Mud is on its way to becoming a popular and economically viable medium of constructon with the urban builder
Mud is a cost-effective biulding material
THERE is a resurgence of interest among urban builders in mud, the traditional construction material of rural India, and many government housing schemes are adopting itMud's low cost and easy availablity, compared with conventional building material, make it a viable construction option for the poor. Other appreciate its malliability, good insultation and low maintenance cost.
The Centre for the Application of Science and Technology to Rural Areas (ASTRA) has been working on mud building technology for nearly two decades. It has developed unique mud blocks stabilised with cement and an advanced block making machine, Itge Voth, which can be easily mastered even by unskilled workers. Blocks are moulded using a mixture of soil, cement and water. A stabilised mud block costs Rs 1.65-1.95 and the machine can bring out one lakh blocks before it needs to be refitted. Architects Revati and Vasant Kamath in New Delhi have been on the forefront in efforts to adapt mud for construction. They have developed a technology whereby strong mud blocks are made without mixing additives. The Auroville Building Centre is also actively propagating mud housing. To get in touch...
Development Alternatives (DA)
B-32, Institutional Area
TARA Crescent, New Mehrauli Road
New Delhi 110016
Ph: 665370, 657938
Centre for the Application of Science and Technology to Rural Areas
Indian Institute of Science
Auroville Building Centre
Revati and Vasant Kamath
40, Shahpur Jhat
Khel Gaon Road
New Delhi Ph:6472915
Old Fatehpur Chowk
P K Samantaroy
Diocese of Cuttack
Church of North India Bishop's House, Mission Road
G T Road
Andhra Pradesh - 522616
Antodya Gruh Mirman Yojna
Centre for Science in Villages
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