. fashion and technolo

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PM Modi Unveils 108 Ft Statue of Hanuman in Gujarat

On the occasion of Hanuman Jayanti, Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled a 108-feet statue of Hanuman in Morbi, Gujarat through video conferencing. Part of the Hanumanji Char Dham project, the recently inaugurated Hanuman statue.

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India Autism Centre: A Step Ahead

Autism is a common lifelong neuro developmental condition characterized by challenges in language and communication. According to WHO statistics, 1 in 160 individuals has Autism. In the Indian subcontinent alone about three million people live on the autistic spectrum.

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World’s Skinniest Skyscraper by SHoP Architects in New York | 111 West 57th Street

Touted to be the world’s skinniest supertall skyscraper and the second tallest in the Western Hemisphere, 111 West 57th Street adds to Manhattan’s list of classic skyscrapers that are a powerful combination of expression and technical innovation.

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illycaffe Celebrates illy Art Collection’s 30th Anniversary at the 60th Salone del Mobile.Milano

illycaffe, one of the leading leaders in high-quality coffee, is once again an official partner of the Salone del Mobile.Milano, which will be held from June 7 to June 12, 2022.

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Ca’ del Bosco Continues its Partnership with Salone Del Mobile.Milano for the Ninth Consecutive Year

The 2022 edition of Salone del Mobile.Milano will occupy all the spaces of Fiera Milano after the special edition of 2021 which had given way to numerous digital initiatives and installations created with reusable materials, with special attention to circularity and sustainability.

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Identita Golose to Interpret the Present and Future of Cuisine at Salone Del Mobile.Milano 2022

After its successful appearance at supersalone, Identita Golose is renewing and bolstering its collaboration with the Salone del Mobile.Milano with sustainability at the forefront this year, along with the celebrations for the 60th edition of the trade fair.

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Kyiv-Based Architecture Firm Builds Modular Town For Ukrainian Refugees in Ireland | SR News Update

Kyiv-based architecture firm Slava Balbek Bureau has designed modular houses to offer refugees temporary shelters. These modular homes can be scaled to the size of a town and accommodate up to 8,000 people.

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Illustrator Emiliano Ponzi Paints Salone del Mobile.Milano’s 60 Years Journey

Following the posters dedicated to the 1960s and 1970s, the multi-award-winning Italian illustrator Emiliano Ponzi unveils his image for the third decade of the Salone del Mobile and discusses the concept, the narrative and the language on which it is based.

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A POLI.design Study Bursary to be named after Salone’s Manlio Armellini

In collaboration with the Milan Polytechnic University, Salone del Mobile.Milano will be paying homage to one of its leading protagonists Manlio Armellini. The event is expected to benefit deserving students doing their Masters in Furniture Design.

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Scala Home Introduces B&B Italias Iconic UP Series Armchair in India

As Scala Home launches a flagship store of B& B Italia and Flos in New Delhi’s Design District on MG Road, the luxurious showroom has unveiled B&B Italia’s iconic UP Series Armchair 2000 in India. The Gaetano Pesce’s iconic 1969 UP series has astonished connoisseurs.

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Tile Council of North America Donates Tiled Doghouses | Coverings 2022

At Coverings 2022 in Las Vegas, Tile Council of North America, Inc (TCNA) members including American Wonder Porcelain (booth # N2314), Anthology (booth # N2714), Casa Ceramica (booth # N2226), Crossville, Inc (booth # N2304), Florida Tile (booth # N2504).

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La Scatola Magica: Homage from Salone del Mobile to Milan

To mark its 60th edition, Salone del Mobile.Milano has chosen an original approach for telling its own story and communicating its founding values to an international audience. From June 7 to June 12, 2022.

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Steel Prices Scale up a Record as Raw Materials Prices Soar High

Observing a hike for two successive months, there has been a surge in raw material prices that has prompted major steel companies to increase prices in April, 2022. Top private steelmakers including JSW Steel.

