Saturday, 02. August 2014
24. 06. 14. - 16:00
This is India's incredibly floating house - a building being lifted slowly into the air on hydraulic jacks to save it from floods in the upcoming monsoon rains.
A retired civil servant in Patna resorted to the stilt home approach because he was fed up being waterlogged in the annual downpours.
Now 100 hydraulic jacks are lifting the house more than three feet off the ground, keeping the feet of all inside nice and dry.
The house belonging to Ram Mohan Jha, 66, a retired employee of the state industries department, used to get flooded every monsoon. After reading in newspapers about a technology used in several areas in the eastern Indian state of Bihar, he decided to use it to give his house a "lift".
"My house gets flooded every year during the monsoon season due to the increased height of the parallel road. I got a ray of hope when I came to know that the level of concrete houses could also be raised," Jha said.
Now his home has become a technological showcase with hundreds visiting him to see if they can do the same for their own houses.
"What is remarkable about the technology is that we are still staying in the house without any problem while the process is under way," Jha added.
Once the house is high enough the space under the property will be filled in with bricks and mortar, and the rains this year should be unable to get into the building.
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