Conditions n Specifications

BUILDING WORKS (SOR-wef:01-11-2017)


The Schedule of Rates (Volume – I) is divided into two sections, Section -I for works, Section -II for materials & Labour and each section into sub-sections. In all cases of contracts in respect of Building Works, this entire volume of Schedule will be operative. Though this entire volume of Schedule is divided for convenience into sections and sub-sections it is to be taken as a whole. An item under one section will apply equally to work falling under the category of another section unless a similar item appears in the later section. The same principle applies to items under different sub-sections.

The ‘Engineer-in-Charge’ shall mean the Executive Engineer of the Division concerned. The Sub- Divisional Officer concerned is authorized to carry out on behalf of the ‘Engineer-in-Charge’ generalsupervision, day to day instructions with approval of materials and workmanship. In case of dispute, the decision of the ‘Engineer-in-Charge’ shall be final and binding.

Except when specifically mentioned in the description of the item itself, the rate for any item of work will apply equally to all floors, in any position and up to any height. In respect of concrete work etc. where the rate is on the basis of volume, the item shall apply to all cases irrespective of the thickness unless a specific item appear in the Schedule for the particular type of work. The work up to a particular floor level means all work up to the roof of that floor. All works in basement shall be treated as work in first floor for payment.

Renewal works include dismantling and taking out of old works with mending good damages after renewal and removal of waste materials. The rate for any item of original nature not provided in this Schedule may be deduced from the rate of similar item of renewal work by multiplying by a factor 100/105 and conversely the rate of any item of renewal nature not provided in this Schedule may be deduced from the rate of similar item of original nature by multiplying by a factor 105/100.

White washing, painting etc. include preparation of surface (including plugging old nail holes etc.) prior to the treatment and removal of all marks or stains from walls, floor, glass, panes, chowkats etc. For repair works, this also includes shifting and/or covering furniture etc.

All works shall be carried out with due regard to the convenience of the occupants, if any, and the arrangement and programme of work must be adjusted accordingly. In case of works within Jails, Hospitals etc. the Rules & Regulations of Authorities concerned must be strictly obeyed. The rates given in the Schedule are deemed to be inclusive of all such factors and contingencies

All materials, tools and plants are to be arranged for the work. All labours (Skilled & Unskilled) including their housing, sanitation, procurement of food stuff, medical aids etc. are to be arranged by the contractor. Cost of transport of labour, materials and all other relevant items shall have to be borne by the contractor.

Arrangement of water for preparation of concrete & mortar as well as for soaking of bricks and other materials are to be made by the contractor. Construction of platforms and vats including cost thereof are to be borne by the contractor.

If not specifically indicated in the items themselves, the rates appearing in this schedule are inclusive of cost of all supply, carriage, handling, fitting, fixing, toll charges, ferry charges etc. and all other incidental works involved in any floor, at any level including all necessary jointing materials, scaffolding to any height, hire charges of tools and plants, and all ancillary materials butexclusive of GST

To arrive at complete rate of different items in this Schedule, 1% Sundries, 1% water charges, 5% overhead and 10% contractor’s profit have been considered along with the aforesaid material cost, labour cost and other cost etc

Unless specifically mentioned otherwise in the description of the item itself, no extra charges will be paid for scaffolding (including stage scaffolding), centering, shuttering, curing etc. and the rates are deemed to be inclusive of the same for the satisfactory completion of the work

All materials brought to site must have approval of Engineer-in-Charge. Rejected materials must be removed by the contractor from the site within 24 (twenty-four) hours of the issue of orders to that effect. In case of non-compliance with such orders, the ‘Engineer-in-Charge’ shall have the authority for removal of those rejected materials at the cost and expenses of contractor and the contractor shall not be entitled to any loss or damage on that account.

Departmental materials (i.e. materials are supposed to be issued by the department) shall be issued to the contractor to the extent of requirements as assessed and in small instalments as decided by the Engineer-in-Charge. Issue of departmental materials may be of two categories:

(A) Materials for which value are to be recovered from the contractor.

(B) Materials which are issued directly to work (in respect of items the rates of which do not include the cost of these materials).

For materials under Category (A) the value of materials issued to the contractor on usual hand receipt shall be recovered from the bill of contractor in one instalment or in successive instalments as may be decided by the Engineer-in-Charge.

For materials under Category (B) the contractor will act as custodian of the department, when he shall take charge of the materials against appropriate receipts signed by him. The contractor shall remain responsible for the proper storage and safe custody of such materials. The rates of relevant items of work shall be deemed to be inclusive of reasonable consideration for such duties and responsibilities as the custodian

All materials, whatever is the category thereof, shall be properly stored by the contractor in suitable godowns within the site of work. Under no circumstances, whatsoever shall any materials be removed from the site of work without prior written permission from the Engineer-in-Charge. The contractor shall be responsible for any damage or loss of such materials unless he can satisfy the Engineer-in- Charge that the reasons for such damage or loss are due to circumstances beyond his control. The contractor shall also have to satisfy the Engineer-in-Charge regarding the proper utilization of such materials.

The value of any materials, which cannot be satisfactorily accounted for, shall be recovered from the contractor’s bill or other dues as specified in P. W. Department’s Order No. 2809(3)-A Dated 27.04.1971 as mentioned in West Bengal Form No. 2911.

Any materials under Category (A) which may be surplus in few quantities on completion of the work may at the sole discretion of the Superintending Engineer be taken back provided the same are found of non-perishable nature and has not been damaged in any way. Surplus materials under Category (B) shall be returned to the Engineer-in-Charge in good condition.

Subject to the aforesaid condition, the following materials under Category (A) shall be issued to the contractor at issue rates reflected against each. The materials shall be issued from the departmental godown or godowns and for this purpose a stack-yard shall also be deemed as godown as may be specified in the contract stipulations for any particular work. The contractor will have to carry the materials at his own cost and his quoted rate will be deemed to be inclusive of all such costs including costs for loading, unloading and stacking.

i) Cement:       

Issue Rate and Basic Price of Cement are shown in Table – 1-1 of Annexure – I. Ifcement is supplied by the Department, the cost of cement will be recovered on Issue Rate, when in case of supply of the same by the contractor, then rates of those cement related items are to be deduced as per Format – A of Annexure - I. Except M35 & M40 Grade of design mix concrete, rates of all other cement related items have been derived considering PSC/PPC Cement. For M35 & M40 Grade of design mix concrete, OPC (Grade – 43/53) cement has been considered in deriving the item-rates

ii) Reinforcing Steel:

 Issue Rate and Basic Price of Reinforcing Steel are shown in Table – 1-1 of Annexure – I. If Steel is supplied by the Department, the cost of Steel will be recovered on Issue Rate, when in case of supply of the same by the contractor, then rates of those Steel related items are to be deduced as per Format – B of Annexure - I. Cut pieces of reinforcing steel materials left surplus on completion of work shall not be taken back if the same be considered as unsuitable for utilization in other works. Item-rates of structural steel and GCI Sheet have been derived considering said materials to be supplied by the contractor.

iii) Empty Bitumen Drum: -

Prevailing Schedule of Rates (Volume – III) of PWD is to be followed.

 If in the interest of the work, materials other than those mentioned above are to be issued under Category (A), the issue-rate of such materials shall be based on the-then market rate or the stock issue-rate whichever is higher. Such issue-rate shall be decided by the Engineer-in-Charge and his decision shall be binding.

Materials obtained by dismantling Government structures or parts thereof shall remain the property of Government. The contractor shall sort out and stack the serviceable materials within the premises and also dispose of the unserviceable rubbish etc. as per instruction of the Engineer-in-Charge or his representative.

The contractor shall remain the custodian of such dismantled materials till the charge of the same is taken over by the Engineer-in-Charge or his representative.

The site must be cleared by the contractor from time to time by removing rubbish, debris etc. as accumulated during the work and on completion the whole site must be left in a clean and tidy condition to the satisfaction of Engineer-in-Charge or his representative.

Number of full bricks salvaged by dismantling all types of masonry part of the structure mustcorrespond to at least 20% of the volume dismantled

Carriage of materials (unless specifically considered in the Rate Analysis) is the sole responsibility of the contractor for which no extra payment should be made (unless in exigency a few of those seem to be justified by the Engineer-in-Charge, when the same are to be approved by the concerned Superintending Engineer).




All materials to be used in works shall conform to Indian Standards Specification as published by B.I.S from time to time (and in the absence thereof as approved by the Engineer-in-Charge). Unless specifically mentioned otherwise the following modes of measurements shall be adopted. In general, the mode of measurement of the civil engineering works shall be guided by I.S.I. Code No.: 1200-1964 (Revised) for Indian Standard Method of measurement of Building work.

A-1 Bricks

All bricks shall be of approved quality of standard specifications, made of good brick earth, uniform deep red,cherry or copper colour, thoroughly burnt in kiln (machine made) without being vitrified, regular in shape and size, sound, hard, homogeneous in texture, true to shape and of standard dimension and shall be free from cracks, chips, flaws, stones or humps of any kind and shall not show appreciable signs of efflorescence either dry or subsequent to soaking in water. The size of bricks shall be 9¾?x 4¾? x 2¾? (conventional). 190 x 90 x90 mm (modular). The Bricks shall emit a clear ringing sound on being struck and have minimum crushingstrength of 105 kg/ All the bricks which absorb water more than 20% of their own dry weight after 24 hours immersion in cold water shall be rejected.

A-2 Coarse Aggregates for Cement Concrete Works:

Stone chips or stone ballast for cement concrete (plain or reinforced) shall be hard, of uniform and fine texture. free form faults or planes of weakness and free from weathered faces. The ballast or chips must be free from loam, clay or any surface coating, free from organic matter or other impurities and screened, free of dust. Stone of black and hard variety as is generally available from quarries in Pakur or Chandil areas will be normally used. Stone aggregates from other sources may also be used provided the same is found suitable in the opinion of the Engineer-in-Charge. The opinion of Engineer-in-Charge must be recorded in writing. The ballast or chips shall be obtained by breaking from large blocks and must be more or less cubicle in shape.

Size of Coarse Aggregates :

For any of the following nominal sizes of graded coarse aggregates, grading shall be in conformity with the requirements laid down in the Indian Standards Specification IS : 383-1963 as shown below in Table 1


IS Sieve Designation

Percentage passing for graded aggregate of nominal size


40 mm








80 mm





63 mm





40 mm





20 mm





16 mm





12.5 mm





10 mm





4.75 mm





2.36 mm





When coarse aggregates brought to the site is ungraded, single size coarse aggregates of different nominal sizes, conforming to the requirements vide Table II given below, shall be mixed at site with the other ingredients of concrete either directly in the mixture or on the platform in the proportion indicated in Table III below :


IS Sieve Designation

Percentage passing for single sized aggregate of nominal size


63 mm

40 mm

20 mm

16 mm

12.5 mm

10 mm







80 mm







63 mm







40 mm







20 mm







16 mm







12.5 mm







10 mm







4.75 mm







2.36 mm










Cement Concrete mix

Nominal size of aggregate

Parts of aggregate of size 50 mm

Parts of aggregate of size 40 mm

Parts of aggregate of size 20 mm

Parts of aggregate of size 12.5 mm

Parts of aggregate of size 10 mm










C.C.I:6: 12

63 mm







C.C.I:6: 12

40 mm







C.C.I:5: 10

63 mm

7 1/2


2 1/2





40 mm


7 1/2

2 1/2




C.C.I:4: 8

63 mm








40 mm








63 mm

4 1/2


1 1/2





40 mm


4 1/2

1 1/2





20 mm



4 1/2


1 1/2


C.C.I:2: 4

40 mm


2 1/2



1 1/2


C.C.I:2: 4

20 mm







C.C.I:2: 4

12.5 mm







C.C.I:1/2: 3

20 mm







The Proportions indicated in Table III above are by volume. These proportions may be varied somewhat by Engineer-in-Charge after making sieve analysis of the aggregates brought to the site, when considered necessary for obtaining better density and strength of concrete, void ratio in  the tune 0-25.  

All-in-aggregates: If combined aggregates are available, they need not be separated into fine and coarse. But necessary adjustment may be made in the grading by the addition of single sized aggregates. The grading of the all-in-aggregate when analysed as described in IS: 2386 (Part I) shall be in accordance with Table IV.


IS Sieve Designation

Percentage passing all –in-aggregate


40 mm Nominal Size

20mm Nominal Size



80 mm



40 mm



20 mm



4.75 mm



600  micron



150 micron



(ii) Gravel, for use as coarse aggregates in cement concrete work must be hard, absolutely free from surface coating and on being broken, the fractured surface must indicate a uniform and fine texture free from laminations or planes or weakness. It shall be thoroughly washed and free from any foreign elements.

