Awning manufacturers are racing to make their last pieces of the Motor City awners obsolete.
The Ravellas are a series of motorised awnes that were installed in the new Motor City by a consortium of builders, including Vornado Realty Trust, the Mumbai-based construction company Vornier and KPMG India.
Awnings were the last thing a building would have to take on after it was built and the last piece of the exterior would have been removed.
Now, however, a lot of the motorised structures have been retired and replaced by smaller versions of the same motorised design.
Vornier has replaced the motorized awness in Ravella with a design that is more modular, allowing more components to be added and fewer parts to be replaced.
It has been working with KPMF and its partner RIL to develop a new motorised roofing system that will be installed on a few of the projects in the MotorCity.
KPMG and RIL will supply the motorisation, which is expected to cost Rs 20 crore ($1.8 million).
The designers of the new roofing design are KPM GmbH, a German construction company, and Vorno, the Italian roofing firm.
The Motor City was built by the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) with a $1.6 billion budget.
The MMRDA plans to spend about $6 billion on new roads and transport infrastructure in the city, and around $6.6 million of that will go towards building new motor vehicles and motorised infrastructure.
“The MotorCity was built on a very different footing from today.
It was a much more urban environment,” said Vornoreg, who has been involved in motorised building since 2002.
As a result, the MMRDC has not been able to build any large-scale motorised roofs, nor has it been able even to complete its own motorised cycle tracks.
But Vornur has been keeping an eye on what is happening in other parts of the city.
“It is the next big project that we are looking at,” he said.
Mumbai Motor City is a project of the MMRDA.