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A 24×7 Multi-Tier Security System Keeps A Watchful Eye On Palava

BY LODHA
06 April, 2016

India is striving towards developing its 100 smart cities, and as India’s first privately planned Smart City, Palava continues to prepare for the future by investing in technology and infrastructure to provide its citizens a great quality of life.

One of the most important aspects of a smart city is safety, security and emergency response and these elements form the foundation of security at Palava. Foreseeing the requirement of an effective management team, Palava has a private and independent governing body called the Palava City Management Association (PCMA). PCMA is responsible for upkeeping the social welfare of citizens, and its operations are overseen by city administrators and urban experts.

PCMA endeavours to keep Palava citizens safe and secure by initiatives that include formation of the Palava security force that comprises experienced professionals with military intelligence and commando backgrounds, deployment of mobile patrols that consist of security vehicles and trained dog squads, and installation of over 450 CCTV cameras with video analytics in building areas and public spaces. To cater to emergency situations, PCMA has partnered with Topsline to ensure all emergency alarms are attended to within 10 minutes of an emergency call. Citizens can call for help via an emergency feature that is just a click away on their MyPalava app.

With its own fire station, upcoming hospital, and state-of-the-art command centre, PCMA is leaving no stone unturned in ensuring the safety and welfare of its citizens.

With the rise in Palava’s population and advent of technology, security measures at Palava are constantly reviewed to enhance them further. PCMA has invested in a multi-tier approach to safety and security which is built on intelligence, monitored with technology and not entirely dependent on traditional solutions like physical guards that might not be very effective and only adds to citizens’ costs. The security is divided into 5 tiers, each of which serves a unique purpose and eventually culminates to form an unbreakable safety seal. These tiers are controlled by the command centre or the hub that serves as the 24×7 response system for the whole city of Palava.

Tier 1: Consists of an effective network of intelligence in the region such as the local police authorities. The Palava Security Force works closely with them to monitor local information needed to keep the city safe and secure.

Tier 2: The perimeter of Palava is tightly monitored 24×7 through CCTV cameras with a trip wire technology. All boundaries of the city are patrolled by security vehicles and dog squads.

Tier 3: This ensures all entry and exit points throughout Palava are constantly controlled. These checkpoints exist to ensure that travelling citizens and visitors are guided to the right places in the right manner.

Tier 4: This monitors safety and security in neighbourhoods and buildings. There are CCTV cameras installed at building lobbies with access control. All outdoors and open spaces are continuously monitored by cameras, physical guards and mobile patrols. This ensures all citizens are safe anytime anywhere within the city.

Tier 5: The final tier operates at an individual level. Citizens can dial 911 in the event of emergencies to summon response teams comprising ambulances, fire engines, local police and the Palava security force, with a maximum response time of 10 minutes.

Palava is designed to suit the modern lifestyles of today and those of the future, and meticulous planning and foresight are evident in its intelligent city management systems.

The Palava Smart Card (PSC) that is today the identity of every citizen will soon function as an e-wallet and allow citizens to avail of services and facilities throughout the city. This will ensure less dependence on physical verifications and easy and secure access to all the facilities within Palava.

Palava is continuously investing and building a safety, security and emergency response network that keeps its citizens secure and lets them move freely.

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Is Palava the Smart City That India Today Needs?

BY LODHA
26 December, 2016

Consider these scenarios: A completely Wi-Fi enabled city where citizens can connect to work while resting under a tree in their neighbourhood park. A universal ID card that can be used for cashless transactions and also acts as a key to enter your building with advanced security systems. A dedicated mobile app that can be used in a crisis to summon an emergency response team in less than 10 minutes. Sounds like a Hollywood movie with a plot set in the future?

These features may appear to be somewhat futuristic but are already a reality at Palava, a greenfield first-of-its-kind smart city project coming up rapidly on the outskirts of Mumbai. The project’s uniqueness lies in the fact that a real estate developer is developing it, rather than any nodal agency in Urban Planning. With over 25,000 homes sold in 6 years since its inception, the city is planned to be a home to 4 lac families and have 3.5 lac jobs in its business district by 2025.

For Palava, the city developer Lodha Group has a franchise agreement with Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Co. Ltd for near-uninterrupted electricity supply and solar panels power its street lights. It has a tie-up with General Electric Co. (GE) for 100% flush water recycling, and automated water metering and billing to ensure transparency and zero water loss. The city has also tied up with IBM to incorporate its smarter cities technology using advanced, data-driven systems to integrate information from all city operations into a single system, to improve efficiency and deliver an enhanced quality of life for the residents.