(iii) Jhama chips for cement concrete work shall be obtained by breaking good quality Jhama bats, must not be spongy or with any coating of foreign materials and should be homogeneous in texture. The chips shall be more or less cubicle in shape

All coarse aggregates for concrete works must be well graded. These shall be screened for removal of dust and if so necessary in the opinion of the Engineer-in-Charge, shall he washed at the cost and expenses of the contractor.

A—3 Coarse Aggregates for Lime concrete Works

(i) Brick aggregates for lime concrete in foundation or flooring shall consist of approved, clean, hard and well-burnt Jhama khoa. The khoa be well graded and unless otherwise specified shall pass-through 32 mm. ring.

(ii) Brick aggregates for Lime Terracing work on roof shall consist of khoa broken from 1st class brick bats and unless otherwise specified shall pass through 25 mm ring and be suitably graded.

No jhama khoa should be used in lime terracing work.

A—4 Sand

All sand shall be clean sharp and free from clay, loam, organic or any other foreign matter, shall be obtained from approved source. The contractor shall get the sample of sand to be used in different kinds of works approved by the Engineer-in-Charge before using the same in work. Sand which in the opinion of the Engineerin- Charge or his representative is dirty, must be washed to his satisfaction at the cost and expenses of the contractor.

In Malda District only BANSLOI Sand should be used in all types of of cement works. In Nadia and Murshidabad Districts, coarse sand from SAINTHIA only should be used in structural concrete works.

Sand for all cement concrete work must be coarse. The sand shall pass through a mesh, 4.75 mm. square measured in the clear. Sand shall not be used for concrete works if it contains more than 10% of fine grains passing through a 76 mesh sieve as used for cement test, nor should the fineness modulus be less than 2.00 unless specific permission is obtained from the Engineer-in-Charge.

Medium sand may be used for cement mortar, for masonry, plaster etc. fineness modulus shall be between 2 and 1.8

Sand filling in plinth or foundation where specified may be done with fine sand or Silver sand.

A-5 Surki :

Surki shall be made from well burnt 1st class brick bats, ground to pass through a mesh 2 mm, each way, and shall be perfectly clean and free from any foreign matter.

A-6 Lime :

All lime shall be freshly burnt and slaked and screened before use, the slaking should be done at site of work. Lime for works including roof terracing shall be Bisra, Satna or other approved stone lime.

The specification covers lime as used in construction of building and other structures as described below (refer IS. 712-1973).

Quick-lime shall mean a calcined material, the major part of which is calcium oxide in natural association with a relatively small amount of magnesium oxide and capable of slaking with water.

Fat lime shall mean the lime which has high calcium oxide content (between 95 and 100 percent) and is dependent for setting and hardening on the absorption of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. This is defined as class—C in I.S.: 712-1973 which is used for finishing coat in plastering, white washing etc. and with addition of pozzolanic materials (surki) for masonry mortar.

Hydraulic lime shall mean the lime which contains small quantities of silica and alumina and I or iron oxide which are in chemical combination with some of the calcium oxide content, giving a putty of mortar that has the property of setting and hardening under water.  

Hydrated lime shall mean a dry powder resulting from treatment of quick-lime with water enough to satisfy its chemical affinity for water under the conditions of hydration.

Classification of Lime

Class A: Eminently hydraulic lime (containing 25% to 30% of clay) used for foundations and other hydraulic structures, shall be supplied as hydrated lime only and should be used particularly in any masonry work below G.L. It should be noted that no masonry work below G.L. should be taken up with the use of any lime, other than specified hydraulic lime. In case of doubt if any in respect of hydraulic lime being used in work below G.L., it is preferable not to use lime mortar at all below G.L.

Class C: Fat lime is used mainly for lime punning, white washing and with suitable admixture, such as surki or any other pozzolanic material to produce artificial hydraulic mortar.

A—7 Cement :

No cement except those supplied by the department or approved by Engineer-in-Charge shallbe used in work or brought to site by contractor. Cement bags must be stored in a water-tight shed having wooden floor or  platforms raised at least 50 mm. from ground as approved by the Engineer-in-Charge. Cement which is partially set or which is lumpy or caked is to be treated as damaged and shall be removed from the site immediately.

For list of relevant IS Code for Cement to be used in work Page-B-64-65 of Volume-I & Clause 2.1.4 (Page-9) of Volume-III of Combined PWD Schedule and mandatory tests before use of Cement material into works are given in clause 3.0 (Page188,189 & 190) Volume-III of Combined PWD Schedule, may be seen.

8 Steel :

All steel shall be clean and free from loose mill scales, dust, loose rust and coats of paints, oil or other coatings. Any scale or loose rust shall be removed before use, even though the same may have been supplied by the Department without any claim for extra charge for the same. No steel excepting those supplied by the Department or approved by the Engineer-in-Charge shall be used in work or brought to site by the contractor.

For list of relevant IS Code for reinforcement in concrete page-B-66 of Volume-I & for structural steel clause (Page-12) of Volume-III may be seen. Mandatory tests before use of steel materials into works are given in clause 2.0 Steel/ Iron (Page-185,186 & 187) Volume-III of Combined PWD Schedule, may be seen.

A-9 Timber:

All timber shall be of best quality well-seasoned and/or well-treated for preservation and protection against decay etc. It shall be uniform in substance, straight in fibre, free from large or dead knots, sap, flaws, suncracks, shakes or blemishes of any kind. Any insect damage or splits across the grain shall not be permissible. The colour of the timber shall be uniform throughout, firm and shining with a silky luster when planed and shall not emit dull sound when struck.

A-10 Glass:

All glasses shall be of the specified type, colour visibility and sound and shall be free from cracks, flaws. Spick bubbles and blemishes and shall not weigh less than 7.4 kg/sqm unless otherwise specified

A-11 Timber Doors, Windows etc. and their Fittings:

Door and window work shall be carried out as per detailed drawings or as directed by the Engineer- in-Charge, Specified timber shall be used, and it shall be sawn in the direction of the grains and be straight and square.

Fittings shall be of iron, brass, and aluminium or as specified. These shall be well made,

reasonably smooth and free from sharp edges, corners, flaws and other defects. Screw holes shall be counter sunk to suit the head of specified wood screws. Iron fittings shall be finished bright or black enameled or copper oxidised. Brass fitting shall be finished bright or, (brass) oxidized chromium plated (etc treated) & aluminium fittings shall be finished bright or anodised or as specified. Fittings shall be got approved by the Engineer-in-Charge before fixing. In case of renewal works, the new fitting shall, as far as possible, match with the existing ones. Screws shall be driven home with screw driver and not hammered in.

A-12 Fibre Reinforced Polymer (FRP) door shutter/frame:

The Polymer shall be either thermoplastic or thermo set resin, such as polyester, Isopolyester, Vinyl ester, epoxy or Phenolic base. The fibre moulded skins may be of glass or other synthetic (Carbon or aramid) or natural (jute or Coir) or other reinforcing materials.

The sandwich core to impart monolithic composite structures approved by Department of Science & Technology or similar competent Authority.


As per IS 4020 door testing performance criteria.

Frame without Core:

Frames shall have intermittent stiffness for rigidity and will have provision for hinge fixing, including anchors

Frame with Core:

Such Composite frames will be filled with inner Core in addition to all the features mentioned for frame without Core.

A-13 Paint etc.:

All paints shall be delivered in strong containers, marked with the colour of the paint, brand, volume of paint content in litres and of the best quality of approved make and brand as approved by the Engineer-in-Charge. Under no circumstances shall the paint be diluted with Linseed oil or otherwise. Any paint or enamel although of approved brand, which so hardens in the container that it cannot be readily broken up with a stirrer to a smooth uniform painting consistency, shall be rejected. Any paint or enamel too thick for proper brush application shall be rejected.



All works shall be carried out in proper manner. Items of works not covered by the following shall be carried out as per best practice according to directions of the Engineer-in-Charge and to his satisfaction. Unless otherwise specified in this section or in the description of item, the cost of all stages of works mentioned hereunder shall be deemed to have been included in the rates of items provided in the Schedule.

B—1 (a) Excavations of Foundation and Filling up Trenches:

(i) Foundation when excavated to the level shown in the drawing will be shown to the Engineer-in- Charge and if on account of bad ground or for any reason whatsoever he decides to go deeper with the foundation, the contractor shall excavate further to the depths required by the Engineer-in-Charge. In no case shall the foundation soling or concrete be laid prior to receiving orders to that effect from the Engineer-in-Charge or his authorized representative.

(ii) Excavating shall include throwing the excavated earth at least one metre or half the depth of excavation, whichever is more, clear of the edge.

(iii) The excavated areas around the foundation of structures are to be filled up properly to the required levels with earth obtained from excavation or other materials as directed, well rammed with water and consolidated in layers not exceeding 150 mm. at a time. The quantity for this item of work will be measured on the basis of quantity of excavation paid for less the volume occupied by the structure in foundation.

(b) Shoring:

(i) For loose earth and when the depth of excavation exceeds 3 metres, poling boards (vertical members) of 50 to 75 mm. in thickness and 175 to 225 mm. in width preferably of Sal-wood to be placed close together and to be driven about 300 mm. in ground below the bottom of the trench with intermediate salbullah piling of diameter not less than 100 mm. at the rate of 900 to 1000 mm. center to center to be placed in between the vertical surface of trench and the poling boards and double struts of sal-bullah of not less than 100 mm. in diameter between two wallings (horizontal member) of 250  mm. in width and 75 mm. in thickness held horizontally between them.

(ii) For medium clay and when the depth of excavation exceeds 2 metres but not exceeds 3 metres single struts will be provided and sal-bullah pilling may not be placed. Other requirements are to be satisfied as (i) above.

(iii) For stiff clay or dry clay and when the excavation is within 2 metres, vertical poling boards will be placed at the rate of 600 to 1000 mm. apart with or without walling pieces; but single or double strutting will be provided. Other requirements are to be satisfied as per (i) above.

B-2 Lime Terracing:

Lime terracing on roof shall be composed of brick aggregate of 25 mm. (nominal) size unless otherwise specified, surki and Bisra or Satna lime in the specified proportion.

Lime concrete shall be laid (and not thrown) in a single layer and spread and rammed, with wooden rammers of weight not exceeding 2 kg. to the specified average thickness, slopes and levels.

The concrete shall be used when it is quite fresh. Concrete left over from the previous day‘s work shall in no circumstances be used. During this preliminary ramming the surface shall be tested and kept perfectly true to slope, line and level and even by means of a trowel, straight edge and spirit level. The concrete shall then be further consolidated by two rows of labourers sitting close and beating the concrete in union with wooden thappies (weight 1 to 2 kg.) across the entire width of the roof and thus slowly traversing the length of the roof. Special care shall be taken to consolidate the concrete properly at its junction with the parapet wall. This beating shall be continued for three to four days or more until the mortar is almost set and the wooden thappies rebound from the surface readily when struck on it, causing a ringing sound to emit.

During the operation of mixing, ?Kunji? water is to be sprinkled and allowed to soak well in. Lime water must be continuously sprinkled on the terracing to keep it wet whilst being beaten. The mortar which comes to the surface of the terracing during the beating shall be rendered smooth and finished off with lime rubbing and afterwards with oil. Concrete shall be kept wet after each day‘s work by spreading straw and watering very frequently, so as to ensure thorough setting of the concrete.

Mouths of rain water pipes shall be properly finished as per direction. The slope of the finished terrace shall not be less than 1in 48 unless a flatter slope is desired by the Engineer-in-Charge. The roof surface shall slope from all sides towards the outlets. The minimum thickness of concrete at junction with parapet shall be 75 mm. and shall be rounded. The concrete should be leak-proof and free from cracks.

Payment will be made on the basis of average finished thickness after consolidation.

B-3 Cement concrete Works (Plain or Reinforced):

(i) Shuttering and Staging:

Wherever necessary, shuttering and staging must be provided. Unless  otherwise stated no payment will be made for such shuttering or staging and the cost thereof will be deemed to have been covered by the rate for relevant finished item of work. Where payment for shuttering has been specified, the rate shall be deemed to cover the cost of the necessary staging as well. Payment, if any, for shuttering will be on the basis of surface area of shuttering in actual contact with concrete.

