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Nagpurians’ residential preferences are moving beyond Ramdaspeth and Civil Lines: Virendra Khare

Virendra Khare
Architect Virendra Khare (Photo: Darshan Bagwe)

Architect Virendra Khares grandfather worked as the first Indian post master in Nagpur during the British rule in India, and his father, a mechanical engineer by education, worked as a pilot with Royal British Air Force, before starting his own factory in Nagpur. Hailing from a family full of engineers, Virendra Khare also wanted to become an engineer but life had different plans for him and he accidentally became an architect in 1978. He obviously can’t have any regrets for that as today, he is one of the most sought-after and respected architects in central India. An alumnus of Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology (VNIT), Khare is the proprietor of V K Associates, which he formed in 1979. The firm renders services like urban planning, architectural designing, architectural interiors and project management. His 38 years of professional journey is adorned with an impressive battery of work, which includes a lot of famous buildings in Nagpur i.e. Hotel Radisson Blu and Landmark building on Wardha Road, Mangalam Marvel at Times Square, Software Technology Parks of India at IT Park, etc. Virendra Khare founded VKA Infra Pvt. Ltd. in 2009 to foray into construction with Enrico Heights (a joint venture with Jaipurias) – one of the most ambitious residential cum commercial projects in Nagpur. In a freewheeling chat with Nation Next, architect Virendra Khare speaks about his professional outlook, his pet projects and the city he loves – Nagpur. Excerpts:

You started your career as an architect when civil engineers would only double up as architects in Nagpur…

My father was an engineer and I wanted to follow his footsteps. So, I took admission in Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology (MANIT), Bhopal to study mechanical engineering but I had to come back as there were some law and order issues there in those times. I then attended VNIT (then VRC), where I had got admission in architecture department. So, initially it wasn’t really by choice. I graduated in architecture in 1978 from VNIT and started practicing from 1979. Later, I also did my M-Tech in Urban Planning in 1989. In those days, there wasn’t much awareness about architecture course; it was just engineering which was given a lot of importance. There was not much of requirement for an architect as during those days people wanted everything to be simple and nobody would go to the professionals. It is now that people’s choices have changed and they want everything to be done professionally.

You are perceived to be one of the busiest architects of Nagpur and now you have taken up new joint venture construction projects like Enrico Heights, Urbane Woods, a residential project at Ganesh Peth, etc. Isn’t it a bit too much on your plate?

Everybody should be aware about what their potential is and how much a person can work. The thing with me is that I haven’t still understood my potential and that’s why I cannot decline anything, which comes my way. Hence, I go on accepting projects, which fall in my kitty, if I like them. It’s true that I’m so busy that I’m not able to spend time with my family but I love to work.

What do you love the most – Architecture or Construction?

I always feel that I should create good architecture, good aesthetics and comfortable utility areas for people at large. Not many know that after studying architecture, I started my career as a builder first, then switched over to being a professional. Now again I am working as a builder.

Is there something like fashion in architecture design? Or is it just about the tastes and preferences

Fashion in design basically depends on the material we use, but at the same time fashion has a shelf life and anything can go out of fashion anytime. The best option is to use materials and designs, which are trendy yet evergreen. Fashion has a shelf life in architectural design but the class is everlasting! People’s tastes and preferences are often shaped up by their budgets. While people see their low budget as a hindrance to everything they wish to implement, sometimes the elite class feels inexpensive is not classy. Then, they pressurise the architects to choose something costly. The truth is while a lot of superb designs can be made in a very low budget, you don’t necessarily get the quality by only infusing money. Everything depends upon how a client feels and that helps us decide better.

Talking about preferences, many builders complain that Nagpurians have a diehard fetish for specific residential areas like Ramdaspeth, Civil Lines, Dharampeth, Byramji Town, etc.

Traditionally, people do stick to limited areas in Nagpur due to lack of resources on the outskirts of the city. Builders will have to cater to people’s needs to change their  perception. As a residential architect with projects like Ensara Metro Park and Tata’s Capitol Heights, I see things changing for better. Despite Ensara Metro Park being located on the outskirts, people are buying property there, not because we are offering a lavish lifestyle there but because we offering a comfortable environment for all age groups so that none of the family members feel that there is nothing for them there.

Nagpur has quite a few ancient buildings. If you ever get a chance to re-construct one of these building, which will it be and why?

I’m in love with Nagpur and its architectural heritage like High Court, Railway station etc. These buildings were constructed some 100 years back but they’ll stand like this for next 400 years! These structures score hundred marks on both aesthetics and sustainability. This is because the materials used for the construction of these buildings are natural and don’t age easily. This is why these older buildings have a much stronger and sustainable construction quality than the the ones that have been recently built.

What advice would you give to budding architects

Act responsible, create a sustainable architecture and also beget an environment which is worth living to pass on the next generation.