Information technology accounts for only 5% of the total project cost, says Shaishav Dharia, Regional CEO (Palava) at Lodha Group, adding: “The Lodha Group has also set up Palava City Management Association with urban experts and citizens as members to deal with day-to-day issues, as well as a 311 grievance helpline number and 911 emergency helpline number for citizens, and a mobile app. Palava’s smart technology also extends to 500 surveillance cameras that capture real-time data and in future will support facial recognition for entry and have panic alarms every 200 meters. A smart card given to all Palava citizens will allow cashless transactions at retail centres, access to bus service, public Wi-Fi within Palava’s premises, building, and commercial points entry, and information access from the Palava command centre.”

Two operational schools, the Lodha World School and Pawar Public School offer an all established Indian and international syllabi. Shri Ram Universal School (from the stable of “Shri Ram Schools” widely acknowledged as the holy grail of schooling in India) is set to open shortly. “My children and I love to cycle, and we do it just for leisure around the riverside promenade or even to catch the latest movie at PVR at the neighbourhood Xperia Mall! Everything is just a 5-minute ride from my home, therefore, one doesn’t have to rush all the time,” says Tasneem Pithawala, a resident of South Mumbai who bought a golf-course facing villa at Palava in 2013.

The potential for smart cities in India is enormous—something that makes Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s 100 smart cities goal an achievable one. “India’s urban population will reach 590 million by 2030, living in at least 60 cities with a population of more than one million, requiring an investment of $1.2 trillion by the government for their development,” Dharia says.

The Maharashtra State Government has given its nod to the construction of a 21km flyover starting from Kalyan, the first step towards building the Mumbai-Nagpur super highway. In addition to the same, there is 1.7km road tunnel planned to connect Airoli in Navi Mumbai to Shil-phata. And the most recent announcement is that of the 7.5km JVLR-Khoparkhairane-Ghansoli Bridge, to provide a seamless corridor for travelling to Kalyan, Thane, Dombivali, and provide a direct corridor to the upcoming second international airport.

Sharing the plans for the near future, a Lodha Group spokesperson shared that Palava will soon have an Olympic-standard Sports Complex, a Centre for Arts and Culture, 20 schools and much more. While real estate developers often ride the trend wave on impulse, the structured planning and dynamic execution of Palava seems to define the onset of Smart City development in India. Whether this will define the route for others to follow is definitely worth the watch.

This Greenfield project by the Lodha group offers professional sport amenities, recreational gardens and parks and over 60% of open spaces

 

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Building Sustainable Frameworks to Make Cities Prosper

BY LODHA
07 January, 2017

‘With the growth of a city, the country prospers.’ Today, India is on the trajectory of redesigning its cities to make them citizen-friendly and sustainable. The Government of India has launched ‘Smart Cities Mission’, an urban renewal and retrofitting programme, to develop 100 cities across the country. As the Ministry of Urban Development in India works towards shaping the identity of its cities, Palava Times spoke with Senior Urban Planner for the World Bank, Washington DC and former Mayor for Madrid’s Central District, Pedro Ortiz for his insights on the essentials to design a ‘livable’ city and best practices for its successful growth.

How would you define ‘livability’ in a city?
The concept of livability is culture-related. Every culture will look for different items as the goals for quality of life. If you focus on ‘comfort’, which is most sought after by us, I would say five key essentials that define livability are housing, job opportunities, environmental quality, recreational opportunities and GDP. Housing facilities ensure ‘zero’ annual housing deficit, therefore, eliminates any slum percentage. Job opportunities ensure restriction of the unemployment rate. An ideal rate of unemployment should not be more than 3%. Environmental quality is a crucial aspect of every city as it impacts health and well-being. A city should aim to have its citizens enjoy a life expectancy of 79 years for men and 85 years for women. Most importantly, cities should offer recreational opportunities where citizens can pursue their hobbies while managing their professional commitments. ‘Walk to work’ should be emphasized upon by every planner. An ideal time to commute between work and home should be not more than 30 minutes every day. Lastly, a city’s wealth is a global indicator of livability. If a city’s GDP per capita is in the range of 30,000 USD, it is said to be a good performer.

