REHABILITATION PROJECT AT NALANDA, BIHAR                                 Back

Ministry of Defence, Government of India is setting up an Ordnance factory at Rajgir, Nalanda district in Bihar state. Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO), which is engaged in developing the township for the Ordnance Factory has also been entrusted with the responsibility to organize the rehabilitation of the displaced persons who have lost their lands on account of the acquisition of their lands for the Ordnance Factory. DRDO has partnered with Rajiv Gandhi Rural Housing Corporation Limited (RGRHCL) to take up the construction of houses for the project displaced persons. 

The land is flat with loose soil and the water table is very high making constructions and sanitation works a real challenge. Based on technical assessment, Stub column are provided for the foundation and the grade beams for basement. Walling is with burnt bricks due to the abundant availability of cheap and excellent quality bricks made of alluvial soil in this Gangetic region. RCC doorframes with GI shutters are being used in this project and the roofing is RCC. 

RGRHCL is implementing this program through KARNIK, Raichur Nirmithi Kendra, Koppal Nirmithi Kendra and Bijapur Nirmithi Kendra. Designs of the dwelling unit is prepared by DRDO and RGRHCL team and the structural designs are provided by TRFI who are also monitoring the quality of construction on day to day basis at site.               

Team-RGRHCL has established production unit at site for casting RCC doorframes and ventilators and fabricating steel for windows, doors and reinforcement. Master masons of the Nirmithi Kendras are training the local masons and involving them in construction of these houses under the technical supervision of RGRHCL, TRFI and DRDO. Local labors most of whom are the project displaced persons and who would be prospective allottees of the houses are engaged in the construction provided them with livelihood albeit temporarily but nevertheless ensuring that the project gains accrue locally in significant measure.

The work is in progress for 750 houses in the first phase. Plinth area provided is 280 Sq ft and the unit cost is about Rs 80000/-.