Kamgarputala Housing project (2003-2005): Disaster averted

In 1997, Pune faced one of its worst floods and the city administration invited us to carry out detailed surveys of 6 informal communities along the river which flows through the city, the river Mutha. Kamgar Putala, one of the oldest informal settlements in Pune, was the worst affected by the floods due to its location at the confluence of the Mula and the Mutha Rivers. We worked with the 176 flood-affected families of Kamgar Putala to help them secure formal housing away from the flood-prone banks of the river.
Thus well-structured, liveable and safe housing was designed. The floor area of each unit is 200 sq. ft. divided into two bays. Each unit includes a toilet, a bathing area, a kitchen area, and a multipurpose living-dining- sleeping area in the front bay. The unique aspect was that the traditional way of living of the community was respected and accommodated. The community did not want a high-rise building, which was accepted. The community was used to cooking while sitting on the floor so low-raised cooking platforms were built. Inspite of the small space, separate toilets and bathrooms were built to respect the community’s wishes.

The community accumulated the capital for contributing to the construction of new homes by forming micro-credit groups and building savings. Since flooding along the river Mutha was an annual occurrence and the community of Kamgar Putala was determined to find long-lasting solutions for the safety and future of their children.

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