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Sunday , March 23 , 2014
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Real stars of the realty show

WHAT CREDAI Bengal Realty Awards 2014, in association with The Telegraph WITH Crisil Real Estate Ratings as knowledge partner.

WHERE Hyatt Regency

WHEN Friday night

VERDICT The first realty awards in eastern India sets a benchmark

“How many are willing to give the gorgeous Rituparna a flat, raise your hands!” asked Mir, who anchored the awards show. When a few builders raised their hands, he added, “Nijer flat na…” drawing loud laughs from the audience and a smile from the sporting Rituparna Sengupta, who gave away some of the awards. “Real estate is coming up in a huge way in Calcutta. These people need a boost because they are the creators, they create homes or commercial properties for everyone. I think the awards will also encourage a lot of new people to start doing new things in this sphere,” said the Tolly star, who has addresses in South City, Lake Gardens and Santiniketan.

“It’s great for the consumer at the end of the day if the industry is in competition and strives harder to give us projects,” said Bickram Ghosh. “I have just bought one property and I’m looking at buying another. Real estate is an important part of society today because if you have a good home and you bring up your children in a nice place, you’re set for the next generation or two,” added the percussionist, who gave away some awards.
The Best Boutique Housing Project (50,000sq ft to 1 lakh sq ft) was awarded to PS Primiera, an upscale project by PS Group on Deodar Street. It was collected by Surendra Dugar (second from right) and nephew Ravi (right). Giving away the award were Sachin Nigam (left), president, business head, and Anirudh Agarwal, regional head, Crisil Real Estate Ratings. “Crisil, India’s leading rating agency, has been privileged to play a role in this award. We put the entries through a comprehensive objective evaluation,” Nigam said.
The Unimark Asian, a 12-storey building on Shakespeare Sarani, won the Best Upcoming Commercial Project. The award was given away by Rituparna Sengupta. “These awards are a fitting mark of respect to set the celebratory tone for 25 years of Credai,” said Harsh Vardhan Patodia (second from left) of Unimark Group, who is also the president of Bengal Credai.

Text by Karo Christine Kumar and Ratnalekha Mazumdar

Pictures by B. Halder and Anindya Shankar Ray