Con­struc­tion in­dus­try needs qual­ity

The Pak Banker - - 4editorial -

Con­struc­tion in­dus­try is con­sid­ered a main pil­lar to con­struct the coun­try of tall and strong build­ings. Its qual­ity of con­struc­tion should be as par the world stan­dard so the build­ings could ab­sorb the shocks of earth quakes, heavy rains and floods. In fact, up­hold­ing of qual­ity as­sur­ance and con­trol is one of the most ver­i­ta­ble re­quire­ments of any con­struc­tion process, right from de­sign up to me­chan­i­cal com­ple­tion. Dur­ing the con­struc­tion there should be dif­fer­ent checks to con­trol and main­tain the qual­ity. Most im­por­tant de­ci­sions re­gard­ing the qual­ity of a project should be made dur­ing the de­sign and plan­ning phase. Qual­ity con­trol and im­prove­ment should be a pri­mary ob­jec­tive for ev­ery mem­ber of a project team. At ev­ery stage qual­ity man­age­ment sys­tem should in­clude ac­cu­rate in­for­ma­tion, proper doc­u­men­ta­tion con­trol dur­ing the con­struc­tion process, ma­te­rial pro­cure­ment and strict field in­spec­tion till fi­nal check­out of the fa­cil­ity. Govern­ment should also fo­cus the in­dus­try and made reg­u­la­tions re­gard­ing the con­struc­tion cal­ibers. Af­ter mak­ing the reg­u­la­tions ev­ery com­pany would be bound to main­tain the stan­dards dur­ing and af­ter the con­struc­tion. Clients and contractors are sup­posed to sus­tain and main­tain the high­est cal­iber of qual­ity per­for­mance. Of­ten contractors use cheaper and in­fe­rior build­ing ma­te­ri­als and ap­ply sub-stan­dard prac­tices to squeeze as much profit as pos­si­ble. It is very dan­ger­ous and some­time due to sub­stan­dard qual­ity ma­jor ac­ci­dents oc­curred and re­sulted in hu­man losses. Lack of proper su­per­vi­sion also a rea­son of bad work. In fact ev­ery­body in­volved in the con­struc­tion in­dus­try tries to get his goals in the short­est time through un­fair means. One can imag­ine the shape of the fi­nal out­come of such mal­prac­tices. So there is a dire need to re­vamp the in­dus­try by in­duc­ing qual­ity cul­ture. Leg­is­la­tion should be made on top pri­or­ity to in­volve the Pak­istan En­gi­neer­ing Coun­cil, In­sti­tute of En­gi­neers, Cham­bers of Com­merce & In­dus­tries and sim­i­lar pro­fes­sional bod­ies in per­form­ing qual­ity au­dits of on-go­ing projects. It is not pos­si­ble with­out ef­forts of the govern­ment and min­istry re­lated to con­struc­tion should do its job hon­estly to make the con­struc­tion in­dus­try a role model for other coun­tries in the world.

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