IRBís Mhaiskars made their riches from roads and toll
Virendra Mhaiskar, the Chairman and Managing Director of the Rs 3,250-crore IRB Infrastructure Developers Ltd ó which has been accused of improper business links with BJP chief Nitin Gadkariís firms ó is considered the undisputed toll king of Maharashtra.
The Mhaiskars, including his brother Jayant who promoted Mumbai Entry Point Ltd, collect toll on 16 major roads, including some of Indiaís most iconic ones such as the Mumbai-Pune Expressway and the Bandra-Worli Sea Link.
ďThe Mhaiskar family is a classic road-to-riches story,Ē said a business rival, who competes with IRB for infrastructure projects in the state. Besides collecting toll, the IRB Group has built 19 roads, most of them in Maharashtra. Its order book is worth Rs 7,700 crore with 16 road projects in the pipeline. Besides, IRB has a 1,200 acre land bank along the Mumbai-Pune Expressway.
In Forbesí Richest Indians list of 2011, Virendra Mhaiskar ranks 78.
Dattatraya Mhaiskar, a Chitpavan Brahmin with roots in the stateís coastal belt of Konkan, floated IRB in 1977 with small road projects in the Kalyan-Dombivali region. His years as an engineer in the state government apparently gave him access to leaders across the political spectrum.
The companyís fortunes grew after elder son Virendra joined it in 1990. In 1995, with Gadkari as PWD Minister, IRB bagged the Rs 104-crore Build-Operate-Transfer project to widen and maintain a 25 km road stretch between Bhiwandi and Thane. Besides, when the Shiv Sena-BJP was in power between 1995
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