Codification of standards of pre engineered building sought
Bangalore, Aug 25: The need for codification of standards for materials relating to Pre Engineered Building (PEB) and providing industry status to the emerging sector was highlighted at a one-day Workshop on Steel in Construction by an industry expert.
Dr V R Rajan, Managing Director and CEO of Kirby Building Systems, speaking on PEB at the Workshop said that the sector from the current level of 2000 tonnes was expected to witness a phenomenal growth to touch one million tonnes in next five years and there was need for a proper government and industry impetus to allow the growth.
He said there was need for setting up of adequate testing facilities for the sector and the first one was being sponsored by the Institute for Steel Development and Growth (INDAG), an initiative of the Steel industry to promote the sector's growth.
He said his Hyderabad based Company had built 20 stations of the Delhi Metro in a record time of one year and it had also built pre fabricated houses for earthquake and Tsunami victims at the behest of UNICEF.
Mr Rajan also lamented the inadequate range of products for the sector and urged Integrated Steel plants across the country to emulate the example of China which had products sheets of 1000 varieties and colours which could substitute wood or concrete finish.
Jindal Steel Works Vice Chairman and Managing Director Sajjan Jindal in his address said the National Steel Policy's steel production and consumption target of 110 million tonnes would be achieved much before the targetted date of 2020. With the Country expected to cross the Per Capita income barrier of 1000 Dollars within the next four years the steel consumption pattern would witness a huge jump, if the pattern obtained in Japan, Korea and China was any indication.
He said the current Steel production in the country was 43 million tonnes and it had been growting at 7.3 per cent during the last decade with consumption recording a 6.2 per cent growth Stating that there was need to ensure foolproof infrastructure was in place to witness a robust industrial growth, Mr Jindal said ''if manufacturing is considered to be the 'soul' of the economy, infrastructure could be termed as the nervous system''. India would be spending almost Rs 160,000 Crore on infrasturcture in the next couple of years.
Referring to Steel based construction, he said it not only provide a route to fast trck development, but was also environment friendly.
Karnataka Home Minister M P Prakash in his inaugural address called industries to emulate the example of the Tatas which had come forward to assist in providing funds for 50,000 houses to those below poverty line. He said there was need for public private partnership in such Housing projects as the limit of Rs 25,000 per House fixed by the government would not be adequate. In addition to regular Housing programmes, the Government this year planned to contruct an additional 300,000 houses for the poor he added.