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Week of 9/20/21

ELEVATOR-EQUIPPED FoB INAUGURATED IN PATNA

Officials in Patna, India, on September 20 inaugurated the city’s first elevator-equipped foot overbridge (FoB) in the city, The Times of India reports. The new pedestrian road crossing is equipped with two elevators on each end. It allows safe crossing over the six-lane Atal Path, which connects SK Puri and Mahesh Nagar in the city, and was designed to help pedestrians who have disabilities, senior citizens and women with small children. The bridge, about 53.3-m-long and 4.6-m-wide, was built at a cost of about US$460,400. Three more, similar FOBs are set to go up along Atal Path and should be ready by December. Patna is the capital city of Bihar state.

THE OLYMPUS TO BECOME HYDERABAD’S TALLEST RESIDENTIAL TOWER

Sumadhura Group in collaboration with Vasavi Group is launching its latest iconic residential project, Sumadhura Group announced in a press release. The Olympus will be greater Hyderabad, India’s tallest residential tower at 44 stories, offering 854 luxury units. Spread across more than 5 acres in the desirable Financial District neighborhood, the project offers a total saleable area of approximately 2 million ft2. The Olympus is strategically located close to the city, while offering residents seamless connectivity to all parts of Hyderabad. The property has been thoughtfully planned to offer a holistic lifestyle to its residents with modern amenities such as an approximately 50,000 ft2 club house called the “Zeus” club that houses co-working spaces, a café, a library, a swimming pool, guest suites, a BBQ terrace, a sports bar, a gym, a badminton court, a squash court, indoor games, a spa and a saloon, among others. The project is scheduled to be completed by December 2025.

REGISTRATION OPEN FOR E2 FORUM INDIA 2021

Potential presenters and guests are invited to attend the third edition of Elevator & Escalator (E2) Forum India 2021, which is scheduled for October 1 at the Hotel Le Meridien, New Delhi, organizer Messe Frankfurt has announced. E2 Forum will once again bring together industry leaders and professionals across segments on a common platform to connect, interact and indulge in “vertical growth” conversations. The event will offer four segments for discussion, each with multiple experts from industry and related fields. The presentations are:

  • Session I:  Inauguration and Industry leaders Panel Discussion
  • Session II: Massive Opportunities in Indian Railways/Metro Rail Projects
  • Session III: Opportunities, Challenges and Solutions for the Real Estate and Infrastructure Industry
  • Session IV: Way forward for the Escalator and Elevator Industry, Post-COVID-19

The keynote address will be by Sh. Surendra Singh, additional director general, Central Public Works Department. A special address, “Industry and Conference Overview,” will be presented by Mr. V. Jagadish Kumar, director, L'Avenir Consultancy Pvt. Ltd. Another special address, “Elevator Rope Safety and its Importance,” will be presented by rope-maker Usha Martin, Ltd., and a discussion, “New and Future Trends in the Lift Industry,” will be given by Dr. Peter Hug of VDMA, Elevators and Escalators Division.

Seating is limited, so those wishing to attend are urged to register now online. For speaking opportunities, you may contact Anshu Varshney at +91 84474 17262, or by email at anshu.varshney@india.messefrankfurt.com. For delegate registration, contact Priyanka Rai at +91 11 6676 2374, or by email at priyanka.rai@india.messefrankfurt.com. ELEVATOR WORLD India is an official media partner of E2 Forum India 2021.

KONE TO SUPPLY 53 ELEVATORS FOR OFFICE TOWER IN INDIA

KONE has won an order to supply 53 elevators for Commerz III, a 50-story, premium commercial tower under development in Mumbai, India, the company announced on September 9. The order includes 42 of KONE’s MiniSpace® and 11 MonoSpace® elevators that will travel 223 m at speeds of up to 6 m/s. The vertical-transportation system will employ KONE’s Destination Control System with turnstile integration, which will reduce waiting and traveling times while avoiding crowding for the daily use of about 13,000 people, and will also use the KONE E-Link™ service for on-site equipment monitoring. The contract includes one year of standard maintenance. Commerz III, targeting LEED green building certification, is being developed by Oberoi Realty Ltd., with Capacite Infra as the main contractor and design by architect Woods Bagot. The tower is rising in the International Business Park in Oberoi Garden City, home to previous building projects Commerz and Commerz II. The project is expected to wrap up by the end of 2022.

Week of 9/13/21

TAMIL NADU’S DISABLED-FRIENDLY PUBLIC BUILDINGS LIMITED

The Director for the Welfare of the Differently Abled has informed the Madras High Court that of the 49,550 public buildings in Tamil Nadu, India, only 26,769 had ramps and handrails at the main entrance and, although 40,476 buildings had doors that could be accessed freely by the disabled, only 1,209 had elevators with Braille raised numbers on the control panel, The Hindu reports. In addition, the Public Works Department (PWD) maintains the maximum number of 45,782 government buildings. Of those PWD buildings, only 23,856 had ramps and handrails and 333 had Braille raised number on elevator control panels. According to the source, only 54% of public buildings can be accessed by the disabled. The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016, came into force in April 2017. The law requires old public buildings to be made disabled-friendly within five years, and accordingly, the deadline for retrofitting the buildings is June 2022.

