Was rebuilding the Taj a bigger challenge, or was it something else?

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Celebrated Structural Consultant and Restoration Architect, Mr. Chetan Raikar, Chairman and MD, Structwell Designers & Consultants – the man behind rebuilding the Taj, post the terror attacks, speaks about his biggest challenges. Here is a snapshot on what is it that he feels plagues the Construction Industry.


Mr. Raikar ‘s prime interest  is in structural repairs and conservation of Heritage Structures and has successfully restored and renovated over twenty five old prestigious heritage and archaeological buildings in India.

Achievements: He is solely responsible for developing first material testing laboratory in private sector of STRUCTWEL to receive accreditation based on ISO/IEC 17025: 1999 by NABL. With his able guidance, the laboratory conducts more than 240 tests covering the whole gamut of building materials. His team on the wheels can reach any remote site in India and perform all field tests. He has several Industrial Projects to his credit for Total Engineering and Project Management across India and has extensive experience in general repairs and restoration of industrial, commercial and housing complexes and is continuing with it.

 He is also associated with various educational institutions in terms of teaching. Having Authored more than 50 papers in National and International conferences he was appointed as Governor’s Nominee on the Buildings & Works Committee of the University of Mumbai and has  two national patents in innovation in machine development.