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House-lifting technique gaining popularity

M. Srinivas
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After successfully raising a building and bringing it on par with road level at Venkataramana Colony, Mamchand and Sons Company is now executing works at four temples at Kadapa, Yanam near Kakinada and Srisailam apart from two houses in the city, writes M. Srinivas

New technique:Workers lifting an independent house at Malakpet using building-lifting technique on Thursday.-PHOTO: G. RAMAKRISHNA
New technique:Workers lifting an independent house at Malakpet using building-lifting technique on Thursday.-PHOTO: G. RAMAKRISHNA

The technique developed to lift and shift a house seems to be gradually gaining popularity in the city and other parts of the State. The company which has perfected the technology these days is besieged with requests from those either seeking to lift a home or relocate a structure.

Weeks after successfully raising a building by nearly three feet and bringing it on par with the road level at Venkataramana Colony in Nagole here, Mamchand and Sons Company has been receiving orders from different places. The company is now executing works at four temples at Kadapa, Yanam near Kakinada and Srisailam apart from two houses in the Capital.

On Thursday, the company technicians shifted Sri Anjaneya Swamy temple to some 200 yards back and placed it in a farmland at Chennur village in Kadapa district. After the pillars are strengthened, devotees will be allowed to perform pujas.

The relocation work was taken up after the villagers dismayed at the district administration’s decision to demolish it for a highway, approached Mamchand and Sons. The company technicians inspected the area and assured that the decades-old religious structure could be relocated without cracks, says Harkesh Kumar Chouhan of Mamchand and Sons.

In Hyderabad, a two-storeyed building owned by a political leader Amarender Goud was raised by six feet a few days ago and cellar for parking vehicles was created. “Mr. Goud approached us complaining about parking problem. The family was also facing problem during the rainy season as rain water gushes into their house,” Mr. Chouhan says.

The technicians raised the house using building-lifting technique and solved problems faced by Mr. Goud’s family. Instead of parking their vehicles on the road, the family can now park vehicles in the newly created cellar.

According to Mr. Chouhan, property owners were approaching the company after it successfully executed the work in Nagole where they lifted the structure without it developing a single crack and the wall tiles, window grills and doors remaining unaffected.

With the help of 15 persons, the company brought jacks used in heavy vehicles to lift the house. Initially, they dug up the basement, cut the pillars with gas cutters while using 200 cone shaped jacks and wooden pieces to take the load of the building. “Using these jacks, we lifted the building by three feet and used the same technique to lift houses in other areas,” Mr. Chouhan explains.


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