Sunday, July 28, 2019

Accessible Loksabha Elections 2019: a successful endeavor of Election Commission of India

The motto of ‘Accessible Elections’ was one among the many initiatives of Election Commission of India to make the world’s largest democratic exercise inclusive and participative for all. During the Lok Sabha Elections 2019, special focus was given to ensure the participation of Persons with Disabilities (PwDs). A total of 62,63,701 PwDs were registered within an electorate of 910 million. 

Download Press Release No. ECI/PN/74/2019 Dated: 28th July, 2019 by Election Commission of India, detailing the successful endeavour of ECI  [PDF 847KB] or read below:


Assured Minimum Facilities in Polling Stations (AMF):


Thursday, March 01, 2018

CABE conducted an Access Sensitisation Workshop for North Municipal Corporation of Delhi

Picture of Sh. TD Dhariyal, State Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities  for Govt. of Delhi explaining the mandate of RPWD Act 2016 during the Access Sensitization workshop

Sh. TD Dhariyal, State Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities 
for Govt. of Delhi explaining the mandate of RPWD Act 2016
01 Mar 2018, New Delhi

On an invitation from the North Municipal Corporation of Delhi, CABE Team today organised an Access Sensitisation Workshop for the Senior Engineers and Architects of the North MCD in presence of the State Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities Sh. TD Dhariyal. Incidentally, the North MCD is also facing notices from the Court of State Commissioner for inaccessibility of sidewalks, street infrastructure, public toilets and office buildings. Hon'ble Delhi High Court has also made strong observations in a public interest litigation filed by Sh. Nipun Malhotra against different civic bodies. The training was organised in this context so that the concerned officials were sensitised and trained on the mandate of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act  2016 and the accessibility requirements under the law and guidelines.

Picture 1 of Attendees at the Access Sensitization workshop
Fig A. Senior Engineers and Architects of the Corporation attending the Workshop

Picture 2 of participants at the workshop showing Senior Engineers and Architects of the Corporation
Fig B. Senior Engineers and Architects of the Corporation attending the Workshop

Picture 3 of the participants attending the workshop
Fig. Sh. Amor Kool detailing the importance of Universal Design while planning and renovating infrastructure. 

The Rights of Persons with Disabilities, 2016 and the Rules notified by the Govt. of India thereunder require the Public Authorities to meet the mandate of accessibility in public infrastructure and transportation within five years of the notification while for organisations (both private and public) need to make their services accessible within two years of the notification of the Act. It has already a year since the law has passed and the ground reality presents a grim picture. Unless the municipalities and Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) immediately incorporate and adopt an Action Plan / Strategy Document for achieving the mandate of accessibility for the areas under their jurisdiction, it will be too late.

The RPWD Act 2016 presents an opportunity before the ULBs and developmental agencies to adopt Accessibility Plans for their areas for time bound implementation to promote inclusive communities in addition to smart cities. The time to act is now, before it is too late.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Udaipur to host next 2-Day National Workshop on National Building Code of India 2016 on 15-16 March 2018

Dear Colleagues,

This is in continuation of our earlier post dated 14 Feb 18. The next Awareness Raising Workshop on recently revised National Building Code 2016 is schedule during 15-16 March 2018 at Udaipur City of Rajasthan, India. 

Bureau of Indian Standards jointly with Institutional of Engineers (India) Udaipur Local Centre is organizing this 2-day Workshop  Delhi, India at College of Technology and Engineering (CTAE), University Road, Ganapati Nagar, Udaipur, Rajasthan 313001.

It is reiterated that the speakers indicated in the workshop program below are Conveners/Expert members of the relevant chapters of the Code who have contributed in the revision of NBC.

Session IV is dedicated to Building Services: Lighting and Natural Ventilation which would be presented by a senior member of  our CABE Team. Here is the tentative program: 

2-day National Workshop on  National Building Code of India 2016 Tentative Program:
(15 & 16 March 2018 @ CTAE, MPUAC, Udaipur)

Thursday, 15 March 2018
0900h – 1000h
1000h – 1100h
Inaugural Session
1100h – 1130h
High Tea
1130h – 1330h
Session I Overview of NBC 2016 including Administration, Development                  Control Rules & General Building Requirements
Speaker:   Shri Sanjay Pant, Director & Head (Civil Engg), BIS
1330h – 1430h
1430h – 1515h
Session II  Building Services - Electrical Installations
Speaker: Smt Shruti Goel (Member, Panel for Electrical Installations of NBC 2016)        
1515h – 1615h
Session III   Fire and Life Safety
Speaker:      Shri S.K. Dheri (Convener, Panel for Fire Protection of NBC 2016)
1615h – 1630h
1630h – 1730h

