Dileep Kulkarni (Civil 1985) wins JNURM construction award
@ Mar 23, 2011
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We are pleased to state that a project by Dileep Kulkarni & Associates, a company owned by our alumnus, Dileep Kulkarni (Civil 1985) has won the prestigious national award, JURNM (Jawaharlal Nehru Urban Renewal Mission). The award was received (on behalf of Dileep) by Deputy Commissioner of Mysore (Owner of the project) on 3rd December 2010 at Delhi. The award was given away by Mr. Jaipal Reddy, Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister, India.


 (Dileep Kulkarni)

Karnataka Slum Clearance Board wanted to build 1,000 houses for slum dwellers at a low cost at Nanchanhalli, near Mysore, Karnataka in a short time. For the area available, accommodating 1,000 houses required 63 blocks of G+ 3 structures comprising 16 houses in one complex. It was conceptualized that building these G+3 buildings would be without beams and columns & having only thin RC walls. Specialty literature was referred as the building code provisions (National & International) were inadequate. The Designs were carried out by Dileep Kulkarni & Associates, Belgaum, Karnataka and were vetted by Tor Steel Research Foundation of India, Bangalore. Specially designed tunnel formwork manufactured by Wall- ties and Form Inc, USA was used for this project to speed up the construction. P. G. Setty Pvt. Ltd., a contracting company from Mysore, executed the work.

The project has been awarded by Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation, Government of India as “The Best City for the Most Cost Effective use of Building Technologies" under Jawaharlal Nehru Urban Renewal Mission (JNURM).

Dileep Kulkarni can be contacted at: kulkarni.dileep@gmail.com


For Chronicle, Yogesh K. Upadhyaya asks some questions to Dileep Kulkarni:

Q-1: Dileep, congratulations for getting the award. What is this award about?

Thank you for the compliments. First, let me state that it is not an individual award and it is the project which is awarded. Thus all the contributors consisting of consulting engineers (us), contractor & the owner gets the credit.  Our project was a winner in the category of ‘Best City for Use of Cost Effective Building Technologies in Construction of Houses under JNNURM (BSUP & IHSDP)’.

 The intent of the award is stated thus: In order to encourage various stakeholders involved in housing, urban employment and poverty alleviation in the country, especially those who may have done well in areas of innovative and cost effective technology, micro-finance, housing for weaker Sections, slum redevelopment, and to encourage NGOs/CBOs/Self Help Groups/DWCUA Groups, Government Departments, PSUs, Cooperatives, Autonomous Bodies and the Private Sector, Awards are introduced, which will be awarded to the selected participants annually.

Further details may be obtained at the following links.




Q-2: How did your entry stand out from others?

I am not really aware of details of other entries. The Karnataka State Slum Board applied for it & I learnt about it late.

In order to attain both speed & economy in construction of 1000 apartments (60 buildings, G+3 floors), we decided to concentrate on only one material & activity; that of reinforced concrete. All the elements of the building (look at the project photograph) are in concrete. The load bearing RC wall are 12 cm thick in the periphery & 10 cm thick for the internal walls. These contain a single central mesh of steel. The mutually perpendicular walls bring in horizontal rigidity against wind & seismic forces. But then, single central meshed walls are weak in out of plane bending & buckling and wall openings (doors/windows) complicate the matter further. With the help of some specialty literature & finite element modeling of the whole structure on computer, these issues were sorted out. The designs were vetted by Tor Steel Research Foundation, Bangalore.

 The wall meshes were fabricated elsewhere & assembled on site. A quick to deploy & assemble forming technology was obtained from Wall- ties and Form Inc, USA.

Q-3: What types of projects are initiated by JNURM?

 Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission aims at improvement in urban infrastructure especially housing of urban poor & slums. It has a wide scope ranging from power, roads, water supply, mass transportation, housing coupled with civic infrastructure facilities such as sanitation & solid waste management etc. More details can be obtained from:



Q-4: Please tell us about your company, Dileep Kulkarni & Associates

Dileep Kulkarni & Associates was established in 1993 in Belgaum, Karnataka. It has associates in Panjim, Goa, Hubli & Mumbai. At Belgaum we employ about 20 engineers & supporting staff. We deal only in structural design.

The range projects we have dealt with is very vast in the last 20 years which includes  design of residential/commercial/industrial buildings, bridges, dams (Markandeya Dam – 50 m high concrete gravity dam with special foundation problems was done by us), industrial component designs using FEA etc.. We have also done industrial projects in Florida, USA & off shore structures in UK.

Off late we have restricted ourselves to the design of buildings & industrial complexes.


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Additional links:

* Public profile of Dileep Kulkarni in LinkedIn:


* Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation


* Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission



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