Buzz (September 2013)

September, 2013


The Central government has allotted Rs 50 crore for the conservation and restoration of the Indian Institute of Advanced Studies in Shimla.

For those with or without a celebrity voice, but with a dream to live like one, there is good news! The singer-songwriter Celine Dion is planning to sell her 5.7-acre custom-built home on Jupiter Island, Florida, for $72.5 million. Any takers?

A heritage-styled, seven-storied commercial building on 38 Hemanta Basu Sarani in Kolkata that blends into the heritage zone attracted tourists over the years; while in reality, it is just an imitation! The glass and reinforced concrete structure was built by Mackintosh Burn under directions from the Archeological Survey of India and Kolkata Municipal Corporation.

Alert, high-rise building developers! You now have one more department to please, and this time it's the meteorological department! Recently, the regional meteorological centre lopped off the height of two proposed towers in Mumbai by half because they would have interfered with the new Doppler weather radar installed in Navy Nagar three years ago.

Ratish Nanda, Project Director for the Aga Khan Trust for Culture wants to create a 480 hectare mega park in Delhi on the lines of the popular Central Park in New York. This would require the merger of a string of adjoining gardens, heritage areas and a zoo administered by different government agencies in Delhi. An incredibly complicated task in a land where bureaucratic turfs are fiercely protected, will this dream come true?