UT administration has outsourced maintenance and treatment of decades old Reinforced Concrete (RC) building structures by getting the walls coated with proactive coatings for RC buildings. Administration has decided to spend around Rs 67 lakh for project.
The coating process has been started from Sector 17 plaza. UT Superintending Engineer said, “The process of treatment will impregnate the porosity on walls of RC elements which will reduce the seepage of water into the walls which leads to formation of fungi. Secondly, this will also give uniform to the buildings and give them a smooth look.” In January, UT conducted the trail of proactive coating at UT Secretariat building before finalising the tender for company.
Citing UV degradation and presence of yellowing resistance on the walls of RC buildings, decision to get the treatment done was taken by administration.
The survey report which was handed over to administration recently stated that the project aimed to suggest appropriate retrofitting measures for seismic up-gradation and proactive coatings for exposed RC elements.
The report also pointed out towards fungi infested exterior surface of Secretariat Building Chandigarh which was identified as Aspergillus, Penicillium, Mucor and Rhizopus.
The present of such fungi weakens the structure surface which leads to pealing and deterioration of building.
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