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The Power of Dreams…India is refashioning it’s future as an Economic Powerhouse

  Every man (every woman too) should have a dream it’s good to dream: and for me, at the moment, just in case you’re wondering, that means a lengthy spell on a Goan beach, interrupted only by breathless news that Donald Trump has lost the power of speech. That would do me a power of ...

Seventy Five Years on, and Indian Infrastructure is a Global Success Story

In 1923 the British Raj made it illegal for any Indian company to build, own or operate locomotives or rolling stock: a cynical attempt to protect the mother country’s industry and, together with other equally cynical Whitehall measures, a severe impediment to the Subcontinent’s efforts at reconstruction in the years following independence (seventy-five years ago ...

Joining the dots on FDI…Indian Real Estate has rich pickings

Just ask Vladimir Putin, no modern economy can survive in a vacuum: the world is too closely connected, too tangled up and interdependent, to allow any one country to go it alone. And, especially after the painful isolation of COVID lockdowns, no well managed economy would even think of trying. That’s why the regulation of ...
Indian Real Estate

Charting a Steady Course…Stability is the Guiding Star for Indian Real Estate

If, like most of us, you’re still struggling to chart a course through an uncertain future, the last thing you need, the very last thing, is instability and uncertainty: such as, for example, inflation rates in the UK, which have veered wildly from 2% to 5.4% over the space of six months. But while property ...

Take a Bow Ms Sitharaman …A timely boost for Indian Real Estate

For as long as COVID has maintained its icy grip on real estate markets, India’s increasingly middle class, increasingly urbanised population responded by tightening their belts, and that in turn caused developers to reduce property prices: offering a dazzling spectrum of attractive deals to maintain sales figures, as well as creating virtual home hunting and ...

It doesn’t have to be this way…Waking up to ESG

With all the hype and hoopla of COP26, we’ve heard a lot recently about sustainability, and quite right too you might say: but what does it all mean for Construction? Well, for a start, the Glasgow Conference noted (rightly) that urban infrastructure has historically been responsible for about 40% of global emissions, which is why ...

The birth pangs of progress mean new opportunities for cryptocurrencies

China banned crypto currency transactions last month, including Bitcoin mining (the energy guzzling process of creating new Bitcoin), and within days the price of Bitcoin fell by $2,000. In itself that’s hardly surprising: China is one of the biggest crypto markets in the world, but the immediate market reaction was still perplexing, because China had ...

Affordable housing matters…Managed delivery has the answers for India

Relatively few people in India, in fact just 30%, rent their properties, compared with close to 40% in the United States, and 43% in France. On the other hand, home ownership levels on the subcontinent currently exceed 50%; and for the rest of the population, 15% live with their parents (too often a disguised variant ...

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