Talk about cheap housing and then talk about these Nano Houses that are under design by Mahindra with the help of Harvard designers. It’s a 275 sft house, comfortable for a family of four to live, they say, built using recycled steel, cane and cement fibre boards. Don’t worry about the building standards as these little things are built to survive Earthquakes and Heavy rains. What’s more, special arrangements will be made to use such heavy rains and store the water for the future good.
As far as the rooms are concerned, the 275 sft space packs a Living room, a Kitchen, a Bathroom and a Bedroom. If you wonder how 4 people can sleep in one bedroom, don’t worry, since the Living room is shaped in such a way that it can easily be turned in to another Bedroom at nights.
Solar panels are arranged atop of these individual houses so that you don’t have to use a unit of electricity.
Coming to the all important cost; by primary estimates, it looks like it would take nearly $300 to build one of these houses. In Indian currency, that’s
not even Rs.15000 much more than Rs.15000 now that rupee crossed Rs.50 per dollar.
Looks like a decent deal for politicians to offer during elections, ‘free Nano house’.
PS. For people commenting below who want to contribute to this project by allocating their plots. It’s nice to see you take the effort but this project will take time. July 2011 was when it was in design phase and will need much more deeper research regarding structure, parts and area before being bought to mass market; and that is only if it will ever make it this far. But when it does, you will hear more news about it and then you can know how you can take part in this project.
If you are interested, Mahindra currently has a cheap rural housing project on hand and is working for its betterment.