STAYING THE COURSE
Construction Week|June 2020
TV Sandeep Kumar Reddy, MD, Gayatri Projects, is known to meticulously consider details before embarking on projects
JAYASHREE KINI MENDES

Pedigree matters. It matters, even more, when you are running an enterprise that is largely family-run. In today’s world, the next generation is groomed very early in life so as to prepare them for the future. Most often it works.

So it is with Gayatri Projects. TV Sandeep Kumar Reddy, MD, Gayatri Projects, inherited the company from his father, T Subbarami Reddy, who left behind his business to join the world of politics and public service full-time. However, Gayatri Projects in 1989 is a far cry from what Sandeep Kumar Reddy has grown it to today. At the time, it was an engineering company doing irrigation projects in a couple of southern states. Today, it is one of India’s leading construction and infrastructure companies with active projects in over 19 states. The company has also made forays into ownership of infra assets such as toll roads and power plants, but has now retreated to its mainstay of EPC projects. And though he continues to run the company, today his sons, Anirudh and Rajiv, are infusing a different kind of novelty into the business that would catapult the organisation to a higher level.

Businesses today do not rely on the old tried and tested theories alone. They are required to innovate. Have a growth mindset. Like Reddy says, “We have come a long way from our operations that were mainly confined to Andhra Pradesh. Today, we are executing projects in several states and if you look at our history, we have worked across all the states.”

Over the years, Gayatri Projects has garnered expertise in constructing and executing projects in various spheres. Roads, irrigation, industrial, power (thermal, hydro and wind), ports, dams and mining are the mainstay of its business.

BUILDING LARGE

Large scale infrastructure projects never fail to impress. Not only in terms of the civil engineering skills but also by their utility and sight. Some of them go on to become landmarks. Companies that build this cultivate on their applied science knowledge and develop projects that could take years to build. It’s not surprising that the firm has played a critical role in several landmark infrastructure projects across the country. The Nagarjuna Sagar project, Polavaram dam, Sardar Sarovar Narmada dam, Mangalore Refinery, Reliance Petroleum, Nagarjuna Fertilisers & Chemicals, Hyderabad Outer Ring Road, Eastern Peripheral Expressway, Purvanchal Expressway, Mumbai-Nagpur Expressway are only some of the projects which the company has and continues to develop.

Ask Reddy about the expertise garnered over the years and he says, “Irrigation projects have traditionally been our strong point. In the 90s, the local government was highly focused on developing irrigation projects and we played a large role. However, the use of equipment and technology is irrigation is not as sophisticated as those required in roads and mining.”

Expertise does not come easy. In a bid to move from irrigation to other sectors, the company had to put together skills and manpower who could get the desired results. Probably for this reason, the company has appointed functional heads that helps them bag and execute projects like clockwork.

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