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Mario Cucinella’s Design with Nature to Explore the Themes of Circular Economy and Reuse | Salone del Mobile.Milano

Design with Nature sparks many suggestions and reflections, on ethics, circularity, domestic space, participatory architecture and urban regeneration. It is a design and emotive exercise in pursuit of recycling and upcycling, illustrating the possible reconciliation of man and nature, entering into

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Go Figure! 60th Edition of Salone Del Mobile.Milano 2022 to Unfold From June 7

Salone del Mobile.Milano 2022 will be an edition packed with people and projects. Almost 200,000 m2 of net exhibition space and around 2,100 exhibitors including 600 SaloneSatellite designers with foreign companies making up 25 per cent of the total (excluding SaloneSatellite) .

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An Amalgamation of Sustainable Technology and Design to Be Seen at International Bathroom Exhibition 2022 | Salone Del Mobile.Milano

The growing biennial dedicated to bathrooms, the International Bathroom Exhibition 2022 will be showcasing lots of new ideas that bring water and energy saving together with relaxation and emotion from June 7 to June 12, 2022, at Fiera Milano, Rho, Pavilions 22-24.

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Sustainable and Inclusive Design for the Future at SaloneSatellite 2022 | Salone del Mobile.Milano

After the enforced break, SaloneSatellite is making its comeback with its 23rd edition from June 7 to June 12, 2022, at Rho Fairgrounds, Pavilions 1-3. Geared to an inclusive and welcoming society, in which the design of the younger generations is increasingly at the forefront, the event is devoted

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S.Project 2022 to Showcase a Multi-Tasking Space for Interior Design at Salone Del Mobile.Milano

An exhibition devoted to design products and decorative and technical interior design solutions, S.Project is making a return at Salone Del Mobile.Milano. Now into its second edition, the exhibition is expected to contain a heterogeneous mix of proposals ranging from indoor to outdoor furnishings.

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Gujarat Becomes The First In India To Get A Road Made Out Of Steel Waste | SR News Update

The road constructed at the Hazira industrial area in Surat has been built with 100% processed steel slag. It has now been opened for traffic on a trial basis.

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FTK (Technology For The Kitchen) to Showcase the Present and Future of Built-In Electrical Appliances at Salone Del Mobile.Milano

Beginning from June 7 till June 12, 2022, at Fiera Milano, Rho, in Pavilions 9-11 and 13-15, the natural complement to EuroCucina, FTK (Technology For the Kitchen) will be showcasing responsible, inclusive and related technology for a more sustainable future.

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EuroCucina 2022 to Bring Functional and Technological Kitchen Innovations at Salone Del Mobile.Milano

From June 7 to June 12, 2022 at the Fiera Milano fairgrounds in Rho the 23rd edition of EuroCucina will be held to bring together 82 exhibitors showcasing wide range of top quality goods.

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Supertech goes into insolvency putting 25k buyers at risk |SURFACES REPORTER Realty News Update

In a major happening that has put the fate of 25,000 buyers in limbo, Supertech, one of the largest real estate groups of Delhi-NCR has gone into insolvency. A report by SURFACES REPORTER.

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Explore Projects and Themes at Salone del Mobile.Milano 2022

Celebrating its 60th milestone edition, Salone del Mobile.Milano will be held at Fiera Milano Rho from June 7 to June 12, 2022, where companies, brands and designers will come together to create an event that would reflect on the ongoing ecological transition of the furnishing system.

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Know All About Diébédo Francis Kéré, The First African to Win the 2022 Pritzker Architecture Prize

Diébédo Francis Kéré is the first African architect who has become the winner of the prestigious 2022 Pritzker Architecture Prize. In this post, at SURFACES REPORTER (SR), we will see what make the 57-years old Diébédo Francis Kéré’s works so special that he received this year’s architecture’s high

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RAK Ceramics acquire Kludi Group, to strengthen presence in European market | SURFACES REPORTER Material News Update

RAK Ceramics, one of the leading tiles and sanitaryware brands from UAE has inked the deal to acquire Kludi Group, a luxury kitchen and bathroom faucet and showering system brand at a total valuation of 39 mn Euros. A report by SURFACES REPORTER.

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Students Propose 3D Printed Coral Reef Dwellings to Rejuvenate Marine Ecosystem | C-Ecology

Students of Tunghai University in Taiwan have been recently nominated for the Green Concept Award 2022 for their C-Ecology project. Run by non-profit organization Green Future Club, the Green Concept Award recognizes and felicitates sustainable materials, products and services.

