The northeastern state Sikkim has become the first one to offer pucca houses to all its residents. The state had launched a mega social housing mission to provide quality housing to families living in the hutments.
CC Wandgi, project director Chief Minister’s Rural Housing Mission said that nearly 6,000 poors living in kutcha houses will get a single storey earthquake-resistant pucca house free of cost by December 2023. A cost of Rs. 211.20 crore is given for this project. Also, this five-year long project will resolve the issue of homelessness among the poor in Sikkim on a permanent basis.
He also said that each of these dwelling units will be capacious and will have a RCC-structure of two bedrooms, a kitchen-cum-dining room, a toilet and a verandah in front portion that will measure upto an area of 605 sq.ft. each.
Every owner-driven conversion of hutments into ‘pucca’ house will cost Rs 3.50 lakh and this will be constructed by the beneficiary via financial assistance that will be given by the Government in four installments.
Also, there will be no middlemen or contractors and the Block Rural House Construction Committees will closely monitor the construction of each house. Also, the committee comprising of both elected as well as official representatives.
The Pucca housing is the dwelling units that are designed to be solid and permanent. This term is used for housing in South Asia for the substantial material such as stone, brick, cement, concrete, or timber.
The Pucca homes are typically made from concrete, stone, clay tiles and/or metal in contrast to kuccha homes that are made of mud and organic material.