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This post was originally archived at The Hindu.

In a pilot project, homes being built using alternative materials to keep costs down

Devaraj Gosai, a scrap dealer, and his family are counting the days before they can move into their new home.

The couple’s home on a small site at Hebbal has been constructed under the Hasiru Mane initiative of Hasiru Dala, an organisation that works towards bringing ragpickers and scrap dealers into the mainstream. Hasiru Mane is an experimental, pilot project to build homes using alternative materials, including recycled ones.

Mr. Gosai is overseeing last-minute work at his home. The family has been shuttling between a rented house and a local temple hall since September last. “We earlier lived in a mud walled house with asbestos roofing. That house was in a dilapidated condition. We are grateful to Hasiru Dala for helping us construct a home that is not just beautiful, but also costs much lesser than what we expected,” he said.

The Hasiru Mane project was launched late last year and the organisation identified two beneficiaries – Indira, a ragpicker, and Mr. Gosai.

“While Mr. Gosai’s house is nearing completion, Indira’s house is under construction,” said Nalini Shekar, director of Hasiru Dala.

She told The Hindu that the houses are built from secondhand materials to reduce the cost and ensure that they are ecologically sustainable as well. The organisation, she said, has tied up with Selco Foundation, which has provided technical and financial support to the project…

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  • Chethana KS

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    11th September 2019 at 1:36 PM

    Respect Sir/ Ma’am,
    Am Chethana from Bangalore , have pursued my post graduation in civil engineering in 2018 . Am looking for a job .I have been following up all your works and activities through the social media .As Am a civil engineer ,My agenda to restore our natural resources and emphasis of living sustainably . I wish to work in your company to gain more knowledge in the field of alternative building materials.I have been motivated towards sustainable development by attending many programs conducted on sustainable development at bhoomi college (Bangalore ) which empowering, learning environments to address challenges in both education and sustainable living. I have done internship at Puvidham Alternative school Dharmapuri, Tamilnadu on sustainable construction , Which drives me to look forward to work in your company. Hoping to engage myself to learn in every circumstance and the best way to participate in your team to make use of my knowledge in best way. Please do reply, hoping for your positive response.
    Thanks and Regards,
    Chethana KS

    • Hasiru Dala

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      17th September 2019 at 12:23 PM

      Hello Chetana, thank you for your interest in working with Hasiru Dala. Please reach out with your CV to info@hasirudala.in

      Thank you
      Hasiru Dala team

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