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48-hr marvel comes up amid cheer, beat of dhols

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  SAS Nagar, December 01, 2012
First Published: 16:25 IST(1/12/2012) | Last Updated: 00:02 IST(2/12/2012)

Claiming to have created record by constructing a building in 48 hours, Synergy Thrislington, a SAS Nagar-based infrastructure company announced the completion of their "factory-made building"- Instacon, amidst the beats of dhol and cheers on Saturday.


The building that generated curiosity among residents is only a sample structure and the 48-hour deadline was only for raising the physical structure.

After assembling the building floor by floor, company's chief operating officer Yashjeet Gupta claimed that "by coming up with a 10-storeyed structure in 48 hours we have entered into the Limca book of records."

Red and grey walled Instacon came up on an industrial area plot in SAS Nagar and attracted many curious onlookers, thanks to the hype created about the project, to see how the building could be constructed in 48 hours.

While the company announced the building to be complete after assembling the factory-made panels and other construction material, the glass panes on the windows and other fittings inside were still being put by the workers and engineers. It had taken the company to manufacture the entire construction material in a period of over about two months.

This material was moved to the site and put together with the help of three cranes and over 200 skilled workers, technicians and engineers to come up with Instacon - a 48-hour wonder. The material used was manufactured in the past two months in a nearby factory. The building used pre-fabricated material, including 200 tonnes of steel.

A part of the ground floor was furnished that was showcased to the media.  Various works, including air-conditioning, installation of lighting appliances and making toilets, etc, functional will be taken up later. As of now after the 48 hours only the ground floor was somewhat functional, while the furnishing of upper nine floors will also be undertaken later on.

On Thursday at 4:30 pm, Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, had started the construction of the building by drilling a nut to erect the pillars of pre-fabricated steel and by Saturday 4:30 pm, the company announced to have completed the 10-storey building.

"Our effort was to put the 10-storeyed structure in place within 48 hours. We wanted to prove that this could be done. That feat was achieved well within 48 hours. Just some finishing touches remain," said Harpal Singh, CMD, Synergy Thrislington.

"This will be the first building of its kind in the country to be built in just 48 hours. The model has been cleared for the zone-5 seismic area, the highest risk area (for earthquakes)," Harpal Singh, who owns the JW Marriot Hotel in Chandigarh.

This construction mechanism has been approved by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Delhi and Structural Engineering Research Centre (SERC) Chennai.
 
How did it all happen
On November 29, construction of building started at 4:30pm
On December 1, the building completely assembled at 4:30 pm
Time taken to re-assemble building: 48 hours 
Time taken to construct the material: two months
Time taken by foundation of concrete: 4 months
Steel used: 200 tonnes
Area: 25,000 square feet
Cost of putting up the structure: 1,500 to 2,000 per sq ft but the actual cost of the construction would depend on furnishing

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