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ASIAN MULTIMEDIA PUBLISHING AWARDS

• CW Architect And Builder Awards…. Rocked!... 122 • Green Buildings... 74 • Using Construction Chemicals... 138 • Interviews: - Putzmeister... 130 - Consolidated Construction Consortium Ltd... 70

MR Jaishankar, Brigade Group

Lalit Kumar Jain, Kumar Builders Group

Niranjan Hiranandani, Hiranandani Group

Ashish Raheja, K Raheja Universal

Abhisheck M Lodha, Lodha Group

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ORGANISATIONS
Access Pacific . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .148 APIIC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .32 Apollo Tyres . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28 Ashok Leyland . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26 ASIAPAC, Grohe India . . . . . . . . .87 Aurigo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24 BE Billimoria & Co . . . . . . . . . . . .22 Berger Paints India . . . . . . . . . . . .28 BND Gas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .38 BOC India . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .36 BPTP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .58 Brigade Group . . . . . . . . . . . . .85,88 Cera-Chem . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .140 Coal India . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26 Coating Specialities India . . . . . .87 Confederation of Indian Industry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28,36 Confidence Petroleum India . . . .30

Consolidated Construction Consortium . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .58,70 CR Narayana Rao Architects & Engineers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .123 CREDAI . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .60 DLF Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .92,124 Electrotherm India . . . . . . . . . . . .34 Essar Projects . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .87 GAIL India . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30,36 Godrej CII Green Building Council . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .75 Godrej Properties . . . . . . . . .96,124 Government of Andhra Pradesh . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .32 Government of India . . . . . . . . . .30 Government of Karnataka . . . . . .34 Government of Kerala . . . . . . . . .34 Government of Maharashtra . . . .34 Government of Orissa . . . . . . . . .36

Government of Tamil Nadu . . . . .38 GreenSpaces . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .77 GreenTek Indika . . . . . . . . . . . . . .77 Gujarat NRE Minerals . . . . . . . . .26 Heavy Engineering Corporation .30 Himalya International . . . . . . . . .32 Hindustan Shipyard . . . . . . . . . . .38 Hiranandani Group . . . . . . .60,100 Indian Oil Corporation . . . . . . . .36 ISMT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .38 Ista Hotels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .58 JSW Steel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28 K Raheja Corp . . . . . . . .60,102,124 K Raheja Universal . . . . . . .106,124 Kalpataru Group . . . . . . . . . .75,108 Kohinoor Planet Constructions . .77 Korea Land Corporation . . . . . . .32 Kumar Builders Group . . . .112,124 L&T . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22,87 Lodha Group . . . . . . . . . . . .114,124 Mafatlal Industries . . . . . . . . . . . .30 Mahanagar Gas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .34 Mahandi Coalfields . . . . . . . . . . .38 Maharashtra Chamber of Housing Industry . . . . . . . . . . . . .24 Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation . . . . .144 Mahindra Lifespace Developers .75 Metso Minerals India . . . . . . . . . .22 Ministry of Railways . . . . . . . . . . .30 New Consolidated Construction & Builders Association of India . . . .85 New Silk Route Advisors . . . . . . .85 Omaxe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .58 ONGC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .34 ONGC Videsh . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26 Otis Elevators . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85 Petronet LNG . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26 Pheroze Kudianavala Consultants . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85 Pride Hotels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .60 Provident Housing . . . . . . . . . . . .60 Putzmeister . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .130 QTIL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24

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Quippo Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24 Rajinder Kumar Associates . . . .123 Rashtriya Ispat Nigam . . . . . . . . .32 Reliance Industries . . . . . . . . . . . .32 Reliance Infrastructure . . . . . . . .34 RMC Ready Mix . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85 Roots Corporation . . . . . . . . . . . .60 RSP Architects . . . . . . . . . . . . . .123 Schneider Electric India . . . . . . .24 Sical Logistics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .38 Sintex Industries . . . . . . . . . . . . . .38 Structwel Designers & Consultants . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .140 Stup Design Forum . . . . . . . . . . .85 Sunanda Speciality Coatings . . .142 Taj Hotels Resorts & Palaces . . . .58 Tamil Nadu Co-operative Housing Federation . . . . . . . . . . .58 Tata Motors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28 Tata Steel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30 Thomas Associates . . . . . . . . . . .123 Tishman Speyer India . . . . . . . . .85 TVS Srichakra . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .38 Unitech . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .58,118 Urban Design,Woods Bagot . . . .122 Utkal Alumina International . . .36 Yes Bank . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85

