UK's Modulex to build largest steel modular unit in India

The factory would be built at Indapur near Pune at a cost of Rs100 crore and production would start in March next

London: A London-based NRI-led company will set up the world's largest steel modular building factory in Indapur in Maharashtra at a cost of Rs100 crore, reports PTI.

Suchit Punnose, chairman of Modulex Modular Buildings Plc made the announcement at a function held here Tuesday night in the presence of Harshavardhan Patil, Maharashtra's Minister for Co-operation and Parliamentary Affairs, who is also an MLA from Indapur.

Punnose said the factory would be built at a cost of Rs100 crores and production would start in March next.

Patil said, "All support will be extended to the project which is expected to provide employment for over 900 people."

He said the state Government has already sanctioned 40 acres and may consider sanctioning another 30 acres for the project.

Patil, who visited modular buildings in London, said the technology is required in India to support infrastructure and economic growth.

Modulex's technology produces buildings with high quality on fixed cost and time guarantee, Punnose said.

"The factory will have four production lines with an annual capacity of 2 million sq ft, operating on an 8-hour shift 5 days a week for eleven months," he said.

This equates to twenty 100-room hotels plus a 1,000 residential or office buildings of 1,000 sq ft each, or accommodation for 2,000 hospital beds, he added.

The factory will be situated on a 40 acre site in Indapur MIDC Industrial Estate in Pune District, 280 kms from Mumbai.

"The design, the logistics and the technology compatibility studies have been completed, the land has been acquired, planning and all necessary permissions have been received, debt syndication has been finalised and now ground preparation has started," Punnose said.

On the technology use and benefits, he said hotels, schools, hospitals, commercial offices, residential buildings, military accommodation and railway stations can be built very quickly with minimum disruption on site.

For example, he said, a 100-room hotel can be constructed in 24 weeks, and 90% of the work is completed offsite and only 10% onsite.

The cost of modular buildings is same as traditional buildings and can be built to any design required. Buildings can be as high as 22 floors, Punnose said.

He said many hotels, such as Premier Inns, Travelodges and Days Inns are built using this technology in the UK.

As many as 440 McDonalds restaurants were rolled out in the UK by the management team now employed by Modulex, Punnose said.

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