A six-lakh flat developed by IIT Madras

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8_4Chennai: Imagine a 500-square foot flat that costs about six lakhs.

The cheap and eco-friendly house has been designed by the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras which hopes it has delivered a model for housing projects that can be used by the government for the poor.

“We hope it will be a game changer in addressing the housing shortage,” said Devados Menon, a professor at IIT. The university has offered to train builders in copying its model.

The house has been set up for display on campus. Instead of bricks, the flat is made of gypsum reinforced with glass fibre. It can be assembled in a month.

Gypsum is an industrial waste material that is easily available.

IIT Madras spent 10 years researching and finessing Australian technology on which its house is founded.

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