Session IV  Building Services – Lighting and Natural Ventilation
Speaker:      Shri Amor Kool (Member, Panel for Lighting and Natural Ventilation of NBC 2016)

Friday, 16 March 2018
0900h – 1100h
Session V    Structural Design Including Disaster Resistant Design of
Speaker:       Shri V.V. Arora (Convener, Panel for Masonry of NBC 2016)
1100h – 1130h
1130h – 1230h
Session VI   Approach to Sustainability
Speaker:       Dr. Prem C. Jain (Convener, Panel for Sustainability of NBC 2016)  - TBC
1230h – 1330h
Session VII  Provisions on Accessibility
Speaker:       Smt Madhurima Madhav, Scientist C (Civil Engg), BIS
1330h – 1430h
1430h – 1545h
Session VIII  Construction Management, Practices and Safety
Speaker:       Shri Jose Kurian (Convener, Panel for Concrete of NBC 2016) 
1545h – 1600h
1600h – 1700h
Session IX   Plumbing Services
Speaker:       To be confirmed
1700h – 1730h
Concluding Session
High Tea


Please note that the registration shall be done on first come first serve basis and registration is mandatory for entry to the workshop. For further details, enquiry and registration, please contact :

Shri Y.K. Bolia ,
Hony. Secretary, IEI-ULC
Institution of Engineers (India),
Udaipur Local Centre,
1285, Hiran Magri, Sector 11
Udaipur- 313 002
Phone: 0294-2583702
Mobile: 9414254531

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Invitation for a 2-Day National Workshop on National Building Code of India 2016: 20-21 Feb, 2018 at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi

Banner depicting a road with background of buildings in an urban setting with text  "BIS in association with the Indian Buildings Congress New Delhi and CPWD, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, is organising a 2-day workshop on National Building Code of India 2016 on 20-21 February 2018 at Vigyan Bhavan New Delhi

Dear Colleagues,

The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), as part of its efforts towards ensuring safety and sustainability of buildings and built environment, has been continuously working towards formulation and revision of Indian Standards on diverse areas impacting quality and safety of construction.  In this direction, BIS has revised the National Building Code of India (2005 version) and notified the latest version National Building Code of India -2016

In order to disseminate information about the the Code, BIS jointly with the Indian Buildings Congress (IBC), New Delhi, and in association with Central Public Works Department (CPWD), Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, is organizing a 2-day Workshop on "National Building Code of India 2016" on 20 & 21 February 2018 at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi, India. It may be noted that the speakers indicated in the workshop program below are Conveners/Expert members of the relevant chapters of the Code who have contributed in the revision of NBC. Session II is dedicated to the provisions on Accessibility covered in the National Building Code. 

A copy of the Invitation brochure published by Indian Buildings Congress can be accessed Here. 

2-day National Workshop on  National Building Code of India 2016 Tentative Program:

Tuesday, 20 February 2018
0900h – 1000h
1000h – 1100h
Inaugural Session
1100h – 1130h
High Tea
1130h – 1300h
Session I    Overview of NBC 2016 including Administration, Development  Control Rules & General Building Requirements
Chairman: Shri V. Suresh (Convener, Panel for Administration, Development Control & General Building Requirements of NBC 2016)
Speaker:      Shri Sanjay Pant (Head (Civil Engg), BIS)
1300h – 1400h
1400h – 1445h
Session II    Provisions on Accessibility
Chairman:    Shri T. N. Gupta (Convener, Panel for Building Materials, of NBC 2016)
Speaker:      Shri Subhash Chandra Vashishth (Member, Panel for Administration,
                     Development Control & General Building Requirements of NBC 2016)
1445h – 1630h
Session III   Fire and Life Safety
Chairman:    Dr Anoop K Mittal (Sr Vice President, IBC & CMD, NBCC India Ltd.)
Speaker:      Shri S.K. Dheri (Convener, Panel for Fire Protection of NBC 2016)
                    Shri Gulshan Khurana (Member, Panel for Fire Protection of NBC 2016)
                    Shri Sandeep Goel (Member, Panel for Fire Protection of NBC 2016)
1630h – 1645h
1645h – 1730h
Session IV   Asset and Facility Management
Chairman:     Shri Deepak Narayan, Past President, IBC
Speaker:       Shri Krishna Kant (Convener, Panel for Asset & Facility Management
                      of NBC 2016)