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DR Nayak . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22 Dr. SK Manjrekar . . . . . . . . . . . .142 Ganesh Kaskar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85 Gangadharan Manari . . . . . . . . .140 GL Raheja . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24 Gopi Bhawnani . . . . . . . . . . . . . .123 Gurudas Kamat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24 Hafeez Contractor . . . . . . . . . . .123 Kamal Meattle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .77 Karan Grover . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .123 KP Singh . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .92 Krishna Kohli . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .124 Lalit Kumar Jain . . . . . . . . .112,124 M Prabhakar Rao . . . . . . . . . . . . .77 Mahesh M Mudda . . . . . . . . . . . .85 Malav Dani . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85 Michael Schmid-Lindenmayer . .130 Milind S Korde . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .96 Mofatraj P Munot . . . . . . . . .75,108 MR Jaishankar . . . . . . . . . .85,88,124 Mukunda V . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22 Niranjan Hiranandani . . . . .100,124 Olivier Blum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24 PK Govindaswamy . . . . . . . . . . . . .22 R Sarbeswar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .70 Rakesh Sharma . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85 Ralf Von Baer, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .130 Ramesh Chandra . . . . . . . . . . . .118 Ramesh Mohan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .87 Rana Roy Choudhary . . . . . . . . .124 Richard Marshall . . . . . . . . . .87,122 Russell Stocker . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24 S Srinivas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .75 S Subbiah . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .123 Sanjay Chandra . . . . . . . . . . . . . .118 Sanjay Palve . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85 Sanjay Puri . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .123 Satish Dhupelia . . . . . . . . . . . . . .138 Sharad Sabnis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .144 Sharukh Mistry . . . . . . . . . . . . . .123 Sougata Roy . . . . . . . . . . . . . .87,122 Sudesh Bhelekar . . . . . . . . . . . . . .77 Sundar Parthasarathy . . . . . . . . . .85 Sunil Kanoria . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24 Sunil Varrier . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .124 Tilak Thomas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .123

PEOPLE
Abhin Alimchandani . . . . . . . . . .85 Abhisheck M Lodha . . . . . .114,124 Ajay Chandra . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .118 Alwyn Bowden . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .87 Amit Pal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .75 Arun Kapur . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24 Ashish Raheja . . . . . . . . . . . .106,124 Bijoy Mohan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .87 BK Katyal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85 Brinda Somaya . . . . . . . . . . . . . .123 Chetan Raikar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .140 Christopher Charles Benninger . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .123 CL Raheja . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .102 CM Belekar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .123 Daniel Gudsell . . . . . . . . . . . . . .148 Darius Pandole . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85

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UNITECH LTD
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stablished in 1972, today Unitech is India's leading real-estate company with projects across the country. It has a pan-India footprint with projects in Delhi NCR, West Bengal, Punjab and Maharashtra, and an endeavour to attain leadership in every market it operates in. Unitech's developments have the most diversified product mix comprising residential, commercial, retail, IT parks, SEZs, hotels, schools and amusement parks. Unitech is known for the quality it delivers and is the first realestate developer to attain ISO 9001:2000 certification in North India. The company's well-managed architectural and engineering teams have closely worked and partnered with internationally acclaimed architects such as Callison (USA), RMJM (UK), SWA, HOK (USA) and many others, to achieve both aesthetic and efficient design and adopt best practices that exude superior quality of construction in its developments. At present, Unitech has more than 22 major ongoing residential projects in cities such as Delhi NCR, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bengaluru, Mohali and Lucknow.

Sanjay Chandra, Managing Director

Ramesh Chandra, Executive Chairman

Ajay Chandra, Managing Director

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TOP MANAGEMENT: Ramesh Chandra, Executive Chairman; Ajay Chandra, Managing Director; Sanjay Chandra, Managing Director TURNOVER (2008-09): Rs 3,315.64 crore CENTRES OF OPERATION: Delhi NCR, Kolkata, Mumbai, Chennai NO. OF EMPLOYEES: About 1,000 SIZE OF LAND BANK: 7,466.78 acre as on March 31, 2009 COMPLETED PROJECTS: SouthCity, Nirvana Country, Signature Towers and Global Business Park in Gurgaon, and many more PROJECTS COMPLETED IN 2008-09: Uniworld Gardens in Gurgaon ONGOING PROJECTS: Close and Fresco in Gurgaon; Horizon and Grande in Noida; The Residences in Gurgaon and Mumbai; Vistas in Kolkata. DREAM PROJECT: Karma Lakelands; luxurious private villas set against a backdrop of a nine-hole golf course and pristine natural surroundings. VIEWS ON SUSTAINABILITY: Unitech is working on several integrated townships where all daily needs, amenities and facilities are within close proximity to enhance living and support healthy lifestyles. VISION FOR THE FUTURE: The clear focus going forward is on the residential segment with stress on affordable housing to keep pace with the rising demand for homes for all. Metro Walk Mall in North Delhi is spread across 2.21 lakh sq ft.

