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The 5th CWAB (Construction World Architect and Builder) Awards ‘2010 at Taj Lands End, Bandra, was a grand affair with the creme de la creme of the real estate and corporate world in attendance.” Good corporate governance and transparency in dealings were the major factors taken into consideration by the jury” informed Mr. Pratap Padode, Managing Director of ASAPP Media and went on to unfold his vision for real estate and infrastructure development over the next two decades.
Amongst the prominent winners this year were Niranjan Hiranandani of Hiranandani Group, Hafeez Contractor and Subodh Runwal of Runwal Group. The awards were presented by Sunil Soni, Principal Secretary – Financial Reforms along with Pratap Padode. Raza Murad was all ears and so were Aarti and Kailash Surendranath. Abha Singh and Y.P. Singh also sat right through the evening and interacted with the winners. Bali Brahmabhatt came in late and was engaged in a hilarious discussion with Siddarth Kanan. Also spotted were Umesh Pherwani and Gary Richardson. Art and interiors go hand in hand with beautiful homes, little wonder than that Nimisha and Charan Sharma also chose to grace this special evening.
Madhusudan Kumar came straight from his art exhibition. Falguni Padode, Group Managing Editor, ASAPP Media, made it a point to attend to each of the guests personally and also delivered the vote of thanks. Mark Igou, Director, Skidmore, Owings and Merill, New York was the keynote speaker of the evening. Corporate Social Responsibility in the real estate sector came into sharp focus during these awards and was a major decision making criteria clearly revealing that these awards were not just about brick and mortar but a lot about heart and soul. It was a four month long industry survey which finally decided the winning companies who largely hailed from Mumbai, Bengaluru, New Delhi and Chennai.
Pratap Padode who is also the editor -in – chief of Construction World, South Asia’s and the Gulf’s leading construction magazine , and the institutor of the CWAB Awards aptly sums it up saying, ” Transparency levels are a reliable indicator that our country is adapting fast to the ways in which real estate business is done in more developed countries. India’s real estate market is rapidly shedding the elements that were part of a less mature system. This year the central idea behind the awards is to bring to fore people and firms who not only think big and build big but also have embraced transparent operations”