|Mr. Anil K. Bishnoi,
Complete Dewatering Systems Pvt. Ltd.
Complete Dewatering Systems Pvt Ltd have been providing dewatering services to the Construction Industry for the last 40 years in India. Their specialization lies in sludge dewatering systems, vacuum dewatering system, well-point dewatering equipment, submersible pumps, sludge dewatering equipment and sump pumps. Mr. Anil K. Bishnoi, Managing Director, Complete Dewatering Systems Pvt. Ltd. in conversation with CE&CR, shares his views on the currents trends in the construction industry and its future.
Civil Engineering & Construction Review: Briefly give us an overview of the Construction industry, the latest technology trends, and the current business drivers.
Anil K. Bishnoi: Indian Construction Industry will continue to play a major role in the Indian economy and is likely to have a much higher growth rate in the country than other sectors. Construction industry is the second highest industry after agriculture. Because of the ever increasing population, space constraints will be felt more and more. Urban population is expected to be more than double of what it is today. Therefore, there will be greater reliance on multi-storeyed structures as against individual structures.
Time is a very big factor. The earlier the project is completed, the faster would be the recovery for the builder. New technologies, machinery and increased automation will bring down the use of human labour tremendously. Newer machines and technology will mean fewer but better trained/skilled personnel. New technology and material of construction will bring down costs to make housing more affordable to the common man. So, more specific programmes will have to be made to educate and train both skilled and semi-skilled workers in the construction industry. Specialized and scientific method of dewatering the construction area will help to achieve cost reduction and early completion of the project.
Focus would be on reductions and completion of construction on time to get proper return on capital invested in the projects. Spiralling prices of conventional building materials have made housing a dream for the common man. New research will have to necessarily bring in new and cheaper construction materials. We will be moving away from the usual steel and cement concrete structures. Recyclable material will find more use.
Infrastructural growth will have to accompany building activities. Mass transportation systems such as Metro Rail will be the main vehicle of transport reducing the congestion on the already overburdened roads. There will be greater and greater involvement of construction industry both for housing, transportation and other related industries. These will be accompanied by better infrastructural facilities also.
CE&CR: What is your view about growth and development of construction industry in the coming years?
Anil K. Bishnoi: The construction sector looks optimistic with firm public and private investment in infrastructure and cost-reducing tax reforms. We estimate the Goods and Services Tax (GST) and the Real Estate Development and Regulation Act (RERA) should cut direct costs of construction by 2 per cent to 4 per cent, through greater transparency, streamlining and less duplication of tax.
Further, government-led initiatives have been the key drivers for construction, attracting investment in urbanisation, high-tech manufacturing and the health sector. India’s ambition as the knowledge economy of Asia, is driving investment in research and development.
The ‘Make in India’ initiative is encouraging investors to establish manufacturing plants in India, fuelling construction activities related to the automobile, defence, food processing, pharmaceutical and health sectors.