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Ultra HNIs preferring domestic residential market to invest | SR Realty News Update

A report by Knight Frank suggests that they have spent almost 29% of wealth to buy primary and secondary homes in 2021. The domestic residential market is followed by international markets of the UK, the UAE and the US. A report by SURFACES REPORTER (SR).

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Chinese floor and wall tiles to get costlier in India | SR Material news update

In a move that will surely benefit the domestic tile makers, the Finance Ministry has imposed definitive anti-dumping duty on imports of certain floor and wall tiles from China. A report by SURFACES REPORTER (SR).

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With a war going on, residential prices may go up | SR Realty News Update

India housing industry may suffer a price hike due to the ongoing war between Russia and Ukrain which is causing a major surge in the cost of energy. A report by SURFACES REPORTER (SR).

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Farshid Moussavi- The Architect Behind Museum of Contemporary Art- Bags Jane Drew Prize 2022

The architect behind the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland has won this years Jane Drew Prize for raising the profile of women in architecture.

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MVRDV Halts All of Its Projects in Russia "In Solidarity" With Ukraine | SURFACES REPORTER News Update

Rotterdam-based architecture practice MVRDV has taken a decision to stop all five of its projects in Russian, including its Red7 tower in Moscow,

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New ISO Standards for Anti-bacterial Ceramic Tiles

The Life Sciences Research Department of the Tile Council of North America (TCNA) Product Performance Testing Laboratory recently made an anti-microbial testing using new ISO standard available.

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World’s Tallest Luxury Co-Living Space at 160 m in Hyderabad | Hyderabad One

Hyderabad will reportedly soon have a 47-story luxury co-living space, Hyderabad One (H1). Housing deluxe rooms, a terrace lounge, seven-star bar, gaming zones, food and drinks outlets, parking.

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New Focus Area for ISH 2023: Wood at the Helm of Future of Renewable Heating Technologies

The world’s leading trade fair for HVAC + Water, ISH 2023 will launch Fire & Flame platform for manufacturers who combine the latest heating technologies with future-oriented design. Exhibitors will get to meet new customers, stakeholders, experts, media representatives.

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Purvankara Group launches first residential project in Kerala for Rs 3000 cr | SURFACES REPORTER Realty Bites

Making its first footprint in Kerala, Provident Housing Limited (PHL) has launched a Rs 3000 Cr residential project. By the name of Provident Winworth, the project is launched in Edapally, Kochi the hottest realty destination in the state. A report by SURFACES REPORTER.

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Greenply Industries Ltd consolidated revenue grows by 24% in the third quarter of FY 2022

Greenply Industries Limited, one of countrys leading manufacturers of Plywood and allied products has posted a rise of 23% in its revenue registering around Rs 421.21 on YoY basis. During the same quarter, its Profit After Taxt (PAT) is at 29.8 cr which is 19.3% up on YoY basis. A report by SURFACES

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Nordic, Grimshaw, Haptic and STUP to Design Carbon Net-Zero Terminal of Delhi Noida International Airport

To commence the development of the Delhi Noida International Airport (DNIA), the Uttar Pradesh Government in October 2020 signed a concession agreement with the Zurich Airport International (ZAIA) for a period of 40 years.

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Neri Oxman’s Exhibition to Focus on Sustainable Architectural Ideas | Nature X Humanity

Nature X Humanity showcases the first-large scale exhibition of American-Israeli architect Neri Oxman’s exemplary work. Along with her team at New York-based practice Oxman Architects, the exhibition questions whether the materials, tools and construction of architecture.

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Mahindra Lifespaces, JSW Steel, Lodha Group Launch Business Charter to Design Net-Zero Buildings

In an effort to fight against climate change and to achieve net-zero emissions by 2070, World Resources Institute (WRI) India, along with partners, Alliance for an Energy Efficient Economy (AEEE), EcoCollab and Mahindra Lifespaces, recently launched a voluntary Business Charter

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Luxury Lifestyle Paint Company Craig & Rose Opens its First Experience Centre in India

One of the leading Scottish paint companies which is known for making luxury lifestyle paints in the UK since 1929, Craig & Rose has launched its first-ever experience centre in India.

