Discrimination faced by Mumbaikars...
If the housing societies in Mumbai (Bombay) are only meant for families (married couples), then the government of Maharashtra should make marriage compulsory in the state/city.
Or else the government should tell its citizens where will Unmarried, Divorcees, Bachelors, Spinsters live in the city of skyscrapers or is Bombay only for those who have families.
This is one of the greatest mental blocks of Mumbaikars, who otherwise want to bask in the FALSE HALO of Cosmopolitanism.
This disease (of not giving apartments to Bachelors, Muslims, etc on rent) is specially prevalent in housing societies where the Gujaratis, Marathis and North Indians (to some extent) abound; while the rest of the population is more or less okay with the concept.
The government of Maharashtra should take this matter seriously and devise laws to eradicate this malice ASAP, so that BOMBAY (and its suburbs) becomes free of discrimination based on Marital Status, Religion, etc. Or else the Honourable Supreme Court of India should step in, and give directions to the state or central governments -- so that the fundamental rights of its citizens enshrined in the constitution of India is not violated.
Saturday, April 26, 2014
Infrastructure: Many roads to profit
April 20, 2014: More airports in smaller cities and towns, a chain of ports, and freight and industrial corridors are on the BJP’s infrastructure-building agenda. The manifesto reiterates its faith in the public-private partnership model.
The timeline envisaged to set up the promised infrastructure is reasonable at 10 years.
Some of these ideas aren’t new, though they can do with better execution. On airports, for example, the 12th Five-Year plan already envisages spends of ₹87,700 crore for their development. Finances permitting, GVK Power & Infra and GMR Infra, the two main listed players in airport development, and smaller companies such as Valecha Engineering could gain significantly from the new airport projects taking off.
Projects for all
The major ports today are constrained by slow turnaround times, high traffic, and lack of room for expansion. This creates potential for new ports to spring up. Adani Ports, with a sparkling record of ramping up volumes at Mundra port while also constructing berths at other ports, has a good shot at participating in such projects. Gujarat Pipavav, too, is well-placed with its port improving in profitability. While there are dozens of companies keen to bid for development of road connectivity, the highly leveraged ones may not be able to make the cut.
The BJP’s plans on roads and freight corridors may bolster the order books for Sadbhav Engineering, IL&FS Transportation Networks, IRB Infra and Larsen & Toubro, which today have the financial wherewithal to take on new projects. Special focus for the north-eastern region may open up opportunities for regional players such as MBL Infra and JMC Projects.
Plans to build 100 cities will require smaller projects for everything from bus shelters and car parks to sewerage and waste water management. MBL Infra, J Kumar Infra and L&T are well-placed to gain from a thrust on urban infra development.
While IVRCL, Pratibha Industries, Unity Infra, and Ramky Infra are key players, too, high leverage may stand in the way.
Water and desalination projects may mean more opportunities for players such as VA Tech Wabag.
Courtesy: The Hindu Business Line