event, India's first ever infrastructure awards, the KPMG - Infrastructure
Today Awards 2008 was a grand success.
Our Chief Guest, Montek Singh Ahluwalia, arrived 15 minutes earlier
and stayed till the end of the program. Jury members included Arun
Nanda, Vice Chairman, Mahindra Lifespaces, Suresh Prabhu, ex-Power
Minister, Luis Miranda, CEO, IDFC Equity , Pradeep Singh, Vice Chairman,
IDFC Projects & Mr. SS Kohli, CMD, IIFCl . Jury members Mr.
Kohli, Mr. Mahajan and Mr. Pradeep Singh explained the criteria
before each segment's awards were announced. All awardees spoke
on the challenges and about their achievements. Montek Singh lauded
all of them and was pleased with the effort of showcasing success
in the virgin area of infrastructure. The function began sharp at
7:30 pm and broke for cocktails and dinner at 9 pm. G.M.Rao was
clearly the star attraction. Not only did he win the praise of the
Chief Guest and the magazine as "Infrastructure Person of the
Year" but was also sought after during the cocktails. In all
over 220 invitees attended the event. Amongst awardees, the following
recd the awards:
Most admired infrastructure financier: State Bank
of India...........Mr. Hemant Contractor, Deputy Managing Director
Most admired enabler – Power: Power Finance
Corporation..........Mr. Satnam Singh, CMD
Most admired enabler – Transport: Ministry for
Civil Aviation....Mr. M. Nambiar, Secretary, Ministry of Civil Aviation
Most admired State Level PPP (Public Private Partnership)
– Gujarat Infrastructure Development Board...Mr. A.K.Sharma,
Most admired company – Power (Conventional:
Tata Power.....Mr. Sunil Wadhwa, CEO & ED, North Delhi Power
Most admired company – Power (non conventional):
Suzlon Energy....Mr. Harish Mehta, Director, Suzlon Energy
Most admired company – Transport: GMR Group....Mr.
Most admired company – Overall infrastructure:
Larsen & Toubro...Mr. K.R. Palta, VP, L&T
Mr GM Rao, Chairman, GMR Ltd received the award under
the category Infrastructure Person of the Year.
Our Chief Guest implored us to hold this event on
an annual basis which we surely will do .