March 2, 2006

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Sudhakaran Nair, Essenco, 537, 'B' Block, AECS Layout,
Kundalahalli, Bangalore - 560 037 Ph: 080 28476286 / 7 / 8

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Although about 10% of the Rs.60000 crore per year construction activity in India involves plumbing jobs, it is one field where one doesn’t still need a license to do the job.  Enter into this unorganized scenario a Malayali professional who has carried out about 225 major projects in India alone.  Sudhakaran Nair, Managing Director of Essenco, has even won international recognition by being the only Indian on the board of Geneva-based World Plumbing Council.

The ambition of the 2nd son of school teacher Narayanan Nair and Bhanumati was to become an advocate.  However, the financial condition at home only permitted him to pursue a diploma in civil engineering at the local polytechnic.  In 1967, after completing the course, without even waiting to obtain the marklist, he boarded the train to Mumbai.

The young man of 17 doing odd civil engineering jobs soon landed in the orbit of Nalla Seth, his ‘plumbing guru’.  That was the turning point in his life.  During his apprenticeship years in Mumbai, he gained confidence to take up big projects. 

This experience stood him a good stead when he joined as Chief Manager of an international sanitation company in the Gulf.  Soon he rose to become the General Manager.  After completing 250 odd big projects including palaces and hotels, he felt confident enough to venture on his own at Chennai. 

Essenco, his company, has so far completed 225 projects costing Rs.15 lakhs to Rs.2 crores.  In Kerala, they were involved in the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Kochi, Medical College at Pariyaram and Lake Shore Hospital.

Nair is a fellow of the Institute of Plumbing and Heat Engineering, UK and is active in the editorial board of ‘Indian Plumbing Today’.  Over the years, more than 20 professionals trained by him have opened consultancy / contract firms.  For someone who had been at the helm of more than 500 projects during the last 35 years, perhaps that is reason enough to feel satisfied.


Courtesy: C.M.Vinod Kumar, Mathrubhumi, July 11, 2005
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