Building a home in Uttrakhand

#16 Feb 18th, 2014, 14:43
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I am sure your information will be very helpful and congratulations. Looking forward to get more insights
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Great!

I also share your predicament...but it I guess it is worth it. I am also developing a community space near Dehradun using just mud, stones and bamboo. The idea is to have a rural living experience
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I also share your predicament...but it I guess it is worth it. I am also developing a community space near Dehradun using just mud, stones and bamboo. The idea is to have a rural living experience
Wow! It sounds interesting. Can you share more details about this community?
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Friends

My apologies for such a long absence after starting the thread. The work at my site and the Job was making me completely crazy. I am starting to share my experience from the beginning and would love to provide any help/answers for all enthusiasts like me. My thanks to all those on the forum who provided a lot of information to me.

Stage I Identification of Place
Once I made up my mind after innumerable discussions and deliberations with self and my family, I started shortlisting the probable places. Being a travel enthusiast and by the virtue of exploring complete Himachal I wanted to pick up some Land there itself. The absolute criteria for me were 8-9 hours proximity from Delhi and 2-3 hours travel distance from the railway station. Of course the list of desirable criteria was endless for e.g. snow peaked mountains, overseeing or near a river, lot of sightseeing places around ………. And the list kept getting longer. I decided only to keep my absolutes in mind and started proceeding. On making some informed enquiries and a study on the net, I realized that being a non Himachali I was not allowed to buy the land in my name. Some people suggested that procuring the land by a person like me was only possible either on lease or making some other kind of arrangements. Coming from a service class family my risk appetite is as it is low and while taking such a big step , I did not have the guts to go ahead and buy the land in someone else’s name. So I had no other option but to look for other areas. Now I started focusing towards Uttrakhand. The initial enquiries were very heartening and gave me the confidence to go ahead. I found out that the current law allowed non-Uttarakhand residents wanting to buy residential properties in the state to buy land up to 300 square yards (2,700 square feet). There are no restrictions in buying an apartment (flat).
So I started to zero down on the probable places. I visited a lot of known and unknown places and had my own share of ups and downs once I saw the various lands shown by the local agents. Each place had its own positives and negatives. One thing which I forgot to mention earlier and which was the main criteria for me to go ahead was, yup you got it right “MY OWN FINANCIAL CAPABILITY”. Well after about six months I kind of finalized and visited Nathuakhan one more time in August 2012, for the initial Reiki of the probable Lands in my Budget. The place was suitable, as it was about 370 KM from my house in Delhi and took 7 hours by road. It was also well connected form Delhi in terms of various Trains till Kathgodam and after that was a two hours hill drive. My heart was pounding with pleasure and I kept praying that the agents should be able to show me some place which I like and most importantly should fit in my budget. Well as luck was favoring me they showed me a couple of options and most of them were in my budget. I shortlisted two and returned with a will to come back and Finalize one of them. I visited the place again twice, in October and November with my family and friends so that I could freeze my option.
Finally in November 2012 I bought the land and the registry was done in my name. I kept thanking God and everyone else who was standing beside me and had supported my decision. The land looked like this at the time when we had bought it.
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Dear Akkspaks - Congrats on your achievement
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The construction on my plot has started and here is the photograph taken from Ranikhet side -
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The construction, you mean the pushta's (retaining walls) in the centre of the last image - you have done this? Good, it's essential for long term anti-land slip precaution as one can never know about an overhead cloud-burst and the sort of complete damage that can do, attention to drainage is vital!
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Originally Posted by Paleface View Post The construction, you mean the pushta's (retaining walls) in the centre of the last image - you have done this? Good, it's essential for long term anti-land slip precaution as one can never know about an overhead cloud-burst and the sort of complete damage that can do, attention to drainage is vital!
Yes you are right, that is the site. We are now building a concrete road from the main Ranikhet-Jim Corbett State Highway that runs above and is visible with proper drainage. We intend to leave the plot just as it is now and after rainy season, we will check regarding the shifting of mud etc. and thereafter, take further rectificatory action, if required, before we commence with construction of the cottages/homes. Any more suggestions from your side are welcome.
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Getting your foundations in before monsoon is not a bad idea, because monsoon packs down the soil which is essential for reliable solid foundation. Of course you have to decide how deep you wish to go with the foundation, and whether or not the floor level of the house will be at field level, or raised on a chabutra/platform.

The advantage of a raised floor level is that it avoids the floor getting waterlogged if the field gets waterlogged - which you can't say will never happen. Either way i assume you are making the foundations with rocks in a concrete lined trench. Start stock-piling your rocks.
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Congratulations dear.
You are making it a reality that most of us dreams of but dont have enough zeal,time,money or willforce to venture out.
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Eagerly waiting for your experience.....
A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.
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Congratulations to both of you. Your dream-lands are on earth now and can be visualized with open eyes

Wish you happy going with the dream projects.
aamar payer tolai sorshe...(I have wheels under my feet)
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Thanks Duronto Jajabar for your good wishes - here is a link to another photograph of view of Himalayas from my plot -
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That's Mt. Trishul I guess...
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Yes it is the Trishul mastif

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