The Great India Place, a retail and entertainment complex in Noida, spans 15 lakh sq ft.

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Signature Tower II in Gurgaon offers well-designed office complexes.

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LODHA GROUP
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stablished in 1980, the Lodha Group is a premier real-estate developer headquartered in Mumbai that develops residences, office spaces, IT campuses and weekend retreats in various formats, including standalone projects, townships and SEZs, across all segments. It is currently developing in excess of 27 million sq ft of prime real estate in and around the city, making it the largest developer in Mumbai and one of the largest in India. The group is now spreading its wings - it recently launched the luxury Lodha Bellezza in Hyderabad. It has several firsts to its credit: Lodha Bellissimo, Mumbai's first 'By invitation only' project and the only Indian residential project among the top 1,000 landscapes in the world; Lodha Luxuria, Mumbai's first fully automated township; and Lodha Aqua, Mumbai's first water inspired township. It was also the first in India to introduce the concept of branded office spaces with Lodha iThink and Lodha Excelus. The Lodha Group recently launched the brand CASA to provide housing solutions with high intrinsic value for the mid-income segment. It collaborates with leading global suppliers to deliver the finest to its customers - for instance, Aedas, OveArup and Sasaki for architectural innovations; Poggenpohl, Duravit and Kohler for internal fittings; Bang & Olufsen for home entertainment; and SAP and Johnson Controls for project excellence. In fact, the Lodha Group received the largest ever FDI in the real-estate sector in India. And according to the JP Morgan Property Report 2008, it was ranked second in the list of 'Most sought after for PE investment in the realty sector'.
Abhisheck M Lodha, Co-Promoter and Director

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TOP MANAGEMENT: Mangal Prabhat G Lodha, Promoter, Founder-Chairman and Director; Abhisheck M Lodha, Co-Promoter and Director; Abhinandan Lodha, Co-Promoter and Director. TURNOVER (2008-09): Not disclosed CENTRES OF OPERATION: Mumbai, Hyderabad and Lonavala, with plans to expand to Pune. NO. OF EMPLOYEES: Over 1,300 SIZE OF LAND BANK: Over 4,500 acre PROJECTS COMPLETED IN 2008-09: Lodha's Chateau Paradis, Lodha Paradise and iThink Techno Campus, all in the Mumbai area. ONGOING PROJECTS: Residential projects include Lodha Costiera, Lodha Palazzo and Lodha One in Mumbai and Lodha Goldcrest in Lonavala in the luxury category; Lodha Bellissimo, Lodha Primero, Lodha Grandeur and Lodha Aria in Mumbai and Lodha Bellezza in Hyderabad in the high-end category; Lodha Imperia, Lodha Aqua, Lodha Aurum, Lodha Luxuria and Lodha Paradise in the Mumbai area in the aspirational category; and Casa Univis, Casa Ultima, Casa Royale, Casa Essenza and Casa Bella in the Mumbai area and Lodha Goldcrest in Lonavala in the mid-income luxury category. Commercial projects include Lodha Excelus, Lodha Supremus, and two Think Techno campuses in the Mumbai area. Upcoming projects include apartments in Walkeshwar, Prabhadevi, Andheri and Thane in the Mumbai area and bungalows at Dombivali, Thane and Pune DREAM PROJECT: Lodha Bellissimo, a 48-storey residential tower in Mahalaxmi, set amid a pristine garden, is one of the tallest buildings in Mumbai. It will allow its residents a personal space way above the polluted air, incessant noise and rising temperatures. It offers a breathtaking view of the lush racecourse and the Arabian Sea on the west. The residences are spacious, airy and replete with every luxury that one can contemplate in modern times. VIEWS ON SUSTAINABILITY: Lodha Group does not just create structures but develops self-sustaining ecosystems for townships. For instance, Casa Bella - City of Dreams in Dombivali, incorporates eco-friendly features like a sewage water treatment plant that will provide recycled water for gardening and other usage; solar heating; rainwater harvesting and electric buses inside the township. The softscape plantation at Casa Bella has been judiciously incorporated to offer shade and cooling effects. The plantation naturally assists in reducing air pollution and contributes to visual aesthetics. VIEWS ON HIGH-RISES: Today, Mumbai and other cities across India face an increasing shortage of living space. High-rise towers are the answer to this wide gap of supply and demand of living space. Owning an apartment on higher floors instills a sense of personal pride and brings costefficiency with the optimum usage of land. Moreover, it offers people space to work in peace - away from the noise of city life while being in the heart of the city. Fast-growing cities like Hyderabad and Pune are also quickly adapting to the high-rise life. For instance, Lodha Bellezza, a 45-storey tower in Hyderabad, has been well appreciated. VISION FOR THE FUTURE: The Lodha Group strives to deliver the best-in-class lifestyle to its customers by creating innovative and exemplary landmarks, thus building better lives for them.

