The Lucknow Metro replaced Kota stones with Sahara Series in a more cost-efficient move without compromising on its strength, looks or durability.
Orient Bell Limited, one of the largest manufacturers of ceramic and vitrified tiles in the country, along with being BSE listed past 20+ years, now has their Sahara Series – Full Body Tiles at the Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation. OBL is one out of the select few companies to manufacture a tile series like this in North India, from their flagship plant in Sikandrabad, UP.
The Lucknow Metro replaced Kota stones with Sahara Series in a more cost-efficient move without compromising on its strength, looks or durability. The Sahara Series is a work of diligence, providing homogeneous body tiles for tiling solutions. The aesthetic appeal of the tile remains intact even after prolonged exposure to wear and tear, making it the most preferred durable tile. Even after abrasion, there is hardly any chipping as the design of these tiles remains even. This makes them perfect for commercial spaces such as automobile showrooms, hospitals, airports, metro stations, swimming pool decks, hotel lobbies, educational institutions along with retail or residential spaces such as porches, living rooms, garden areas and bathrooms.
A mixture of raw material consisting of natural clay, feldspar, quartz and natural pigments for different batches are used to make design ranges such as Beige, Gris, Creama, Nero and P Kota Green. Despite colour variations across raw materials, our R&D experts ensure negligible colour variation in the Sahara Series, across all batches and guarantee that every batch meets the high MOR standard. With a breaking strength greater than 2000
Newton and scratch hardness upto 6 on Mohs scale, Orient Bell’s Sahara Series became the ideal choice for Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation.
The Lucknow Metro’s structures like the glory of their Nawabs have been designed to sustain for at least 100 years. OBL’s Sahara Series was chosen over Kota stones as they give consistency in terms of quality, shades across batches and ease of installation as well as maintenance as these lightweight tiles do not require polishing. Unlike the varying colour changes of a stone, the shades of these tiles stay constant with the promise of durability.
Additionally, the weight of tiles is lower than that of stone, making the overall installation cost and time more economical. Since they are chemical and stain resistant, the Sahara series tiles were chosen over stones as they have negligible water absorption property. Hence, this process provides the Sahara series with USP’s like higher durability, greater breaking strength and long-lasting life.