IITs to chip in with govt’s ‘housing for all’ programme

  • Brajesh Kumar, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jan 29, 2015 01:24 IST

The Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) are likely help the government’s ‘housing for all’ project which aims to build three crore affordable houses by 2022.

The ministry of housing and urban poverty alleviation has written to the human resource development (HRD) ministry and sought its views on a possible memorandum of understanding with the IITs.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his address to the IIT directors last year, had asked the premier technical institutions to help build economical and eco-friendly houses to help fulfil the government’s vision.

The civil engineering department of the IITs, a senior ministry official said, could help in building affordable houses. IIT Madras has already been at the forefront of pioneering research in affordable housing and its researchers in 2013 developed a unique method where it is possible to construct a two-bedroom house with 800 sq ft area for Rs 10 lakh.

Using glass fibre reinforced gypsum (GFRG) panels, they constructed a two-storey building to showcase the technology they developed to build cost-effective mass housing.

Housing for all programme, which proposes to build three crore houses across the nation by 2022, is one of the priorities of the NDA government.

“By the time the nation completes 75 years of its independence, every family will have a pucca house with water connection, toilet facilities, 24x7 electricity supply and access,” President Pranab Mukherjee had said in his address to the Parliament.

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