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Lodha Bellissimo, a 48 storey residential tower in Mahalaxmi, is one of the tallest buildings in Mumbai.

Lodha Paradise, a finest residential development in Thane, is designed for the upwardly mobile.

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KUMAR BUILDERS GROUP
Lalit Kumar Jain, Chairman & Managing Director

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ith 100 projects across the country and more than 14,000 satisfied customers, Kumar Builders is a name to reckon with in property development. With an experience of over four decades in construction, the group has expanded to every conceivable vertical of property development: residential, commercial, retail, built-to-suit IT spaces, townships and SEZs. It is among the first construction companies in India to be ISO 9001:2008, ISO 14001:2004 and OHSAS 18001:2007 certified and has recently been awarded with the Amicus awards for best realestate company. One of the first companies in India to start the fixed rate/brochure price policy, Kumar Builders is known for the highest standards of integrity in dealing with customers, banks, financial institutions and statutory authorities. The group currently has more than 30 redevelopment projects in the Mumbai area. Apart from Pune and Mumbai, the group has already made its presence felt in Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Panchgani and Nagpur. It now plans to expand its footprint, with projects finalised in Gurgaon, Nashik, Ranchi, Jaipur, Ahmedabad and Chennai, among others. Accolades include the Loksatta Vasturang Award 2007 for the Pune Central mall; the Srishti Good Green Governance Awards four years in succession; and Pune Real Estate Excellence Awards 2008 for best real-estate company and for its projects Kumar Sublime (most environment-friendly) and Pune Central (best retail project). In fact, Kumar Sublime was also the first eco-housing project in India to get a provisional certificate from the International Institute of Energy Conservation (IIEC).

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TOP MANAGEMENT: Lalit Kumar Jain, Chairman & Managing Director; Kruti L Jain, Executive Director TURNOVER (2008-09): Rs 335 crore CENTRES OF OPERATION: Pune, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Nagpur, Panvel. NO. OF EMPLOYEES: 284 SIZE OF LAND BANK: 1,700 acre COMPLETED PROJECTS: 127, in Pune and Mumbai PROJECTS COMPLETED IN 2008-09: Sophronia, Kubera Sankul, Fun N Shop, Kumar Sansar, The Cerebrum B2, Kumar City Row House, Kumar Business Centre and KK Market Phase III in Pune and Kumar Sophronia and Kumar Fun N Shop in Mumbai. ONGOING PROJECTS: Residential projects include Bahar Row House, Sophronia, Laxmi Vilas, Kubera Sankul, Riddhi Siddhi Samruddhi, Shanti Niketan, Buena Vista, Kumar Kruti, Kumar City, Windsor Park, Kumar Aatman, Kumar Sublime, 45 Nirvana Hills, Shantiniketan II in the Pune area; I Life in Bengaluru; and New Sarvottam, Buena Vista and Ekta CHS in Mumbai. Commercial projects include KK Constellation, Business Court, BSA Complex, KBC, Cerebrum IT Park, Kumar Trillion, Kidopia, Kumar Sarsan Square and KK Market B Type, all in Pune. DREAM PROJECT: 45 Nirvana Hills, a 79-acre project in the heart of Pune, will derive profits and satisfy the urge of extraordinary creativity while contributing to the environment and helping the deprived. The project will rehabilitate 4,500 families and create a Mahila Gruh Udyog (cottage industry) for residents and ITI for children. The iconic 400-m structure is set to become a landmark - with an entire built area of more than 7 million sq ft, the ULC component of 5 million sq ft will comprise 1 million sq ft of a retail mall, hotel, commercial and residential complex. VIEWS ON SUSTAINABILITY: One of the first construction houses to get the ISO14001 certification, Kumar Builders is a strong advocate of environment-consciousness. It was the first company to implement a green housing project as per municipal corporation norms. In fact, the chairman is also founder chairman of the Pune chapter of the Indian Green Building Council and green features such as the use of solar energy have been incorporated in projects like IT park The Cerebrum; The Central mall, the KBC commercial complex and the Kumar Sublime residential project. These features result in energy savings between 8 per cent and 22 per cent. VIEWS ON HIGH-RISES: With land being a limited asset, all major cities will have to go vertical. It is also more ecofriendly as the green cover will increase. With the government's support, a few decades from now, highrise structures may well become the norm rather than the exception and we would have a skyscape that holds its own with the developed nations of the world. VISION FOR THE FUTURE: Kumar Builders has always been a pioneer in every aspect of shelter. We want to deliver over 1 lakh eco-friendly homes to this country in one calendar year. To this end, we have already begun a pilot project called Kumar Sublime with around 300 apartments. Kumar Meadows, spread out over 38 acre in Pune is a harmonious blend of nature and luxury.