Which global cities, according to you, have etched a mark for their livability quotient and why?
The most livable cities in the world are the ones in Northern Europe. According to me, the most sought after ones would be Copenhagen, Stockholm and Oslo. They have attained equilibrium between efficiency and equity within a sustainable framework. While some may critique them to be monotonous and lacking culture, they are very efficient and rationale. I mentioned earlier that livability is related to culture, therefore, you see the Italians or the Colombians or the Rwandans prefer to live in their own cities. I strongly recommend that while building cities, we should concentrate on personalizing their infrastructure to make them livable and not simply replicate solutions of others as that may probably not work for us. In simple words, I believe one should be inspired, but should not blindly replicate.

Is the growth of a city and its citizens directly proportional to its livability quotient?
Cities or metropolises grow because they offer hope. Citizens can expect more from one city over the other. People move from rural to urban (350,000 every day in India) because they are looking for a better life with work opportunities and housing options. One changes his or her existing culture and location in the hope that their children will lead a better life in the new place. I believe cities grow because of their ‘expectations’ quotient, not because of their livability.

If not, what is most essential for the growth of a city?
A city with a strong framework and sustainable facilities will always grow. The responsibility of the city managers is to make cities livable and to build them within a sustainable framework. Once things are set right, cities will organically attract people and grow. For the growth of any city, its managers, which means its politicians and civil servants should primarily grow a sound economy that will produce jobs and wealth, provide decent housing that is affordable, well-located and equipped with all the social facilities and ensure fair distribution of city wealth.

How has urban planning evolved?
In the 70s the trend was computational analysis, in the 80s it was community action, the 90s saw conservation of environment, the last decade witnessed bottom-up participation and presently it lies with climate and technology. Today, those concerned with social equity are focusing on sustainability, resilience to food risks and climate change. Those aiming to enhance economic efficiency are focusing on smart cities. I personally feel rather than focusing on a different aspect every decade, we should integrate and focus on them together as that will be more impactful for the citizens.

What is your opinion on cities in India? Do you have any suggestions for them?
India is a remarkable country; its cities are beautiful as they reflect the incredible Indian culture. Indian culture is among the top six cultures of the world today. But Indian cities are under enormous strain due to the explosion of growth in the country. To ease the strain, cities must harness the growth. They need to plan better by focusing on city statistics such as the annual need of housing land services and availability of mass public infrastructure to sustain its population growth. It should strengthen its public administration efficiency and finance capacity. India’s political leadership and collective intelligence of the society can help better cities by putting their priorities right.

How would you design a ‘city’ in India?
I would design with intelligence instead of smartness. I would ensure the fundamental concepts are got right before thinking which technology would be the best to achieve the intelligent goals. It is important to first ensure the basic amenities are provided and then turn focus on using technological smart instruments to further enhance the design of the city.

Which has been your most memorable urban planning projects and why?
From 1996 to 2016, I was given the responsibility to create the Metropolitan Planning of Madrid. It addressed the needs for housing land and public transport for the Madrilenian and it worked very well. I hope the Mumbaikar’s will benefit from the same results out of the recently approved regional plan announced by the Indian Government.

Pedro Ortiz has previously served as Deputy Director of the Council of Architects of Madrid and Director of the Institute for Urban Renewal, a joint venture between the public and private sectors in Madrid. He was also the Founder and Director of the Masters Program of Town Planning of the University King Juan Carlos of Madrid. He is also a member of the Madrid’s City Council (1987-1995) where he was responsible for Urban Prospective (1993- 1995) and for Culture (1991-1993). He served as Director of the “Strategic Plan for Madrid” (1991-1994) and as Director General for Town and Regional Planning for the Government of Madrid Region. He has authored two books, “Regional Development Plan of Madrid of 1996” and the “Land Planning Law of 1997.”

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Jennifer & Andrea – Badminton Champion and A Palavian

BY LODHA
16 November, 2018

Once we moved to Palava in 2014, Vinod ensured that Jennifer enrolled in the badminton classes here as he wanted her to get fit as well as shed some weight. That was one decision that changed her life. She was trained under the expert guidance of Mr. Sagar from Kaustubh Virkar Badminton Academy. For a year, Jennifer’s life only revolved around badminton, wherein she learned each and everything about the sport while emphasizing on her fitness. As she grew more confident in her strokes, she participated in several tournaments. In order to compete at an advanced level, she got support from her father who travelled back and forth with her to Mumbai and Nashik during holidays and weekends. Post this, she started participating and won against advanced players in the U13 Girls Category. After continuous hard work and practice, Jennifer participated in the All India National Championship 2018, held in Bengaluru and secured the 1st Runner-Up position in the U13 GIRLS Category.

