Elets Technomedia has been a name in the industry for nominating and awarding some of the best practices followed in the industry by various government and private organizations. For this, the organisations interested in participation file details of their projects that are then shortlisted after three rounds of analysis for different award categories. The final shortlisted best practices are then awarded the Elets National Housing Award for Excellence under their respective categories.
The first Award of Excellence was presented to the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India, for Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana under the category of Innovative Scheme by the Government. The Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana or PMAY (urban) is an initiative by the Government of India to provide affordable houses to the urban poor.
The award was received by Durga Shanker Mishra, Secretary, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) and Amrit Abhijat, Joint Secretary, MoHUA and Mission Director, Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana. Both the officers expressed their heartfelt gratitude towards Elets for the award.
The Award of Excellence under the category of ‘Project by Housing Board’ was presented to Pawan Arora, Commissioner, Rajasthan Housing Board (RHB), for his noteworthy work in Indira Gandhi Nagar project, Jaipur. The Commissioner presented a brief on the establishment of RHB during his award speech. He said, “We are in our Golden Jubilee year and with this auspicious occasion I would like to tell you that our aim at RHB is not only to provide affordable houses and commercial and premium properties to people but a better lifestyle.” Speaking on the transformation of RHB, Arora said, “The Chief Minister of Rajasthan and the Urban Development Minister equipped the task of reviving the RHB operations to me, at the time when the Board was in a dire condition. With the collective efforts of the RHB team and the state government, today RHB has regained its trust in people and has made a World Record for selling 1213 houses in just 12 days.” Further, he mentioned ‘Budhwar Nilami Diwas’ wherein people can start bidding on the properties from Monday and every Wednesday at four PM the bids are enlisted and the properties are sold. Arora also pointed out the scheme ‘10 per cent do, grih pravesh lo’ which means ‘pay only 10 per cent to own your abode’ and the rest 90 per cent are turned into easy EMIs to be paid in 13 years, worked wonders in turning failures to success for RHB projects. Further, he mentioned development works like road development, drinking water connections, model road development, and more done in Indira Gandhi Nagar.
The Award of Excellence for Slum Redevelopment Project for Bhavnagar 7B Slum Area in Rajkot under PMAY PPP ISSR Scheme was presented to Udit Aggarwal, Municipal Commissioner, Rajkot Municipal Corporation for the category of ‘Project on PPP Model’.
The next Award of Excellence was presented to Kshipra Agre, CEO, Surat Urban Development Authority, for the construction of high rise residential buildings EWS I 992 for houses and parking space for 10 to 11 floors. EWS II 1024 for houses and parking spaces for 10 to 11 floors under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana, and LIG 504 houses and parking spaces. The project was awarded under the category ‘Project by Development Authority’. She congratulated her team for their commendable work on the project.
MM Gadhavi, CEO, Unjha Nagarpalika, was presented with the Award of Excellence for planning, designing and construction of 360 DUs EWS II flats buildings including site development with al infrastructure services in Unjha city in Gujarat under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana.
Award of Excellence for outstanding innovation in real estate and infrastructure was presented to Prakash Baviskar, Chairman and Managing Director, Baviskar Group. He expressed his gratitude to the Elets team for the award. Further, he enlightened the viewers on the demand and supply gap in the housing sector and spoke on a few solutions. He also mentioned Builders’ Society Promoter, an organisation he formed. Baviskar discussed a study he conducted on reducing costs in housing projects and meeting the demand and supply gap in an effective and efficient manner.
Ajay Tyagi, CEO, Rialtes Technology, was presented with the Award of Excellence for Rialtes Technologies under the category ‘Best Technologies Innovations of the Year in the Housing Sector’. Tyagi commenced his award speech with a thank you note to the Elets team for organising the National Housing Summit. He spoke about Rialtes Technologies saying, “Wherever there is a government agency, private builder or anyone with an innovative approach towards housing, Rialtes is there to support them with its technological solutions.” He mentioned GovHouse, a Rialtes product, he described as a digital platform designed to bring digital transformation in the field of affordable housing.
The award ceremony of the National Housing Summit 2020 ended on a high note with a vote thanks delivered by Dr Ravi Gupta, CEO and Founder, Elets Technomedia Pvt. Ltd.