The 6th Annual Construction Week India Awards was a celebration of the industry’s best performances in infrastructure and real estate
BY MITALEE KURDEKAR
Everyone craves a pat on the back. Especially after a gruelling year in business. When industry players have risen to stiff challenges, yet delivered quality projects and taken the Indian construction industry to greater heights, it is only fair that they have an evening of festivity.
As a salute to this spirit and in keeping with our promise to the industry, we celebrated the 6th Annual Construction Week India Awards.
It all started around three months ago, when we invited nominations across 18 relevant categories, after drawing up strict parameters for each of them. Having received 350-plus entries, we had a jury meet earlier in the month to decide on the winners through a transparent process. A strong, 15-member jury representing various aspects of the industry were given the task of sifting through each nomination, often deliberating and discussing, before reaching their final verdict. It was then time for the D-day.
The real estate and infrastructure industry once again displayed its resilient nature, when it braved Mumbai’s heavy downpour to turn up at the awards function by the hordes, resulting in a packed house and star-studded event at Sahara Star.
The audience was left enchanted with a melodious performance by renowned flautist Milind Date and his band, which set the tone for the evening. Sweta Kapur, our emcee for the evening, welcomed the guests.
ITP Publishing India’s deputy MD, S Saikumar, and group publishing director, Bibhor Srivastava, greeted those present and applauded them for coming in large numbers to cheer for their friends and industry colleagues. Saikumar spoke of ITP globally and touched upon its myriad brands, while Bibhor further highlighted the Indian operations, also explaining the genesis of Construction Week magazine all those years ago.
This was followed by the keynote address. Rakesh Juneja, vice-president, department head, central air-conditioning, Hitachi Home & Life Solutions (I) Ltd, our presenting partner, spoke about how the industry is poised to be a trillion dollar industry by 2025. “If we go with the vision of this country, then by 2025, we need to construct at least 60% more than what we have constructed today. These figures are really encouraging and, therefore, it’s definitely important for us to be a part of this industry,” he stated.
We had a very Special Address by the Honourable Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways and Shipping, Shri Nitin Gadkari, wherein he painted a promising picture of the times ahead, saying, “For the progress of the country, infrastructure development is important. We have already studied the research made on integrated transport approach. We are planning on making a mass set up of transport on the basis of electricity. We are increasing the road length from 96,000kms to 200,000kms of national highways, where 80% of the country traffic will be on the highway.”
He also expressed his thoughts on the Construction Week India Awards, stating, “We need quality; the approach must be to decrease the cost and improve on quality. I feel that the Construction Week India Awards is a ceremony meant to inspire and advocate for people in the construction industry.”
Vivek Yadav, vice-president, EWA business unit, Havells India Ltd, enunciated his company’s commitment to keep powering the world with its state-of-the-art innovation and energy efficient solutions.
The editorial team then explained the methodology behind the nomination process, after which a video of the jury meet was played for the audience’s benefit. The jury members were then called up on stage for a well-deserved felicitation by Rakesh Juneja and Vivek Yadav.
The jury felicitation was followed by the awards ceremony. The highlight of the evening was without a doubt the acceptance of the Lifetime Achievement award by CL Raheja, chairman, K Raheja Corp. The industry stalwart enthralled the audience with his unassuming manner and heartfelt speech. The evening ended on a high note, with audience members seen catching up with industry compatriots.
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