About BAI

Builders' Association of India (BAI) was formed in 1941 in Pune with guidance from Brigadier Jackson, who also allotted office space in the Military Compound. The then office of BAI, aptly named 'Jackson Hut' in his memory, is still being used by BAI. During last more than 70 years since its inception, BAI movement has grown in leaps and bounds and at present has 130 Centres spread over the length and breadth of the Country, with its headquarters at Mumbai.

With a direct membership of 13,000 constructors and indirect membership of 50,000 through various regional Associations affiliated to it, BAI by virtue of its size is the only true spokesman for this core industry. It safeguards the interests of the Indian construction industry against unjust government legislations and at the same time promotes adherence to fair government legislations by its members. Its aims and objects speak for themselves.

In its 70 years of existence, BAI has been looking after the needs of the industry, by making positive headway in tackling issues and taking concrete steps like:

1. Convincing the Central Government and various State Governments to introduce Price Variation Clause (Escalation Clause) in their respective contract documents.

2. National Workshop on Non-Destructive Testing Concrete Structures - 9th & 10th March 2007.

3. Training of Postgraduate Civil Engineers. BAI was instrumental in starting National Institute of Construction Management and Research (NICMAR), which has established campuses at Mumbai, Pune, Delhi, Bangalore and Hyderabad and is soon likely to get status of a deemed university.

4. Promoting project exports. BAI started Overseas Construction Council of India (OCCI). OCCI through its members, who are also members of BAI, brought a lot of foreign exchange directly and through Indian Labour employed in Gulf countries.

5. Correcting the wrongs in revenue collection and avoiding undue harassment to members. In the matter of Sales Tax on Works Contracts, consequent to 46th Amendment to Constitution, all State Governments were interpreting such amendments to suit their revenue requirements. B.A.I. filed a Writ Petition and the Supreme Court correctly explained the powers of State Governments pursuant to 46th amendment and cleared all uncertainties and doubts, bringing relief to the civil engineering and construction fraternity.

6. Fighting relentlessly against the applicability of the Provident Fund provisions to the casual and temporary construction workers. BAI has been petitioning the govt. to see reason and has been suggesting ways and means to successfully implement the Provident Fund provisions in such a way that intended benefit reaches to the casual and temporary construction workers, who are mostly illiterate and mainly migratory in nature. BAI is sanguine that it will attain its goal.

7. Publishing a monthly journal, ‘Indian Construction’.

8. Organising All India Builders' Convention and Exhibition. , Which is a large gathering of members of civil engineering discipline including construction fraternity. These events are a focal point for exchange of ideas and transaction of business. BAI through All India Convention and Exhibition brings about a sense of brotherhood amongst them. Till now eighteen such Conventions have been organised.

9. BAI is an affiliate of the International Federation of Asia and Western Pacific Contractors’ Association (IFAWPCA). Being in touch with the latest developments in the international civil engineering and construction industry. Other constituent members are apex construction contractors’ associations of Australia, Bangladesh, China, Guam, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Nepal, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Philippine, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Thailand.

10. BAI is also an affiliated to many national organisations. Employers’ Federation of India, Indian Merchants’ Chamber, Indian Roads Congress, Indian Buildings Congress and host of other organisations.

11. BAI is having representatives on many organisations. Having permanent representatives on various committees of Bureau of Indian Standards, on committees formed to formulate minimum wages by the Central and State Governments, etc. BAI thereby has been rendering yeoman services to the cause of industry.

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