Builder's 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 68 years since its inception, BAI movement has grown in leaps and bounds and at present has 97centres spread over the length and breadth of the Country, with its headquarters a Mumbai.
With a direct membership of 10,000 contractors and indirect membership of 30,000 through various regional Association 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 68 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, convincing the Central Government and various State Governments to introduce Price Variation Clause (Escalation Clause) in their respective contract documents.
Preparing Standard Contract Document. Various departments of the Central and State Governments and their various undertakings and /or departments, have their own different contract conditions documents for their respective works. This puts avoidable hardships on the contracting fraternity. BAI came up with the idea of a Standard Contract Document to be adopted by all agencies. Though the same when submitted to the Central and State Governments for acceptance did not produce desired results, BAI now through CIDC has narrowed down twelve conditions of contract to be adopted by all agencies. Though the same when submitted to the Central and State Governments for acceptance did not produce desired results, BAI now through CIDC has narrowed down twelve conditions of contract to be adopted by all agencies. BAI is confident about its acceptance.
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.
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.
Correcting the wrongs in revenue collection and avoiding undue harassment ot 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.
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 iliterate and mainly migratory in nature. BAI is sanguine that it will attain its goal.
Publishing a monthly journal, 'Indian Construction'.
Organising All India Builder's Convention and Exhibition. Which is a large gathering of members of civil engineering discipline including construction and Exhibition brings about a sense of brotherhood amongst them. Till now eighteen such Conventions have been organised.
BAI is an affiliate of the International Federation of Asia and Western Pacific Contractor's Association (IFAWPCA). Being in touch with the latest developments in the international civil engineering and construction industry. Other constituent members are apex contractor's associations of Australia, Bangladesh, China, Guam, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Nepal, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Philippine, Singpore, Sir Lanka and Thailand.
BAI is also an affiliated to many national organisations. Employer's Federation of India, Indian Merchant's Chamber, Indian Roads Congress, Indian Buildings Congress and host of other organisations.
Having representatives on many organisations. Having permanent representatives on various 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 liaison and effective interaction with the Central Government and its departments connected with industry, BAI has an office in New Delhi.
To promote and foster feelings of brotherhood, unity, co-operation, mutual trust, and to eliminate unhealthy competition amongst the contractors fraternity.
To build public confidence in the Construction industry by advocating ethics in the business through transparency and accountability.
To establish healthy and cordial relationship between the client, the contractor and the end-users, so that all Construction projects are completed without any time and cost over-runs.
To Interact with Government bodies like state Public Works Departments and the Central Public Works Department to modernise methods and specifications of works towards ensuring suitable work ethics in the industry and standardising tender procedures. Contracts awarded on the basis of such standardization will ensure uniformity in execution of Construction jobs.
To achieve highest standards of efficiency and quality by adopting methodology which could be derived from both Indian and International Standards with a view to making the Construction sector competitive in domestic as well as international markets.
To ensure that contractors adopt methods which are environment- friendly like use of pre-engineered and pre-manufactured products, seeking inter-alia tax concessions on the same from the Government.
To not only regulate safety procedures and issue guidelines for minimising loss of life or property at Construction sites but also to enhance welfare of workers.
To develop linkages with other industries and Trade Associations, Chambers of Commerce, Federations, etc., to enhance the value of its services to members. It shall network with international bodies and gain global presence for its members.
To regard workers and techniques as the key resource for Construction industry. It shall support and establish training institutions to workers and technicians.
Builders Association of India (Kerala Centre) was formed in 1981 and for the past 28 years, the centre is functioning for the welfare of the construction industry.