Following in the footsteps of her sister, Andrea took to badminton at the early age of 7 and quickly learned all the nuances of the game. Her undeterred focus and the ability to grasp what is taught are the keys to her success.

The first success that Andrea tasted was in the form of her being crowned as the 1st Runner-Up in the Thane District Championship in the U10 Girls Category. Since then, she’s won several competitions. She’s won the U11 Girls Championship held in the Chembur Gymkhana and she was also the Runner-Up in the U11 Girls Category tournament held at the Powai Fest.

We believe that both Jennifer and Andrea’s successful journey began at Palava and they will continue to set benchmarks by using the facilities of this city. 

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Vandana Mehrotra – Marathon Runner and A Palavian

BY LODHA
16 November, 2018

It’s seldom that one comes across something- especially a place- that tends to give them so much in return. Palava gave me more than what I could ask for when we shifted to this city. I am a teacher by profession and I teach at Don Bosco School at Matunga. My family and I moved to Palava some 2 years ago and since then, there’s been no looking back. Palava has helped me discover my individuality and learn to appreciate it. I have always been inclined towards running, but never really thought of pursuing it as a hobby. Initially, I started by walking around the complex as I was apprehensive to start running. Gradually, I grew more confident and my running also improved with time. A few of my neighbours saw me running and urged me to participate in the various marathons held in the city. I trained myself for these marathons and I have run numerous marathons till date. I have no qualms about crediting my success to Palava for providing me with the best facilities to practice and for making me realize my dream. I’m very proud of myself today as I have been able to encourage several women of Palava to run for their good health.

My dream of running the Mumbai Marathon was fulfilled in January 2018 when I ran the marathon for 21 km. I’m training myself hard to cover the 42km stretch and I’m sure I’ll get there someday.

My day begins at the crack of dawn, and I go for my morning run at 5 AM. Then, I cook for my family before rushing to work. Once I return from work, I destress myself by going for an evening jog.

#PalavaMakesMeMore committed to running and urges me to keep training and give my best for future marathons.

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Manikant Mudgil – A Software Guru & A Palavian

BY LODHA
18 December, 2018

The shift to Palava has been very recent, but I’m already wowed. As a resident of Colaba, this hasn’t been an easy decision for me as I’m an out-and-out South Bombay person. But, when I shifted to Palava, that’s when my perspective about this place took a 360-degree turn. I realized how close Palava is to South Mumbai in terms of the place, nature, and everything else. Since I loved Colaba because of the fresh and clean air, as well as the greenery on all sides, imagine my surprise when I moved to Palava because this place gave me the same exact feeling and did not make me feel out of place. My father served in the Navy and during his tenure, we stayed in Navy Nagar, which was a beautiful place. So, from my childhood itself, I have grown up amidst greenery, clear blue skies and breathing the fresh air around. To my surprise and happiness, Palava took me back to my childhood days, as this place has all the facilities and immense greenery that I have always been so used to since I was a kid.

Another stand out feature for me is that Palava is extremely close to my workplace, Ghansoli- which is also known as the ‘Software Hub’. The short commute allows me to enjoy various other activities once I come back from work. My favourite weekend spot is the mall situated nearby, while the gym and the clubhouse are also where I spend my free time.

The city doesn’t disappoint and stays true to its name – Smart City. Palava is ahead of its time in terms of trends. The free Wi-Fi availability also allows me to work from home.

#PalavaMakesMeMore enthusiastic as I look forward to combining work and other activities with sheer ease.

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Madhuri Amte – A Self-Made Entrepreneur & A Palavian

BY LODHA
24 December, 2018

My story is a little different from the rest since I did not immediately purchase a flat at Palava City. I moved to Palava over a year ago on a rent basis, but after having a close look at the whole quality of life and the city’s offerings, I was instantly convinced to buy my own house here, and that too within 3 months’ time.

I have two kids who also love this city as much as I do. My elder one is in college and the younger one goes to Lodha World School (LWS). I never had second thoughts about sending my child to LWS as I was always aware of the school’s top-notch facilities and reputed faculty. I would like to point out to the exceptional safety and security measures that Palava has ensured to all its residents. This is why I don’t mind my daughter walking to her school every day, which is just a short distance away. The residents of Palava are a tight-knit family, where we face all the ups and downs of life together and help each other through all the trying times. I initially conducted tuitions at my home but stopped it as I yearned to spend more time with my family. That is when I decided to start my own business of making homemade farsan, and slowly ventured out and started taking orders for chaklis, sweets, and farsan. In less than a year, everyone loved the quality and the taste of my food, and the orders kept coming. Now, I also have my own catering business and I enjoy the look of satisfaction on people’s faces when I serve them my food at various events in the city.