Shuttering may be of approved dressed timber true to line, not less than 25 mm. thick. Surface to be in contact with concrete are to be planed smooth except where otherwise stated. As an alternative, sufficiently rigid steel shuttering may be used. In every case, joints of the shuttering are to be such as to prevent the loss of liquid from concrete. In timber shuttering the joints must be perfectly closed and the entire shuttering surface shall be covered with polythene sheets of approved quality. In case of

steel shuttering also the joints are to be similarly lined.

All shuttering and framing must adequately be stayed and braced to the satisfaction of the Engineering- Charge for properly supporting the concrete during the period of hardening. It shall be so constructed that it may be removed without shock or vibration to the concrete.

Before the concrete is placed, the shuttering shall, if considered necessary be coated with and approved preparation for preventing the adhesion of the concrete to the moulds, and it is to be of such a nature and so applied that the surface of the finished concrete is not stained. Care shall also be taken that such approved preparation shall be kept out of contact with the reinforcement.

In no circumstances shall forms be struck until the concrete reaches strength of at least twice the stress of which the concrete may be subjected at the time of striking.

Interior of all moulds and boxes must be thoroughly washed out with a hosepipe or otherwise so as to be perfectly clean and free from all extraneous matter prior to the deposition of concrete.

All form works shall be removed without shock or vibration. Before the form work is stripped, the concrete surface shall be exposed where necessary in order to ascertain that the concrete has hardened sufficiently. In normal weather and with ordinary cement, vertical or side shuttering may be removed after three days and the bottom shuttering of horizontal members after fourteen days in case of slabs and twenty one days in case of beams and cantilevers etc. from the date of placing the last portion of the concrete in the structure. The above are the minimum and may be extended if found necessary. Before stripping the shuttering of structural members the contractor shall take prior per mission of the Engineering- Charge or his representative.

No plugs, bolts, ties, hold fasts or any other appliances whatsoever for the purpose of supporting the shuttering are to be fixed in the structure or placed in such a way that damage might result to the work in removing the same when the shuttering is struck.

(ii) Scaffolding:

The scaffolding must be strong and rigid stiffened with necessary cross bracers and always decked and boarded on the sills with close boarded veiling and swings to prevent any injury to persons or materials. The contractor shall have to allow other traders to make reasonable use of his scaffolding as and when directed by the Engineer-in-Charge.

If for the interest of the work contractors have to erect scaffolding in other‘s properties including local bodies or corporation, the arrangement for the same including the cost of licensing fees etc. shall have to be borne by the contractor and the department should be kept free from any liability on this account.

(iii) Mixing, Placing and Compacting:

The proportion specified is by volume in dry rodded condition of the different constituents.

Boxes of suitable sizes shall be used for measuring sand and aggregate. The unit of measurement for cement shall be bag of cement weighing 50 Kg. and this shall be taken as 0.035 cubic metre while measuring the aggregate, shaking, ramming or hammering shall not be done. The proportioning of sand shall be on the basis of its dry volume and in case of damp sand allowances for bulkage be made. The aggregate in each batch of concrete are to be proportioned as to contain full bags of cement.

Normally all structural concrete shall be mixed in mixture machine in appropriate proportion, shall have to be vibrated with suitable vibrator. Mixing shall be continued until there is uniform distribution of the materials and the mass is uniform in colour and consistency, but in no case mixing shall be done for less than two minutes. The rates appearing in the Schedule of Rates against such items are inclusive of hire and operational charges of such appliances. For a particular job the Engineer-in- Charge may  allow hand mixing and or hand tapping of concrete In case of hand mixing concrete, extra cement up to 10% over the standard requirement of cement for machine mix of particular mix shall have to be provided by the contractor at his own cost

As the bulking of sand may vary from day to day and at different parts of the day on account of varying moisture content, frequent tests for bulking shall be carried out with the sand to be used and amount of bulking allowed for in the field mix so as to keep the actual proportion constant through- out.

Only such quantities as are required for immediate use are to be mixed at any one time. Sufficient water is to be added to obtain proper workability so that the mixture may flow readily round the reinforcement and into every part of the moulds. The workability shall be measured by the amount of slump.

The quantity of water to be used for each mix of 50 kg cement to give the required consistency shall not be more than 34 litres for 1:3:6 mix, 32 litres for 1:2:4 mix, 30 litres for 1:11/2:3 mix and 27 litres for 1:1:2 mix. In the case of vibrated concrete, the limit specified may be suitably reduced to avoid segregation.

Nominal Mix

 Concrete may be used for concrete of M20 or lower. The proportions of materials for nominal mix concrete shall be in accordance with the following table.

Proportions for Nominal Mix Concrete

Grade of Concrete

Total Quantity of Dry Aggregate by Mass per 50 kg of Cement, to be Taken as the Sum of the Individual Masses of fine and Coarse Aggregate. Kg. max.

Proportion of Fine Aggregate to Coarse Aggregate (by Mass)

Quantity of Water per 50 Kg of Cement, KG Max.


M 7.5

M 10








Generally 1;2 but Subject to an upper limit of 1: 11/2 and Lower of 1:21/2







The proportion of the aggregates should be adjusted from upper limit to lower limit progressively as the grading of the aggregates becomes finer and the maxirnum size of coarse aggregate become larger. Graded coarse aggregate shall be used.


For an average of fine aggregate (that is, Zone II). The proportions shall be 1:½, 1:2 and 1:2½ for maximum size of aggregates 10 mm, 20 mm and 40 mm respectively.

The total water content in each batch of concrete shall always be kept constant as the amount previously determined by experiments. The quantity of water to be actually added may, therefore, vary depending on moisture content in the aggregates. In actual job, if the quantities of the ingredients remain constant, the amount of slump may be taken as a good guide indicating the total water content in the mixture. The consistency and consequently the water content of the concrete shall therefore be kept constant and checked from time to time as work proceeds, by means of standard slump test. The slump tests shall be carried out with concrete immediately after it has been mixed and before any initial set has commenced, the sample being taken preferably at the point where the concrete is being delivered for placing in the moulds.

The mould shall then be removed by rising vertically immediately after filling. The moulded concrete shall then be allowed to subside and the height of the specimen measured after coming to rest.

The consistency shall be recorded in terms of millimeters of the subsidence of the specimen during the test, which is known as slump.

The following slumps shall be adopted for different works.


Type of Work




When vibrator are used

When vibrators are not used


Mass concrete in foundation footings, retaining walls and pavements.


10 to 25 mm

50 to 75 mm.


Mass concrete in RCC foundation, footing and retaining walls


10 to 25 mm

80 mm


Beams, slabs and columns simply reinforced


25 to 40 mm

100 to 125mm


Thin RCC section or section with congested steel


40 to 50 mm

125 to 150 mm

 I. S.: 456-2000 allows use of nominal mix of concrete upto grade M20 and may be allowed in works at the discretion of Engineer-in-Charge and will be guided by the provision of IS 456-2000. For grade of concrete above M20, design mix has to be adopted. For determination of mix proportion for design mix concrete, the target strength should be higher than the specified characteristic strength to ensure that characteristic strength is attained at 28 days at site. According to Explanatory Hand Book on IS 456-1978 (S.P. 24—1983)

Target Strength =Characteristic strength + 1.65 x standard deviation.

Standard deviation for different grades of concrete in absence of any test may be taken as per IS: 456 — 2000 as follows:

Grade of Concrete

Assumed Standard Deviation N/mm2











Once the target strength of cube moulds with specific mix design is obtained in the laboratory, it may be inferred that the corresponding characteristic strength of concrete, prepared with the materials used in the test mould(s) cured under identical condition as that of the test specimen, shall be obtained at site at 28 days. The Explanatory Hand Book on IS: 456—1978 (S.P.-24-1983) provides an approximate formula for expressing the strength of concrete at age?t‘ (in days)

ft = t xf28 where f 28 is the strength at 28 days

ft = strength of concrete at any age ?t‘ (in days), a = 4.7 and b =0.833


The concrete shall be deemed to comply with the strength requirements when both the following conditions are met:

The mean strength determined from any group of four non overlapping consecutive test results complies with the appropriate limits, in Col. 2 of following table.

Any individual test result complies with the appropriate limits in Col. 3 of following table.

Characteristic Compressive Strength Compliance Requirement

Specified Grade

Mean of the Group of 4 Non- Overlapping Consecutive Test Results in N/mm2

Individual Test Result in N/mm2


= fck + 0.825 x established standard deviation (rounded off to nearest 0.5 N/mm2)


f ck + 3 N/mm2

Whichever is greater

= fck – 3 N/mm2

M 20 or above

= fck + 0.825 x established standard deviation (rounded off to nearest 0.5 N/mm2)


f ck + 4 N/mm2

Whichever is greater



In the absence of established value of standard deviation, the values given in relevant Table may be assumed, and attempt should be made to obtain results of 30 samples as early as possible to establish value of standard deviation.

Concrete of each grade shall be assessed separately. Concrete shall be assessed daily for compliance.

Providing a proper construction joint; (iii) the reinforcement has been displaced beyond the tolerances specified; or (iv) construction tolerances have not been met. However, the hardened concrete may be accepted after carrying out suitable remedial measures to the satisfaction of the Engineer-in-Charge.

Frequency of sampling:

Sampling Procedure—a random sampling procedure shall be adopted to ensure that each concrete batch shall have a reasonable chance of being tested; that is, the sampling should be spread over the entire period of concreting and cover all mixing units.


The minimum frequency of sampling of concrete of each grade shall be in accordance with the following:

Quantity of Concrete in the Work, Cum.

Number of Samples





51 and above





4 Plus one additional Sample for each additional 50 m3 or part thereof.


The test specimens shall be made from each sample for testing at 28 days. Additional cubes may be required for various purposes such as to determine the strength of concrete at 7 days or at the time of striking the form work, or to determine the duration of curing, or to check the testing error. Additional cubes may also be required for testing cubes cured by accelerated methods as described in IS: 9013—1978. The specimen shall be tested as described in IS: 516-1959.


The test strength of the samples shall be the average of the strength of three specimens. The individual variation should not be more than ± 15 percent of the average.

Concrete shall be handled from the place of mixing to the place of final deposit as rapidly as practicable by methods which will prevent the segregation or loss of the ingredients. It shall be deposited as nearly as practicable in the final position to avoid re-handling or flowing. Unless specially permitted by the Engineering- Charge, concrete shall not be dropped freely from a height of more than 2 metres. Before placing the concrete, the moulds should be cleaned of shavings, pieces of wood or other rubbish.

When placing the concrete the finer materials must be carefully worked against the moulds so that the faces of concrete shall be left perfectly smooth and free from honey-combing upon withdrawal of the moulds. Any defect in this respect must be dealt with by the contractor as directed by the Engineer-in-Charge without any extra charges thereof.

When placing the concrete the finer materials must be carefully worked against the moulds so that the faces of concrete shall be left perfectly smooth and free from honey-combing upon withdrawal of the moulds. Any defect in this respect must be dealt with by the contractor as directed by the Engineer-in-Charge without any extra charges thereof.

During placing and also immediately after deposition, the concrete shall be thoroughly compacted by ramming, spearing etc. until it has been made to penetrate and fill all the spaces between and around the steel rods, around embedded fixtures, and into the corners of formwork in such a manner as to ensure a solid mass entirely free from voids. If so directed by the Engineer-in-Charge, in addition to usual  ramming, spearing etc. sufficient number and suitable type of vibrators may have to be used on important jobs to enable working with homogeneity It is imperative that the work should be done quickly as well as efficiently and adequate numb of

hands must therefore be employed to ensure this.

Concrete shall be placed and compacted in its final position before setting has commenced and shall not subsequently be disturbed.

Concreting shall be carried out continuously up to construction joints, the position and arrangement of which shall be predetermined by the Engineer-in-Charge or his representative. Any rest, pauses, such as for meal, shall also be subject to his approval. All concreting work should be so programmed as not to necessitate work at night. If for any reason this becomes imperative, the contractor shall obtain previous permission of the Engineer-in-Charge or representative and make proper lighting arrangements, at own cost, to his satisfaction.

(iv) Protection and Curing:

The contractor shall adequately protect freshly laid concrete, about 1 to 2 hours after its laying from too rapid drying due to sunshine, drying winds etc. and also from rains or surface water and shocks. About 24 hours after laying of concrete, the surface shall be cured by flooding with water of minimum 25 mm. depth or by covering with wet absorbent materials. The curing shall be done for a minimum period of 7 days. Over the foundation concrete the masonry work may be started after 48 hours of its laying, but the curing of cement concrete shall be continued along with masonry work for a minimum period of 7 days.

