Construction Icons

Card image cap

E Sreedharan

Elattuvalapil Sreedharan is an Indian civil engineer and retired Indian Engineering Service (IES) officer popularly known as the "Metro Man". He is credited for changing the face of public transport in India with his leadership in building the Konkan Railway and the Delhi Metro while he served as the managing director of Delhi Metro between 1995 and 2012.

Card image cap

M. Visvesvaraya

One of the most eminent engineers ever produced by India, Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya, better known as M. Visvesvaraya, was a man of high principles and discipline. An engineer par excellence, he was the chief architect behind the construction of the Krishna Raja Sagara dam in Mandya which helped to convert the surrounding barren lands into fertile grounds for farming. An idealistic person, he believed in simple living and high thinking. His father was a Sanskrit scholar who believed in providing quality education to his son. Even though his parents were not financially rich, the young boy was exposed to a richness of culture and tradition at home. Tragedy struck the loving family when his father died when Visvesvaraya was just a teenager. After the death of his beloved father, he struggled hard to get ahead in life. As a student he was poverty stricken, and earned his livelihood by tutoring smaller kids. Through his hard work and dedication he eventually became an engineer and went on to play a pivotal role in designing the flood protection system in Hyderabad. He was decorated with numerous awards and honors for his relentless contributions to the country.

Card image cap

Munirathna Anandakrishnan

Munirathna Anandakrishnan is an Indian civil engineer, educationist and the Former Chairman of the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur and the Former Vice-Chancellor of Anna University. He is a former Advisor to the Government of Tamil Nadu on Information Technology and e-Governance. A winner of the National Order of Scientific Merit (Brazil), he was honored by the Government of India, in 2002, with the fourth highest Indian civilian award of Padma Shri.

Card image cap

Cyrus Mistry

Mistry has been managing director of Shapoorji Pallonji & Company, which is part of the Shapoorji Pallonji Group. He joined the board of Tata Sons on 1 September 2006, a year after his father retired from it.[1] He served as a Director of Tata Elxsi Limited, from 24 September 1990 to 26 October 2009 and was a Director of Tata Power Co. Ltd until 18 September 2006.[citation needed]

In 2012, Mistry was appointed as the chairman of Tata Sons. In addition, he was also chairman of all major Tata companies including Tata Industries, Tata SteelTata MotorsTata Consultancy ServicesTata Power , Tata TeleservicesIndian HotelsTata Global Beverages and Tata Chemicals.[citation needed]

In an 2013 article, The Economist categorized him as "the most important industrialist in both" India & Britain.

Card image cap

A. M. Naik

Naik was born in a Brahmin family in a village called Endhal, Bilimora in South Gujarat. He belongs to a family of teachers. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Birla Vishvakarma Mahavidyalaya Engineering college in Vallabh Vidyanagar in Gujarat.[4]

After graduation, he went to Mumbai with a note from his father introducing him to Viren J. Shah working in Mukand Iron & Steel Works Limited to apply for its engineering programme. Due to his lack of proficiency in English, the personnel manager had asked him to improve his English. So Naik started working on his English skills. In the meantime, he joined Nestler Boilers, which was a Parsi-owned firm.[5]

His career growth in Nestor Boilers was arrested by changes in ownership and management style and hence, once again, he was job hunting in 1965.

On March 15, 1965, Naik joined L&T, as a junior engineer.[6] He was promoted as general manager in 1986. In 1999, he became the chief executive officer and managing director. And in 2003, he was appointed as chairman of Larsen & Toubro Ltd.

Card image cap

S. N. Subrahmanyan

Mr. S.N. Subrahmanyan, 57, is Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director, Larsen & Toubro. In addition, he heads L&T Construction (erstwhile ECC), is Vice Chairman on the Boards of L&T Infotech Limited (LTI) and L&T Technology Services and Non-Executive Chairman of L&T Metro Rail (Hyderabad) Limited. He is also responsible for the Metallurgical & Material Handling (MMH) and Shipbuilding business verticals.

