HabFest exhibition to conclude on Sunday

Year-long celebrations to mark Habitat Technology Group’s 30th anniversary follows


Thiruvananthapuram, May 13: The four-day HabFest event conducted as part of Habitat Technology Group’s 30th anniversary celebrations to spread the message of low-cost, eco-friendly architecture methods and traditional building techniques will conclude tomorrow.

Thousands of visitors, including state ministers, policymakers and prominent experts from various fields, gathered at the exhibition to learn about sustainable and affordable building concepts and to see in action traditional building materials as also state of the art construction technologies.

Chief Minister Shri Pinarayi Vijayan will inaugurate the year-long celebrations marking the 30th anniversary of Habitat Technology Group at the exhibition’s closing ceremony in Poojappura Ground. The Chief Minister will also present the recently-declared National Habitat awards to individuals and organisations that have embraced sustainable building methods at the closing ceremony, which begins at 5.30 pm.

The valedictory function will see in attendance such notable personalities as Dr Shashi Tharoor M.P., who will deliver the presidential address, Shri O. Rajagopal MLA, celebrated poetess Smt.  Sugathakumari and cine actor Smt. Manju Warrier, among others.

Other than the 60 stalls exhibiting sustainable building materials and technologies, the HabFest event also saw well-received seminars discussing a number of relevant infrastructure- and capability-building measures. The fest also had free housing consultations, upcycling and recycling demos, street magic and cultural performances.

The fest’s main attraction was the model 300 sq ft home, which can be built within a budget of Rs 2.5 lakh in as little as three weeks. The concluding day, the construction of this demo house will be completed, barring the roof.

Following the closing ceremony, KPAC will stage a theatre production based on Vaikom Muhammad Basheer’s story enteuppuppaakkoruaanaundarnu.

Over the next year, Habitat will undertake several national level construction projects of Central and State governments and institutions.


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