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Pune businessman jacks-up house by 3.5 ft to escape monsoon flooding

The jacks, according to contractor Balwan Sisodia, can withstand weight of around 350 tonnes. Iyer has paid ₹15 lakh only for lifting the house, excluding labour and other charges.

pune Updated: Jul 12, 2018 16:41 IST
Shrinivas Deshpande
Shrinivas Deshpande
Hindustan Times, Pune
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Kumar Iyer decided to ‘raise’ his bungalow by 3.5 feet to tackle the problem of waterlogging in his house. (Shankar Narayan/HT Photo )

A house in Tardatta colony, BT Kawade road, Ghorpadi is catching the attention of onlookers and neighbours. The house owner, Shiv Kumar Iyer, 40, has decided to the ‘raise’ the entire building by nearly 3.5 feet to tackle the problem of waterlogging in his house during the monsoon because the road level in front of his house gets raised whenever it is re-carpeted.

After searching for solutions online, Iyer, a businessman, came to know about ‘house lifting’ technology and decided to take the facility for his 2,200 square feet house.

In February, Iyer contacted Haryana-based ‘Sisodia and Sons House Lifting Services Private Limited’ and after knowing the details about the technology, he gave them the contract of raising his house, constructed in 2005.

The work began in the first week of June and the house was lifted to 3.5 feet with the help of more than 200 jacks. The jacks, according to contractor Balwan Sisodia, can withstand weight of around 350 tonnes. Iyer has paid ₹15 lakh only for lifting the house, excluding labour and other charges.

“Every year, especially during the monsoon, my house gets flooded because water enters it because of the raised road. I searched on Google and found this house lifting technology used in Gujarat. It was an easy method and not costly as compared to construction cost.” Iyer said.

After discussing with the contractor and knowing their expertise, Iyer had given them the work order.

The company pressed into service a group of 11 persons, who work on 12-hour-shift, and have been using jacks used in heavy vehicles to lift the house. They dug up the basement, cut the pillars using 200 jacks and wooden pieces to take the load of the building. Using these jacks, they lifted the building by 3.5 feet.

Sisodia, who is monitoring the house lifting work, said, “The task of lifting the house has to be perfect as we had to calculate the weight of house and decide the number of jacks to be used. The top layer of soil was first removed along with pillars then jacks were fixed to lift house with uniformity. After the house is raised, the gap would be filled with bricks and sands, boulders and cement concrete mixture. The whole process takes 45 days to complete.”

According to the contractor, the company would take responsibility for any cracks developed during the works. The firm has so far worked on 3,500 buildings all over the India. The company is charging around ₹250 per square feet.

First Published: Jul 12, 2018 15:00 IST