To acknowledge the extraordinary contributions and efforts of various real estate stakeholders in creating and delivering new benchmarks for excellence in the realty domain in the year gone by, Realty Plus, India’s leading real estate magazine from the exchange4media group, announced the winners of ‘Realty Plus Excellence Awards 2013-West’ at Hotel Trident, Mumbai on Wednesday.
This is the third time when the awards were held in the city of Mumbai, post dividing three zones for the awards, namely South, West and North. After the grand success of the Bangalore event last Friday, the Realty Plus Conclave and Excellence Awards (West) received an overwhelming response from real estate fraternity in Mumbai. Large number of developers, architects and other industry professional gathered to witness the much-awaited event of real estate industry. The last leg of Realty Plus Conclave and Excellence Awards will culminate in Gurgaon on May 24, 2013.
The morning conclave began with keynote address by Niranjan Hiranandani, Co-Founder & Managing Director, Hiranandani Construction & president of Indian Merchants’ Chambers. The speech was followed by unveiling of a special coffee table book on India’s Top 100 Developers, brought out by Realty Plus.
The first plenary session, Redevelopment: Resurrecting to a New Standard of Living,deliberated upon the need of redevelopment in Mumbai Metropolitan Region. The panelists included Gaurav Gupta, Director, Omkar Realtors & Developers; Neera Adarkar, Housing Activist & Conservationist; Vinod Sampat, Advocate & Property Expert; Anil Rathod, Deputy Engineer-Redevelopment Cell, MHADA; Diipesh Bhagtani, Exec. Director, Jaycee Homes; Ravi Ahuja, Executive Director, Cushman & Wakefield India, and Sunil Mantri, Chairman & Mananging Director, Mantri Realty.
The second session, New Dimensions in Real Estate Marketing focused on the new-age marketing strategies & communication skills of developers. The enlightening discussion encompassed marketing-related issues like the disconnect between promotional campaigns by developers and homebuyers and effectiveness of schemes like 80:20 and concessions on taxes. The eminent panelists included Bharat Dhuppar, Chief Marketing Officer, Omkar Realtors & Developers; Chetan Narain, Chief Executive, Narain Corp; Karthik Sundarajoo, MD, CG Werks, Singapore; Kalpesh Shah, President, NAR-Mumbai and Santosh Naik, Managing Director, Disha Direct Marketing Services.
The third session, Raising the FSI Bar: Challenges in Vertical Growth, illuminated the audience with the co-relation between low floor space index (FSI) and stalled growth of housing segment in Mumbai. The discourse was primarily focused on whether high FSI is conducive to the ecosystem of the city and the need of better infrastructure to facilitate vertical growth. The panelists included in this session were V Suresh, Director-Project Companies, HIRCO & Former Director, HUDCO; Ramesh Nair, MD-West, JLL; Boman Rustom Irani, CMD, Rustomjee; Rahul Pande, Deputy Urban Planner-SRA Cell, MMRDA and Ani Ray, MD, Arabian Contruction Company India.
The last plenary session on Smart Developments- Creating sustainable habitats through Smart Growth saw panelists emphasising that simply making green buildings are not enough, but home-seekers also need not be encouraged to ‘Live Green.’ The speakers at the session included Tejwant Nawalkar, Director, DFX Systems; Gurmit Singh, Vice-Chairman, Indian Green Building Council-Mumbai Chapter; Dinabandhu Patra Founder & MD, Across & Beyond, Development Consultancy; Nilesh Jadhav, Inventor & Founder, INPOD; Ashish Shah, Head-Strategy & Business Development, The Wadhwa Group.
The conclave culminated in the celebration of excellence in the realty domain as the proud winners of Realty Plus Excellence Awards 2013 for the West zone were announced during a star-studded awards night attended by a galaxy of developers, policy-makers, industry officials, business leaders, financial experts, investment advisors, retailers, facilities managers, architects and other luminaries.
The awardees were chosen after a rigorous selection out of the real estate developers from the Western India. The 27 different award categories acknowledged the efforts of the who’s who of the Indian realty sector for their outstanding achievements in developing real estate and infrastructure facilities and promoting state- of-the-art designs and architecture.
The eminent jury for Realty Plus Excellence Awards 2013 was chaired by Anshuman Magazine, Chairman and Managing Director (South Asia), CBRE. The other Jury members included Sachin Sandhir, MD & Country Head, RICS; Prof PSN Rao, Head, Housing, SPA & Chairman, NAR (India); Dr P S Rana, Former Chairman and MD, HUDCO; Pankaj Kapoor, MD, Liases Foras; Daksh Bharadwaj, Principal Architect, Bharadwaj Bharadwaj & Associates; Om Chaudhary, Executive Director, Fire Capital and Vinod Behl, Editor, Realty Plus.
Also, present on the occasion were Annurag Batra, Chairman and Editor-in-Chief, exchange4media Group; Vinod Behl, Editor, Realty Plus and Atul Sharma, Business Head, exchange4media Group.
List of Awardees:
- Affordable Housing of the Year: Tata Housing Development Company Limited
- Architect of the Year – Residential: INC Developers
- Commercial Property of the Year: Hubtown Limited
- CSR Initiative of the Year by a Real Estate Firm : Kumar Urban Development Limited
- Developer of the Year – Commercial: The Wadhwa Group
- Developer of the Year – Residential: Rustomjee
- Developer of the Year – Retail: Alpha G:Corp Development Private Limited
- Emerging Developer of the Year- Residential: Navkar Associates
- Environment Friendly Project of the Year- Residential: Kumar Urban Development Limited
- Female Real Estate Professional of the Year: Sarita Mantri from Mantri Realty/ Shubhangi Manjrekar, Managing Director, Amar Builders
- Integrated Township of the Year: Oberoi Realty Limited
- Luxury Project of the Year: Kolte Patil Developers Limited
- Marketer of the Year: Omkar Realtors and Developers
- Pathfinders Award for the Most Enterprising CXO: Jones Lang LaSalle India
- Real Estate Marketing Campaign of the Year: Sunteck Realty Limited
- Residential Property of the Year: Kolte Patil Developers Limited
- Retail Property of the Year: Kalpataru Group
- Young Achievers’ Award: Brotin Banerjee, Chief Executive, Tata Housing Development Company Limited