In case of cement concrete used as sub-grade for flooring, the flooring may be commenced with 48 hours of the laying of sub-grade. In case it is not possible to do so due to exigencies of work. the subgrade shall be roughened with steel wire brush without disturbing the concrete, wetted with neat cement slurry at the rate of 1.75 kg of cement per square metre applied to the base before laying floor, and full rate of artificial stone flooring/mosaic will be paid with the specific orders of the Engineer-in-Charge. The curing to be continued along with top layer of flooringfor a minimum period of 7 days.

(v) Construction Joints

 All joints in slabs and other horizontal members are to be formed by inserting vertical boards against which the concrete deposited can be properly rammed. The position where such joints may be made will be indicated by the Engineer-in-Charge or his representative.

In the case of horizontal joint any excess mortar or laitance shall be moved from the surface after the concrete is deposited and before it has set.

When the work has to be commenced on a surface which has hardened, such surface shall be well roughened and all laitance removed; the surface shall then be swept clean, thoroughly wetted and covered with a thin layer of mortar composed of equal volumes of cement and sand. Such works shall be deemed to be covered by the rates for concrete.

(vi) Minimum Crushing Strength:

For major RCC work, (where concrete is specified by strength) the mix should not be leaner than 1:11/ :3 so as to give ultimate crushing strength not less than 25 N/Sq. mm. at 28 days cured under field condition. The mix for the concrete is to be so adopted and the slump is to be so allowed as to give specified strength and proper workability at the existing site conditions. Contractor shall remain fully responsible for producing concrete of specified strength in the actual job and therefore cast at his own cost test specimens of 15 cm. Cube as already specified during work and cure the same in similar way as for laid concrete being tested for strength. Each set of test specimen shall be taken to cover the quantity of concrete laid on the job during the period from the time of taking the previous set of specimens and the quantity will be estimated by the Engineer-in-Charge from records maintained by him.

The interior surface of the mould and base plate shall be lightly oiled before the concrete is placed in the mould.

(a) Compacting

The test specimens shall be made as soon as practicable after mixing and in such a way as to produce full compaction of the concrete with neither segregation nor excessive laitance. The concrete shall be filled into the mould in layers approximately 5 cm deep. In placing each scoopful of concrete, the scoop shall be moved around the top edge of the mould as the concrete slides from it, in order to ensure a symmetrical distribution of the concrete within the mould. Each layer shall be compacted either by hand or by vibration. After the top layer has been compacted, the surface of the concrete shall be finished level with the top of the mould, using a trowel, and covered with a glass or metal plate to prevent evaporation.

Compacting by Hand - When compacting by hand, the standard tamping bar shall be used and the strokes of the bar shall be distributed in a uniform manner over the cross—section of the mould. The number of strokes per layer required to produce specified conditions will vary according to the type of concrete. For cubical specimens, in no case shall the concrete be subjected to less than 35 strokes per layer for 15 cm cubes or 25 strokes per layer for 10 cm cubes. For cylindrical specimens, the number of strokes shall not be less than 30 per layer. The strokes shall penetrate into the underlying layer and the bottom layer shall be rodded throughout its depth. Where voids are left by the tamping bar, the sides of the mould shall be tapped close the voids.

(b) When the job concrete is placed by vibration and consistency of the concrete is such that the test specimens cannot be properly moulded by hand rodding as described under (a) above, the specimens shall be vibrated to give a compaction corresponding to that of the job concrete. The fresh concrete shall be placed in the mould in two layers, each approximately half the volume of mould. In placing each scoopful of concrete, the scoop shall be moved around the top edge of the mould as the concrete there slides from it, in order to ensure a symmetrical distribution of concrete within the mould. Either internal or external vibrator may be used. The vibration of each layer shall not be continued longer than what is necessary to secure the required density. Internal vibrators shall be of appropriate size and shall penetrate only the layer to be compacted. In compacting the first layer, the vibrators  shall not be allowed to rest on the bottom of the mould. In placing the concrete for the top layer, the mould shall be filled to the extent that there will be no mortar loss during vibration. After vibrating the second layer, enough concrete shall be added to bring the level above the top of the mould. The surface of the concrete shall then be struck off with a trowel and covered with a class or steel plate as specified under.

(a) above. The whole process of moulding shall be carried out in such a manner as to preclude the alternation of water cement ratio of the concrete by loss of water either by leakage from the bottom or overflow from the top of the mould.


 The test specimens shall be stored on the site at a place free from vibration, under damp matting, sacks or other similar material for 24 hours ±½ hour from the time of adding the water to the other ingredients. The temperature of the place of storage shall be within the range of 220 to 320C. After the period of 24 hours, they shall be marked for later identification removed from the moulds and unless required for testing within 24 hours, stored in clean water at a temperature of 240 C to  300C until they are transported to the testing laboratory. They shall be sent to the testing laboratory well packed in damp sand, damp sacks, or other suitable material so as to arrive there in a damp condition not less than24 hours before the time of test. On arrival at the testing laboratory, the specimens shall be stored in water at a temperature of 270 ±20C until the time of rest, records of the daily maximum and minimum temperature shall be kept during the period of the specimens remain on the site and in the laboratory.

After curing, the specimen suitably marked and properly wrapped shall be made over to the Engineering- Charge or his representative who will arrange to have them tested at 28 days from the date of casting. If there be any delay for any reason whatsoever the result of the test shall nevertheless be valid and will be applicable as per rules in each case for all test specimens ns whatsoever. The contractor shall be responsible for proper packing of the specimens at his own cost, for safe and convenient transport of the same from the site to the testing laboratory. The cost of testing the test moulds and other charges including cost of carriage of the test moulds from the work site to the particular laboratory (both ways) and other incidental charges in this connection will have to be borne by contractor.

In case of concrete showing, on the result of the cube tests, strength less than that specified in (a) and (b) of the Acceptance Criteria but has a strength greater than (c) & (d) of the said Acceptance Criteria concrete may, at the discretion of the Engineer-in-Charge, be accepted as being structurally adequate without further testing.

If the concrete is deemed not to comply pursuant to (c) &. (d) of the Acceptance Criteria, the Structural adequacy of the parts affected may be investigated as per provision of I.S. 456-latest revision i.e. core test and/ or load test, as the case may be before rejection on the application of the Contractor with the undertaking to bear the cost of such tests. If the strength of concrete is such that it satisfies provisions made in relevant of 16.3.3 and/or sub-clause 16.5.3 of I.S. 456-1978, concrete in the member  represented by such tests shall be considered acceptable but the Engineer-in-Charge shall have the full power to fix the rate of deduction @ Rs.200/- per cubic metre.

In case the test results do not satisfy the relevant requirement of the preceding paragraph, the volume of concrete so deficient shall be deemed to be un-acceptable and shall be removed from the structure and replaced by fresh concrete to specified strength and the contractor shall, in that case, have to carry out the instruction of the Engineer-in-Charge irrespective of the amount of loss, inconvenience and difficulties involved.

The contractor shall remain liable to act/to carry out instructions under the provision of this clause, notwithstanding issuing of any certificate or the passing of any bills or accounts by the Engineer-in- Charge.

(vii) Rehabilitation of Concrete For rehabilitation of Concrete Structures the following essential steps are to be followed.

To remove the loose concrete/plaster until hard and sound surface is exposed.

To remove all rusts by wire brush or sand blasting.

To apply two coats of cement based Polymer modified anti corrosive protective coating to exposed reinforcement (manufacture‘s specification is to be strictly followed).

If diameter of bar is reduced by more than 25%, additional bar equivalent to 50% area of existing bar is to be added by lapping/welding as deemed fit by Design wing.

(i) The exposed hard concrete surface is to be saturated with clean water and a bond coat of Cement slurry duly admixed with water resistant bonding agent.

(ii) For concrete beam /column if found necessary by Engineer-in-Charge the surface may be treated by epoxy based reactive agent for jointing fresh concrete with old surface.

In both cases manufacturer‘s specification is to be strictly followed. It is desirable that representative of the manufacturer supervises the special job and certify that the work is done as per specification.

(i) For Slab / Chhaja / Weatherboard: To fill up the removed part of Concrete / Plaster wfrietshh Concrete / Plaster admixed with the water resistant bonding agent as per Manufacturer‘s specification within the time the bond coat remains fresh or tacky. The admixed material shall have to be applied within 30 minutes of preparation or as specified in literature.

(ii) For Beams / Columns: To fill up the removed part of concrete with fresh concrete with water proofing plasticising admixture as per manufacturer‘s specification.

To cure the concrete surface for 3 days.

B-4 1st Class Brickwork:

Cement mortar shall be prepared by mixing sand and cement in specified proportion. Sand shall be measured on the basis of its dry volume. In case of damp sand, its quantity shall be increased suitably to allow for bulkage.

Brick shall be laid in English bond. The brick shall be laid by layering method. A layer of mortar shall be spread on full width for suitable length of the lower courses. Each brick shall first be laid so as to project over the one below. Both at the end and at the side, then pressed into the mortar and shoved into final position so as to embed the brick and to fill its inside face fully with mortar. Cut bricks shall not be used except where necessary.

The walls shall be taken up true to plumb with plumb bob. The thickness of brick courses shall be kept uniform and for this purpose, wooden straight edge with graduations giving thickness of each brick course including joint shall be used. All courses shall be laid truly horizontal and all vertical joints shall be truly vertical. Vertical joints in alternate course shall come directly one over the other. A set of tools comprising wooden straight edge, mason‘s spirit level, square, half metre rule, line and pins, string and plumb shall be kept for every 3 masons for frequent checking during progress of work. Faces of walls found not in plumb shall be dismantled.

Both the faces of walls of thickness greater than 25 cm. shall be kept in proper plane. All the connected brickwork shall be carried out nearly at one level and no portion of the work shall be left more than 1 metre below the rest of the work. Where this is not possible, the work shall he racked according to bond (and not left toothed) at an angle not steeper than 45°.

Bricks shall be so laid that all joints are quite full of mortar. The thickness of joints shall not exceed 10 mm. Bricks shall be laid with frogs upward except in the top course where frog shall be placed downward. The face joints shall be racked to a minimum depth of 15 mm. by racking tools daily during the progress of work when the mortar is still green, so as to provide key for plaster or pointing to be done. Where plastering or pointing is not required to be done, the joints shall he struck flush and finished at the time of laying.  

The face of brickwork shall be cleaned the very day that brickwork is laid daily and all mortar droppings removed.

Green work shall be protected from rain by suitable covering. The brickwork shall be kept wet for a period of at least 7 days. The top of masonry work shall be left flooded at the close of the day.

Scaffolding shall be sound and strong and holes left in masonry work for supporting the scaffolding shall be filled and made good, before plastering.

B—5 Damp Proof Courses:

This shall be laid to specified thickness over walls for the full thickness of the super structure walls. The surface shall be leveled and prepared before laying the cement concrete. Edges of damp proof course shall be straight, even and vertical. Side shuttering shall consist of wooden form and shall be strong and properly fixed so that it does not get disturbed during compaction and the mortar does not leak through. The concrete mix shall be of workable consistency and shall be tamped thoroughly to make a dense mass. When the sides are removed, the surface should come out smooth without any honey-combing. The damp proof course shall be laid continuous and the surface shall be double chequered. Damp proof course shall be cured for at least seven days, after which it shall be allowed to dry. Water proofing materials of approved quality shall be added to concrete mixture in accordance with the manufacturer‘s specifications starring the quantity for water proofing materials in litres or kg. per 50 kg. of cement and will be paid for separately. Similarly, polymer based paint used under damp proof course as per manufacturer‘s specification shall also be paid separately.

B-6 Cement plaster:

The proportion of mortar of exterior or interior plaster shall be as specified in the items of work.

The plaster shall be of thickness as specified and the surface shall be similarly cured as for cement concrete. The moulding shall be carried out as shown in the drawing and shall be separately measured in overall length unless otherwise specified in the items. Interior corners and edges of openings if so directed by the Engineer-in-Charge shall be rounded off or chamfered with the same mortar for which no extra payment will be allowed. All cement concrete surface should be chipped off properly before taking up the plastering work.

B-7 Artificial Stone Floorings:

The artificial stone flooring shall be laid in panels of shape and size as directed. The casting of the panels will be so programmed as to prevent bonding of the freshly laid panel with adjacent panels.

