Electronics Corporation of India Ltd (ECIL); Electronics Complex; Hyderabad; 1967-83; 142,000 sq.m.
Structural Design: Devendra Shah
Electronics Corporation of India, a Govt. of India Undertaking, was building its new industrial complex on a 50 hectare site outside Hyderabad. Industrial buildings in those days were referred to as 'factory sheds' and ECIL intended the usual structures with steel trusses and corrugated asbestos sheet sloping roofs. Such buildings at the time cost Rs. 200/sq m, and the work had to be awarded by public notice to the lowest tender. We executed elegant, dust-free exposed steel framed buildings with flat concrete slabs within the same cost. Steel ensured good finish while the semi 'pre fabrication' speeded up construction.