Tata housing model boost

Jamshedpur, Jan. 25: The Centre is keen on replicating Tata Steel's low-cost, fire and earthquake resistant housing solutions, christened Nest-In, for setting up anganwadi kendras across the country.

Union rural development minister Jairam Ramesh, who was in the city tonight en route to Saranda where he will unfurl the Tricolour on Republic Day tomorrow, inspected the housing project model at the Safety Excellence Centre near Bistupur GPO.

After a quick inspection, he lauded the "durable, affordable and quality housing" projects promising his ministry would approach Tata Steel officials for exploring options on introducing the innovation for anganwadi kendras.

"The house, costing in the range of Rs 1.5 lakh to Rs 2 lakh, can be built in only nine days. It is durable, affordable and I have been told it can withstand fire, extreme weather and even earthquake. We would to introduce it in anganwadi kendras. Talks will be held soon for a formal understanding between the government and Tata Steel," Ramesh told mediapersons.

Nest-In is a light gauge steel frame construction solution made of cold rolled and galvanized steel and thermally insulated. The construction is eco-friendly as it is almost dry and does not waste resources, unlike conventional buildings.

Around 200sqft area of the housing project will cost around Rs 1.5 lakh and nearly 41 such centres have been constructed across the nation by Tata Steel.

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