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Salone Del Mobile 2022 Rescheduled to June Due to Covid-19

The most awaited furniture and interior design event of the year that hosts local and international exhibitors at the Fiera Milano, Rho, Salone Del Mobile.Milana has postponed its 60th edition until June 7 to June 12, 2022.

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IITR-JMI Research: Thermocol Buildings Likely to Resist Earthquake Force

A recent research reportedly suggests that thermocol could be a material of the future, in terms of construction of earthquake-resistant buildings. Not only would such buildings be resistant to earthquake in the most seismic zone but would also save energy.

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Godrej & Boyce launches customer-centric Godrej Go Tuff Mobile App

To streamline the supply chain management of the ready mix concrete (RMC) industry from the purchase to delivery stage,

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Massive Fire Broke Out in a Mumbai Highrise Today | 7 dead, several injured | Level3 Fire | Surfaces Reporter

Saturday, 22nd January 2022, Mumbai - A level 3 massive fire broke out in Mumbais 20-storey Kamala building near Bhatia hospital, on the 18th floor.

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BSE Realty Index clocks 204% growth leaving other sectoral indices behind | SURFACES REPORTER Realty News Update

The last two years of Pandemic has been one of the best for BSE Realty Index as it clocked a massive 204% growth between 1st April 2020 to 12th Jan 2022 according to the research consultancy firm ANAROCK. A report by SURFACES REPORTER (SR).

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Big jump in Luxury residential real estate expected with 67% HNIs planning to buy a luxury home in 2022 | SURFACES REPORTER Realty News Update

In a survey conducted by Sotheby’s International Realty, it was found that the luxury residential real estate may take a big leap this year with 67% of the HNIs planning to buy a luxury residential home. Also, 29% of them showed the desire to acquire a Holiday home. A report by SURFACES REPORTER (SR

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Architect Atul Desai, Former IIA President, Passes Away At Age 82

Architect Atul Desai, Former IIA President and the creative mind behind Whistling Woods International - Indias premier Film, Communication & Creative Arts Institute- has sadly passed away at the age of 82.

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Housing Sales in Top 8 cities up by 51% | Indian Real Estate: 2021 | SURFACES REPORTER Realty Roundup

The residential market continues to see recovery in 2021 and registered a record jump of 51% in the housing sales, Knight Frank says. A report by SURFACES REPORTER (SR).

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Srinagar to get a 5lakh sq ft Shopping Mall | Emaar Group | SURFACES REPORTER Realty Roundup

Emaar Group, noted realty conglomerate from Dubai has announced its plan to develop a 5 lakh sq feet shopping mall in Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir. A report by SURFACES REPORTER (SR).

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Century Real Estate aims for crossing INR 1,000 crore residential sales by 2023 | SURFACES REPORTER Realty Roundup

Century Real Estate, who owns big chunks of land parcels in Southern India, has recorded a bumper growth of 68% in the net sales revenue as compared to the previous CY and eying to enter into Rs 1000 crore club in terms of residential business by 2023. A report by SURFACES REPORTER (SR).

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Surfaces Reporter and Ply Reporter awarded Best Enterprise India in Publishing 2021 - Top magazines in architecture, interior design and building materials

Surfaces Reporter & Ply Reporter have been awarded: BEST ENTERPRISE OF THE YEAR (PUBLISHING) 2021 by MSME Business Awards in association with National Small Industries Corporation (NSIC), and MSME Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

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Simpolo Vitrified- The Leading Tile Brand- Opens its First ‘Exclusive’ Showroom in Virar, Mumbai | News Update

Spread in the area of 2,200 sq ft, the exclusive showroom in Virar offers the exclusive and elegant range of tiles and sanitaryware for every need of Households, Builders and Architects under one roof.

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Pritzker Prize Winning Architect Richard Rogers Passes Away At 88

The architect behind the Paris Pompidou Centre, Lloyd’s building, and the Millennium Dome- Richard Rogers- has passed away at the age of 88, confirmed by his son Roo Rogers on Saturday evening.

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594 km long Ganga Expressway| Longest in India | Facts check | Uttar Pradesh | SURFACES REPORTER News Update

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inaugurated the 594 km long Ganga Expressway connecting Meerut to Prayagraj traversing through 10 districts of Uttar Pradesh. Deemed as countrys longest expressway, here are some of the facts about the dream project of PM Modi by SURFACES REPORTER (SR).

