Khan Bahadur Abdul Karim Babukhan - The Era Begins
Born to Mohammed Babukhan, a Civil Contractor, credited with major constructions in Hyderabad, such as Kachiguda Railway Station and the Nayapul, Abdul Kareem Babukhan began his career with civil works at the age of 25. Taking entrepreneurship one step ahead of his father, he forayed into industrial development, setting up sugar textiles and paper mills and later coal mines at Singareni.
Abdul Karim Babukhan - The doyen of the clan, set up in the 1930s, the Hyderabad Construction Company Ltd., (HCCL), which created architectural marvels (popularly
known as Jewels of the Nizam'') for the Nizams'' State. The stunning Arts College of the Osmania University, the Gandhi Bhavan, The Hyderabad House, the Delhi Palace for the Nizam, Soan Bridge- across the river Godavari, Kadam Dam, substantial part of the Tungabhadra Dam, the first phase of Ramagundam Thermal Power Station to name a few.
His contribution to the growth and development of Hyderabad State earned him the title Khan Bahadur'' and conferred on him a status that allowed free mingling with politicians and bureaucrats. Yet he remained humble and displayed a rare integrity of character, which helped him create a goodwill that his successors were to reap in times to come.
Some prominent Industrial ventures promoted and managed by HCCL include: The Sir Silk Limited, The Sirpur Paper Mills Limited, Hyderabad Vanaspati Limited, The Nizam Sugar Factory Limited and many others.
The Babukhans have become synonymous with quality work, just like the monumental marvels they create!