Punjab building meets deadline, enters in record books

Mohali building

A team of over 200 people worked round the clock as INSTACON, the much talked about building constructed here, met its 48-hour deadline today to enter into record books as the fastest completed such building in India.

"We assembled the 200 tonne building, having an area of over 25,000 square meters within the stipulated time of 48 hours, whose deadline ended at 4.30 PM today," said Harpal Singh, CMD of Synergy Thrislington, a Mohali-based infrastructure company.

He also showed the certificate issued by the Limca Book of Records for being the fastest ten-storey building in India.

I C Syal, an ex-professor of Punjab Engineering College here who designed the building, said the structure can withold for 600 years.

"It's a tube-in-tube structure. There will be no problem of seepage or leakage in this building. We also measured building's deflection in case of strong winds and earthquakes, which comes to 49 mm as against 123 mm deflection allowed by the government for conventional buildings," Syal said.

Singh later said that various works, including air conditioning, installation of lighting appliances and making toilets etc. functional will be taken up later and only the ground floor of the structure was shown to the media.

"We wanted to show that this can be done in India. Even impossible word starts with alphabets I'm possible," he said, adding that he would like to do similar projects that will take care of housing needs of the poor.

Singh claimed that the construction technology, first of its kind in the country, is unique in many ways, including the cost saving factor.

All the components of the building were manufactured in the factory, pre-fitted with floors and other essentials including provisions for water supply, wiring, sanitation and air conditioning ducts.

The concrete has been used only in the foundations and three inch deck floorings in the nut and bolt structure.

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