CIDCO Low Income Group Housing / 1991
Vashi, Navi Mumbai, Maharahstra
This project was for low income groups and is situated in Vashi. It was intended for mathadi workers employed in the nearby Agricultural Wholesale Market. The composition of different dwelling units, their area and numbers were determined by a demand survey done by CIDCO. They were developed and sold to the occupants on cost basis.
The project provided units of 18 sq m for Economically Weaker Sections, units of sq m for Low Income Groups and units of sq m for Middle Income Groups. Besides, areas were allotted for social amenities. The site was h.a.
The dwelling units are designed in clusters without segregating the different income groups. Two storeyed houses abut pedestrian streets which lead to the common open space. Middle Income houses are partly three storeyed. The houses are built in load brick bearing walls with RCC floor and roof slabs.
Though small in area the plan of the unit provides for adequate light and cross ventilation. The plan anticipates some incremental growth in the future. Even though the densities achieved on the site are high , open spaces provided are adequate and since the units are low rise, the common open spaces are adopted by the individual owners and therefore well maintained.
Structural Consultant - N N Shrikhande