21 September 2019

Interaction-Ewart Lazarus, MD, Chowgule Construction Chemicals

Chowgule's mean Quality

Chowgule Construction Chemicals Pvt. Ltd. (CCCPL) over the years the company has emerged as one of the leading companies offering innovative, sustainable and cost effective solutions in the construction and waterproofing chemicals industry. The company has established itself as a leading supplier of quality products backed up by a professional contracting team that is fully equipped with semi-mechanised tools to carry out large projects on turnkey basis. With over a decade of success, CCCPL is trusted by leading architects, consultants and developers and is actively supporting metro rail projects. EWART LAZARUS, MD, CHOWGULE CONSTRUCTION CHEMICALS spoke to CONSTRUCTION OPPORTUNITIES on the opportunities for his company in the metro rail space.

 

As a company, give us a sense of the emphasis you place on R&D and innovation?

True to our mission statement to provide superior products and services to our customers, both R&D and innovation form a major part of our DNA. We endeavour to be the best in class in both our product offerings and services that we provide.

 

Which are the metro projects in which you are present, their current status, scope of work and timeline for completion?

We are actively present in the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) projects. The metro stations that we have catered to are Ishwar Nagar, Okhla Vihar, Jamia Nagar, Jasola Vihar, Kalindi Kunj, Shankar Vihar and Sadar Bazar Delhi Cantt.

We have provided our crystalline system for water tanks, anti-carbonation coating for the concourse area, PU injections for overhead ceilings and deck slab waterproofing using our liquid applied membrane which is fibre reinforced.

We are currently providing products in the third phase of DMRC which is on-going and we soon plan to be part of the fourth phase as well.

 

What are the opportunities you are seeking in the metro space going forward? Tell us of the metro projects in which you are looking to contribute?

The metro projects all over the country are a major thrust area in the Government’s infrastructure growth plans. We are looking towards being an important provider of waterproofing in this space. We will continue to be part of the DMRC projects and are looking forward to contributing to MMRC and MMRDA.

 

Provide us a brief idea of the existing market opportunities and your strategy to tap those going forward?

We have been part of the product specification process only in the recent past; hence we were able to get the product approval from the DMRC authority in the completion stage of the third phase.

The fourth stage is about to start from the month of July/August 2017 and we will be specifying our product in the beginning of the process itself so that the specification gets distributed equally among the concerned contractors and DMRC officials. This will open more business opportunities. We are also venturing into MMRC and MMRDA. We are trying for the second phase (Charkop to Dahisar) of MMRDA and the first phase (Colaba to Seepz) of MMRC. We are meeting the contractors as well as the MMRC and MMRDA officials.

 

Please share with us a Case Study of one of your metro rail projects, the challenges faced and how you overcame them.

At administrative level, the first challenge that we faced was for product approval. It took us a lot of time to reach the correct and final authority. The second challenge that we faced was to create awareness about us and our products among all the DMRC officials. The only way to overcome these challenges was strong follow-up by our team and continuous connection made by the company representatives with DMRC officials and the contractors at all points and assuring them of our support and quality service.




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