Hyderabad: The Hyderabad Metro Rail stations are ready. But behind some of these circular, aesthetic looking stations is city-based Kirby Building Systems. The company secured an order to do 28 stations of the total 66.
“We made the stations for the metro rail project. That has been one of the key projects for us,” said D Raju, managing director and chief executive officer of Kirby Building Systems.
The company has given special designs for the project. Many of the stations have curved structure. “We have used new technologies and equipment for making these structures,” said Raju.
The pre-engineered steel buildings makers’ portfolio covers heavy industry, infrastructure, high-rise buildings, warehouses, factories, oil and gas and leisure structures. “The stations are state-of-the-art. These are made as per the drawings to us at our Pashamyalram factory. They have been transported to the sites and assembled. This exercise is a great time saver,” he said.
Listing out the key features, the official said Kirby used high strength steel and special painting system for the metro project. These will be easy to maintain. The life of these structures will be on a par with concrete structures, he said.
“We have a capability to fabricate curved rafters to give structures that match the elevations proposed in the drawings,” he said adding that station works given to it are completed.
Kirby, a 100 per cent subsidiary of Kuwait- based multinational and multi-billion dollar business conglomerate – Alghanim Industries, has also executed related projects for Bengaluru and Delhi metros.
The company has two plants at Hyderabad and Haridwar. Each has a capacity of 1,00,00 tonne. “We are looking to set up a third plant. However, the location is not decided. If the demand for pre-fabricated structures rises, we might set up in Hyderabad. However, before that we want to add capacity to existing plant. We have used about 70 per cent land. We can add further 30,000-40,000 tonne capacity. We will do this first,” said Raju.
The demand for pre-fabricated structures will be driven by infrastructure projects, industrial sheds, warehouses and commercial buildings, he said adding that steel commercial projects are a new wave.
“World over, many structures are built using steel. Only here, there is a more use of concrete. Steel- structures will be cost effective. For instance, if there is a multi-storied building, it will take four to five years for completion using concrete. A similar structure in steel can be done in less than two years. The returns will be faster,” the managing director said.
At both the plants, Kirby has about 4,000 people working. “Our industry is labour intensive. We will add more manpower as we increase the capacity in two years. We have invested about Rs 150 crore,” he said.