Meera Ben (Miss Madelene Slade) was already settled in Sevagram before Gandhiji came to stay here. At that time there was not even an approach road for the village. One make-shift road was soon constructed. A metalled road was constructed by the Government, when a Congress ministry was formed in the Central Provinces in 1937 under the scheme of provincial autonomy.
Gandhiji had put one condition for the construction
of his hut (now known as Adi Niwas). Not more than Rs.500/ be spent on the hut and
it be built with material available to serve food to inmates and then
used to take his meals. He lived in one corner of the hut. Frontier Gandhi
Khan Abdul Gaffar Khan, Saint Tukdoji, Kasturba and other Ashram inmates
also lived in the same hut.