Amarprakash Agarwal_Prefab_ProjectsMonitor— Amar Agarwal, Director, Satec Envir Engineering (I) Pvt. Ltd

Satec Envir Engineering (I) Pvt. Ltd is a leading turnkey solutions provider in the infrastructure space with expertise in prefabricated structures and solar infrastructure. Amar Agarwal, in an email interaction with Jibran Buchh, talks about the growing demand for prefab, especially in light of the emphasis on building residential structures with new technology.

What is your outlook for the portable cabins in India?
The prefab industry is growing at a phenomenal rate in India and demand for portable cabin is increasing. India has a demand of 26.5 million affordable housing and it is challenging to supply these houses through conventional building technology. We need to use prefab technology to satisfy this demand.

How beneficial are portable cabins compared to convention houses?
Portable cabins are widely used in the commercial and industrial sector. These cabins are prefabricated structure with integrated flooring, ceiling and roof.

Mobility is one of the biggest benefits which these portable cabins provide to the end customer. You can reassemble these cabins at a new project site. The PUF material is the second advantage for these cabins as it has insulating capabilities and maintains the temperature in these cabins.
There are many more benefits but these two are surely the most important ones.

How was year 2012 for the PEB sector and what are your expectations from 2013?
Demand for portable cabin is currently dependent on mining, roads and bridges, and other infrastructure projects. In 2012, the growth in portable cabin was slow as many infrastructure projects did not take off or were stuck because of clearance.

We are optimistic that 2013 projects in infrastructure space will move at a faster speed and the demand will come back on track in the industrial sector.

What are some of the projects Satec is currently executing?
Currently, Satec is undertaking many projects across India and abroad. We are providing low-cost structures for a hydropower station in Bhutan. We are also executing one of India’s largest solar power generation projects by providing prefab inverter rooms and control rooms and solar mounting structures for Welspun. We are also providing a series of portable cabins for Jindal Steel and Power Ltd.

What is your company’s long-term strategy?
Our mission is to increase the use of new technology in construction industry.  The use of prefabricated buildings is very minimal and awareness is the key to drive growth in this sector. We would like to drive the growth of prefab buildings in rural areas and also participate in government housing projects for both mass housing and individual low-cost housing projects. We want to promote the use of various kinds of prefabs across the country.


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