FIRST ESCALATOR SERVING NEW INDIAN RAIL STATION UNVEILED

The first escalator serving Siddhivinayak Metro Station, part of Mumbai Metro Line 3, or MML-3, on India’s west coast is now operational, The Free Press Journal reports. Mumbai Metro Rail Corp. (MMRC) Managing Director Ranji Singh Deol observed work was done in only 18 days, and the unit was unveiled during the Ganesh Chaturthi celebration on September 10. The escalator can carry 7,300 passengers per h at up to 0.65 m/s or 6,000 passengers per h at up to 0.5 m/s. Operated by MMRC, the 33.5-km-long line will be the first underground line in Mumbai, running along the Colaba-Bandra-SEEPZ corridor and connecting key financial hubs and, for the first time, the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport. Incorporating heritage stations that include Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus and Churchgate, MML-3 is expected to reduce traffic congestion by up to 35% and cut travel time from Cuffe Parade to the airport in half.

KONE TO SUPPLY 53 ELEVATORS FOR OFFICE TOWER IN INDIA

KONE has won an order to supply 53 elevators for Commerz III, a 50-story, premium commercial tower under development in Mumbai, India, the company announced on September 9. The order includes 42 of KONE’s MiniSpace® and 11 MonoSpace® elevators that will travel 223 m at speeds of up to 6 m/s. The vertical-transportation system will employ KONE’s Destination Control System with turnstile integration, which will reduce waiting and traveling times while avoiding crowding for the daily use of about 13,000 people, and will also use the KONE E-Link™ service for on-site equipment monitoring. The contract includes one year of standard maintenance. Commerz III, targeting LEED green building certification, is being developed by Oberoi Realty Ltd., with Capacite Infra as the main contractor and design by architect Woods Bagot. The tower is rising in the International Business Park in Oberoi Garden City, home to previous building projects Commerz and Commerz II. The project is expected to wrap up by the end of 2022.

Week of 9/06/21

TKE INDIA NAMED MAHARASHTRA STATE BEST EMPLOYER BRAND 2021

TK Elevator (TKE) India was conferred with the Maharashtra State Best Employer Brand 2021 Award in September, United News of India reports. Hosted by Employer Branding Institute, World HRD Congress and Stars of the Industry Group, the award recognizes enterprises for going above and beyond for their employees. About the award, Manish Mehan, CEO and managing director of TKE India, said, “TKE is committed to attracting, retaining and developing top talents by offering a best-in-class workplace and promoting an empowering and motivating work culture. We believe the right workplace, work culture and initiatives allow talents to thrive. But, most importantly, people are our greatest assets and are essential for the company to achieve business objectives.”

WPI NAMES KONE INDIA AMONG 100 ADMIRED COMPANIES

White Page International (WPI), during its Ninth White Page Leadership Conclave, named KONE Elevator among its listing of 100 Admired Brands in India. In addition, WPI honored Amit Gossain, managing director, KONE India, as one of its 100 Inspirational Leaders. The conclave, held in August, also was an opportunity for WPI to honor its 50 Best Marketing & Corporate Communications Leaders; 50 Best Finance Leaders; 50 Best HR Leaders; and 50 Best Technology Leaders 2021. As an admired brand, KONE was joined by a wide range of businesses covering technology, real estate, pharmaceuticals and more. WPI is a consulting firm with a portfolio that includes brand marketing, research, large-scale generic and customized conferences, publishing and more. With a presence in the U.K., Singapore, India and UAE, WPI’s goal is to help its clients realize improved performance and stronger brand value.

SKELETON FOUND AT BASE OF OUT-OF-ORDER ELEVATOR AFTER 24 YEARS

Skeletal remains of a man were recovered when an out-of-order elevator was opened at OPEC Hospital in Kaili of Basti district in Uttar Pradesh, India, for repair after being non-operational for 24 years, India.com reports. The police were alerted immediately and they have launched an investigation. The skeleton has been sent for a DNA test, and the Basti Police are also looking into missing persons files from 24 years ago to find leads and identify the body. Construction work for Kaili OPEC Hospital in Basti district began in 1991 and the elevator was functional until 1997, according to police. It is not known yet how the person died or why the body was at the base of the elevator.

Week of 8/30/21

SCHINDLER TO PROVIDE 180 ESCALATORS FOR INDIAN METRO

Schindler has been selected to deliver 180 escalators for stations on two new routes that are part of Bangalore Metro Rail Corp.'s Phase 2 project in southern India, which will integrate Bengaluru's (also known as Bangalore) metro network with other transport systems and eventually connect Kempegowda International Airport with the city's IT district, Construction Week Online is among outlets to report. Scheduled for completion by 2026, the project includes both elevated and underground stations and is aimed at relieving traffic congestion and providing transportation to the IT district. The order consists of 140 escalators for the new Yellow Line connecting Bengaluru and Electronic City (which is among India's largest IT parks) and 40 escalators for the new Pink Line north-south route through the city. The escalators will assist in transporting an additional 370,000 daily passengers.

