For diamantaires in Mumbai, ‘Chalo Surat’ is the buzzword.

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], October 20 : ‘Chalo Surat’ is the buzzword in the diamond industry, especially in the world’s largest diamond trading hub in Mumbai.

Reason : Kiran Gems, the world’s largest manufacturer of natural diamonds and India’s premier diamantaire, announced the shifting of its office headquarter from the Bharat Diamond Bourse (BDB) at Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC) to the world’s largest Surat Diamond Bourse (SDB) at Khajod village in Surat.

Vallabh Lakhani, chairman, Kiran Gems, who is the brainchild behind the world’s largest SDB project, has acquired more than 1 lakh square feet of office space covering four floors of the 15-storey building at SDB.

The interior work of Kiran Gems’ new office facility at SDB has already started and it is set to be completed before the next Diwali festival in 2022.

Managing Director of Kiran Gems, Mavji Patel, and directors—Dinesh Lakhani and Rajesh Lakhani visited the SDB to oversee the interior and other construction work going on at the Kiran Gems’ new headquarter at Khajod in Surat.

According to Kiran Gems, the office space of Kiran Gems is being designed and executed by Manish Choksi of Design Core and the project consultants Magnate Projects, to accomplish the overall goal of the project.

The SDB, which is bigger than the Pentagon in the United States, will house more than 4,200 offices in the nine iconic inter-connected towers. SDB has India’s largest Customs clearance facility spread in 25,000 square feet, which is three times the size of the one at BDB in Mumbai.

“We are excited to move to the big complex that will accommodate more than 2000 diamond assorters and 500 sales and support team. We will be completely moving our sales team, accounts, human resource and marketing team to SDB, “ said Mavji Patel, director, Kiran Gems.

Patel added, “Our employees need to feel comfortable and calm in their physical work settings to produce their best work. The work-space will therefore be designed keeping in mind the well-being of every member of the Kiran family”

Key highlights of the SDB project

  • SDB project is being built on 66 lakh square feet of land at Diamond Research and Mercantile (DREAM) City at Khajod in Surat.
  • SDB houses about 4,200 offices of the diamantaires.
  • SDB will create employment opportunities for 1.5 lakh people
  • SDB is likely to be opened up in 2022.