Unless otherwise specified, the underlay shall be with graded stone chips 12 mm. down, the thickness of topping shall be of 3mm. thick and colouring pigment as may be required shall only be added with the topping. The topping and the underlay shall not be laid in one operation. After laying the ?Underlay‘the surface shall be left out to dry. The topping shall be laid only alter the underlay has sufficiently dried and initially set and after thoroughly brushing with hand wire brush and sweeping clean and after application of slurry. The topping shall be finished with an English trowel and a piece of clean dry linen. During all the stages, the required level shall be carefully observed and maintained. Suitable grading, where required, shall be provided in the flooring for water drainage as directed by the Engineer- in-Charge.

The corner between floor and wall shall be rounded off if so directed by the Engineer-in-Charge for which no separate payment shall be made. All cement concrete surface should be chipped off properly before taking up the flooring work.

B-8 Rain Water Pipes:

The rain water pipes shall be of the materials and of the sizes as specified. All rainwater pipes shall have suitable grating as directed at the inlet opening at roof and shall be fitted and fixed in proper position with necessary offsets, clamps, shoe, Y-junctions and other accessories as required and as directed by the Engineer-in- Charge. The pipes are to be fixed to walls in cement mortar (1: 4 with necessary clamps and nails, suitable teak wood blocks being fixed on the walls to receive the nails. Y- Junction shall be used at the top of the pipe and the vertical leg thereof shall be provided with a cowl. All joints are to be properly packed. In case the hole is made much larger than the size of the pipe, cement concrete (1:2:4) shall be used to fill the annular space. The pipes with fittings etc. are to be painted with 2 coats of paints as approved by the Engineer-in-Charge.

B-9 White Washing, Colour Washing:

Preparation of surface: All surfaces for white washing, colour washing, painting shall be thoroughly brushed free from mortar droppings and foreign matter and prepared to the satisfaction of Engineering- Charge, before application of the treatment.

Before white washing all the nails etc. have to be removed from the walls and all nail or other holes, small depressions or damages in plaster of wall surface shall be filled or repaired to original condition with lime paste.

Old surfaces spoiled by smoke and greasy shoots shall be sprinkled with surki and water and rubbed with brickbats or steel wire brushes or steel scrapers. The surface shall then the broomed to remove all dust and shall be washed with clean water.

Preparation of white wash:

The white washing is to be done with 5 parts of stone lime and one part of shell lime with necessary gum (2 Kg. per Cu.M. of lime) using indigo as necessary and to be mixed as per standard practice.

Preparation of colour wash:

Colour washing shall have a primer of white wash and shall be of shade as approved by the Engineer-in-Charge, sufficient quantity of colour wash enough for complete job shall be prepared in one operation to avoid any difference in shade.

Procedure and preparation of the surface shall be same as in white washing.

Application of white wash and colour wash

The operation for each coat shall consist of four consecutive strokes of the brush, one horizontally from right to left and the next from left to right and the third stroke bottom to upward and the fourth from top to down ward before the previous stroke dries. Each coat shall be allowed to dry before the next coat applied. No portion of the surface shall be left out initially to be patched up later on. The brush shall be dipped in white wash or colour wash, pressed lightly against the wall of the container and then applied by lightly pressing against t h e surface with full swing of hand.

The white wash on ceiling should be done prior to that on walls.

Protective Measures :

Surfaces of doors, windows, floors, articles of furniture, beams, burghas etc. and such other parts of the building not to be white or colour washed shall be protected from being splashed upon. Such surfaces shall be cleaned of white or colour wash splashes, if any

B -10 Dry Distempering:

Dry distemper of approved brand and manufacture shall be used. The shade shall be got approved from the Engineer-in-Charge before application of the distemper. The dry distemper shall be stirred slowly in clean water using 6 deciliters of water per kg. of distemper or as specified by the manufacturer. Warm water shall preferably be used. It shall be allowed to stand for at least 30 minutes (or if practicable over night) before use. The mixture shall be well stirred before and during use to maintain an even consistency.

Distemper shall not be mixed in larger quantity than is actually required for one day‘s work.

Before new work is distempered, the surface shall be thoroughly brushed free from mortar droppings and other foreign matter and sand papered smooth. New plaster surface shall be allowed to dry for at least two months, before applying distemper. In the case of old work, all loose pieces and scales shall be removed by sand papering. The surface shall be cleaned of all grease, dirt etc. Pitting in plaster shall be made good with plaster of paris mixed with dry distemper of the colour to be used. The surface shall then be rubbed down again with a fine grade Sand paper and made smooth. A coat of the distemper shall be applied over the patches. The surface shall be allowed to dry thoroughly before the regular coat of distemper is applied. The priming coat of whiting shall be applied and no white washing coat shall be used as a priming coat for distemper.

Whiting (ground white chalk) shall be dissolved in sufficient quantity of warm water and thoroughly stirred to form thin slurry which shall then be screened through a clean coarse cloth, Two kg. of gum and 0.4 kg. of copper sulphate dissolved separately in hot water be added for every Cu.m. of the slurry which shall then be diluted with water to the consistency of milk so as to make as wash ready for use. The treated surface shall be allowed to dry before distemper coat is given. In the case of new work, the treatment shall consist of a priming coat of whiting followed by the application of two or more  oats of distemper till the surface shows an even colour. For old work the surface is to be prepared as described above and one or more coats of distemper shall be applied till the surface attains an even colour. The application of each coat shall be as follows: The entire surface shall be coated with the mixture uniformly, with proper distemper brushes (ordinary white wash brushes shall not be allowed) in horizontal strokes followed immediately by vertical ones which together shall constitute one coat. The subsequent coats shall be applied only after the previous coat has dried. The finished surface shall be even and uniform and shall show no brush marks. Enough distemper shall be mixed  to finish one room at a time. The application of a coat in each room shall be finished in one operation and no work shall be started in any room, which cannot be completed the same day. After each day‘s work, the brushes shall be washed in hot water and hung down to dry. Old brushes which are dirty or caked with distemper shall not be used.

B-11 Painting

All surfaces for painting shall be properly sand papered and cleaned and where necessary good quality putty shall be used to hide all holes, cracks, open joints etc. The rate for painting includes such work.

Paint shall be applied with approved brushes and surfaces shall be sand papered after every coat. All work when completed shall present a smooth, clean solid and uniform surface, to the satisfaction of the Engineer-in-Charge.

Primer: All surfaces for painting, if they are new, should have a coat of priming before application of the paint. Old surfaces where existing paints have been completely worn out owing to long use should also receive a coat of priming before application of fresh painting.

(i) Wood primer: Wood primer of approved brand and manufacture is to be applied on the wooden surface, which would be free from moisture and loose particles.

(ii) Steel Primer: For steel surface red oxide primer, zinc chromate primer of approved brand and manufacture and as per direction of the Engineer-in-Charge is to be applied on the surface. The surface should be made free of grease, rust, moisture and loose particles.

Acrylic Primer Coat (solvent based Primer) :

Acrylic primer coat is to be used as base coat on wall finish of cement, lime or lime cement plaster surface before application of any wall coating e.g. distemper, oil based paints, synthetic enamel,  acrylic emulsion etc. on them. Priming coat shall be preferably applied by brushing and not by spraying. Hurried priming shall be avoided particularly on absorbent surface. New plaster patches in old work before applying distemper paints etc. should also be treated with acrylic primer. The surface shall then be allowed to dry for at least 48 hours. It shall then be sand papered to give a smooth and even surface. Any unevenness shall be made good by applying putty, made of plaster of paris mixed with water on the entire surface including filling up the undulation and then Sand papering the same after it is dry. The cement primer shall be applied with a brush on the clean dry and smooth surface. Horizontal strokes shall be given first, vertical strokes shall be applied immediately afterwards. The entire operation will constitute one coat. The surface shall be finished as uniformly as possible leaving no brush marks. It shall be allowed to dry for at least 48 hours before oil bound distemper or paint is applied.

Synthetic Enamel Paint

 Synthetic enamel paint of approved brand and manufacture and of the required shade shall be used for the top coat and an undercoat of shade to match the coat as recommended by the manufacturer shall be used. Undercoat of the specified paints of shade suited to the shade of the top coat shall be applied and allowed to dry overnight. It shall be rubbed next day with the fine grade of wet abrasive paper to ensure a smooth and even surface free from brush marks and all loose particles dusted off. Top coats of specified paint of the desired shade shall be applied after the undercoat is thoroughly dry. Additional finishing coats shall be applied if found necessary to ensure properly uniform glossy surface.

Aluminium Paint:

Aluminium paint of approved brand and manufacture shall be used. The paint comes in compact dual containers with the paste and the medium separately. The two shall be mixed together to proper consistency before use. Each coat shall be allowed to dry for 24 hours and lightly rubbed down with fine grade sand paper and dusted before the next coat is applied.   The finished surface shall present an even and uniform appearance. As aluminium paint is likely to settle in the container, care shall be taken to frequently stir the paint during use. The paint shall be applied and laid off quickly, as surface is otherwise not easily finished.

d) Interior Acrylic Emulsion Paint:

Acrylic emulsion paint are not suitable for application on external surface and surface which are liable to heavy condensation and are be used generally on internal surface. For plastered  surfaces a cement priming coat is required before application of acrylic emulsion. Acrylic emulsion paint of approved brand and manufacture and of the required shade shall be used. The paint will be applied in the usual manner with brush or roller. The paint dries by evaporation of the water content and as soon as the water has evaporated the film gets hard and the next coat can be applied. The time for drying varies from one hour on absorbent surfaces to 2 to 3 hours on non-absorbent surfaces. The thinning of emulsion is to be done with water and  not with turpentine. Thinning with water will be particularly required for the undercoat, which is applied on the absorbent surface. The quantity of thinner to be added shall be as per manufacturer‘s instructions. The surface on finishing shall present a flat, velvety, smooth finish. If necessary more coats will be applied till the surface present a uniform appearance.


(i) Old brushes if they are to be used with emulsion paints should be completely dried of turpentine or oil paints by washing in warm soap water. Brushes should be quickly washed in water, immediately after use and kept immersed in water during break periods to prevent the paint from hardening on the brush.

(ii) In the preparation of walls for Acrylic emulsion painting, an oil base putty shall be used in filling cracks, holes etc.

(iii) Splashes in floor etc. shall be cleaned out without delay as they will be difficult remove after hardening.

(iv) Washing of surfaces treated with emulsion paints shall not be done within 3 to 4 weeks of application.

(e) Varnishing:

Varnish for the undercoat shall be a flatting varnish of the same manufacture as the top coats. New wood work to be varnished shall be finished smooth with a carpenter‘s plane. Knots shall be cut to a slight depth. Cracks and holes shall be cleaned of dust. The knots, cracks etc. shall then be filled in with wood putty. The varnish shall be applied liberally with a full brush and spread evenly with short light strokes to avoid frothing. If the work is vertical the varnish shall be crossed and re-crossed and then laid off, the later being finished on the upstroke so that varnish, as it sets, flows down and eliminates brush marks. The above process will constitute one coat. If the surface is horizontal, varnish shall be worked in every direction with light quick strokes and finished in one definite direction so that it will set without showing brush marks. Rubbing down and fatting the surface shall be done after each coat except the final coat with fine sand paper. The work shall be allowed to dry away from draughts and damp air. The finished surface shall then present a uniform appearance and fine glossy surface free from streaks, blisters etc. Any varnish left over in the small container shall not be poured back into the stock tin, as it will render the latter unfit for use. Special fine haired varnishing brush shall be used and not ordinary paint brushes. Brushes shall be well worn and perfectly clean.

(f)Oiling with Raw Linseed Oil:

Raw linseed oil shall be lightly viscous but clear and of a yellowish colour with light brown tinge. Its specific gravity at a temperature of 300 C shall be between 0.293 and 0.298. The oil shall be mellow and sweet to the taste with very little smell. The oil shall be of sufficiently matured quality. Oil turbid or thick, with acid and bitter taste and rancid odour and which remains sticky for a considerable time shall be rejected. The oil shall be of approved brand and manufacture. The wood work shall be cleaned of all smoke and water and completely dried. The oil shall be applied freely with brushes (not rags) and spread evenly and smooth until no more oil is absorbed. Each subsequent coat shall be applied after the previous coat is thoroughly dried and in any case not before 24 hours of application of the first coat. Work after completion shall not be patchy and sticky to the touch and shall present a uniform appearance.

