Royal Commission on Labour in India: Report(1929)||
Some of the type plans used by employers and others seemed to us to be unnecessarily expensive and, as it is of first importance to conserve financial resources, every effort should be made to evolve cheaper types. Acceptable designs will naturally vary from place to place according to the customs of the people, but experiments with different plans and materials cannot fail to prove advantageous. We have in mind the experiments carried out by the Empress Mills in Nagpur under the supervision of their welfare officer. There it has been demonstrated that two-roomed houses of suitable size, with adequate light and ventilation, can be constructed at a cost of Rs. 350 per unit. The development of schemes of .these cheaper types would make the provision of decent workers' houses a much less remote contingency than it otherwise seems. In order to stimulate interest and to explore the best types, Government might consider the possibility of offering prizes for plans and specifications of working class houses, costing not more than a fixed amount.