Situated along the Panchgani Mahabaleshwar Road, Windsor Park houses over 100 exquisite, spacious bungalows.

The Cerebrum: an IT park in Pune.

Pune Central is a seamless, no-partition mall at Bund Garden Road in Pune.

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KALPATARU GROUP
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Mofatraj P Munot, Chairman

stablished in 1969 by first-generation entrepreneur Mofatraj Munot, the Kalpataru Group is a conglomerate with interests in real-estate development, power transmission, civil contracting and infrastructure development, property management and integrated facility management services, and logistics and warehousing services. The group’s flagship company Kalpataru Ltd has built more than 75 landmark edifices and is a leading Indian realestate player in India with 40 years of expertise in creating landmarks, luxury apartments, large residential complexes and townships, and signature commercial projects in Mumbai, Thane and Pune. In an age where architecture is mainly utilitarian, Kalpataru endeavours to combine the functional with the aesthetic and maintains the highest standards of quality in every detail. Always in the forefront of technological advancements, Kalpataru was one of the first real-estate companies to start using the ERP system as early as 1995; today, it has successfully implemented SAP across the organisation with IBM as implementation partner. Further, it has been an ISO-certified organisation since 1998. For its contribution to the real-estate sector, Kalpataru has won several accolades, accreditations and awards from premium institutions and managing bodies like CNBC Asia-Pacific, CNBC Awaaz Crisil, MCHI and Accommodation Times. What’s more, Kalpataru has been actively involved in community initiatives through the Munot Foundation for rural reach programmes, with crèches for children; and education, food, health and overall community development and health awareness campaigns.

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TOP MANAGEMENT: Mofatraj P Munot, Chairman; Parag Munot, Managing Director TURNOVER: Over Rs 5,000 crore CENTRES OF OPERATION: Mumbai, Thane and Pune NO. OF EMPLOYEES: Over 800 SIZE OF LAND BANK: Not disclosed COMPLETED PROJECTS: Over 75 PROJECTS COMPLETED IN 2008-09: Kalpataru Estate, Kamdhenu and Kalpataru Square in the Mumbai area; Kalpataru Estate Phase 1 in Pune. ONGOING PROJECTS: Kalpataru Aura, Kalpataru Towers, Kalpataru Gardens II, Kalpataru Riverside, Kalpataru Hills, Siddhachal and KORUM in the Mumbai area; Kalpataru Estate Phase II and Kalpataru Serenity in Pune. DREAM PROJECT: Kalpataru Horizon in Worli was a dream achieved; the dream project of the future is yet to be designed. Kalpataru Residency in Mumbai has VIEWS ON SUSTAINABILITY: All Kalpataru projects combine Kalpataru Residency in Mumbai has 18 storied twin towers. 18 storied twin towers. unparalleled luxury with optimum green benefits to residents. The company recently received the USGBC LEED core and shell platinum certification for its commercial project, Kalpataru Square – this is recognition of being Asia’s first commercial green project of superior standards. VIEWS ON HIGH-RISES: Through the ages, there has always been a relentless quest for height in architecture, a kind of ‘vertical aspiration’. High-rises are always associated with grandeur and they may well become indispensable in future Indian cities considering the population graph and shortage of housing. VISION FOR THE FUTURE: To evolve and innovate in every sphere of development at a fast pace, keeping in mind the long-term objectives of the company; continuous growth making the group an integral part of the lives of customers, stakeholders and employees. Kalpataru Horizon is a premium residential complex located at Worli, Mumbai. Kalpataru Square, at Andheri, Mumbai, is the first project in Asia to earn the LEED Platinum Core and Shell certification.

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Kalpataru Habitat at Parel, Mumbai, includes a five-level independent car park building.

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K RAHEJA UNIVERSAL PVT LTD
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Ashish Raheja, Managing Director

he flagship company of Suresh L Raheja and his sons, Rahul and Ashish, K Raheja Universal Pvt Ltd (KRUPL), was founded in 1986. On the frontline for luxurious residential developments in Mumbai, KRUPL is one of the most reputed names in the realestate industry known for quality, innovation, integrity and commitment. Indeed, the company’s name has become synonymous with fine quality homes and aesthetic lifestyles, and has redefined the skyline of Mumbai with its impeccable architectural standards. Whatever the kind of development, the finest in contemporary design, innovation and clear and legal titles have been its hallmarks. While KRUPL has completed projects aggregating 5 million sq ft between 1987 and 2008, ongoing projects (in 2009) are to the tune of 1 million sq ft and forthcoming projects (targeted for a 2010 launch) will aggregate about 25 million sq ft. What’s more, further projects in the pipeline (targeted for launch in 2011 and beyond) will come to another 12 million sq ft. Chosen a ‘Business Superbrand’ in 2008-09 and Consumer Superbrand in 200910, K Raheja Universal is also one of the few real-estate companies to be awarded both ISO 9001:2008 for quality management systems and ISO 14001:2004 for environmental standards. With an exemplary track record, K Raheja Universal has received numerous accolades from distinguished business and trade publications and real-estate development councils.

