Pradeep Misra, Chairman and Managing Director, REPL
With a panel of experts comprising regional planners, urban designers, civil engineers, infrastructure planners, architects, project managers and real estate consultants, New Delhi-based REPL was set up in 1992. This ISO 9001:2008 certified organisation has an integrated approach to service delivery that enables the company to deliver optimal, sustainable solutions for public and private sector projects of any size and scope. The company offers end-to-end solutions related to architecture, planning, geographical information systems, engineering, strategic consulting and project management consultancy with expertise from an elite panel of several eminent engineers and professionals. With over 210 employees across New Delhi, Noida, Lucknow, Allahabad, Cuttack and Singapore, REPL's policy reflects a broad perspective of real estate based on a diverse range of community and stakeholders. In this digital era, REPL stands abreast with online architectural design services through its subsidiary Apnaghar. The company also provides geographic information system and cloud computing data management solution for larger townships and urban development projects through RIPL, its subsidiary. REPL also presents with pride, Rudrabhishek Architects and Designers, an excellent team of architects and designers, that has a time tested record of delivering projects of global standards.
The company has grown to become one of the leading consultancy firms in India. What has been the key?
Our philosophy of life is 'Damyata, Datta, Dayandhvam' which means be self-controlled, charitable and compassionate. We treat each client with passion and have a dynamic team of professionals, specialised in their work area. Our engineers have more than 25 years of experience in infrastructure services while our planners have 25-30 years of experience in city development. Also, our architects have successfully designed approximately 150 projects and walk an extra mile if necessary. Our employees have been our key to success.
What are your offerings in the field of urban planning, engineering and project management? Which are the projects that you have implemented your expertise in?
Urban planning is a lucrative profession. In a broader sense of understanding, the sovereign interest lies in the development pace and as a consultant it makes us one-of-a-kind on a nationwide spectrum. In the last five years, we have exhibited our expertise in projects such as NCRPB, GDA-Murad Nagar, Sushant Golf city-Lucknow, Hi-Tech Township Bulandshehar, Hi-Tech City-Dadri-Megapolis, Omaxe Hi-Tech City-Lucknow, etc.
Who are your main clients? Also, what is the emphasis that you lay on timely delivery of projects?
Our clientele includes reputed private developers such as Ansals, DLF, Tulsiani, Omaxe, Emmar MGF, Proplarilty Infrastructure, etc, and government authorities such as LDA, GDA, MCD, MPJL, UPJN, UADD, NCRB, JTNP, BUIDCO, etc. We provide clients a one point solution to its end to end business û urban planning, infrastructure engineering services, architectural and structural design services, value engineering services, PMCs, presales and marketing services. Now-a-days, timely delivery of projects and quality are important, hence, traditional ways of construction is no more fruitful to meet stringent parameters. New and faster ways of construction are being adopted to fill the gaps such as Critical Chain Project Management, Construction Just in Time, Slip Form Work, Mivan, Perry and Doka Shuttering, etc. As a consultant we have to be updated with the cutting edge technologies and software prevailing in the market with out-of-the-box thinking to meet the stringent deadlines for our portfolio.
Which has been the most challenging project? What was the challenge?
The most challenging project for REPL has been the NH Arogyam Hospital at Lucknow. It is famous for delivering medical facilities of the highest category at the very low prices. Qualified and experienced personnel from REPL and NH worked together to overcome this technical challenge.
How has the country responded towards the concept of urban planning?
The government has launched many campaigns with reference to rural development in India. However, in this thrust of rural transformation, urban planning was completely left out. Approximately 10 years ago, the government realised this loophole and started various urban development schemes such as JNNURM-I with an allocation of Rs 2,000 crore for seven years from 2005 and RAY with an investment of Rs 1,270 crore. Also, JNNURM-II is going to be launched in 2014. Therefore the government is now focusing on rural areas to develop. We offer end to end exposure towards the field of project management and urban planning starting from survey works till the complete design of a township.
Which cities in the country offer the maximum opportunity for urban planning?
Development in urban areas paced by the governing authorities in India and due to better job prospects, the population is moving towards B-Class cities of India. C-Class cities also needs to be modified in to B-Class cities. Rural areas also have to convert in to C-Class cities. Thus, effectively the infrastructure will shape up automatically, population will start moving towards these cities depicting the potential customer market for real estate development in the next two-three years.
How has the company performed in 2013-14 as compared to the previous fiscal? Where do you see REPL five years from now?
REPL has grown at the rate of around 30 per cent as compared to the last fiscal year. During this time REPL introduced the new verticals under its umbrella and also started their overseas operations from Singapore.
Five years from now, we foresee REPL as a major international technology player with its presence in all the major locations across the globe and to be known as a good employer and knowledge centre in its domain.
(Communication by the management of the company)