With a degree in civil engineering and a post-graduate qualification in business management, Mr. Subrahmanyan commenced his professional career with L&T in 1984 as a project planning engineer and soon made a name by successfully setting up the Ready Mix Concrete business for the first time in India. Apart from completing several challenging infrastructure projects across verticals over the years, he has played a crucial role in securing and managing EPC contracts for the construction of four major international airports in India at Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Delhi and Mumbai. 

Among his list of accomplishments are the mandates to build one of the tallest statues in the world – the Statue of Unity - and the development of dedicated freight corridors that will realign the dynamics of freight movement in the country. The construction division is among the top 30 global contractors and by far the largest construction organisation in the country. Largely responsible for establishing L&T Construction as a significant EPC player in the Middle East, Mr. Subrahmanyan has spearheaded and won several large projects in Oman, Qatar, Abu Dhabi and Saudi Arabia like the Salalah Airport in Oman and a big interchange and road project in UAE. The Riyadh Metro project is one of the largest international orders bagged by L&T thus far; while the Doha Metro, the AL-Wakrah Road Project both in Qatar and the Abu Dhabi Airport airside works have been won in the face of stiff international competition. He has also led the spread into Africa and L&T Construction is already making its presence felt especially in North and East Africa.

Much awarded and recognised for his significant contributions, Mr. Subrahmanyan has been Construction Week magazine’s ‘Infrastructure Person of the Year – 2012’, ‘Contractor CEO of the Year’ at the Qatar Contractors Forum & Awards function in 2014 in Doha, ranked 36th in ‘2014 Construction Week Power 100’ and accorded the Leading Engineering Personality award in the event ‘Glimpses of Engineering Personalities’ by the Institution of Engineers (India). He has also been voted the ‘Construction World – Man of the Year 2015’ by Construction World magazine.

Card image cap

Anumolu Ramakrishna

Anumolu Ramakrishna (1939–2013) was an Indian civil and structural engineer, corporate executive and the deputy managing director of Larsen & Toubro Construction,the largest construction company in India as per 2013 statistics. He was credited with the introduction of system formwork and precast and prestressed concretetechnologies in Indian construction industry, procedures which helped increase productivity, and was a co-founder of the India chapter of FSL - Global Forum on Structural Longevity.[6] The Government of India awarded him the third highest civilian honour of the Padma Bhushan, posthumously in 2014, for his contributions to science and technology.

Ramakrishna, who oversaw the construction of several major projects in India such as cement and steel plants, refineries and petrochemical complexes, seaports, airports and nuclear power plants, served as a director board member of many corporate entities; Ramco Industries, TAJGVK Hotels & Resorts, Ramco Cements, Andhra Petrochemicals, Andhra Sugars, Jaipur-Kishangarh ExpresswayMumbai International Airport LimitedUltraTech Cement and Brigade Group are some of the notable ones among them.[11] Among the honors he received, ICI-Fosroc Award for Outstanding Concrete Technologist (1993), Institution of Engineers (India)Prestressed Concrete Design Award (1995), Eminent Engineering Personality award (1998) and World Federation of Engineering Organizations Hassib Sabbagh Award (2007) were for technological excellence and Outstanding Contribution to Construction Industry Award of Builders’ Association of India (1993), Davidson Frame Award (1997), Rotary International Outstanding efforts in Business Ethics award (2000) and Rotary International For the Sake of Honour’ Award (2001) were for excellence in corporate management.[10] His alma mater, Andhra University, conferred the honoris causa degree of Doctor of Science on him in 1997 and he received another honorary degree, Doctor of Philosophy, from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University in 2004.[10] He died on 20 August 2013, succumbing to a cardiac arrest, at the age of 73.[1][12] The Government of India awarded him the civilian honor of the Padma Bhushan posthumously in 2014.[13]