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TOP MANAGEMENT: Ashish Raheja, Managing Director TURNOVER: (Projected for Financial Year ending March 2010) - approx Rs 600 crore CENTRES OF OPERATION: Mumbai, with plans to expand the company’s footprint to Goa, Mangalore, Nagpur and Chandigarh. NO. OF EMPLOYEES: Over 400 SIZE OF LAND BANK: Approx 67 million sq ft COMPLETED PROJECTS: 43, in Mumbai PROJECTS COMPLETED IN 2008-09: Raheja Legend; Raheja Anchorage; Raheja Princess; Raheja Haven; Raheja Titanium; Raheja Tipco Heights; Raheja Tipco Plaza; Raheja Acropolis I; Raheja Acropolis II; all in Mumbai. Total development - 5 million sq ft. ONGOING PROJECTS: Residential projects covering 1 million sq ft include Raheja Excelsior, Raheja Atlantis, Raheja Reflections I and Raheja Exotica III; office projects include Raheja Chromium. DREAM PROJECT: The over 100-acre Raheja International Corporate City in the heart of Navi Mumbai, which is one of the largest integrated corporate cities and a one-stop shop for all corporate needs from front-office operations, back office and IT spaces to retail, hospitality and entertainment. VIEWS ON SUSTAINABILITY: In a bid to create sustainable and environmentfriendly projects, K Raheja Universal has adopted the use of eco-friendly building materials and energy; green space design; and extensive landscaping. For instance, Raheja Exotica features extensive landscaping, while the double-height windows at Raheja Titanium allow in plenty of natural light, thus saving electricity. Similarly, solar heaters installed at Raheja Acropolis and Raheja Willows save electricity and cut down on pollution. VIEWS ON HIGH-RISES: With limited land on ground, developers can look towards the sky to provide for the needs, of urban consumers. High-rise structures utilise space efficiently while giving the user better views and air circulation. Thus, even though construction costs will be 25-30 per cent higher, they are a solution to the future growth of our cities that are bursting at the seams. VISION FOR THE FUTURE: To be one of the world’s leading lifestyle construction companies with a focus on quality and creativity and commitment towards timely delivery and comfort for maximum customer satisfaction with international standards. Raheja Chromium, a commercial complex in Prabhadevi, Mumbai, has a contemporary design.

Raheja International Corporate City, Navi Mumbai, aims to be a one-stop shop for all corporate needs.

Buckley Court is a residential tower in Colaba, Mumbai.

Raheja Exotica - Phase II, Madh Island, Mumbai, has superb landscaping.

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Niranjan Hiranandani, Managing Director

HIRANANDANI GROUP
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hether it is through its flagship business of construction, or its diversification into education, healthcare, hospitality, retail and entertainment; with the vision, expertise and experience of its dynamic promoters Niranjan and Surendra Hiranandani, the Hiranandani Group promises to create a better experience in every aspect of life. It has pioneered the global face of Mumbai with truly world-class townships in Powai and Thane. Ever since its inception in 1978, the group has honed its excellence and reiterated its commitment to the conception and development of world-class products and services in every chosen business activity. The Hiranandani vision of creating better communities by introducing an unprecedented scale of living is epitomised by the innate character of the organisation. In a world where rapid advancements in living conditions are matched only by superior technology, quality and immaculate planning, the Hiranandani Group has efficiently delivered benchmark projects by challenging even the most firmly held limitations. Ever since inception, the Group has continually pioneered newer technologies, bold design and precision engineering to create landmark residential townships and commercial complexes. With its far-sightedness to spot shifting societal trends, Hiranandani is today a leading real-estate group in its flagship business of construction with a pan-India as well as an international presence. The Group is known for projects like Hiranandani Gardens, Powai; Hiranandani Meadows and Hiranandani Estate, Thane; Hiranandani Business Park, Powai and Thane; Hiranandani Upscale, Chennai and Bengaluru; Hiranandani Upscale SEZ & Residential, Hyderabad; Hiranandani Palace Gardens, Chennai; and 23 Marina, Dubai.