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RMBRCN celebrates Charter Presentation & Installation, Rina Sinha becomes Charter President



The Rotary Means Business chapter of Rotary Club Of Nagpur (RMBRCN) celebrated their Charter Presentation and Installation of Board on September 17, 2023 in a crisp official ceremony at Hotel Centre Point, Nagpur.

Rotary Means Business encourages Rotarians to support the success of their fellow Rotarians by doing business with them and by referring others to them.

Charter President Past President Rtn Rina Sinha presided over the ceremony. Renowned entrepreneur and Rotarian Aspi Bapuna, Chairman of Bapuna Group, was the Chief Guest and  Rtn Namita Sharma, President of RCN, was the Guest of Honour.

The Board of Directors of RMBRCN include Rtn Navneet Jain, Vice President, Rtn Mohammed Master, Honorary Secretary, Rtn Sanjay Aggarwal Treasurer, Rtn Rakhi Bhatia Director Chapter Service, Rtn Rahul Shrivastava, Director Vocational Service, Dr Ruchi Choudhry, Director Membership Development, Ranjana Duseja, Director Attendance.

Past Rotary District Governor (PDG) Shabbir Shakir, Past Presidents- Bharat Goenka , Khushnoor Chugh, Sanjiv Chugh, Akhtar Parvez, Tejinder Singh Rawal, Alok Goenka,  Jerestine Watchmaker, Sandeep Dhodapkar, Sanjay Arora, President RMB Nagpur, and Behram Patel and Amitabh Sinha were present.

President Rina Sinha informed that within a short period of its formation already 48 members representing various businesses  have joined the chapter and the numbers are increasing . The Chapter has already crossed 5 crores of business amongst their members and RMB will further strengthen Rotary in membership growth and retention .

Chief Guest Rtn Aspi Bapuna lauded the chapter’s success and reiterated that its comfortable and safe to do business among fellow rotarians as all follow the Four Way Test of Rotary. Jerestine introduced President Rina. Aspi Bapuna  presented the charter and installed President Rina Sinha . Rtn Namita congratulated the RMB chapter and informed that this is the new initiative at RCN.The Board was installed by Rina Sinha and all members were installed by the Past Presidents. An exclusive digital Monthly Magazine ‘Growth Engine’ was launched by Editor Niharika Chugh Vali.

 Navneet Jain and Rahul Choudhry conducted the referral and thank you session where enthusiastic members informed about their successful business details. Nishchay Sinha launched the social media and MYRMB app which connects members to other chapters digitally, Treasurer Sanjay Agarwal gave treasurers report, Rtn Rakhi Bhatia managed the event. Rtn Parag Datey and Niharika were the Masters of Ceremony (MOCs). Secretary Mohammed Master proposed the formal Vote of Thanks .

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Nitin Gadkari inaugurates double-decker electric bus availed for senior citizens in Nagpur



Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari, on Saturday, inaugurated the double-decker electric bus designed for senior citizens in Nagpur. The initiative has been undertaken in association with Ashok Leyland’s CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) Committee and Jyeshtha Nagarik Pratishthan.

Executive President of Jyeshtha Nagarik Pratishthan Datta Meghe, Vice Chairman of Ashok Leyland Limited Yash Sachar, CEO of Switch Mobility Mahesh Babu, and other dignitaries were present during the inauguration.

“I am very thankful to Ashok Leyland’s electric vehicle arm ‘Switch Mobility’ for donating an electric bus for our senior citizens. The bus can hold a capacity of 65 people and will benefit a lot to disabled and senior citizens,” Gadkari said.

“We already have a green Electra bus available to us for the past five to six years. Krishna Reddy has taken the responsibility of repairing and providing air-conditioning to the bus, moreover, he is providing us with one additional bus. A Tata Motor bus will be arriving this month as well, giving us a total of four buses to operate. This will solve the issue of waiting list due to the lack of buses for senior citizens in the city.” he added.

With the help of these buses, senior citizens can avail the benefit of free trips to religious places like Ambhora, Adasa, Shegaon, Mahur, Dhapewada, and Kalamb.

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Nagpur: Married man accused of girlfriend’s rape commits suicide on Facebook live



A 38-year-old married man named Manish alias Raj Yadav, on Sunday, committed suicide during a Facebook live-stream after allegedly being accused of rape by his girlfriend and her family in Nagpur.

During the live stream, Manish, who was married and a father to three children, stated that his 19-year-old girlfriend, Kajal, along with her family members demanded a sum of five lakh rupees and threatened to press charges of rape if he failed to do so.

On September 6, the situation became grave as the woman’s family accused him of eloping after Kajal went missing from her residence.

The deceased refused the claims of having any sexual relationship with the woman and identified her, her family, and a photo studio operator responsible for his condition. He, then, jumped into the river.

After the live video surfaced online, Kalamna Police launched a search operation and recovered the deceased’s body from the river. Four people have been detained in the case for questioning. Further investigation is underway.

Also read: NMC confiscates 117 PoP idols, collects Rs 10,000 fine from seller

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