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Indian Real Estate will reach $1 trillion by 2030 | SURFACES REPORTER Real Estate Update

Indian real estate industry will reach upto $ 1 trillion by 2030 and will become a major contributor to the GDP, as suggested by report titled Indian Real Estate Industry by India Brand Equity Foundation (IBEF). A report by SURFACES REPORTER (SR).

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PM inaugurates Kashi Vishwanath Corridor | Facts file | SURFACES REPORTER News Update

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has recently inaugurated the first phase of Kashi- Vishwanath Corridor in the Varanasi district of Uttar Pradesh. Read the entire report of SURFACES REPORTER about the development brought forth by the corridor.

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“No serious impact of Omicron on Indian real estate,” CREDAI | New Delhi | SURFACES REPORTER Realty Update

Amid the growing concerns of the new Omicron variant, the Confederation of Real Estate Developers’ Associations of India has stated that there will be no major threat to the real estate sector of the country and has urged the government to exempt the sector from taking a future stringent steps inclu

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Veri Peri is the Pantone Color of the Year 2022

The dynamic ‘periwinkle blue hue with the violet-red undertone’ is the Pantone colour of the year 2022.

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Ar. B V Doshi wins 2022 Royal Gold Medal, UKs Highest Honour for Architecture

SURFACES REPORTER (SR) feels delighted to share the news that Balkrishna Doshi- India’s most distinguished architect and the first Indian architect who won the Pritzker Prize 2018 ( aka the Nobel Prize of Architecture)- is bestowed with Royal Gold Medal 2022- one of the world’s highest honours for a

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Realty sector cheers RBI decision on Monetary policy as it will keep up the growth momentum | New Delhi | SURFACES REPORTER Realty Update

Amid the growing concerns of Omicron, the Reserve Bank of India, has kept the key lending rates unchanged for the ninth consecutive time during its bi-monthly review as the bank stuck to its wait and watch policy. The move has been taken positively by the realty sector as it claims that it will ke

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Prescon Midtown Bay gets Rs 130 Cr boost by TATA Capital | Mahim | Mumbai | Ar Hafeez Contractor | SURFACES REPORTER Realty Update

Tata Capital Housing Finance Ltd, has announced a whooping investment of Rs 130 Cr in the form of construction finance to the flagship residential development of Prescon Group named Midtown Bay in Mahim, Mumbai designed by noted Architect Hafeez Contractor. A report by SURFACES REPORTER (SR)

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Rs 18,000 Crore Worth Projects in Dehradun Inaugurated by PM Modi | Surfaces Reporter

Last Saturday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone for multiple projects worth Rs 18,000 crore in Dehradun.

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American Architects Labelled India’s Pavilion As ‘One of The Most Iconic’ at Expo Dubai 2020 | CPKA

American Institute of Architects (AIA), a 164-year old international consortium of architects named Indias pavilion as ‘One of the Most Iconic’ pavilions at the World Expo 2020 Dubai.

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Saint-Gobain India Sets to Invest Rs 2,500 Crore in the Home and Construction Space | SR News Update

Saint-Gobain India, a foremost manufacturer of glass and building material, plans to invest more than ?2,500 crores in the home and construction sector in the coming two years. The leading firm will also introduce a range of innovative home solutions under the brand ‘MyHome.

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Bengaluru To Have World-Class ‘Design District’ Inspired by Dubai’s d3

Karnataka IT Minister CN Ashwath Narayan’s plan, Bengaluru will soon have its own ‘Design District’ on the lines of Dubai’s d3

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Dalmia Cement Becomes First Cement Manufacturer in India to Receive GRIHA’S Green Accreditation | SURFACES REPORTER

One of the leading Indian cement manufacturers, Dalmia Cement has been awarded a green accreditation from the Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment (GRIHA) Council.

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Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) & Hyderabad become most expensive residential real estate | PropTiger | SURFACES REPORTER Real estate update

With the average price range of Rs 9,600-Rs 9,800 per sq ft, Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) becomes the costliest residential real estate market followed by the IT hub Hyderabad where the price looms between Rs 5,800-Rs 6,000 per sq ft, a report by PropTiger find out. Read more at SURFACES REPORTE

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