Sahara to build quake-proof houses

Indian conglomerate, Sahara, has committed to build hundreds of thousands of earthquake-resistant houses in six high-risk cities across the Asian nation.

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By  Eudore Chand Published  November 27, 2003

Indian conglomerate, Sahara, has committed to build hundreds of thousands of earthquake-resistant houses in six high-risk cities across the Asian nation. The company announced last week that it would build 725 000 of the hardy structures over the next 12 months. Construction will begin immediately in the earthquake-prone Indian cities of Ahmedabad, Allahabad, Bhavnagar, Jaipur, Jabalpur, Jaipur and Jhansi. “The consumers will be able to choose from among eight types of earthquake-resistant international duplex houses,” a company statement said. Sahara has not revealed the building technologies it will include in the structures to make them withstand earthquake. There is also no mention of the severity of the quake the buildings will be able to cope with. More than 20 000 people were killed in India’s western state of Gujarat in an earthquake measuring 6.7 on the Richter scale in January 2001. Sahara, which has interests in media, aviation and real estate, declined to reveal the cost of the housing project.

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