A grand show
The 5th Construction Week Awards honoured the best of the industry. BY TEAM CW
Champions aren’t made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them – a desire, a dream, and a vision.
And this was more than obvious at the 5th Annual Construction Week India Awards 2015 that saw a packed house as industry persons from construction and infrastructure turned up to witness India’s largest and diligently drawn up function.
Conducting an awards evening on a large scale and one that caters to a select industry calls for gumption. Integrity plays a key role here. It’s important that the industry believes in the judgement delivered. And although Construction Week India has pulled off its 5th Annual Awards with panache and dignity, the sense of trepidation and exhilaration continues to stay till the last day.
Over the years, it has always been our endeavour to better the awards through initiatives like enhancing the parameters in keeping with the times and adding new categories. This year we did both. While parameters across categories were tweaked based on industry feedback, a new category that emerged popular was Window Fabricator of the Year. Nominations for this category, just like the others, found a large number of participants who were quite happy to get industry recognition.
The awards had some fine attractions this year. The Honourable Minister for Housing, Mining and Labour, Shri Prakash Mehta, brought some sparkle to the evening. In his keynote address, Mehta thanked the industry for being enterprising enough to take on the mantle of Make in India, and, more importantly, Make in Maharashtra. Addressing the gathering, he said, “The last few years have been tough for the construction industry. But the government is coming up with reforms and with your help, a lot of pending projects in construction and infrastructure, roads, coastal roads and water transport and affordable housing dreams will be fulfilled. We hope to deliver 25 lakh homes in Maharashtra alone. While it is not possible to bring the much sought after single window system, the government assures this industry that it will improve policies and alleviate some of the permissions that are needed today.”
Enthralling the audience was Neeraj Arya’s Kabir Cafe that played Mozart’s Symphony fused with Ilaiyaraja besides a few Kabir Dohas.
The awards were held at the centrally situated location of Sahara Star in expectation of the scale and size of the evening. Our guests arrived at the duly mentioned time and soon the hall was packed to capacity with little standing room. Our emcee for the evening, Sangeeta Singh, greeted the guests.
Welcoming the audience were ITP Publishing India’s deputy MD, S Saikumar and group publishing director, Bibhor Srivastava who moved the audience by thanking them for turning up to cheer for their industry friends. While Saikumar introduced the company and the brands to the audience, Bibhor cited the joint experience of having set up the company and bringing the numerous brands to the Indian audience.
In his keynote address, Arun Bhatia, managing director, climate, controls & security products at UTC Building & Industrial Systems, the presenting partner, said that urbanisation has moved across the whole world, driven mainly by India and China. With urbanisation comes demand for energy and while much work has been done in this regard, the global demand for energy is never diminishing. Hence, there is a greater stress on developers to look at constructing green buildings that offer higher returns as well as peace of mind to the tenants.
Sunil Kurup, end user marketing manager, Philips Lighting, and our associate partner, explained how investing in R&D has helped the company offer world-class features in switches and making it less of a commodity.
It was heartening to hear the jury offer their views on the nomination process and commit themselves to the transparent and strict norms they had to adhere to at the grand jury meet held earlier in the month. Sanjay Sudhakaran, director, marketing & strategy, Otis India, and PR Menon, director, key accounts, UTC Building Systems, felicitated the jury.
The felicitation was followed by the awards. There were some big cheers and a few disappointments. However, it was all in the spirit of the game. After the awards, our good and patient audience were seen catching up with industry peers and generally having a good time. They were glad they had come.