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Tata to build the world's cheapest house - 20 square metres for US$715


July 21, 2011

Tata is aiming to build the world's cheapest house

Tata is aiming to build the world's cheapest house

There is absolutely no doubt that the human condition thrives on challenge. Fresh from creating the world's cheapest car, the US$2500 Tata Nano, Tata Corporation is now intending to create the world's cheapest house. The flat-roofed 20 sq meter house will cost Rs 32,000 (EUR500 - GBP440 - US$715 ), can be built in a week and came about from an aim to deliver a viable package for beneficiaries of the Indira Awaas Yojana shelter rehabilitation scheme in Tata's native India. The scheme provides Rs 40,000 per house for people below the poverty line, scheduled castes and tribes, freed bonded laborers and ex-servicemen.

If Tata can hit its targets, the scheme will bring much greater access to shelter for millions of Indians. India is world's second most populous nation with 1.21 billion people and it is growing at such a rate that it is expected to pass China (currently 1.34 billion) by 2030. It has already surpassed China for the number of people who live in poverty (800 million people).

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Let's see some images of these dwellings.

Carlos Grados
21st July, 2011 @ 06:19 am PDT

Can you buy them at IKEA?

Krister Knutars
21st July, 2011 @ 08:40 am PDT

It would be great if the design is safe and they can keep the price low enough to make a difference.

If they are as safe as the cars, the owners will die in the first major storm that hits them or the first small earthquake.

21st July, 2011 @ 11:04 am PDT

Here is a picture about that cheapest house:

21st July, 2011 @ 02:34 pm PDT

What about shipping shipping containers?

21st July, 2011 @ 04:46 pm PDT

I have a cardboard box that my refrigerator came in. It is just as safe and I bet you can fit 5 Indians in it at least. LOL

Susan Brown
21st July, 2011 @ 07:16 pm PDT

I will take two please, build a home on my Mum's property and owe "The Bank" NOTHING no thirty year loan and halofirst, ty for the link

Bill Bennett
21st July, 2011 @ 07:36 pm PDT

Shipping containers have been re-designed before: heavy, costly, evironmentally unfriendly, uncomfortable. Ready the building trade press over the decades, their have been many such proposals. Few seem marketable, sustainable or usable.

Hence the plastic-cloth cities used for the milions of refugees in the camps all over the world.

Greg Zeng
21st July, 2011 @ 07:40 pm PDT

I think the form factor of shipping containers is the biggest thing against them for liveability. This proposal is slightly smaller in floor area than a 30 foot (9.14 meter) container, but is not constrained to the long skinny shape (you can buy high containers which have 1 foot/30cm extra headroom).

Also, even second hand containers would cost much more than these, especially after conversion.

I, too, would have liked to see images.

22nd July, 2011 @ 07:08 pm PDT

"If they are as safe as the cars, the owners will die in the first major storm that hits them or the first small earthquake."

Is that right, Flink?

Ever been in a Jaguar? They're Tata cars...

Keith Reeder
23rd July, 2011 @ 01:56 am PDT

They should use lots of polystyrene foam in the walls, a cheap material which is a very good thermal and sound insulator. Homes with foam walls are becoming very popular in the U.S. since they're both cheaper and more energy efficient.

23rd July, 2011 @ 07:26 am PDT

what about the materials? please explain about the materials if possible.

25th July, 2011 @ 01:26 am PDT

Mere cost reduction should not be the criterion especially in House.It should be livable and durable.

Anumakonda Jagadeesh
24th August, 2011 @ 09:52 am PDT

Polystyrene foam has good thermal insulating properties but it's highly flammable, so hazardous for dwellings.

William H Lanteigne
10th January, 2012 @ 05:58 pm PST
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