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Telangana Girl Builds Low-Cost Homes From Sewage Pipes; Gets 200 Orders

A study be made available in 2019 suggests that India is one of the fastest-growing countries in the world. However, the same study also says that over 63 million people did not providing access to the right to adequate housing facilities.

While countless live in temporary residences such as straw shacks or shanties, others live in dumped sending receptacles that are not suitable for warm weather conditions. This forces them to have to continuously relocate or rebuild their homes.

To address this issue, Perala Manasa Reddy( 23) a resident of Bommakal village, Telangana has innovated OPods, a low-cost housing solution.

What’s more? They are acquire use huge sewage pipes made of steel, concrete and cement.

Low cost home from sewage pipeThe OPod constructed by Manasa Reddy.

“The pipes were procured from vehicle manufacturers in Telangana who was willing to customise the their size according to my need. Though they are circular, spacious fairly for a family of three, and can be constructed as a 1BHK, 2BHK or 3BHK, depending on the user’s requirements, ” says Manasa, a civil engineering graduate from Lovely Professional University( LPU ), Punjab, adding that the structure can be built within 15 to 20 days.

She has also launched a startup named Samnavi Constructions and hopes to build more low-cost homes across the country. In an interrogation with The Better India, Manasa explains why she wanted to build the O-Pod, and how she did it.

Understanding the struggles of temporary casing

Born and raised in the small village of Bommakal, Manasa completed her schooling at the Telangana Social Welfare Residential Education Society. After graduating high school she went to pursue civil engineering at LPU.

Low cost home from sewage pipePerala Manasa Reddy( 23 ).

Manasa says her experience with volunteering for social work in Telangana’s slum areas played a role in her choosing civil engineering. “Here, I evidenced many houses, with children, living in temporary mansions made of steel sheets and enormous plastic floods. Some would live in bamboo or prefabricated rooms made from shipping receptacles. But one thing was common between all the families here -- they were migrant workers and wouldn’t live in these residences for more than one year, ” says Manasa, said they leave these homes because the area gets too hot during the summer, or deluges during the monsoon.

While she noticed these problems during her first time of college, she never got the opportunity to start working on a mixture. Nonetheless, in March 2020 when she was pursuing her final time of engineering from residence, she had enough time to design and project a solution.

“There were eras when I noticed homeless people taking shelter in waste pipings placed on the side of the road. I was just wondering if I could modify the size to suit the needs of a family so that they can have adequate space for a permanent dwelling, ” says Manasa.

The idea to make a Pod-style home was inspired after doing months of studies on low-cost housing alternatives found in Japan and Hong kong residents. Apart from this, she also read various research papers online to understand more about house low-cost homes in a small space.

Intention the prototype

By the end of 2020, once the COVID-1 9 lockdown was naturalness, Manasa approached a manufacturer of sewage pipes in Siddipet, Telangana. With their assistance, she was able to procure one lengthy pipe.

“The company, whom I do not wish to name, agreed to help me with my job and provided me with a hose which was stirred working two of their regular ones. This added more gap to the pod-style home I wanted to build, ” says Manasa, adding that she also ensured the piping was towering fairly for a person to stand inside and that it was given a coating of white-hot draw to reflect hot and keep the dwelling cool.

To purchase the pipe and other raw material including entrance and space made, as well as bathroom and electrical fittings, Manasa acquired Rs 5 lakhs from her mother.

“My father passed away when I was in Class III and since then, my mother has provided for both me and my younger sister. To ensure we had a regular income, she took up paddy gardening the same year my father passed away, which she carries on till today. She subsidized me wholeheartedly in my programme and made a loan to fund it, ” says Manasa.

The construction began on 2 March, 2021, at a area provided to Manasa by her relative. By 28 March, a 1 BHK O-Pod house was ready.

“The house is 16 ft long and 7 ft tall. It has a small living room, a bathroom, kitchen and sink, and a bedroom that can house a queen size mattress, ” says Manasa.

Low cost home from sewage pipeThe entrance of the OPod. Bagging 200 orderings

To test whether the house was livable, she reassured a migrant worker who was working as part of the construction team to stay there for seven days.

“We him with electricity, water supply, and even nutrient. He experienced his stay but had some feedback for us seeing placement of the lavatory, including more ventilation with windows and more which will be incorporated into the future campaigns, ” says Manasa.

On the same day as the launching of the O-Pod house, Manasa launched her fellowship, Samnavi Constructions, with Naveen Reddy, a business management student from LPU. Manasa is also working on motifs of 2,3 and 4BHK O-pod houses.

So far, she has received over 200 says from various states including Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, and Odisha to construct the O-Pod houses. Owing to the lockdown and COVID-1 9 rules, she is yet to start work on these.

If you wish to get in touch with Manasa, you can visit Samnavi Construction’s website.

Edited by Divya Sethu

Read more: thebetterindia.com

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