Scal­ing New Heights

Marwar - - Contents - Ar. Ajay Na­har

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.”

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