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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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