Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Slum rehabilitation and rural housing

We are busy talking about Amit's Bloomfield, Mindspace Realty's Queenstown and Elpro Estates' The Metropolitan in Pune Real Estate Market, but what's happening in real India?

Exploring the use of bamboo as an alternative to the rapidly depleting wood resources in housing and other industrial activities

A three-day residential training programme on modern bamboo structures and housing will be organised at Kohra, Kaziranga National Park from March 6 to 8, 2008.

The programme is jointly organised by Cane and Bamboo Technology Centre and Building Materials and Technology Promotion Council under the Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation.

The training programme would elaborately deal with the topics including bamboo of NE India, availability and suitability for building construction, the structure of bamboo and its mechanical and engineering properties, durability and preservation of bamboo, code an standards bamboo in building construction, bamboo structures for eco-tourism and earthquake prone areas, introduction to bamboo applications for industrial and housing materials, engineered bamboo products and its usefulness in housing industry, bamboo construction for rural housing and bamboo policies and impact on national and regional developmental issues.

The programme, targeting the civil engineers, architects, consultants, builders, developers contractors, entrepreneurs and NGOs among others, would have partici-pants mainly from North East as well as neighbouring Nepal.

AssamNet: (The Assam Tribune, 26.02.2008)

Mhada plans to initiate stringent action against contractors who are sitting on projects under the SRA schemes

Having burnt its fingers by roping in errant private developers to create affordable housing, the state’s housing authority now has a stern message for city builders.

Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (Mhada) gave nearly 150 slum pockets to private developers, but it did not get anything in return, not even the premium. The builders either sold those Slum Rehabilitation Authority (SRA) schemes to higher-income people or sub-contracted them, defeating the purpose of affordable housing.

Mhada currently has no strong land bank left with it after it dolled out 450 acres of land to private builders. Another 300 acres are still occupied by slums.
- Daily News & Analysis

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