Mishra, the governor of Gujarat inaugurated a set of
five steel intensive houses developed by Tata Steel
at the Bharat Sevashram Sangha (BSS) premises today.
These houses have been constructed under the Birsa Awas
Yojana instituted by the Jharkhand government as a mass
housing scheme for the tribal population residing in
the rural areas of Jharkhand.
The other dignitaries present on the occasion were Mrigendra
Pratap Singh, finance minister, Jharkhand, Swami Jnanatmanandaji
of BSS, HM Nerurkar, vice president (flat products),
Tata Steel and Sangeeta Prasad, chief (construction solutions), Tata Steel.
The government of Jharkhand has initiated the Birsa
Awas Yojana housing scheme in order to provide housing
to the large tribal population residing in the rural
areas of Jharkhand. Under this scheme, the state government
has approved a house layout plan of 320 sq.ft. consisting
of one room of 20'x10' and one covered verandah of 20'x6'.
The fund allocated under the scheme is Rs 64,000/- per unit. The normal construction consists
of brick walls over which GC roof sheets are provided.
The project is normally executed through NGOs that
are given the order by the district administration to
build the required number of Birsa Awas in a given area.
In order to meet the requirements of a house under the
Birsa Awas Yojana, Tata Steel has designed and developed
a low cost 'steel intensive house', meeting the requirements
of the government approved plan. The model unit consisting
of five steel intensive houses has been completed in
a record time of 30 days by Tata Steel's authorised
fabricator. The various advantages of this type of steel
house are as follows:
against cyclone, floods
be built in shorter time frame using pre-fabricated
steel and local materials
Long lasting and easy maintenance
to build in rural areas where the availability of
sands, stone chips are a problem
construction so use of water above plinth level is
per cent more living space
people can be employed for construction
quality control can be maintained
Nerurkar, vice president (flat products), Tata Steel
described the features of the steel house to the audience
and explained the benefits of using it under the government-sponsored
mass housing schemes. He expressed Tata Steel's gratitude
to the Jharkhand government and the BSS authorities
for providing the company an opportunity to showcase
the concept of the steel intensive house for the economy
segment and hoped that this concept will be taken forward
through the implementation of many more steel houses
under the Birsa Awas Yojna.
Through this system of construction, the tribal population
can be provided better and more hygienic living conditions
in a short span of time. Tata Steel has financed the
entire cost of the five-house model unit.