Mumbai, March 2011: Mr. V. Suresh, Principal Executive Officer, Hirco was honoured today with the Achievement Award for Industry Doyen conferred on him by the Construction Industry Development Council (CIDC). The award was presented at a glittering ceremony held during the 3rd CIDC Vishwakarma Awards 2011 in New Delhi.
With over 46 years of rich professional experience, Mr. Suresh has contributed immensely to the all-round growth of housing, infrastructure and urban development. His contribution has included appropriate technology applications, National Network of Building Centres, Disaster Mitigation and Rehabilitation Projects in different parts. The Capacity Building programmes with which he has been closely involved have been received well within the country and abroad.
Mr. Suresh has been actively associated with the drafting of the National Building Code of India 2005 in his capacity as the Vice-Chairman of the NBC 2005. He is also the Chairman of the Housing Committee of the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS). He has assisted National and International agencies in Sustainable Human Settlements Development, and is currently closely associated with Good Urban Governance initiatives. He was formerly the CMD of HUDCO.
Mr. Suresh is a passionate advocate of sustainable development and continues to pursue disaster resistant, environment friendly and energy efficient options in the real estate industry. He is a leading member of the Green Building movement.
Mr. Firdose Vandrevala, Chairman and Managing Director of Hirco Developments said, “It is a fitting recognition for Mr. V. Suresh who reflects our strong philosophy of building integrated and self-contained townships with emphasis on respectful environment, quality, state-of-the-art technology. We aim for speed of execution without compromising on safety, which remains an important goal for us.”
Acknowledging the prestigious award, Mr. Suresh said that he is honoured and humbled and is grateful for this recognition of his contribution to the construction industry over the last four decades. He added, “With India’s fast-paced growth, the construction industry would be playing a major role in the economic and employment generating sectors using sustainable and appropriate technologies needed for housing and infrastructure development.”
Hirco also received the award for excellence in skill development and safety aspects under “Artisans” category which was given to Mr. Kedarnath Mohanta (Junior Foreman – Health Safety & Environment), working for Hirco’s Chennai integrated township project. Mr. Mohanta’s proactive approach helped to achieve One Million safe man-hours in his work area. Also, his relentless efforts in adhering to safety practices saved the life of Mushtaq, a construction worker, while working at a height.
The Construction Industry Development Council (CIDC), an apex organization was established by Planning Commission, Government of India along with the Construction Industry in 1996 for the development of construction sector and professionalizing the functioning and monitoring of construction activities. The council provides the impetus & organizational infrastructure to raise quality levels across the industry. This helps to secure wider appreciation of the interests of construction business by the government, industry and peer groups in society. CIDC is a change agent to accelerate a process of self-reform that should enable the industry to answer the challenges of the future. It has membership from various ministries, government departments, PSUs, construction companies, financial institutions, educational institutions and R& D institutions.
CIDC Vishwakarma Awards are meant to motivate individuals’ and organizations’ contribution in the construction domain and to promote replicable best practices in the Indian Construction Industry. CIDC has initiated these awards to recognize and honour the valuable contributions and work of the Indian Construction Fraternity that has significantly enriched the construction domain and has helped bring about a change in our construction practices.