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Saint Gobain Gyproc’s recent project in Surat
Surat, Gujarat : Saint-Gobain India Pvt Ltd – GYPROC, a market leader in the building construction space since the last 30 years, in collaboration with the Chief Minister of Gujarat, the Health Minister, ACS Health and other government officials recently led an initiative to convert an existing hospital premise in Majura Gate, Surat into a Covid-19 facility. This was a part of the government’s resolution to build COVID-19 facilities meeting WHO guidelines in less than three weeks, in the wake of recent surge in cases reported.
The facility in Surat required construction of wall partitions of 52000 sq. ft. to create divided sections in order to set up more wards, sanitation areas, pantry and essential zones, with each area offering adequate space for every patient. At the back of experience in infrastructure transformation and with expertise in technology, Gyproc led the project providing design support, material movement, installation sequence, work force planning, on-site supervision and coordination with other agencies related to the project. Initiated on July 6, 2020, the mammoth project saw completion in less than three weeks, making it one of the fastest construction recorded in India. The successful transformation was made possible using Gypsum plasterboards based drywall technology that enabled speedy implementation.
As a testimony, Gypsum based drywalls technology has already found widespread acceptance amongst the private healthcare players. More than 25 private healthcare chains have already used Drywalls technology in one or more of their projects. With government driving strong healthcare infrastructure with numerous super-specialty hospitals and new AIIMS campuses across the country as a part of Pradhana Manthri Swastya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY), construction technologies such as Drywalls would only help make these facilities further accessible to the masses. Furthermore, the Government of India announced additional funding, new reforms and more healthcare targeted initiatives as a part of the Budget in 2020, in response to the pandemic-related needs.
The effectiveness of this project has inspired many other governments to consider replicating the model in more regions where growing number of cases continue to challenge healthcare infrastructure availability.