Bhubaneswar, August 8 (LocalWire): Hiring architects is often regarded as the exclusive preserve of the rich and affluent people. But thanks to an initiative by a forum of architects, now people from the lower middle class sections can also take professional help for their dream house projects.
‘In Odisha, it has rarely been a practice to build a low-cost house with design and planning taken up by architects. As buying a land and building a house in bustling capital city has assumed prohibitive proportions, the lower income groups mostly shied away from hiring architects because of additional cost involved in it.
That’s why we have come forward to provide free on-spot architectural solutions to economically weaker sections and lower income groups aspiring to build houses,’ senior architect Akshay Beuria said.
For the poorer sections, it has always been the masons who played the role of architects. The houses are built as directed by masons, he said.
We are organizing an awareness and exposure camp on 10 August. Our objective is to reach out to the needy in our society as many still feel that consulting an architect would make the cost more or even not affordable at all for people from low-income strata, he told LocalWire.
The design and building plan will be offered free for the Below the Poverty Line (BPL) classified people. We will give them free consultation at the camp site.
A registry of prospective house builders will be prepared at the camp. They will be provided with our address and telephone numbers to keep in touch with us at the time of building their house. We will depute an architect to visit their plot. Later, they will be handed over the house plan as per designs by the architect.
The entire exercise will be free, he stressed.
‘It’s a move on our part to give it back to the society,’ he emphasised.
The awareness and exposure camp named Naksha (design) will guide people on the pros and cons of applying for housing plan under Bhubaneswar Municipality Corporation and Bhubaneswar Development Authority.
The camp will cover the people under Ekamra Assembly Constituency area. Later it would be organised in other occasions in other Assembly segments as well, he said.