Monday, January 19, 2015

710 homes constructed on govt funding inaugurated across Sikkim on 18 Jan

GANGTOK, 19 Jan [IPR]: A total of 710 rural houses comprising of 497 houses under the Reconstruction of Earthquake Damage Rural Houses (REDRH) Project, 195 houses of the Chief Minister’s Rural Housing Mission (CMRHM) and 18 houses funded under the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund were inaugurated on Sunday throughout the state.
The philosophy of 'Build Back Better' has been the guiding strategy for the construction of these houses. The homeowner-driven implementation model has been adopted and it has helped to establish a sense of ownership and identity. An efficient and transparent mechanism to ensure that beneficiary selection, stock material management, physical progress monitoring and simplification of the technical element has also been established. The core house design, building standards, construction material (cement and steel), technical supervision and capital has been provided by the government. While the home-owner undertook the actual construction, procured local construction material (stone, sand, timber etc), arranged for mason and labour and also added their own finances. Skills upgradation trainings for the masons and engineers were specially organized in partnership with IIT-Delhi. Also, many more houses will be completed in the months to come.

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