Archive for the ‘Infrastructure’ Category

I’m back folks and my new posts will now be in a different format. Instead of posting weekly infra updates that take a long time to compile, I’ll be posting new posts on-the-go for each project. This will save me some time and make more (read:every little piece of) information available for each project to you.



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^ *sigh*

So… remember how a few months ago I posted about how the Indian Skyscraper Blog had made its triumphant march back into the land of the living??? (*hint*: scroll down the page)

Well f@$% me.

Yeah, sorry guys and gals. Once again I’m totally and completely overcome by busyness and this blog, after lurching gloriously forward for a week, has once again fallen flat on its face.

I’m sorry I’m sorry, I really am. But I just can’t find the time to update the blog as often as I should…

And dammit, its not that there’s NOT been any jawdropping news in Indian urbanism since that fateful post either, like….

  • A whole slew of awesome “tallest buildings” announced
  • A metric crapton(ne) of amazing architecture
  • A veritable grip of new airports
  • New metro and subway lines up the friggin ass
  • ETC*sob*

I hate that this blog is just sitting here looking pretty (though pretty damn sexy, if you ask me, in any case) while all this is going on...

So I’m open to anyone’s suggestions on how I can kick-start this blog!

Are there aspiring writers/bloggers/architecture-freaks out there who want in this exclusive and hoity-toity club?

Any fans who wanna help out?

Please drop me a note as a comment in this message, or email me at
indianskyscraperblog (at) yahoo (dot) com!


-Felonious Vindaloo

PS: In the meantime, check out Skyscrapercity.com’s India Forum for your skyscraper ka phix

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Diamond Tower, Gujarat International Finance Tec-City (GIFT), Gandhinagar, India
…India’s tallest commercial tower, and the crowning masterpiece of India’s future financial metropolis!

The Diamond Tower is crowning centerpiece of India’s largest greenfield megaproject, the Gujarat International Finance Tech-City The 87-floor Diamond Tower will be India’s largest commercial tower and is the largest announced tower in the GIFT skyline.

^ A beautifully faceted showpiece supertall, the Diamond Tower on the Gift Waterfront. All pics in this article courtesy ECADI Architects and GIFT

Before I go on about the Diamond Tower, its necessary to give some background on the GIFT project itself:

Located at Gandhinagar, the capital city of the über-industrial Indian state of Gujarat, and nearby the state’s commercial capital of Ahmedabad, the Gujarat International Finance Tec-City will be one of the world’s largest and most modern financial hubs.

From its already lofty original development goals, GIFT has since grown manifold to literally an entire city’s central business district that will be larger than Paris’s La Defense, Tokyo’s Shinjuku, London’s Dockyards and Shanghai’s Pudong financial districts. It will house over a million people with millions more commuting there daily.

Well placed between the political and commercial capitals of Gujarat of Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad respectively, GIFT is a public-private partnership basically designed to kick Mumbai in the FDI balls and establish itself as a world player. It is India’s first major supertall Central Business District project that is designed to be the focal point of both the world’s and India’s booming financial services market by providing companies with all those things Mumbai is still developing: comprehensive infrastructure, power, verticalized office space, and a well designed, planned and expandable urban form. Its strong proximity and infrastructure connectivity with Mumbai ensures that mutually beneficial development occurs between the two metros..

^ An overhead view of the new GIFT CBD. Only half the planned buildings are shown in the above rendering

The scale of GIFT is singularly massive, unparalleled in the world except a handfull of Dubai megaprojects, none of those which can hold a candle to GIFT’s goals of economic sustainability, integration and scalability.

Gujarat International Finance Tec-City will have 312 tall buildings — the tallest being the signature Diamond Tower with 87 floors; another 40 buildings with more than 50 floors and many more with 24 plus floors of height. The entire project is not only fully approved but already completely sold out due to insane demand. Construction will begin later this year.

For more information on GIFT as a whole, please check out the GIFT thread in General Urban Developments forum for a summary of the main developments and the GIFT thread in the SSC India forum for more detailed discussions.


OK, now that that’s out of the way, let’s talk about the majestic Diamond Tower 🙂

… for tons more more information, renderings, details and images of the other proposed designs to GIFT and the tower, read on!


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Gujarat International Finance Tech-City, Gandhinagar, India

…India’s biggest major planned skyscraper CBD outside Mumbai, Gujarat’s and India’s tallest commercial skyscraper, Gujarat’s first major commercial skyscraper, and one of the biggest single megaprojects in India!

The Indian Skyscraper Race is ON.

This last year has been big for Indian architecture and development fans. A total of 7 megaprojects with supertall towers have been either approved or beginning construction (sadly, only a handful of them with renderings released), each of them vying to grab the coveted title of “India’s Tallest Building.”

But this latest project, located at Gandhinagar, the capital city of the über-industrial Indian state of Gujarat, and nearby the state’s commercial capital of Ahmedabad, its a home-run hit deep to left field (or maybe I should try to speak in cricket terms… a deep sixer(??)) Why? Although it may not necessarily win the title of India’s tallest building (not for long anyway), the project certainly has all the megaprojects made public beat in terms of sheer massing and scale.

For more information, renderings and news of this project originally posted by me on Skyscrapercity.com, read on!…


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Hello everyone!

I am sorry I couldn’t provide updates last week as I was busy at work. This past week including the weekend has been nothing different than the last one . So here’s a quick short update with limited commentary.


  • Metro Rails – Bangalore,Chennai,Delhi,Hyderabad,Kochi,Mumbai,Pune and others
  • Highways and Expressways – Nhava-Sewri Trans Harbor link, Bandra Worli Sea Link, Hyderabad ORR
  • City Infra – Hyderabad,Chennai
  • Aviation Scoop!


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Hello everyone!

Along with the regular updates from the past week, we’ll have a look at some of the expressways being planned and executed in Indiyeah. 🙂

Just in case you didn’t check the previous post , I added info+pics of the new Nivedita Bridge that was opened in Kolkata last month.


  • Metro Rails – Bangalore,Delhi,Hyderabad, Kolkata(LRT)
  • Highways and Expressways – Contracts awarded + New Expressways
  • City Infra – Kolkata,Mumbai
  • Aviation Scoop! – Chennai,Kolkata modernization



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Hello everybody!

This is the first Infrastructure update covering updates from the past week! In this first update allow me to digress from the happenings of last week and post relevant stuff from the weeks before it.

Here’s an outline of the topics covered in this weeks update –

  • Metro Rail Systems – Delhi, Hyderabad & Mumbai(+local train news)
  • Highways – contracts awarded and updates on expressways
  • City Infra – Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai & Pune
  • Aviation Scoop!



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