Wednesday, 21 February 2018
1000h – 1130h
Session V    Structural Design Including Disaster Resistant Design of
Chairman:     Dr D. K. Paul (Chairman, Earthquake Engineering Committee of BIS)
Speaker:       Shri V.V. Arora (Convener, Panel for Masonry of NBC 2016)
1130h – 1200h
1200h – 1300h
Session VI   Prefabrication, Systems Building and Mixed/Composite
Chairman:    Shri Rajesh Goel, CMD, Hindustan Prefab Limited, New Delhi
Speaker:      Shri M.P. Naidu (Convener, Panel for Prefabrication and Systems
                     Building of NBC 2016)
1300h – 1400h
1400h – 1500h
Session VII  Construction Management, Practices and Safety
Chairman:     Shri H S Dogra (Chairman, CEDC, BIS)  
Speaker:       Shri Jose Kurian (Convener, Panel for Concrete of NBC 2016)  
1500h – 1545h
Session VIII Building Services - Electrical Installations
Chairman:    Dr. Prem C. Jain (Convener, Panel for Sustainability of NBC 2016) 
Speaker:      Smt Shruti Goel (Member, Panel for Electrical Installations, NBC2016)      
1545h – 1600h
1600h – 1645h
Session IX  Building Services - ICT in Buildings
Chairman:   Shri  Prabhakar Singh, Special DG, (DR.),CPWD
Speaker:     Shri AK Mittal,(Convener, Panel for ICT in Buildings of NBC 2016)       
1645h – 1745h

Panel Discussion cum Concluding Session
Chairman:       Shri K.B. Rajoria, Past President, IBC

Dr. Mahesh Kumar
Shri Rajeev Goel
Dr. Vimal Kumar
Shri J. Asudani
Shri H.K. Srivastava
Skill Development
Shri Rajesh Goel
Shri Shishir Bansal 
Centering & Shuttering

High Tea

Please note that the registration shall be done on first come first serve basis and registration is mandatory for entry to the workshop. For further details, enquiry and registration, please contact :

Shri Pradeep Mittal 
Hony. Secretary
Indian Buildings Congress,
Sector-VI, R.K. Puram, New Delhi-110022
Phone: 011-26170197, 26169531, Fax: 26196391
Mobile: 9811075333; 9311075333

About NBC
The National Building Code of India (NBC), a comprehensive building Code, is a national instrument providing guidelines for regulating the building construction activities across the country. It serves as a Model Code for adoption by all agencies involved in building construction works be they Public Works Departments, other government construction departments, local bodies or private construction agencies. The Code mainly contains administrative regulations, development control rules and general building requirements; fire safety requirements; stipulations regarding materials, structural design and construction (including safety); building and plumbing services; approach to sustainability; and asset and facility management.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Govt. of India calls entries for International Design Competition for Development of State of the Art Railway Stations [Closing Date 12 Jan 18]


Dear Colleagues,

IRSDC [A Special Purpose vehicle is a Joint Venture company of Ircon International Limited (a Govt. of India Undertaking, under Ministry of Railways) and Rail Land Development Authority (a statutory authority under the Ministry of Railways)] is organizing a competition for award of consultancy services towards Preparation of Station Development Plans for three (3) identified railway stations at Nagpur, Gwalior and Beiyappanhalli (Bengaluru) across India. 

It is inviting Multi Disciplinary teams of experts/ consultants to participate in International Design Competition for selection of schemes for Station Development Plans of these stations.

This Two Stage Design Competition is one of its kind for India, where interdisciplinary participation is sought for regenerating public infrastructure. It invites proposals that rationalize and integrate inputs of urban design, architecture, environment, landscape, public space, mobility network, financing et al for station area improvement.

Design Vision
  1. The competition seeks ideas to revitalize railway stations and its precincts by improving amenities and exploring options for property development. The intervention is expected to create examples for financially viable projects.
  2. The combined design visions for 3 selected Stations include.
  3. Design solutions to improve urban aesthetics and be based on principles of Transit Oriented Development/ Smart Urbanism.
  4. Design solutions to explore alternative scenarios of land use mix to arrive at suitable sizing of development taking into account its impact on traffic and other infrastructure requirements either existing or proposed by the competitors.
  5. Design solutions to propose architectural schemes to encourage Private Partnership for Redevelopment of Stations.
  6. Design solutions to integrate elements in the precinct coherently so as to maximize functionality of urban space on a daily basis.
  7. Design solutions to propose multi-modal integration to allow seamless interchange between various modes of transport from stations to all parts of the city.
  8. Design solutions to promote and improve connectivity, pedestrian mobility and active public life in station precinct .
  9. Design solutions must reinforce pride and ownership among stakeholders.
  10. Design solutions to be innovative and explore relevant opportunities for value addition.
  11. Design solutions to uphold historic significance and environmental properties of the context.
  12. Design solutions to be practical, buildable and financially viable Station areas.
  13. Design solutions to meet energy efficient- green building principles.
Stages of the Competition :

