‘House for All’: Kerala Minister Moots Collaboration with Habitat Group

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Thiruvananthapuram: Inaugurating Habitat Technology Group’s low cost house prototypes here the other day, K T Jaleel, Kerala’s Local Administration Minister, suggested that there was scope for joining hands with Habitat  Group in implementing State Government’s programme  ‘House for All’.

“Government has already alloted a grand of Rs. 3.5 lakh each to those without a house in all 14 districts of Kerala, and after seeing Habitat’s low cost house proto type made with a budget of Rs. 4 lakh, I feel that Habitat Group will be an apt choice to help  government in providing house for the homeless, ” Jaleel said.

The two prototypes of affordable houses seek to optimise the space requirements and incorporate cost-effective and environment-friendly materials and technologies. One house has two bedrooms, a multi-purpose hall, kitchenette and a toilet while the other type has only one bedroom but a more spacious living/dining area with a verandah. Each house has a floor area of 400 sq.ft. and the cost of construction comes to just Rs. 4 lakh.

O Rajagopal MLA, who attended the function, said that it is important to find the roots of our traditional construction techniques rather than going for foreign technologies. “There is an increasing tendency among the public to discard our traditional building techniques, but we need to focus on what suits our building needs rather than blindly imitating foreign technology,” Rajagopal said.

A Bamboo Design School on the same campus will be inaugurated later. The Bamboo School, designed and constructed by Habitat, has a wide variety of bamboo species and technology for construction using bamboo will be developed here.

The inaugural function which marked the first step of Habitat Group’s 30th anniversary celebrations was attended by Padma Shri G Shankar, Chairman, Habitat Technology Group, T P Madhu, Senior Consultant, Habitat Group ; Dr. Vijayalakshmi and Gopakumar, both Ward Councillors and  Mridul Eapen, Member, State Planning Board.