Week of 8/23/21

INDIA’S WESTERN RAILWAY REOPENS LIFTS, ESCALATORS, GATES

With increases in passengers, Western Railway in India is opening more lifts and escalators, as well as entry and exit gates, The Free Press Journal reported on August 24. With daily passenger counts between 1.3 million and 1.5 million on Mumbai’s 60-km Churchgate-Virar route, the Railway has decided to open 22 more gates, and also to make all elevators and escalators operational. The actions increased the number of open gates by 52%, but officials planned to keep the rest of the gates closed to improve access control. Between August 11 and 22, more than 92,000 monthly season tickets were sold. All of the route’s 66 escalators and 24 elevators are now open to the public.

WORK LAUNCHES ON PHASE II OF PROJECT ELEVATE

Phase II of Elevate, a multi-tower residential project in Gurgaon, India, being jointly developed by international real estate firm Hines and Indian real estate company Conscient Infrastructure Pvt. Ltd., has been launched, Hines recently announced. The project will total 556 for-sale three- and four-bedroom apartments ranging from approximately 2,100 to 3,400 ft2. Hines and Conscient announced their joint venture to develop Elevate in 2019, and work started on Phase I that May. Despite the pandemic, the developers said, the construction of Elevate is in full swing. The project, with the tallest structures standing about 35 stories, was designed by Ricardo E. Bofill, principal chief designer of RBTA, and is being built at a total cost of about US$201 million. Sales are currently underway, and the project is scheduled for completion in late 2023 or early 2024.

MD OF INDIAN MOTOR MANUFACTURER JOINS NONPROFIT BoD

Mumbai, India, motor manufacturer Bharat Bijlee Ltd. recently announced that Managing Director (MD) Nakul Mehta has been appointed to the Board of Directors (BoD) of the nonprofit Centre for Organization Development (COD) in Hyderabad. Bharat Bijlee has been associated for more than 40 years with COD, a provider of education, consulting and research in the organizational development field. COD founder Dr. B.L. Maheshwari has advised Bharat Bijlee on management processes since the company was founded in 1975. Mehta joined Bharat Bijlee in 1984, and has been MD since 1990. He has extensive experience in the electrical engineering and elevator industries, and is considered an expert in strategy formulation and technology development. He holds degrees in physics and engineering mechanics and has published research in academic journals.

Week of 8/16/21

DISABLED GROUP SEEKS RAIL STATION IMPROVEMENTS IN INDIA

A group of protesters demonstrated in front of the Tirunelveli, India, railway junction on August 11, calling for railway stations across the country to improve rail facilities to accommodate physically challenged travelers, The Hindu reported. The protesters said the specially designed railway coaches, which are easily accessible, should be returned to operation, and elevators and escalators should be installed in all major railway stations to ensure easy movement. They also called for the withdrawal of platform ticket fares and for the extension to Tamil Nadu of the fuel subsidy currently given in the union territories of Puducherry and Chandigarh.

Week of 8/09/21

OTIS INDIA LAUNCHES ONLINE PURCHASE PORTAL

Otis India has begun operating an online portal that allows customers to purchase the Gen2® Prime elevator over the internet, The Hindu reported on August 9. "We are the first major original equipment manufacturer in the vertical-transportation industry to release this digital capability," said Otis India President Sebi Joseph. "Perhaps we are the first globally." Joseph called the new capability "a disruption" and noted that "COVID accelerated it in a positive way." The online portal allows customers to customize their orders, get a price quote and make their purchases via mobile phone or computer. The process includes public availability of prices. Buyers place their orders, which are confirmed and finalized by Otis' sales team who then initiates the fulfilment of the orders. The Gen2 Prime elevator is manufactured by Otis in Bengaluru.

TKE, SRI LANKAN FIRM WIN MALDIVES AIRPORT CONTRACT

DIMO, a Sri Lanka-based conglomerate with a range of engineering companies, including vertical-transportation (VT), has won a project to supply, install and maintain elevators, escalators and moving walks at the Velana International Airport in Malé, capital of the island nation Maldives, Adaderana Biz reported on August 10. Working with its partner, TK Elevator (TKE), DIMO’s contract calls for the installation of 23 elevators, 14 escalators and four moving walks. The VT will be installed in a new international passenger terminal building with more than 78,000 m2 of space capable of accommodating up to 7.5 million passengers per year. DIMO and TKE entered into their partnership in 2018, when DIMO became sole distributor, installer and service provider in Sri Lanka and Maldives for TKE VT equipment. DIMO built its VT team by training workers at TKE Campus and, in the process, helped TKE build its market share in Sri Lanka.