Habitat Technology Group to Celebrate 30 Years in Housing

Thiruvananthapuram: Habitat Technology Group, which has the credit of building and realising housing dreams of thousands of families, will celebrate 30 years in the housing sector by holding a series of programmes apart from announcing construction plans and initiating a unique Bamboo Design School.

The programmes to be held as part of Habitat’s 30th anniversary were detailed by Padma Shri G Shankar, Founder, Habitat Technology Group, at a press conference here the other day.

Pinarayi Vijayan, Kerala Chief Minister, will inaugurate the anniversary celebrations titled `HabFest’ at Poojappura Ground on May 14. Shashi Tharoor MP; O Rajagopal MLA: B Sugathakumari and Manju Warrier will participate. A four-day exhibition on affordable housing, national seminars and workshops, to be organised in connection with the anniversary celebrations, will conclude on that day.

Habitat Group will present national awards to individuals and institutions who have contributed to low-cost architecture. An expert panel will select six winners who will be presented with memento, felicitation and a cash award of Rs. 33,333 at the concluding ceremony of HabFest.

Dr. Thomas Isaac, Finance Minister, will inaugurate ‘Design and Build Bamboo School’ and K T Jaleel, Local Administration Minister, will unveil two prototypes of affordable houses near Parambil temple Mudavanmugal, Poojappura as part of the celebrations.

Shankar said the organisation has preserved the core values in housing during the past 30 years. “This has helped the Group to grow steadily and become one of the best in the housing sector,” he added.

The Bamboo School, designed and constructed by Habitat on a lush green campus at Mudavanmugal, has a wide variety of bamboo species. The technology for construction using bamboo will be developed here. Workshop facility for construction using bamboo and a bamboo treatment plant are also part of the campus.

The school aims at sustainable development and utilisation of bamboo resources in Kerala through scientific management and stakeholders’ participation; promotion of bamboo-based building technologies; and development of a workforce of architects, engineers, artisans, and masons for such technologies.