Founded in 1979 by V J Patel, an experienced civil engineer who decided to give up a comfortable job to go it alone, Vijay Construction has grown from a small team handling one hotel project to one of the largest construction companies in Seychelles. Today, it has around 1,500 employees and a project portfolio spanning building construction, civil engineering, marine works and mechanical engineering.
“People thought I was mad to leave a good, comfortable position and go into business at such a volatile time,” said Patel. “But things worked and we got into infrastructure, where I was only competing against international companies and had the advantage of being here.”
As Seychelles has grown and developed, Vijay Construction has grown with it, successfully executing some of the nation’s most important developments, from luxury hotels, shopping malls and residential buildings, to roads, ports, pipelines and oil storage facilities. While its portfolio is incredibly diversified, one thing always remains constant: its dedication to completing projects on time, within budget and to the highest quality.
It was a result of its vastly diversified experience and sterling reputation that the company was awarded the opportunity to be the main developer for the nation’s landmark project, Eden Island, a 50,000-square-meter artificial island consisting of hotels, villas, commercial spaces and other tourism-related developments.
“We feel satisfied that the way we have worked over the years has created a strong reputation. People will give very positive feedback about us. I believe that people will say that we are reliable, straightforward and we deliver the goods that you want for the price that you have agreed,” explained Patel.
Now, looking to the future, Patel believes that there is still much to be done in his adopted country.
“There are many infrastructure projects that need to be done in Seychelles, from roadworks to waterworks and sewage disposal, especially with the increase in the living standard of the Seychellois people. The port and the roads are the two main requirements,” he explained.