(g)   Wax Polishing

 Wax polishing shall be done with material of approved brand and manufacture. Preparation of surface will be same as for varnishing. The polish shall be applied evenly with a clean soft pad of cotton cloth is such a way that the surface is completely and fully covered.  The surface is then rubbed continuously for half an hour. When the surface is quite dry, a second coat shall be applied in the same manner and rubbed continuously for one hour or until the surface is dry. The final coat shall then be applied and rubbed for two hours (more if necessary) until the surface has assumed a uniform gloss and is dry, showing no sign of stickiness. The final polish depends largely on the amount of rubbing which should be continuous and with uniform pressure with frequently changes in the direction.

(h)    French Polishing:

Pure shellac varying from pale orange to lemon yellow colour, free from resin or dirt shall be dissolved in methylated spirit at the rate of 150 gm. of shellac to a litre of spirit. Suitable pigment shall be added to get required shade. The surface shall be cleaned. All unevenness shall be rubbed down smooth with sand paper and well dusted. Knots if visible shall be covered with a preparation of red lead and glue size laid on while hot. Holes and indentations on the surface shall be stopped with glazier‘s putty. The surface shall then be given a coat of wood filler made by mixing whiting (ground chalk) in methylated spirit at the rate of 1.4 kg. of whiting per litre of spirit. The surface shall again be rubbed down perfectly smooth with glass paper and wiped clean. A pad of

woolen cloth covered by a fine cloth shall be used to apply the polish. The pad shall be moistened with the polish and rubbed hard on the wood in a series of overlapping circles applying the mixture sparingly but uniformly over the entire area of an even level surface. A trace of linseed oil on the face of the pad facilitates this operation. The surface shall be allowed to dry and the remaining coats applied in the same way. To finish off, the pad shall be covered with a fresh piece of clean fine cotton cloth, slightly damped with methylated spirit and rubbed lightly and quickly with circular motions. The finished surface shall have a uniform texture and high gloss.

B-12 Terrazzo Flooring: (Cast in situ): I.S. 2114-1962

(a) (i) The aggregates used in terrazzo topping shall be marble aggregates of required colour. Marble powder used in terrazzo shall pass through I.S. Sieve 30.

(ii) Aggregates for terrazzo under layer as well as the base concrete shall conform to the requirements of ordinary cement concrete.

Cement used for floor finish work shall be ordinary cement or white cement of approved quality.

Pigments incorporated in terrazzo shall be of approved make & brand and of permanent colour.

The dividing strips may be copper, brass, aluminium, plastic, glass or similar materials. Metallic dividing strips shall have a protective coating of bitumen. The thickness of strip shall not be less than 1.5 mm. and width not less than 20 mm.

(e) (i) The base concrete shall be lean concrete of mix 1:5:10 of lime concrete and thickness shall be not less than 100 mm.

(ii) The cushioning layer shall preferably be lime concrete and thickness shall be no less than 75 mm.

(iii) The under layer shall be of cement concrete of1: 2: 4, size of coarse aggregates not exceeding 12 mm. The thickness of terrazzo topping shall be not less than the following, depending upon the grades and size of chips used.


Grade No.

Size of Chips

Minimum thickness of topping


1 to 2 mm

6 mm


2 to 4 mm



4 to 7 mm

9 mm


7 to 10 mm

12 mm

(f)The mix for terrazzo topping shall consist of cement with or without pigments, marble powder, marble aggregates and water. The proportion of cement and marble powder shall be 3 parts of cement and one part of powder by WEIGHT. For every part of cement marble powder mix, the proportion of aggregates by VOLUME shall be as follows depending upon the size and grade of marble aggregates.

Size of Aggregate

Proportion of aggregate to binder mix

For grades 00,0 and 1

13/4 parts


11/3 parts

g) The Proportion of cement shall be inclusive of any pigments added to cement. The proportions pigments die mixed with ordinary cement or white cement to obtain different colour to the binder, shall be as specified in the following Table:


Pigment to be used

Proportion of pigment

Proportion of Ordinary Portland Cement

Proportion of white cement


Red oxide of iron


15 to 20



Carbons Black


25 to 40



Red oxide



100 to 400


Yellow oxide of iron



100 to 400


Yellow oxide iron



25 to 75

Light Green

Green Chromium Oxide



50 to 100

French Grey



1 to 2


(h) (i) Terrazzo topping shall be laid while the under layer is still plastic, but is hardened sufficiently, normally between 18 and 24 hrs. After the laying of the under layer, terrazzo topping may be laid. A cement slurry, preferably of the same colour as the topping shall be brushed on the surface immediately before laying is commenced. The terrazzo topping shall be compacted thoroughly by tamping or rolling and trowelled smooth. Excessive trowelling or rolling in early stages shall be avoided. The compaction shall ensure that air is cleared from the mix.

(ii) The surface shall be left dry for air curing for duration of 12 to 18 hrs. and then be cured by allowing water to stand in pools over it for a period of not less than 4 days.

(iii) Grinding and polishing may be done either by hand or by machine. The first and second grinding shall be done with carborundum stone of Grit size 60 and 80 respectively. After each grinding, the surface shall be washed clean and grouted with neat cement grout of the same colour (without marble powder) of cream like consistency and then shall be  allowed to dry for 24 hours and wet cured for 4 days. The third grinding shall be done with carborundum stone of Grit size 120 to 150 and the surface shall then be washed clean and allowed to dry for 11 hours and wet cured for 4 days. The fourth grinding shall be done with   carborundum stone of Grit size 320 to 400 and the surface shall then be washed clean and rubbed hard with felt and slightly moistened oxalic acid powder (5 gm of oxalic acid powder per sq.m. of floor area shall be adequate) and finally the surface shall be washed clean with dilute oxalic acid solution and dried.

B-13 Door, Window Frames and Shutters:

(a) Wooden Section:

All doors, window frames must have plaster rabbit 12 mm x 12 mm. and rabbit for receiving shutter at least 15 mm deep. Wood work shall not be painted, oiled or otherwise treated before it has been approved by the Engineer-in-Charge. All portion of timber abutting against or embedded in masonry or concrete shall be painted with boiling coal-tar, before being placed in position. In place of coal-tar, use of approved wood primer shall be permitted. In case of door frames without sills, the vertical members shall be buried in floor 40 mm. deep. Where sills  are provided, these sills shall be sunk in the floor to 40 mm. depth and shall rest on damp-proof course. Sills shall be provided, where so directed. The door frames without sills while being placed in position shall be provided with temporary wooden bracing or dry bricks well wedged between the styles at the sill level. These shall be retained to keep the frames from warping during construction. The frames shall also be protected from damages during construction. The shutters shall be so fixed that while closing, the left hand leaf of the shutter is closed first and the right hand leaf of shutter overlaps on the left hand leaf. The overlapping shall be minimum 20 mm. Solid wood panels shall be made out of one or more pieces of timber of not less than 125 mm. in width. In order to avoid warping, splitting and cracking, normally piece not exceeding 200 mm. in width should be used. When made from more than one piece, the pieces shall be joined with continuous tongued and grooved joints glued together and reinforced with metal dowels. The grains of the solid panel shall run along the longer dimension of the panel. The corners and edges of panels shall be finished as shown in drawings and these shall be feather

tongued into styles and rails. Sash bars shall have mitered joints with styles. In measuring the width and thickness of styles and rails, a tolerance can be allowed up to 1 mm. Styles and rails shall be properly and accurately mortised and tenoned. Rails which are more than 180 mm. in width shall have two tenons. Styles and end rails of shutters shall be made out of one piece only. Lock and intermediate rails exceeding 200 mm. in width may be made out of one or more pieces of timber, but the width of each piece shall not be less than 75 mm. Where more than one piece of timber are used, they shall be joined with a continuous tongued and grooved joint glued together and reinforced with metal dowels at regular intervals not exceeding 200 mm. or pinned with not less than three 40 mm. rust proof pins of the lost heads type. Jointed pieces of timber shall belong to the same pieces. The tenons shall pass clear through styles. When assembling a leaf, styles shall be left projecting as a horn. The styles and rails shall have 12 mm. grooves in paneled portion for the panel to fit in. The joinery work shall be assembled and passed the Engineer-in-Charge and then the joints shall be pressed and secured by bamboo pins of about 6 mm. diameter. The horns of styles shall be sawn off.

Glass panes shall be fixed by wooden beading having mitered joints. A thin layer of putty shall be applied between glass panes and sash bars and also between glass panes and the beading. Fixing of glass panes with simple putty‘ and beads shall not be permitted. Putty shall be prepared by mixing one part white lead with three parts of finely powdered chalk and then adding boiled linseed oil to the mixture to form a stiff paste

(A) Aluminium Sections.

Specifications for different component will be as follows. Any approved/ISl marked Aluminium extruded sections.)

Accessories :

Heavy duty floor spring & top pin assembl

Make : Garnish/Nita/Hardwyn or any

Approved make confirming to IS 6315

EPDM Gasket

Wool Pile


Handle-Standard/ Decorative /Acrylic.

Sundries : Adhesive, Screw, Cleat Angle

B-14 Door, Window Clams or holdfasts:

Unless otherwise specified the clamps shall be fixed to outer side of the frame with screws. For the purpose of receiving clamps a recess of at least 12 mm. deep of suitable size shall be cut into the frame. After fixing the frame true to plumb with the clamps, the exposed face of the clamps shall he covered by a thin wooden covering fixed with screws.

The side of the door, window frames which remains in contact with masonry shall invariably be painted with a protective coat of paint.

B-15 Schedule of Fittings:

(i) Fittings shall be of iron, aluminium or as specified. These shall be well made, reasonably smooth and free from edges, corners, flaws and other defects. Screw holes shall be counter sunk to suit the head of specified wood screws. All hinge pins shall be of steel and their riveted heads shall be well formed.

Iron fitting shall be finished bright or copper oxidised. Brass fittings shall be finished bright (brass), oxidised or chromium—plated (electro-plated) and aluminium fittings shall be finished bright or anodised or as specified. Fittings shall be got approved by the Engineer- in charge before fixing.

(ii) Screws used for fittings shall be of the same metal and finish as the fittings; however anodized brass screws or chromium brass screws shall be used for fixing aluminium fittings.

(iii) Fittings shall be fixed in proper position as shown in the drawings or as directed by the Engineer-in-Charge. These shall be truly vertical or horizontal as the case may be. Screws shall be driven home with screwdriver and not hammered in. Recesses shall be cut to exact size and depth for the counter -sinking of hinge.

B-16 Stone Masonry Block Walling:

(i) Considering ease in handling and other requirements, the nominal length and height of the block is kept 300 mm. and 150 mm. respectively with the widths as 200, 150 and 100 mm. respectively. The actual block dimensions are short by 10 mm. to accommodate mortar joint thickness. These blocks weigh from 9 to 18 kg each. The stone masonry blocks are made from large size stone pieces bound together with lean cement concrete mix 1:5:8 (cement, sand, stone aggregate 10 mm down). The stone piece sizes vary from 50 to 260 mm. To impart good workability and bond, the sand should be well graded and should have tiny particles (15 to 20%) passing I.S. sieve no. 300 micron and 5 to 15% passing I.S. sieve no 150 micron in area. Where fly ash is available, this may be used as substitute for the fine particles of sand, provided good workability and plasticity in such lean concrete is achieved to the desired extent and in such case of using of fly ash, lesser cost of production of masonry stone block may be achieved.

(ii) Stone masonry blocks are prepared in the following stages (a) Stone pieces are arranged in mould (b) concrete (1:5:8) is filled around stone pieces in first layer (c) Second layer of stone pieces is laid then (d) Concrete (1.5:8) is filled up to top.

Demoulding of such blocks follows soon after 3 to 7 minutes of its casting. The moulded blocks are cured by frequent sprinkling of water over the stacks for 2 weeks and are cured for another 2 weeks before laying them in wall.

For quality control, testing of two blocks out of every 500 blocks for compressive strength

after providing proper capping as per test procedure laid down in I.S.-2185 of 1967, from

(1:5:8) lean concrete stone masonry block (290 mm x 190 mm.) and thickness 140 mm is

desired. Average ultimate crushing load for such block in tons is to be 38 and its average

compressive strength thus stands at 69 kg/sq. cm.

(iii) The blocks are used both for load bearing and non-load bearing walls. Permissible stresses in the masonry are taken from the I.S. Code 1969 of 69 ?Structural safety of building – masonry walls.

As cutting of the these blocks is not recommenced all length of walls, openings, spaces between openings etc. shall be in multiple of 100 mm. and all height shall be multiple of course height

Wall thickness is decided based on the strength of the blocks and the load coming over it. The blocks should be dry at the time of laying in the masonry. If the climate is not dry, the blocks may be wetted on the surface only in order to reduce the suctioning of water from the mortar. For breaking of vertical joints in alternate course, smaller length blocks (depending upon the wall length) are used. The external surface is finished with designable pointing; the internal face may or may not be plastered.




