In a premeditated move to channelize more solid income streams, Kerala State Electricity Board Limited is all set to explore the commercial aspects of pre-fabrication technology for construction of cost effective buildings for own purpose and for others.
The exposure of a set of engineers in the board to the fast emerging pre-fab technology has prompted the board to think about the possibility of embracing the modern day construction technology for opening up a fresh and solid income stream for the board. The board, according to sources, plans to add more value to land properties in its custody by constructing pre-fab based buildings for its own use and for renting out to banks and other commercial establishments.
Eight out of the 10 engineers associating with the construction of games village for the proposed national games are from KSEB. The games village envisaged to house 6,000 sports personnel during the national games is being constructed using pre-fab technology.
"KSEB plans to become pioneers in pre-fabrication technology by setting up all our new constructions using pre-fab technology. The first such building would come up in the year 2014 itself. Apart from the small scale buildings for our own use, we plan to undertake work on commercial and residential sky scrapers. As part of this, we have decided to set up a pre-fab cell in the board and empanel pre-fab vendors for design, manufacturing and supply of pre-fab materials to KSEB," said KSEB chairman M Sivasankar.
Sivasankar, who is also the government secretary to Sports, said the pre-fab technology was proving to be strong and useful in reducing the time for construction. "KSEB has recently sent a team of engineers to study a multi-storeyed building recently set up in Mohali using pre-fab technology. The 10 storied building was constructed in just 48 hours.
Since the time required for construction is very less for pre-fab technology, the cost would also come down to a great extent. Completing the construction work on a mission mode within in a short period would definitely attract more customers to KSEB," he said.
The board has around 600 civil engineers. However, since the number of new hydroelectric projects is pretty low in number, the board will be in risk if it fails to find assignments suitable for these engineers. This was an additional reason for the board to search for luck in pre-fab technology.