Tuesday, 18 February 2014


Every where the world is more faster than before times. From fast foods to faster delivery of kids (of course with the help of modern science) etc., Now it is the turn of one of the basic human needs shelter.

Though all over the world it had been under practice of the public, it has now being introduced among the tech loving Indian society.

Recently there appeared an article in a leading daily about a faster method of house construction to suit whoever is willing to finish as well as to come across all the nitty-gritty in house construction.

They are called as ‘Modular’ or Pre-fabricated houses that are manufactured at factory and brought to the site and fixed through lifting by cranes. Later concrete will be poured on them. These types of constructions are popular in the developed world. They are favored for their conveniences including time and cost.

Different parts of a homeViz., roof, columns, doors etc could be pre-fabricated and reduces human error as against site constructed houses. Various energy efficient devices such as solar, wind etc. could be implanted without difficulties.

Another attractive feature in them is cost effectiveness. Many among us feel about lack of availability of modern house structure with in a reasonable budget allocation. Modular houses as it is claimed by their promoters satisfy this aspect significantly.   

Till five years before no body would have thought about such a thing opines many builders across India.

According to one information on hand at least 20 projects, which are using this technology currently. The reason behind this sudden trend change lies with market demand for speedy construction which forces the construction companies to complete the project earlier and take up another new one to gain more profits as well. Raising construction costs also worries both constructors and customers, which results in favor of a new tech.,which assures expected benefit.

It is said that it takes three and half years to complete a 30 storied building through a conventional technology. By earlier days builders delayed projects to gain from future price rise. But today they like to shift their concentration towards a new one. By this strategy they are gained in two ways, one is cost save next is customer satisfaction. Modular house comes handy to them in this regard.  

However, there are some negative factors involved. The first one is initial cost involved with the investments required in manufacture and fixture operations, together. Secondly, the constructor as well as the contractor should receive flow of projects intermittently. It involves mass production levels to acquire cost effectiveness. The orders should come in larger volumes. This discourages builders because of uncertain with orders they receive. Therefore they are not prepared to invest huge amount of resources and end-up with locking of them due to less amount of work.

Because of the nature of production this industry attracts excise duty, sales and other charges applicable. Though labor charges are less in current ages they may increase in future. With this complex scenario it is doubtful that there will be a trend change towards modular houses. However with subsidy components and other concessions the Government can try out this method of construction to meet outlow cost housing to urban and rural poorer sections. People affected with natural calamities could also be built with these types of houses. We need a policy shift with this respect.

Hence, to gain from the benefits that modular houses accrue we have to wait through days ahead.

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