Scaling New Heights
Belonging to the Marwari-Jain community, architect, developer and scion of the Nahar Group Mumbai, Ajay Nahar is one of the few Rajasthani developers in Mumbai to hold an architectural degree from Rachana Sansad’s Academy of Architecture. He has done his Master’s in Construction Project Management from Birmingham City University, UK, and has an independent company, Nahar Projects, which has scaled great heights since its inception in 2001.
Nahar Projects has been instrumental in creating landmarks in Mumbai. In the process of redefining the face of luxury with the vision to create comfortable, energy-efficient and sustainable residential and commercial projects that exceed the expectation of the buyers, a string of exquisite projects have been developed. Some of the most ambitious projects are Nahar Panorama (Walkeshwar), Sarvodaya Heights, Nahar Business Center, Nahar Medical Center and ongoing projects such as The Mariano (Prabhadevi), 92 Bellevue (Borivali), Nahar Cayenne (Powai) and Nahar Excalibur (Mahalaxmi), to name a few.
Nahar says, “As an architect in the real-estate industry, the understanding of a project comes far easier to me. Architectural-related queries are resolved on the site itself with the team instead of having to call a bunch of architects, organising a meeting and delaying the project.” Being an architect and an avid traveller, he keeps himself up to date about the innovations and materials in the industry and sources them himself, seldom needing inputs from foreign architects. This simple but efficient style of working has bagged him prestigious awards such as Young Architect of the Year 2010 and Best Business Practice by Accommodation Times in 2014 and Young Achiever of the Year 2016 by Mid-Day Real Estate Icon Awards.
Along with real-estate projects, Nahar Medical Center has also been one of the many successful ventures for Nahar Projects. The facilities include ENT, Mammography, Bone Mineral Densitometry, Dental Treatment, Ophthalmology, Gynaecology and Obstetrics, ECG and 2D Echo, Advanced Pathology and Microbiology, and Ultrasonography, among others.
Every year, Nahar Projects and Nahar Medical Center organise ‘Every step Counts’, its flagship event featuring a 7km Walkathon and a 2km Dream Walk. It has always garnered a phenomenal participation, with more than 1000+ participants joining in not only from Chandivali but from across Mumbai. A certain amount is then donated to a foundation that supports development of children with special needs. Nahar has also developed an 88-bed, 1.5lakh sqft hospital known as Nahar Hospital in his hometown, Bhinmal in Rajasthan. It will be commissioned in mid-2017.
Nahar is highly dedicated towards his work. Time management, helping individuals to achieve their objectives, motivating his team and being positive are his mantras for a successful project. Advising new entrants of the industry, he says, “Planning your team right is the most important step in creating a successful project and a solid firm. One bad fish can spoil the whole pond, similarly one wrong person or collaboration can delay the entire project, so be very meticulous in choosing the people you work with. It is important to keep learning from each other and working with like-minded people in a non-bureaucratic environment and delegating the right task to the right individual.”