Er. Anand Sharma – Demolition is his Profession
Place : Kochi Date Jan 12,2020 Time 11.03 AM
A large number of people had parched themselves on the top of the houses and building at various vantage points to witness something unusual . An illegal building named ,Alpha Serene Towers , having height of 55 meters was to be demolished as it was built against the violations of Enviornment laws. A team of Mining Engineers was working tirelessly since morning. In a precice sequence over 350 Kg of explosives were filled in the structure. In the vicinity of 200 meters around the building, movement of people and vehicle was stopped. After the third warning siren, trigger was pressed and with the effect of controlled blasting, concrete colossus came crumbling down in seconds, triggering mammoth ” clouds” of dust. In just 6 seconds, the towering building became mounds of debris. The man behind this precise demolition for the first time in India, was 1993 Mining graduate from MBM Engineering College, Er. Anand Sharma. He created history by levelling 105 meters high cooling tower with implosion method at Panipat Thermal Power Plant. Moreover this evocative personality epitome the phrase ” records are made to be broken” by setting exceptional record of demolishing 118 meters high cooling towers at Gandhinagar. An established name in Implosion, Er. Sharma used controlled blasting techniques and has so far demolished 15 high rise structures of more than 100 meters. Er. Sharma an epitome of grit, determination, perseverance, hard work and discipline, achieved phenomenon success in his professional career and gave entire new dimension to the Implosion and blasting techniques in India.
EARLY LIFE AND SCHOOLING:
As rightly said, “no matter where you belong to, the spirit , the mindset you endorse is important”. Er. Anand Sharma was Born in small village Dumariya of Bharatpur district ,Rajasthan . Sincere from the very beginning,he completed his primary schooling in the native village and then went to Naga Tulu (nearby village ) for further schooling. Bright and focused learner from his school days, Anand was determined to do something unique and special in his life.
Lack of guidance may be the impediment for once but explicating it, is what makes a difference. Initial higher education days weren’t that much promising for him . Due to information gap and lack of proper guidance , he first joined B.Sc in 1984 but dropped it in 2nd year. He then set out for diploma at CTAE Udaipur ,and then proceeded for B.E in Mining Engineering at MBM Engineering college, Jodhpur. “All this made me realise that life isn’t easy-going and I have to work more hard to catch my co-mates” added Er. Anand. Overcoming all adversities and being persistent with his studies , he secured overall 6th position in his batch and completed BE ( Mining ) in the year 1993.
STEPPING IN PROFESSIONAL JOURNEY :
After completing his Mining Engineering in 1993 and got placed in College Campus in an explosive company. He loved his work and never shied of working on even small projects. He served himself as Sr Manager in Rajasthan Explosives and Chemicals Ltd , Dholpur and Dy Manager at Bharat Explosives Ltd ,New Delhi. Working on many small and meaningful projects gave him plenty of experience about the Mining and explosive Industry. His professionalism and ambitious attitude made him General Manager at Special Blast Ltd, Nagpur in 2002.
Every bit counts !!
In the year 2003 , he decided to start something of his own , something unique. It wasn’t that facile to think and implement on it at the first stroke. Starting from zero level without any financial support was the biggest challenge .“City address became a major concern as no one was willing to finance even small amount , which would help me to get a kick-start in the project “said Er. Sharma . Lots of Government department issues and unsettled payment from contractors merely worsened his apparently smooth journey. But embracing each challenge in his life as an opportunity for self-transformation helped him to start what he dreamt of, his own company aptly named EXIQUDE (Ex-Explosive , Qu- Quarrying , De-Demolition) .He started his journey by getting into small contracting projects of national highways and blasting from all across the India. For the first time in India 92m high chimney was demolished by an Indian without any foreign expert , which was small contribution of Er. Anand Sharma to “Make in India” campaign.He also developed a technique to demolish huge buildings within seconds. His resume is full of great achievements of demolition and blasting . Serene Twin towers Kochi, Cooling Towers, Pre Heaters demolition at ACC Chanda, Demolition of Cooling Towers at Panipat refinery, Structural demolition of ULTRATECH, control blasting for Nagarjuna Construction company were some projects that were successfully completed by Er. Sharma . He made success his habit and left no stone unturned to achieve more. In January 2020 ,he received a letter of appreciation from the government of India for his work of demolishing 17 storied building with such a great precision and proximity.
At present he has been working on a consultancy assignment of AFCONS for Bangalore Metro and at Diu and Chhara Port.
Tryst with Marathons at the age of 50:
Age doesn’t matter , an open mind does . Considering Fitness and Health his priorities, he started taking parts in marathons at the age of 50 and today can finish 21 km marathon in less than 2 hours . Continuing with achievements, he completed the Tata Mumbai full marathon of 42 kms, which is the largest marathon in Asia. ” I got lot of injuries in my initial days of running but didn’t stopped and never gave up. I kept on practicing and to my surprise my stamina started increasing gradually and I could able to half Marathons in less than 2 hours” informs Er. Sharma.This individual is someone who never disappoints himself.
MBM Days :
“I was not involved much in college activities but was close to many friends . Shiv Prasad , Rajendra Goyal , Naval Kishor were my besties and used to spent maximum time with them ” recalls Er. Anand. Though I respected all the teachers but was more connected to Prof. R. Bhadada, Prof. D.M. Surana, Prof. S.K. Parihar who helped shaping my career in Mining Industry.
Family Man :
Based in Jaipur, Er. Sharma is a grounded and down to earth person who is still very much connected to his rural roots. “I am very much connected to village and contribute to children’s education, school buildings and other infrastructures” quips Er. Sharma. His wife Ms. Sudhanshu ( She happens to be sister of 1994 MBM alumnus Er.Himanshu Vashishth )is Chemistry teacher in Government school. Elder son Anshul graduated from BITS, Pilani and helping him in back office work while daughter Anjali completed B.Tech from LNMIIT, Jaipur and working at Samsung ( R & D Division), Noida.
Giving back to alma mater :
Er. Sharma is always ready for doing things for the betterment of MBM Engineering College. He has been in touch with many college professors for arranging , organising and participating in seminars related to Mining Industry. He has also been providing financial support to many needy students. He has been mentoring and counselling the students for job and career progression .He is very much active on social media platforms and participating in events and seminars of college.
This is such an inspirational story of Er. Anand Sharma. We wish him great success and happiness in life.
Author Er. Vidhi Sharma is currently pursuing BE Degree in Information Technology (First Year) from MBM Engineering college, Jodhpur . She has a keen interest in sketching and love to write ,travel and explore new things .