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TOP MANAGEMENT: Niranjan Hiranandani, Managing Director; Surendra Hiranandani, Managing Director TURNOVER (2008-09): Not disclosed CENTRES OF OPERATION: Powai, Thane Estate NO. OF EMPLOYEES: Over 1,500 SIZE OF LAND BANK: Not disclosed PROJECTS COMPLETED IN 2008-09: The 1.6 million-sq-ft Kensington, the SEZ of Powai. ONGOING PROJECTS: Hiranandani Township, Powai; Hiranandani Meadows, Hiranandani Estate, Thane. DREAM PROJECT: The next phase of Hiranandani Estate Thane, which will take Thane to the next paradigm. VIEWS ON SUSTAINABILITY: India is probably the only country that has sustainability in housing but we have not delivered it to the customer. In most places, either the money or technology is not available or the wherewithal is unavailable. The irony of India is that we have everything except delivery of goods. Every project of ours is sustainable. VIEW ON HIGH-RISE BUILDINGS: They are inevitable. Any place with high population density has no option but to take this route. Only the US has the luxury to go to suburban and built infrastructure, which is very expensive. India has to go high rise. VISION FOR THE FUTURE: Every person in India – rich, middle class or poor – will have a house suitable to his need or requirement, whether on ownership or rental basis.

Hiranandani Estate, Thane, offers affordable homes.

The picturesque Powai Lake is near Hiranandani Gardens. Dr L H Hiranandani Hospital in Powai, Mumbai, has a patient-friendly design and ambience.

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GODREJ PROPERTIES LTD
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odrej Properties Ltd (GPL), part of the Godrej Group, is one of India’s leading realestate development companies. Currently, GPL has real-estate development projects in 11 cities in India, which are at various stages of development. At present, the business focuses on residential, commercial and township developments. GPL is a fully integrated real-estate development company undertaking projects through its in-house team of professionals and by partnering with companies with domestic and international operations. The principal strengths of GPL are an established brand name; land reserves in strategic locations; a strong business development model; execution methodology; emphasis on innovation; and a qualified and skilled employee base and human resource practices.
Milind S Korde, Managing Director

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TOP MANAGEMENT: Adi B Godrej, Chairman (NonExecutive); Jamshyd N Godrej, Director (Non-Executive), Nadir B Godrej, Director (Non-Executive), Parmeshwar A Godrej, Director (Non-Executive), Milind S Korde, Managing Director; Pirojsha Godrej, Executive Director. TURNOVER (2007-08): Rs 2,275 million CENTRES OF OPERATION: Mumbai, Pune, Bengaluru, Kolkata Godrej Sherwood in Pune is a 56 apartment and Hyderabad, with recent diversifications into Ahmedabad, 10-storied block. Mangalore, Chandigarh, Chennai, Kochi and Greater Noida. NO. OF EMPLOYEES: 133 as on April 30, 2008 SIZE OF LAND BANK: 404 acre aggregating about 78.87 million sq ft of developable area as on May 15, 2008. COMPLETED PROJECTS: Residential projects with developable area of about 2.63 million sq ft and commercial projects with developable area of about 0.99 million sq ft, yielding a total developable area of 3.62 million sq ft (as on May 15, 2008). ONGOING PROJECTS: Residential projects of 26 acre with a saleable area of about 1.98 million sq ft and commercial projects of 8 acre with a saleable area of about 1.80 million sq ft, yielding a total acreage of 34 with a saleable area of about 3.78 million sq ft. Forthcoming residential projects of 209 acre with a saleable area of about 24.85 million sq ft and commercial projects of 161 acre with a saleable area of 26.36 million sq ft, yielding a total acreage of 370 with a saleable area of about 51.21 million sq ft. DREAM PROJECT: Planet Godrej in Mahalaxmi, Mumbai, a premium high-rise residential project with 380 units across five towers of 48 stories each with contemporary design and open spaces. In fact, the coverage of the construction portion comprises only 4.2 per cent of total plot area, with the rest used to provide landscaping and facilities including a gym, gardens, a clubhouse, pools and game courts. It was awarded the Pinnacle Award, 2006 by ZEE Business for being the best upcoming real estate project in India and Project of the Year - Mumbai, 2007, by Accommodation Times. VIEWS ON SUSTAINABILITY: GPL is a founding member of the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) and Godrej Garden City, a township in the city of Ahmedabad, will be one among 16 founding projects of the Climate Positive Development Programme, a Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI) programme that will support the development of large-scale urban projects that demonstrate cities can grow in ways that are ‘climate-positive’ (striving to reduce the amount of on-site CO2 emissions to below zero). VIEWS ON HIGH-RISES: Being a linear city, Mumbai has a limited land mass. There are also development restrictions in certain zones and areas that are not open for development. Thus, more and more projects are growing vertically, while many other cities in India have the luxury to expand radially. It is important that high-rises are safe, not just structurally but from the point of view of security. They should have clearly designated community and service areas, professional property managers to ensure high standards in upkeep and maintenance, alternate power supply and emergency power backup and proper parking facilities. It is also essential to have the infrastructure to support occupants in terms of vertical transportation, electrical/ mechanical risers, etc.
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Godrej Millenium, Pune, has been constructed with an elegant mix of glass and concrete. Planet Godrej in Mumbai, designed by Singapore-based DP Architects, bagged the Pinnacle Award.

