There is need for better planning to work towards providing affordable houses to the poor, says DC C Shikha
Providing adequate number of affordable houses to the poor remains an elusive target. To address this issue, a day-long training programme on constructing affordable housing for Nirmithi Kendra engineers, supervisors and masons is being held today. The programme was organised by CSIR-CBRI, Roorkee and Mysuru Nirmithi Kendra at Directorate of Archaeology, Museums and Heritage, Dasara Exhibition grounds. The training programme emphasises on bringing down the cost even for the poor to afford a house and if successful, this objective would be best achieved by using the locally available materials. Inaugurating the programme, Deputy Commissioner C Shikha said that the high rate of population growth has become a challenge for the government.
“The demand for an affordable house has increased exponentially. At this time, the administration needs to plan and cater to the varied needs of both rural and urban folk. In urban areas, there is space crunch and we need to focus on building apartments whereas in rural areas, individual houses would be constructed on priority. Besides providing affordable houses, it is necessary to give them the security and comfort. Construction works done in a hurry would prove to be a disaster.”
She said that there is a large section of BPL card holders who do not have sites, houses. “We need to use the technology to the best in providing them houses. Mysuru Nirmithi Kendra, in association with District administration, has taken a lot of effort in making house affordable to the poor. The bamboo anganwadis constructed at a low cost are the best example. We need to come up with such innovative technologies in construction work,” she added. Mysuru City Corporation Commissioner Dr C G Betsurmath said that house for all is the vision of the Government of India, in which Mysuru has been one of the leading cities in implementation the initiative.
“We have shown success in implementing projects like AMRUT, Housing for All, Smart City and Swachh Bharat projects. However, the construction work has been a major issue while renovating the heritage buildings. We are investing double the money on renovation works. So adopting innovative technology would play an important role.” Director CBRI, Roorkee Y Pandey, Senior Scientist CBRI, Roorkee Dr R Dharmaraju, Project Manager Mysuru Nirmithi Kendra M T Manjunath and others were present on the occasion.
Director CBRI, Roorkee Y Pandey speaks at the programme on constructing affordable housing. Deputy Commissioner C Shikha, MCC Commissioner Dr C G Betsurmath, Project Manager Mysuru Nirmithi Kendra M T Manjunath and others were present