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How far is this ratio going to decide growth?
The maximum floor-area ratio for the emerging IT hub of Kakkanad has been set at 2. Builders fear that such low ratios will make Kochi less competitive. But planners contend that the infrastructure allows only so much, writes Shyama Raj


Balancing tourism and environment
The thatched wooden structures blend with the lush environment. And the first thing that strikes a visitor to this resort is its eco-friendly nature.
Time to save for the summer
Who said rainwater-harvesting systems are expensive, not affordable for the common man? The little investment on them can be considered well-spent, as they ensure peace of mind during the dry months.
New life for a pond
One of Thrissur’s famous landmarks has been renovated
Gym at home
With more people becoming health conscious and doing exercises, fitness centres have sprouted across the city.

Such facilities are being created in homes also, so one need not step out for a walk or go to a gymnasium.

Hectic hours at ...


Steps to conserve energy
Use of energy-efficient materials and sub-systems and avoidance of wastage of water in the building matter.
Cities are the greatest of human inventions
Where is nature? Most urbanites may answer, “Beyond the city limits sign.”

But it need not be that way, argue Christopher G. Bonne and Ali Modarres in ‘City and Environment’ ( City of opportunities

Despite progressing slowly on the development of the real estate sector when compared to Bangalore, Hyderabad has transformed into an IT service hub due to the steady and structured approach of the government. The latest property market ...


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