Before beginning the actual demolition work, a careful study shall be made of the structure which is to be pulled down and also of all its surroundings to ascertain how far the stage by stage demolition will affect the safety of the adjoining structure. A definite plan of procedure for the demolition work, depending upon the manner in which the loads off the various structural parts are supported, shall be prepared and approved by the Engineer-in-Charge and this shall be followed as closely as possible,  in actual execution of the demolition work.

It should be ensured that the demolition operations do not, at any stage, endanger the safety of the adjoining buildings. Moreover, the nuisance effect of the demolishing work on the use of the adjacent buildings should be kept to the minimum.

No structure or part of the structure or any floor or temporary support or scaffold, side wall or any device or equipment shall be loaded in excess of the safe carrying capacity, in its then existing condition.


On every demolition job, danger signs shall be posted all around the structure and all doors and openings giving access to the structure shall be kept barricaded or manned except during the actual passage of workmen or equipment. However, provisions shall be made for at least two independent exists for escape of workmen during any emergency.

During nights, red lights shall be placed on or about all the barricades.

All the necessary safety appliances shall be issued to the workers and their use explained. It shall be ensured that the workers are using all the safety appliances while at work

The power on all electrical service lines shall be shut off and all such lines cut or disconnected at or outside the property line, before the demolition work is started. Prior to cutting of such lines, the necessary approval shall be obtained from the electrical authorities concerned. The only exception will be any power lines required for demolition work itself.

Water stream and other service lines shall be shut off and capped or otherwise controlled at or outside the building line, before demolition work is started.


Safety distances to ensure safety of public shall be clearly marked and prominently sign posted. Every sidewalk or road adjacent to the work shall be closed or protected. All main roads, which are open to all, shall be kept open to the public clear and unobstructed at all times. Diversions for pedestrians shall be constructed, where necessary for safety

If the structure to be demolished is more than two storied or 7.5 m high, measured from the side walk or street which cannot be closed or safely diverted, and the horizontal distance from the inside of the sidewalk to the structure is 4.5 m or less, a substantial sidewalk shed shall be constructed over the entire length of the sidewalk adjacent to the structure, of sufficient width with a view to accommodate the pedestrian traffic without causing congestion. The side walk shed shall be lighted sufficiently to ensure safety at all times.

The roof of sidewalk sheds shall be capable of sustaining a load of 73 N/mm2. Only in exceptional cases, say due to lack of other space, the storing of material on a sidewalk shed may be permitted in which case the shed shall be designed for a load of 146 N/mm2. Roof of sidewalk shed shall be designed taking into account the impact of the falling debris. By frequent removal of loads it shall be ensured that the maximum load, at any time, on the roof of work shed is not more than 6000 N/ mm2. The height of sidewalk shed shall be such as to give a minimum clearance of 2.4 m.

Sidewalk shed opening for loading purposes, shall be kept closed at all time except during actual loading operations.

The deck flooring of the sidewalk shed shall consist of plank of not less than 50 mm in thickness closely laid and deck made watertight. All members of the shed shall be adequately braced and connected to resist displacement of members or distortion of framework.

When the horizontal distance from the inside of the sidewalk to the structure is more than 4.5 m and less than 7.5 m, a sidewalk shed or fence with substantial railing shall be constructed on the inside of the sidewalk or roadway along the entire length of the demolition side of the property with movable bars as may be necessary for the proper execution of the work.


Prior to commencement of work, all material of fragile nature like glass shall be removed.

All openings shall be boarded up.

Dust shall be controlled by suitable means to prevent harm to workmen.



If a building has a pitched roof, the structure should be removed to wall plate level by hand methods. Sufficient purloins and bracing should be retained to ensure stability of the remaining roof trusses while each individual truss is removed progressively.

On no account should the bottom tie of roof trusses be cut until the principal rafters are prevented from making out ward movement.


Heavy baulks of timber and steel beams should be supported before cutting at the extremities and should then be lowered gently to a safe working place.


Expert advice should be obtained and, at all stages of the demolition, the closest supervision should be given by persons fully experienced and conversant in this type of work to ensure that the structure is stable at all times.

However, the following points may be kept in view.

On no account should the restraining influence of the abutments be removed before the dead load of the spandrel fill and the arch rings are removed.

A single span arch can be demolished by hand by cutting narrow segments progressively from each springing parallel to the span of the earth, until the width of the arch has been reduced to a minimum which can then be collapsed.

Where deliberate collapse is feasible, the crown may be broken by the demolition ball method working progressively from edges to the centre.

In multi-span arches, before individual arches are removed, lateral restraint should be provided at the springing level. Demolition may then proceed as for single span; where explosives are used it is preferable to ensure the collapse of the whole structure in one operation to avoid the chance of leaving unstable portion standing.


Canopies, cornices, staircases and balconies should be demolished or supported before tailing down load is removed.


Before commencing demolition, the nature and condition of the concrete, the condition and position of reinforcement and the possibility of lack of continuity of reinforcement should be ascertained.

Demolition should be commenced by removing partition and external non-load bearing cladding.


A supporting rope should be attached to the beam. Then the concrete should be removed from both ends by pneumatic drill and the reinforcement exposed. The reinforcement should then be cut in such a way as to allow the beam to be lowered under control to the floor.


The reinforcement should be exposed at the base after restraining wire guy ropes have been placed round the member at the top. The reinforcement should then be out in such a way as to allow it to be pulled down to the floor under control.


These should be cut into strips and demolished as for column


The slab should be cut into strips parallel to the main reinforcement and demolished strip by strip. Where ribbed construction has been used, the principle of design and method of construction should be determined before demolition is commenced. Care should be taken not to cut the ribs inadvertently.


Dismantled materials may be thrown to the ground only after taking adequate precautions. The material shall preferably be dumped inside the building. Normally such materials shall be lowered to the ground or to the top of the sidewalk shed, where provided, by means of ropes of suitable tackles.



Unless specifically mentioned otherwise, the following modes of measurement shall be adopted

C-1 Brick Walls:

(a) With Modular Bricks (190 mm x 90 mm x 90 mm) :

The thickness of brick wall made of Modular Bricks with one brick laid flat (with long side parallel to the length of the wall) shall be measured as 100 mm. One brick thick walls (with the length of the brick parallel to the thickness of the wall) shall be measured as 200 mm., one and half brick as 300 mm, two brick walls measured as 400 mm and so on.

(b) With Conventional Bricks (9¾?x 4¾? x 2¾?) or (248 mm x 120 mm x 70 mm):

The thickness of brick wall made with one brick laid on edge (with the long side parallel to the length of the wall) shall be measured as 75 mm. Similarly, a wall made with one brick laid flat (with the long side parallel to the length of wall) shall be measured as 125 mm. 1 brick thick walls (with the length of brick parallel to the thickness of the wall) shall be measured as 250 mm, one and half brick walls (i.e. one brick along the length and one brick along the width) shall be measured as 375 mm., two brick thick walls measured as 500 mm. and so on

The width of lintels etc. covering the entire thickness of brick wall shall also be measured as equal to corresponding wall thickness.

Net measurement of all walls will be taken after deduction of all opening etc. This applies to 125/100 mm. thick and 75 mm. thick walls also. Parapets (upto 1060 mm. height) will be measured along with the brick work of the floor just below the roof and will be paid for at the same rate

No extra payment will be made for curved or chamfered work even though it may necessitate cutting of bricks. For small curves or chamfers the Engineer-in-Charge may, at his discretion allow measurement on the square (i.e. without deduction for the quantity removed for forming the small curve or chamfer).

C-2 Concrete Plain or Reinforced:

Finished net measurement will be taken after deduction of large holes, rebates etc. but without deduction for the volume of reinforcement, if any, in the concrete.

C-3 Reinforcement:

The measurement will be on the basis of calculated weight of reinforcement only (i.e. without considering the weight of tying wires) actually consumed in the finished work as per drawing and design or as per direction of the Engineer-in-Charge. If the length of any rod be more than that shown in the drawing but has been allowed to be used, the length will be taken as the length shown in the drawing. Hooks and laps as per standard practice will be measured and paid for.

C-4 Plaster, Lime punning, Plaster of Paris rendering:

For measurements of plaster (exterior or interior) deduction is to be made for door, window or opening of similar dimension and allowance is to be made for jambs, sills and soffits. Payment will be made on the basis of surface measurement of wall deducting one-third the measurement of such opening and without any separate measurement of jambs, sills and soffits. In case of large openings, exceeding three sq.m. however, as in the case of verandahs with columns, payment will be on actual measurements.

C-5 White Washing and Colour Washing:

Payment will be made on the basis of surface measurement without any deduction for door, window or opening or similar dimension and without any separate measurement for jambs. Sills and soffits of such openings.

For cement paint and oil painting to walls or concrete jellies or similar other works, method of measurements shall be the same as in plaster.

C-6 Painting:

Measurement for painting work in doors and windows, grills, gratings, collapsible gates, corrugated roofing etc. shall be on the following basis. In all such cases the ?Area? shall be  measured flat (and not girthed). For door and windows, no separate payment shall be made for the frames (chowkats), the ?Area? in such cases represents the area of the wall opening covered by the frames (including exposed surface of the frames). For grills, gratings etc. the area represents the area of the opening covered by outer frames.

The area measured as above shall be multiplied by the factor given below and the works of painting shall be paid on the quantities thus arrived at:

Name of surface painted

Multiplying factor for painting one side only

Multiplying factor for painting both side only

(i) Timber doors, windows etc.

    Fully glazed (or with glass substitute)

    Fully paneled or flush or battened Fully

    venetian or fixed or louvered

    Two third paneled one third glazed

    half paneled half glazed

    Flushing joiner

    One third paneled two third glazed

    One third paneled two third venetian

                    (or fixed louvered)

Half paneled half venetian (or fixed-louvered) Netted

(without painting to the net with z-battens) Netted     (with Painting to the net as well with Z-battens)

Corrugated (i.e. with leaves of GI. sheets)

(ii) (a) Corrugated iron sheet roof

      (b) Corrugated iron sheet wall including supporting  


(iii) Corrugated asbestos sheet roof or wall

(iv) Trafford Asbestos sheet roof or wall

(v) Heavy type grating or grated doors (as in jails etc.)

       for painting all over

(vi) Collapsible gate (all over)

(vii) Steel windows (full glassed)

(viii) Ledges & battened or ledged, battened and braced          

          one third glazed two third venetian (or fixed-         

          louvered) two third glazed one third venetian (or  


(ix) Weather boarding (Supporting frame shall not be

Measured separately)

(x) Title & slate battening (over all measured without

deduction the open surface)

(xi) Trellis (or jaffri) work one way or two way (over all members without deduction the open space & including the supporting members for painting all over)

(xii) Grills. gratings & railings (cast iron or wooden) guards bars, balustrades, expanded metals (supporting frame work shall not be measured separately for painting all over) (xiii) Steel rolling shutters including top casing (jambgurdes. bottom rail and locking arrangement etc. shall be deemed to be included in the item.)

(xiv) Curved or enriched work.

(xv) Gates and open palisade fencing including standards,

braces, rails, stays etc. (for painting all over)

(xvi) Partly paneled and partly glazed or glazed steel  door.

(xvii) Plain sheet steel doors & windows

(xviii) Wood shingle roofing

(xix)    Boarding with cover fillets and match boarding















































































Note as per IS: 1200 (Part XV)-1976/P-8

Note 1

 The Height shall be taken from bottom of lowest rail, if palisades do not go below it or from lower end of palisades, if they project below lowest rail, upto top of palisades, but not upto top of standards, if they are higher than palisades.

Note 2.

Where doors, windows etc. are of composite types other than those included in this table, different portions shall be measured separately with their appropriate coefficients, center of common rail being taken as the dividing line between the two p

Measurement of painting of doors, windows, collapsible gates, rolling shutters etc as given in this table shall be deemed to include painting, if required of all iron fittings in the same shade.

Note 4 

 When two faces of a door, window etc. are to be treated with different specified finishes, measurable under separate items, edges of frames and shutters shall be treated with the or the other type of finish and measurement thereof shall be deemed to be included in the

Note 5  In case shutters are fixed on both faces of a frame, measurement for the door frame and shutter on one face shall be taken on the manner already described, while themeasurement of the face treated with that finish.

Shutter on the other face shall be measured exclusive of the frame.

Note 6

Where shutter is provided with clearance exceeding 15 cm. at top and/or at bottom, such openings shall be deducted from the overall measurement and relevant coefficients applied.

