India Today - - STATES - —Amar­nath K. Menon


The GMR group de­vel­oped In­dia’s first green­field air­port, the Ra­jiv Gandhi In­ter­na­tional Air­port in Hy­der­abad, in a record 30 months. It was also re­spon­si­ble for the up­grades to In­dia’s largest in­ter­na­tional air­port, the Indira Gandhi In­ter­na­tional air­port in Delhi. The group is ac­tive in seven coun­tries in the en­ergy, high­ways, large ur­ban de­vel­op­ment and air­port sec­tors.


The group was founded by Grandhi Mal­likar­juna Rao, a me­chan­i­cal en­gi­neer from Andhra Univer­sity. He be­gan his busi­ness in 1978 with the pur­chase of a jute mill. Since then, his busi­ness has been in­volved in a num­ber of in­dus­tries, such as bank­ing (with Vysya Bank), in­surance (with ING Vysya), soft­ware, brew­eries and sugar, among oth­ers.


The In­dian aviation in­dus­try is grow­ing at 20 per cent and ex­pected to be the third largest mar­ket by 2020. For this rea­son, the GMR Aviation Acad­emy has in­tro­duced a post grad­u­ate di­ploma course for those look­ing to join the aviation in­dus­try—which will re­quire about one mil­lion skilled per­son­nel over the next 15 years. “We want to be a truly global player in in­fra­struc­ture, “says G.M. Rao.

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