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Sagar Slum is getting ready for a makeover with Smart look

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Sagar Slum, near Kanbargi village of Belagavi which is a row of thatched houses made of various materials which is not so season friendly, is now getting ready to see a new a dawn with the installation of Mobile Houses which are safer and cleaner.

Mahesh Foundation, a NGO has now decided to provide these new smart looking mobile houses which will provide them hygienic living space and each fabricated house costs upto Rs.1.25 lakhs.

slum-hutMade up of steel and it will be both anti-rust and heat resistant. While a couple of fibre glass sections on the roof will facilitate sunlight inside the mobile houses during daytime, solar power will light up the house after twilight. Each house will have a small kitchen and a hall which can double up as a bedroom.

The existing huts are not safe and hygienic for the slum dwellers. Troubles pour during rains in the form of water leakages and dust easily enters their huts during summers.

Cooking food is also risky as major portion of the huts is generally made up of plastic and cloth. After conducting a survey, we thought that mobile residences would solve many problems of those residing in slums and hence decided to install them in Sagar Nagar area
says Mahesh Jadhav, founder of Mahesh Foundation (MF).

Six such houses will be installed on a pilot basis and also two separate toilet blocks will also be constructed at a cost of Rs. 12,000 each. On the condition of maintaining cleanliness, houses will be handed over to the dwellers. Just to make residents realise the worth of the house, a negligible rent of 200 per month per house will be taken.

Minimum of three days are required for the installation of the house. Flooring of the house has been kept one foot above the ground level to keep overflowing rain water at bay. The mobile residence is designed and funded by Selco Foundation.

Solar Lanterns in the house can light upto 8 hours and the same have been distribute to the dwellers of the slum sometime back.

The Sagar Slum area has been adopted by Mahesh Foundation and it has established a clinic to provide primary healthcare to the residents.

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