I’m a happy resident of Palava and like the fact that Palava encourages community living. I look forward to having my own stall in the next event organized at Palava, including Tarang.

#PalavaMakesMeMore eager to create my own identity and pursue what I love at all times.

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Anviksha Shah – A Budding Entrepreneur & A Palavian

BY LODHA
24 December, 2018

I had been staying at Dombivli for 34 years of my life, so you can well imagine my reluctance when I had to shift to Palava some 5 years ago. I wasn’t sure if leaving my comfortable life of 34 years at Dombivli for Palava was a wise decision, also because I was dreading that I would have to constantly travel back and forth from Palava to Dombivli, which is going to leave me exhausted. But, once I moved to Palava, I was impressed and how!

I am government certified authorised service provider for leave and license agreements at Palava. I have registered numerous leave and license agreements for Palava city residents at the exact government rates.

What attracted me instantly to Palava is the connectivity and how one can go on about their life with ease over her. I have a young daughter and for me, her safety is a priority and Palava provides me with that. One of the biggest achievements for me is enrolling my daughter at Lodha World School as LWS has some of the best facilities and faculties offered to kids, and she loves every minute of it.

I work from home and this city has some great facilities that allow me to work amidst the gorgeous surroundings. I have put myself out there by partly sponsoring as well as appearing as a special guest in the last edition of PALASO.

I feel that Palava City offers me everything I need and more. Today I don’t have to step out of Palava City for anything, as everything is available here. After coming here, I believe age is just a number as the pleasant and natural atmosphere of Palava City always makes me feel young.

#PalavaMakesMeMore responsible towards attaining the perfect balance between business, family and my social life.

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A City That Is Changing The Way Urban India Lives

BY LODHA
28 March, 2016

While India’s population is becoming increasingly urban (studies project over 40 per cent of India will live in cities within the next two decades), our cities are ill-equipped to cope with the influx. The extraordinary scale and pace of this transition isalready placing an enormous burden on Indian cities, which are already stretched to deliver even the most basic services to their citizens. Increasingly, experts have stressedthe need for a new model of urbanization, where even as we strive to improve live ability, we need to plan and build new future cities.

City of opportunity

Palava was envisaged by Lodha Group, India’s No 1. developer, as India’s answer to the urbanisation challenge; to provide a far smarter way of living, enhancing quality of lives by creating an opportunity for people to flourish in a better urban environment. Spread over 4,500 acres (1/4th the size of the island city of Mumbai), Palava, Mumbai’s sister city, is the largest greenfield private development, funded, built and governed by a single enterprise.

Palava has developed and rolled out several initiatives across governance, healthcare and education, safety and security, transportation, sustainability, and energy and utilities.

Currently, phase 1 of Palava which is over 250 acres and has over 18,000 homes is nearing completion and population is expected to hit 1,00,000 by 2017 “In just 7 years from its start, making it the fastest city startup” in world history. Best firms from around the world including GE, IBM, Sun Edison, Philips and many others are already working together to create India’s first greenfield smart city. Palava is envisioned to have a population of 2 million people and provide 3.5 lac jobs.

Today, with over 24,000 flats sold and over 5,000 families already living there, Palava underscores the appetite for high-quality middle income housing. Palava offers citizens a greener lifestyle with over 60% open spaces (the highest among world cities), a riverfront park, neighbourhood gardens, high-quality educational facilities like two operational ICSE schools as well as 20 other upcoming schools, sports facilities including a cricket ground, a FIFA standard football stadium and a golf course, luxurious clubhouses and cafes. Opening soon is a 5 lac sqft mall with PVR multiplex followed by a multi-speciality hospital. Palava will also be home to a world-class multi-disciplinary university, an Olympic-standard Sports Complex, a vibrant Centre for Arts and Culture, lakefront and river-front plazas, high street retail and a 100-acre Central Park. All this will give the citizens of Palava a multitude of opportunities for all-round development.

Its Central Business District will offer millions of square-feet of world-class offices and the city will create 3.5 lakh jobs by 2025, making the ‘walk to work’ concept a reality for the citizens of Palava.

Palava aims to provide citizens a hassle-free lifestyle. Having partnered with IBM for its smart city technology, advanced systems are already integrating information from all Palava city operations into a single system. Centralized monitoring and analytics in the areas of security, emergency management and transportation are further improving response time to city problems.

