Model houses for rural poor

State workshop presents options under PMAY-G

By ACHNTYA GANGULY in Ranchi
  • Published 3.07.16
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Ranchi, July 2: A rural poor living in Santhal Pargana of Jharkhand can build his house on a brick foundation, use wattle and daub for walls with thatched roof with Rs 1.30 lakh provided by the Union and state governments under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Gramin (PMAY-G).

Models like this and more were presented during a workshop on "Development of Appropriate and Affordable Rural Housing Design" under PMAY-G for Jharkhand by state rural development department at Srikrishna Institute of Public Administration in Ranchi today.

A survey was conducted by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in association with the Union rural development ministry in 13 states to look for durable and environment-friendly designs of houses in various regions.

The study divided Jharkhand into four zones on the basis of climate, natural calamities, local resources and skills and construction practices.

The housing model options were prepared with provision of future extensions.

While foundation with brick or locally available stone has been suggested in all the models, walls and roofing varied.

In his keynote address, principal secretary of the department N.N. Sinha said the government would provide around 13 lakh houses for the rural poor by 2022 under PMAY-G, of which around 1.75 lakh would be constructed in 2016-17.

State rural development minister Neelkanth Singh Munda said the aim was to provide strong and durable houses that would suit the rural poor within specific time.

Deputy country director of UNDP Marina Walter said the workshop was meant for finalising the design suitable to various regions of the state.

Participants, including some NGO members, were later asked to give their views on the models.