C-7 Metal, Chips, Boulders, Bats, Sand, Lime, Coal, Carried Earth etc.:

   Unless specifically mentioned otherwise in the description of the item itself, measurements for supply and / or carriage shall be taken in stacks and that as soon after the stacks are made as possible. The height and the shape and size of the stacks shall be as per direction of the Engineering- charge but in no case shall the height of the stacks be less than the minimum as indicated hereinafter.

Allowance for shrinkage and / or shrinkage shall be made as indicated hereinafter. The net quantity shall be arrived at after deducting these allowances from the measurement of fresh stacks and payment for supply or carriage shall be made on the net quantity thus derived. Quantity of any material shall always indicate such net quantity, unless specifically mentioned otherwise.

If for any special reasons, as per provisions in any particular contract, final measurements have to be taken in wagons (before unloading at destination) no deduction for shrinkage and / or shrinkage shall be made.

For carried earth supplied by the contractor, the earth is to be first stacked at site for

measurement and the earth utilized in the work after such stacks have been measured. The items of earthwork with such carried earth include the cost of such operation. The net quantity, for the purpose of payment, shall be derived after deducting allowances for shrinkage and/or shrinkage as specified below. In special circumstances, the Engineer-in-Charge may, at his sole discretion, take borrow- pit measurements for such carried earth, in which case no allowance for shrinkage and/or shrinkage is to be deducted.

Where earth is to be carried from any excavation, the measurement for carriage for excavated earth will be taken on the basis of earth excavated.

For conversion of brick materials from one form to another 314 Nos. of bricks (conventional size) will be taken to produce 1 cu.m. of bats and 1.1 cu.m. of bats to produce 1 cu.m. of khoa or metal.

Unless specifically mentioned otherwise in any particular contract, 1025 kg.. of steam coal shall be taken as equivalent no 1 cu.m. (When measured in very old and settled stacks or in wagons at destination or after deducting sinkage and/or shrinkage allowance when measured in fresh stacks). Similarly 1107 Kg. of slack coal shall be taken as equivalent to 1 cu.m.

For consolidation of stone or jhama metal and similar works involving utilization of materials already measured in stacks, the quantity of materials actually consumed in such works will be taken to be same as the recorded quantities (after due allowance for shrinkage and/or shrinkage, where applicable) of the stack or stacks actually utilized in such works.Schedule showing minimum height of stacks and allowance to be deducted for shrinkage and/or shrinkage when measured in fresh stacks.




Minimum height of stacks

Allowance to be deducted for shrinkage and/or shrinkage


Stone metal, ballast, chips, shingles or gravel

32.5 cm



Stone boulders 15 cm. or above sizes

35 Cm



Stone boulders below 15 cm size

45 Cm



Jhama bats or bricks bats

53 Cm



Jhama metal, khoa or chips

34 Cm




61 Cm




61 Cm




61 Cm




33.5 Cm



Carried earth

34 Cm



Runnish (building or kiln)

34 Cm



Steam Coal or Slack Coal

61 Cm




61 Cm


C-8 Carriage:

All items involving carriage, loading, unloading & stacking shall be in accordance with the provisions of the Schedule of Rates of Public Works (Roads) Department applicable at the material time within the jurisdiction of the circle.

C-9 Glazing:

All glazing shall be measured in square metres. Each pane of glass shall be measured to the nearest 0.5 cm. both width and height. Irregular or circular panes shall be measured as the smallest rectangular area from which the irregular or circular pane can be cut. Irregular panes shall be measured separately, and described as irregular shapes measured square.


Govt. order No. 2809 (3) A dt. 27th April, 1971


 The value of materials supplied by the Department for use on the work shown in the schedule on page II of the contract form (West Bengal Form No. 2911) in respect of items of work for which the contractor‘s rates are inclusive of the cost of such materials, will be debited to him in his accounts at the rates specified in the schedule.

 Regarding materials in respect of items of work for which the contractor‘s rates are not inclusive of the cost of such materials, the contractor shall only act as custodian on behalf of the Govt. and the value of such materials will not be charged to him except under sub-clause (f) and (g) hereof.

When the contract provides for use of certain specified materials to be supplied by the Deptt. The contractor shall not obtain such materials from other sources unless authorized in writing by the Engineer-in- Charge of the works.

Materials supplied for a particular work or a part thereof shall not be used elsewhere except with written permission of the said Engineer-in-Charge.

Materials shall be supplied to the contractor in such installments as may be decided by the Engineer-in-Charge

The contractor shall be held responsible for any misuse, loss or damage of the materials issued or handed over to him by the Engineer-in-Charge. In default, the cost of such materials shall be recovered from the contractor according to the terms of the provisions made in sub-clause (g) and (h) thereof

In the following cases, the materials issued or handed over to the contractor shall be deemed to have to been misused by him.

Materials lost or damaged due to negligence on the part of the contractor and/or defective storage by him.

Materials lost or damaged due to negligence on the part of the contractor and/or defective storage by him.

 Materials used without permission of the Engineer-in-Charge in temporary works (e.g. coffer dams, embankments, shoring etc.) or in the construction of contractor‘s godown, site office, labour hutments etc.

The value of materials misused as above (in which case the decision of the Engineer-in-Charge shall be final) shall be recovered at 50 per cent in excess of the highest of the following three rates;

Issue rate as specified in the contract

Department stock rate at the time of recovery of value

Market rate at the time recovery of value.

(h) In cases of loss or damage of materials issued or handed over to the contractor other than under the circumstances mentioned in sub-clause 9(g) the materials so lost or damaged shall be replaced by the Engineer-in- Charge at the cost of the contractor and the certificate of the Engineer-in-Charge as to the cost of replacement shall be final and binding on the contractor.

(i) Where so specified and in any case in respect of cement, steel and bituminous materials supplied by the Deptt. a stock register shall be maintained by the contractor and the daily receipts, issues and balance of such materials shall be shown therein. This register shall be produced by the contractor to the Engineer-in- Charge or his representative whenever required for verification of stock.

(j)  Whenever asked for by the Engineer-in-Charge during the progress of work and with the final bill, the contractor shall submit to the former a statement showing:

(i) The total quantity of materials received by the contractor from the Deptt.

(ii) Consumption thereof item by item in the work; and

(iii) The balance in hand.

(k) Whenever by computing the consumption of materials of any description in any item or  group of items of work requiring use of such materials.

(i) It is found that the contractor has used less materials than are required by the specification and/or as shown in consumption chart attached herewith, the value of the quantity of materials less used shall be recovered from the contractor at 5(five) per cent in excess of the issue rate of such materials. In such an event the contractor shall not be entitled to claim or receive the materials, the cost of which has been thus recovered; or

(ii) If it is found that contractor has used any materials in excess of the requirement, the value of the materials used in excess shall be recovered from the contractor as provided in sub- clause (g) hereof.

Provided that recovery of materials used less or in excess as indicated in paragraphs (i) and (ii) of the sub-clause shall be subjected to the decision of the Engineer-in-Charge who may allow variation according to para I of consumption chart.


Extra rate for difficult I River line Areas / Difficult nature of work


D-1      The following extra rates will be allowed on the whole schedule of rates mentioned below.


(A) Earth work, Antitermite Treatment (except item 1to 6) Brick

(C) Work, Concrete work etc.

(D) Flooring

(E) Roofing and Sheet Walling

 (F) Structural steel work, Grill, Gates etc.

(G) Carpenters works

(H) Band Moulding, Cornics etc.

(I) Plastering, Pointing etc

(J) White Wash etc.

(K) Painting

(L) Glaziers works

(M) Drains etc.

(N) Thatch, Mud and Bamboo Works

(O) Fencing

(P) Soling, Edging and Metalling etc.

(R)  Aluminium works

(T) Miscellaneous works (except Items 36 to 38, 41 & 42)

(U) Additional Items

SECTION II - Labour & Materials

Extras: (a) In riverine areas connected by river route and/or ferry crossing under Extra Rate

(i)         Hasnabad & Bhangore P. S.                                                                                         @15%

(ii)        Haroa, Canning. Kultali. Namkhana & Kakdwip P. S.                                           @ 15%

(iii)       Gosaba, Basanti, Sandeshkhali, Hingalganj & Minakhan P. S.                              @ 22.5%

(iv)       Patharpratima & Sagar P.S.                                                                                          @ 30%

(b)        In all other areas under Kakdwip PWD Sub-Division excluding the jurisdiction of      @ 10%

Kakdwip P.S. in riverine areas connected by river route and/or Ferry


D-2 Extra rate in respect all works on the whole schedule of rates for works

Within the perimeter of Jail including perimeter wall work, where works @ 10%

are permitted within restricted hours only

Rajbhavan, Kolkata @10%

 If repair works required inside running wards / cabins of hospitals are restricted by hospital

authority in writing for duration less than usual working hours an extra rate of 10% will beallowed.

If for unavoidable circumstances. works are to be done in emergency cases at night, extra rate

@10% will be applicable to items of night work only strictly under certificate of Engineer- in-Charge

For works at Bhutni under Manikchawk P.S. in Malda District Extra 15%(Fifteen per cent) over and above the rates provided in this schedule is allowed.


Rates for rehabilitation works in heritage structure / monuments (except buildings in use for Govt. or similar offices) requiring careful expert quality conscious mistries under guidance of experts, may be 25% higher than the Schedule rate for corresponding items considering wastage of labour and lesser output, with specific permission from Superintending Engineer of Concerned Circle.


5%(Five percent) extra in respect of works within Contai-I, Contai-Il, Contai- III, Khejuri-l, Nandigram- 1, Nandigram- II.Sutahata-I, Sutahata-II panchayat samity under East Midnapore District will be allowed on the whole schedule excepting those under section-I (A) Earth works etc. (B) Dismantling and cutting chase, holes etc. (N) Thatch, Mud and Bamboo works and whole of Section-II. Extra in respect of works within following Police station will be allowed on (the whole schedule excepting those under section-I (A) Earth works etc. (B) Dismantling and cutting chase, holes etc (N) Thatch,

Mud and Bamboo works and whole of Section-II.

[Additional 5% (Five percent) for Durgachak, Haldia and Digha Police station area.

20% (twenty percent ) extra for Nayachar Island (developed on the midst of Hooghly river under the Administrative control of D. M. East Midnapore on the whole schedule.

D-5      Rates of the items under-

Section - I Excluding (i) Sub-Section (A) &(B) and (ii) items involving labour only in Sub-Section

(C) to (T) are to be enhanced by

(i) 20% for works in the following places (a) Hill area of Garubathan Block (b) Kalimpong Municipal Area (c) Dow hill area of Kurseong Sub-Division (d) Miric Block (e) Section from Mane Bhanjan to Phalut of Simana Sandakphu Phalut Road (f) Section from Peshoke Khola to Lopchu Tea Garden of S. H. No. 12 (g) within 10 km. from Mongpu under Takda Block (h) Ghoom Tiger Hill Road (i) Section Pankhabari Bazar to the Starting of KurseongMunicipal Road ofGaridhura- Kurseong Road (j) Kalimpong Block 1/lI and Mongpo &Takda Block. k)Bijanbari Block l) Sukia Pokhri Block.

(ii) 20%of works in the following places:-

(a) Darjeeling Municipal area (b) Kurseong Municipal area (excluding Dow Hill area) (c) Rangit (d) Health Centers at Singritam, Pokhriabong, Lodhama, Takling, Gitdabling, Samathahar. Saimolbong& Sittong.

The rates under sections stated above for Jalpaiguri district are to be enhanced by 15% for works in Boxa Hills .

The rates for all types of concrete works. masonry works and sand cement plastering in the District of Uttar Dinajpur and Dakshin Dinajpur have been arrived at with the consideration that Bansloi sand (Murarai Variety) shall be used in all such works. If any work is done with local sand with the approval of the Executive Engineer, the rate of the item shall be reduced accordingly on the basis of difference of cost of Bansloi sand and local sand. All cement concrete works in the District of Uttar Dinajpur and Dakshin Dinajpur Shall be done with stone chips of Pakur variety when no specific mention is made in the description of item.

D-6 The Schedule of Rates will be enhanced due to various circumstances as mentioned below:-

(a) By 10% (Ten percent) for works done within the Hills region of Ajodhya in the District of Purulia (a region will be treated hills if the altitude is more than 200 Meters from the level of any adjoining area within 10 km.)

(b) By 5 %( Five percent) for works done within the region of Khanakul-I & II Block under the District of Hooghly.