Exactly 48 hours after its construction began at 4.37 pm on November 29, a 10-storied building towered red and white above Mohali, and into the Limca Book of Records, on Saturday.
The building has been the talk of the town these past few days and has attracted scores of people visibly amazed at the rapidity with which it rose up at Phase 1, Industrial Area. The moment the final touch was put to the structure, the 200-odd workers who worked round the clock to make it a reality broke into a dance.
“The ground floor is ready to move in and we will be shifting our office here. The rest of the building lacks interiors, which will take some time,” said Harpal Singh, CMD of Synergy Thrislinglton, which constructed it.
The structure came up at the cost of a normal brick-and-cement building. “This is a nut-bolt tubular structure and considering the time element and the cost of construction material required in a normal building, this is a much more cost-effective venture. For smaller houses like kothis, it will not be cost effective though. But if many smaller buildings are to be made, it will work out to be an economical venture,” Harpal said.
“This technology as it unfolded today has vast potential to totally revolutionize the much-needed infrastructure technology in the country by rapidly speeding up construction of projects.”
Though it was built in record time, this factory-made sample building, Harpal said, “is not just a quick building but also an intelligent or smart building”. “It has several benefits over traditional buildings. It will use one third of the power and will have a cleaner environment inside,” he said.
The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research Structural Engineering Research Centre, Chennai, has vetted the building for structural safety.
“The model of this building has been on the Shaker table and cleared for areas in seismic Zone V. The tubular structure should be used more commonly. This will revolutionize the construction industry in the country. This technology is so safe that buildings up to 150 storeys can be constructed,” said Prof I C Syal of the CSIR-SERC