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Engineer’s concept of floating house for flood-prone areas

The floating house conceptualised by JN Khataniar
 GUWAHATI, July 20 - City-based engineer JN Khataniar has developed an engineering concept of a floating house, which could be used by the people of the flood-prone areas of Assam, West Bengal and Bihar. He is also trying to get the concept included in the Prime Minister Awas Yojana (PMAY) for the flood-prone areas of the country.

The house is being designed as a model with pre-engineered light gauge steep frame structure (LGSFS) over a platform having no foundation, fixed to PVC chambers and having less weight and costing less.

The house will be constructed over the LGSFS platform as per the plan and design based on floor area requirements.

Khataniar said that over the floating platform, there could be provisions for bio-toilet, one storeroom for safe storage of food materials, rainwater collecting chamber for drinking purpose and space for keeping domestic animals during the flood periods along with solar power panels on the sloped roof to get electricity.

The entire pre-engineered system shall have four anchor posts made of RCC in four corners having RCC foundations of required depth. All posts are connected with tie beams to act as a single stable structure having inclined supports for more stability.

The height of the anchor tower shall be dependent on the probable highest flood level of the areas, said Khataniar while talking to this newspaper.

On the stability of the structure, Khataniar said the entire platform along with the structure above it shall be connected with all the permanent anchor towers with suitable hooks so that when flood occurs and water level rises, the platform along with the structure will move upwards without any displacement from its original position. The structure will come down to its original position on the ground when flood water recedes.

The house may be of conventional village type made of bamboo or timber, having provision on the platform for fitting and fixing the structure, or a wholly LGSF structure, he said.

The structure is so designed that it would also be able to withstand the impacts of thunderstorms without any harm to it, said Khataniar.

He informed that he is going to forward the concept to the Prime Minister, the Chief Minister and all ministers and authorities concerned with a request to include this project under the Prime Minister Awas Yojana (PMAJ) for the flood-prone areas of the country, among others.

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