Palava recognizes that it is not only infrastructure that makes a city great. Arts, culture and entertainment play an equally important part in the fabric of any city. Recognizing this, Palava fosters and seeds arts, culture and sports through a participative, citizen-driven process – with the goal of creating opportunities and experiences for the community so as to explore their potential. Last year, the city’s flagship arts and culture festival ‘Palava Tarang’ saw performances by India’s finest artists like Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia, Dr. L Subramanium and Ustad Rashid Khan among others. Activities like urban farming, creative photography and other workshops are already being conducted towards forming community clubs.

Palava’s urban governance model offers a unique and sustainable solution to India’s urbanization challenge. Palava’s own municipal body, Palava City Management Association (PCMA) is responsible for delivering policy and rule-based administration for all stakeholders. Already in operation, PCMA comprises of citizens and city experts which will collectively aim towards cost-effective services. PCMA already administers core amenities like power, water and transport for the citizens of Palava. A franchisee agreement with Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Co. Ltd ensures that Palava has near-uninterrupted electricity. 24×7 monitoring and emergency response teams, video surveillance, a highly trained security force, street level panic alarm systems, and electronic access control and automatic fire alarm systems in buildings ensure safety, day and night.

Built for the future

One of the many unique aspects of Palava will be walkability, making the entire city easily accessible to its citizens and fostering a healthy, sustainable lifestyle. Each neighbourhood has a pedestrian-focused design and is planned to be self-sufficient, with all daily needs met within a 5 to 10 minute walk from home and public facilities just 15 minutes away making Palava a walkable urban city of the future.

Palava was built to offer its citizens three things: opportunities to prosper, the chance to participate in the running of the city, and a fulfilling lifestyle. These are the key cornerstones of the city, being fortified by meticulous planning and the desire to match the best. All these total up to Palava being a true city of opportunity for generations to come.

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Palava’s newest school set to be the top of its class

BY LODHA
28 March, 2016

Mumbai Metropolitan Region will soon see an iconic name in the A-list academic circles come to its fold. From the promoters that set up India’s most premier and sought-after educational institute, The Shri Ram School, comes The Shri Ram Universal School, Palava. This school would be set up under the aegis of Shri Educare Limited, the education consultancy that has tied-up with the Lodha Group.

Known as the as the Holy grail of schooling in Delhi, The Shri Ram School was founded in 1988, and has since then progressively emerged as the top choice for parents of Delhi and Gurgaon. The Shri Ram Schools in Delhi and Gurgaon have consistently been ranked amongst the top three day schools in India for the last five years according to the EducationWorld India School Ranking. Getting a child admitted to The Shri Ram School is widely acknowledged as tougher than getting admittance to some of the world’s top-notch universities. Some of the other premier and leading educational institutions set up by the group are the Shri Ram College of Commerce and Lady Shri Ram College.

The Shri Ram School is a much desired choice for every parent-to-be for several reasons. Delhi celebrates admissions to this school with lavish brunches, Mumbai takes pride while announcing their child’s departure to the capital, and Bengaluru considers it as a fierce competitor to Bishops Cotton. India revers this institution and silently envies its alumni. Mumbai and its surroundings will be able to experience its offerings at Palava as in a year or two, it will become home to The Shri Ram Universal School.

And if you wonder what makes The Shri Ram School’s alumni wear their badge with unabashed pride, simply look at the school’s fundamentals. Since its opening in 1988, the school has always adapted a ‘child centric’ approach. Limited students in a classroom, sprawling playgrounds and experiential learning are common to this school. In New Delhi, students study in a 6 acre campus laden with environmental labs and engage in several outdoor projects, real time experiments and other engaging activities. Learning through experience is a routine at this institution.

Though what makes it unique from its counterparts is the flexibility in its systems and the contribution of its teachers. The Shri Ram School encourages parents to be intricately involved in the development of their children. It ensures every need of the child is attentively addressed by the teacher and not simply made to follow instructions.

The Shri Ram Universal School will be set up in Lakeshore Greens neighbourhood of Palava and is expected to cater to students from Nursery to Class XII. It will be one of the over 20 schools planned in Palava. Palava today has two operational ICSE schools “Lodha World School and Pawar Public School. With this one-of-its-kind alliance, the residents of Lakeshore Greens in Palava will get an enviable chance to enrol their children with India’s top school brand, and that too, located just a short walk away.

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