Track Nation Next on Social Media


If you are far-sighted and have a vision, you will definitely become successful: BK Agrawal

21-04-2017-Nirbhay Sancheti Wedding-BK Agrawal-Amar Ashok Jajoo
BK Agrawal (Photo by: Amar Ashok Jajoo)

Not many can boast of being a successful businessman with a passion. The examples are rare and Nagpur’s Brij Kishore Agrawal surely makes the list. A chartered accountant by profession, Agrawal chose to build his own spectacular dream and that dream paved way for the outstanding ? Suraburdi Meadows, one of Nagpur’s premier hospitality venues, located 15 kms away from the city. Popularly known as BK Agrawal or Birju Agrawal, he has carved a niche for himself and is a name to reckon with in Nagpur. In a relaxed chat with Nation Next, BK Agrawal speaks about the lush green leisure destination – Suraburdi Meadows and his love for forestry.

You hail from a small town, Narnaul, in Haryana. Tell us something about your family?

My great grandfather migrated from Narnaul 125 years back. He settled down in Kamptee at a military establishment. My grandfather then shifted to Nagpur. We still have our ancestral house in Itwari.

Being a rank holder (5th merit in Masters in Commerce from Nagpur University and a Chartered Accountant with an AIR 42), are you comfortable being recognised as the owner of Suraburdi Meadows If not, was switching over easy and do you miss practicing CA?

There is a time gap in all these events and achievements. I pursued chartered accountancy and law at the same time. I also worked in my family business simultaneously while I was pursuing my education. I started practicing chartered accountancy in 1976. After eight to ten years of practice, I started investing in agriculture. I bought my first land somewhere around 1982-83. In business, what appreciates is land. Knowing that, I started investing in properties. Suraburdi is my costliest property so far. In 2000, I bought it for 1 lac rupees an acre, which is now a whopping 25 lac rupees an acre! I have always been very passionate about agriculture and forestry, so whichever land I would buy, I would do forestry on it. I own 400 acres of tea plantings at Chandrapur and Kalmeshwar. I had invested in another land for amusement park, but I never went ahead with the project because Fun and Food Village was being introduced soon. I also realised that amusement industry is gradually dying. So, I dropped the idea and started my nursery. In fact, I had received Krazy Castles contract too, but I chose to leave it for the same reasons. Also, it being a government land, I didn’t invest in it.

There’s a CA firm – Agrawal Challani and Co. – registered in your name. How do you divide time between your practice and business

My timetable is divided into three sections: morning, post lunch and evening. I practice as a CA in the morning, post lunch I go to Suraburdi and later in the day, I go to Jayaswal Neco Industries, where I’m the one of the directors for more than 30 years now.

How do you describe the concept of Suraburdi Meadows How was introducing a new concept like Suraburdi in Nagpur like? What do you think went in your favour?

Suraburdi primarily is a wedding destination but in the long run, we plan to develop it in a township. Suraburdi initially was just hillocks and a water body. Also, nothing was leveled there, so I took it as a challenge. Unlike the usual trend, I’m focusing on backward development to develop my township. Usually, businessmen offer a township after the location is developed but we are doing exactly the opposite. In my entire life, I have only paid once for an advertisement for Suraburdi in Nagpur’s English daily but I didn’t find it helpful. Since then, I haven’t done any advertisement for Suraburdi. I feel my constant hard work over the years went in my favour.

Suraburdi is one of the most reputed wedding and event destinations in the city. Considering that it’s a far off location as per Nagpur standards, did you ever expect the kind of overwhelming response it has been getting over the years

We have developed Suraburdi as a resort and not as a hotel. It may not be a destination wedding location at a national level but it definitely enjoys good attention from Central India. Nagpur’s hot weather makes it difficult for people to enjoy open ground events, so we don’t have many bookings for summers. While summer is a problem, we are usually booked for two or three consecutive winters.

Prominent celebrities like Salman Khan, Dia Mirza, etc. have graced Suraburdi Meadows in the past. But one name you can boast about is Rahul Gandhi who held a Congress Party meet there. Do you feel this took Suraburdis standards to an all-new level?

I’m not after any big name. Rahul Gandhi had come here for the facilities, which we have been giving. He wasn’t here for Suraburdi. The venue was chosen because they wanted a bigger area for the conference, which wasn’t available anywhere else in the city.

Some prominent event venues like Eden Greenz, Lamba Celebrations, Grand Rani Kothi, etc. have cropped up across the city. Are you facing a stiff competition from them? Do you think, you being the first one to come up with this concept in the city, have an edge over the others, considering Suraburdis popularity and the recognition it has earned so far?

We don’t face any competition from other destinations in the city because all the venues cater to different sections of the society; be it catering or wedding. Catering is an important aspect, which even starts from 25 rupees a plate and can go up to 10,000 rupees a plate. Likewise there are society halls, basic lawns in our colonies and then there’s Suraburdi. We definitely have an edge over others. Today, the first choice of people for a wedding in Nagpur is Suraburdi, but gradually Hotel Radisson Blu is also gaining momentum.

Whats more challenging ? making your startup a success or being able to continue to keep it successful?

Success comes later. Starting up a business is way more challenging because the establishment is a rigorous task. If you are futuristic and have a vision, you would definitely become successful. If you plan your goals at the speed with which the city is growing, you would never be unsuccessful. If the city is growing at its own pace, but you want to run, your venture would be a failure. Ground realities have to be kept in mind always.

 You are a director on the board of Jayaswal Neco Industries Ltd. A lot has been said about Basant Lal Shaw and Manoj Jayaswals relationship. What do you have to say on the so-called strained relationship between the father and the son?

Manoj wanted to go ahead of time; also he had his own speed, which didn’t match with that of his brothers and his fathers. Hence he parted ways.

 It is perceived that people have parked a lot of black money in the land banks in and around Nagpur. What do you have to say about it?

It’s not just prevalent in Nagpur. It is everywhere.

Continue Reading
1 Comment
Notify of
1 Comment
Newest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

It was Inspirational I would like to become businessman like you

Nagpur News

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 .

Also read: Jayaswal Neco group celebrate BL Shaw’s 90th Birthday, 50th Founder’s Day in a huge gala event in Nagpur

Continue Reading

Nagpur News

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.

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


Continue Reading

Nagpur News

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

Continue Reading
Would love your thoughts, please comment.x