Locals fondly call the village Antharam. Ananthavaram, as it was known once upon a time, is the history of that particular village. After Organo Naandi, we are setting our eyes on weaning people away from the city to achieve our primary goal of counter urbanization. Additionally, we aim to impact five surrounding villages. The simple reason for choosing Antharam is that it is away from the hustle-bustle of the city and is also unaffected by the real estate mindset of the city.
Antharam has inherent advantages of being amidst agricultural areas where many farmers are still into agriculture and are willing to continue it for their livelihoods. Another advantage is that the village has its own native culture. And we believe if there has to be an impact, we have to create a project around it to make it happen.
With this intention, we have acquired 50 acres of land to build an integrated eco-habitat with a community of 150 residents and a wellness retreat.
We are targeting to bring out a new typology with some corrections from the learnings of our first project. To begin with, we are aiming to eliminate the movement of automobiles, especially 4 wheelers, within the community. We are making it a more pedestrian-friendly community as the residents would be mainly weekend occupants who may be looking at it to get away to a peaceful place with their children.
The community is being designed to work on a timeshare basis with the wellness resort so that these homes will be gainfully occupied at all times. We are also making an effort to reduce the footprint of each building while also making it more user friendly. Features which are related to Saptha Patha are going to be further researched and improvised as we are attempting to achieve some extent of water security, solar energy shared with the grid, and yet not waste any money in terms of connected demand charges with the government.
We have also understood what grows in this soil. Since it is black cotton soil we are planning to grow crops that are best suited while ensuring safe, practical or pragmatic organic practices. We are trying to respect land topology as much as possible and avoid disturbing fertile soil within the site and also design homes with rural ethos.
There is a poem in Telugu "Palleku podham, chalo chalo" which means let's go to the village. What we are trying to recreate here is the same sentiment where people come here, to their second home, they are welcomed by the ambience and feel of an actual village along with all the urban comforts. We would also like to create the ecosystem for people who want to work from home post the COVID era.
The houses we are designing will be well ventilated and energy modelled, including at the cluster level and other aspects. The community is going to have 20 to 25% of the land allocated for afforestation with local species of plants found in Telangana regions. We are paying a lot of attention to achieve better biodiversity by planting many local species.
As things stand today, the Organo Antaram project is in the process of procuring all the necessary approvals and we are expecting to launch it by March 2021. The project is going to be a group development which will also come under the HMDA limits.