The competition will be conducted in two stages:

Schematic Design Stage (Ideas Competition-open for both Category participants) – will initially seek broader ideas about the respective station areas. Participants are expected to project how a station and its surrounding area could support people-oriented, thriving and vibrant urban center.
Detail Design Stage (Detailed design competition between Category-1 winners of Stage-1) – implementable design schemes for station areas and other facilities will be sought from Category-1 winners of Stage-1. These should be intelligent, sensitive, and highly functional designs to adequately capture land value. The design of the regenerated Railway Stations should be balanced, i.e. architecturally ambitious, intelligently frugal, financially viable and beneficial for all stakeholders and users.
Design Principles

Entries will be reviewed for compliance with key Design Principles, and the response to these will form a significant component of the evaluation. Design Principles include:

a. Identity and context
The competition seeks designs that will assist in improving the identity of respective Stations in the broadest possible way. It is desired that the winning design will be a positive place to use, stay or pass through, will be a significant landmark for the area and will act as a positive gateway element for the respective cities. The design must make a positive contribution to its location and engender a sense of civic pride. The cultural context – setting, landscape, built history, memory, indigenous cultural conditions, understanding of the past, and continuity into the future – should all inform the design outcome. A good design proposition will add value by making the most of the site, its surroundings and their opportunities.

b. Site design
The concept must propose a well-designed use of the site, and respond appropriately to factors including orientation, natural light, maintenance and servicing. A built form and site movement strategy that works positively with the site topography is essential. Visibility, lighting, signage and way finding will all be important factors.

c. The public realm and urban fabric
The design must contribute to its place by careful integration into the existing urban fabric. Designs should create a distinct urban character and sense of place which complement the identity of respective cities and adjacent projects and other citywide strategies, without cliché.

d. The organisational diagram
A succinct organisational diagram must underlie the design concept, with intuitive patterns of movement that invite pedestrian activity within and through the site. Connections and networks beyond the site should be identified and strengthened.

e. Station area mobility aspects
  • Railway station being a transit hub, design of operational areas and comprehensive planning for mobility, access and circulation is of utmost priority. Following are some key aspects:
  • Station access and dispersal transport system from different parts of city
  • Multimodal integration at station with all motorized/ non-motorized modes including integration with neighbouring communities
  • Adequate parking arrangement for public and private vehicles
  • Segregation of pedestrian and vehicular movement. Within vehicles segregation of public and private vehicles
  • Seamless transfer of passengers entering into and exiting from the station
  • Circulation system which facilitates segregation of vehicles and faster and safe flow of passengers
  • Segregating of non- terminal use (office, retail etc.) traffic with terminal traffic
  • Surrounding network circulation and traffic management plan to account for terminal generated traffic including entry/exit planning
f. Form, massing, appearance
The concept must propose an attractive and well-considered addition to its place, and indicate appropriate relationships with regard to scale, form, mass, materials, finish and function of all elements. The re-visioned site must mediate between the station and rest of the respective city.

g. Functional planning
Clarity and intelligence in the planning and spatial arrangements of all spaces and elements of the design must be evident, together with demonstrated understanding of amenity and convenience.

h. Use of resources
The design must take account of environmental issues in an effort to be less resource intensive. Considerations include orientation, light, energy, water, waste and the proposition of inbuilt flexibility. The stations should aim to meet highest standards of IGBC Green Building ratings for similar projects. IRSDC aims that the Station Development achieves platinum rating based on the IGBC rating systems for Green Railway Stations.

j. Safety and security
The re-envisioned place must be designed to be used safely (both day and night) and to offer the perception of safety to its users. Designs should embed qualities that contribute to public safety including improved sightlines, informal outlook and natural surveillance, positive way finding and appropriate lighting initiatives.

k. Materials
The materials for the new Station will need to create a positive user experience, yet remain robust and suitable for their use (and without unacceptably high or expensive maintenance requirements) to deal with the tough conditions associated with such a public infrastructure project.

l. User Perspective
The user perspective should be manifest throughout the design, with the design recognizing and responding to the needs of all users. This includes universal design for people of all ages and abilities, travelling by any mode as well as those seeking to cross the rail line.

m. Community Priorities
In general all stakeholders and local community, aspire that the station precinct be safe, vibrant, sustainable, accessible and connected, comfortable, convenient, with an inspiring design that is reflective of respective cities.

Last Date for Registration extended to :  12 January 2018

For details of Eligibility Criteria and conditions of registration and  closing dates etc. and please visit