The Pinnacle Tower at Godrej Hill in Kalyan.

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BRIGADE GROUP
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rigade Group was one of the first property developers in India to receive the internationally recognised ISO 9001:2000 certification. Its vision to be the most admired realty group in India was further strengthened with the ISO 14001:2004 (environmental management system) and OHSAS 18001:2007 (occupational health and safety assessment system) certifications. The group also featured in the prestigious ‘200 Best under a Billion Dollars’ Forbes list for the AsiaPacific region in 2008. In fact, it is the only realestate company from India-and the only Bengaluru-based company in any field – to find a place in this year’s Forbes list. It was selected as ‘Regional Developer of the Year - South 2009’ by Realty Plus and has been voted among India’s top 10 builders by CW for the third consecutive year this year. The Brigade stamp of innovation, quality and trust speaks of a standard that has been established, and is consistently being upgraded by the group’s continual efforts to provide its customers a better quality of life.
MR Jaishankar, Chairman & Managing Director

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TOP MANAGEMENT: MR Jaishankar, Chairman & Managing Director; Kailash Advani, Chief Executive Officer, BCV Developers Pvt Ltd; Vineet Verma, Chief Executive Officer, Brigade Hospitality Services Ltd; Roshin Mathew, Chief Operating Officer, Projects. TURNOVER (2008-09): Rs 394.35 crore CENTRES OF OPERATION: Bengaluru, Mysore, Chikmagalur and Kochi NO. OF EMPLOYEES: 575 SIZE OF LAND BANK: 452 acre as on March 31 2009 COMPLETED PROJECTS: 70, in Bengaluru and Mysore PROJECTS COMPLETED IN 2008-09: Brigade Harmony, Brigade Paramount, Brigade Lakeview, Brigade Odyssey and Mercure Homestead Residences in Bengaluru; Brigade Tiara, Brigade Elite1 & 2, Brigade Elegance, Brigade Habitat, Brigade Citadel and Brigade Point in Mysore. ONGOING PROJECTS: Residential projects include Brigade Gateway, Brigade Metropolis, Brigade Petunia, Brigade Crescent, Brigade Palmsprings and Brigade Courtyard in Bengaluru and Brigade Solitaire and Brigade Horizon in Mysore; commercial projects include North Star Office Star & Orion Mall at Brigade Gateway, and Summit & The Arcade at Brigade Metropolis. DREAM PROJECT: The 40-acre Brigade Gateway in North Bengaluru, which is the most integrated mixed-use enclave in an urban city centre in India and probably the world. It will feature over 1,250 luxury apartments; the city’s tallest (30 levels) and premium office tower; The Columbia Asia Hospital; a shopping mall with an 11-screen multiplex; The Sheraton Bangalore Hotel; The Brigade School; Galaxy Club; and a manmade lake. VIEWS ON SUSTAINABILITY: Integrated enclaves are the only route to sustainable urban development. They combine residential, business, social and commercial spaces and create new pockets of urban activity, helping to ‘decongest’ the city. Further, enclave campuses give residents the luxury of excellent amenities, complete security and a high-quality environment. It’s not surprising, then, that enclaves are now the preferred choice of city dwellers everywhere, including Bengaluru. Brigade Group is a pioneer of integrated enclaves in Bengaluru, with trendsetting projects like Brigade Millennium, Brigade Metropolis and Brigade Gateway. VIEWS ON HIGH-RISES: In urban cities where availability and acquisition of land is a problem, high-rise buildings are the answer to future development as you can develop the same amount of built-up area in 1/6th or 1/10th of the land area. They offer better open spaces, better light and ventilation and put less pressure on civic authorities to provide civic amenities like water and sanitation. High-rise construction is akin to an intensive development compared to a layout, which is an extensive development. VISION FOR THE FUTURE: To be the most admired realty group in India, continuously upgrading its capabilities in every sphere of its activity, to the delight of customers and stakeholders.
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Brigade Metropolis is a 36-acre integrated enclave, located at Mahadevapura on Whitefield Road in Bengaluru. Stretching across 40 acre in central Bengaluru, Brigade Gateway is an exclusive lifestyle enclave.

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