PM unveils project for affordable housing

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In News:

  • Prime Minister Modi laid the foundation stone of six Light House Projects (LHPs) in six cities across six States as part of the Global Housing Technology Challenge-India (GHTC-India) initiative.

News Summary:

  • Prime Minister Modi laid the foundation stone of six Light House Projects (LHPs) in six cities across six States as part of the Global Housing Technology Challenge-India (GHTC-India) initiative.
  • In each of these projects, nearly 2.7 units of houses will be built per day using such new technologies.
  • About 1,000 houses at each location will be constructed in a year.
  • These technologies will be subsequently used across the country for faster construction of houses.

PM’s comments:

  • Addressing the Chief Ministers, Governors and other officials of the respective States, the Prime Minister (PM) said the country was getting new technologies for providing resilient, and comfortable housing for the poor and the middle class.
  • He said the cooperation extended by the States in this regards was also strengthening cooperative federalism.
  • The PM called upon planners, architects and students to visit the project sites, learn from the technologies, and mould them for use in accordance with the local requirements.

About: GHTC-India initiative

  • The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA), Government of India, has conceptualized a Global Housing Technology Challenge – India (GHTC- India).
  • The GHTC-India platform aspires to provide an eco-system for the adoption of innovative technologies in the housing construction sector in a holistic manner.
  • It aims to identify and mainstream a basket of innovative technologies from across the globe that are sustainable and disaster-resilient.
  • The GHTC provides the scope for incubating new technologies for construction and innovation.
  • GHTC-India leverages the scale and successes of the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban) and its Technology Sub-Mission.

About: Light House Projects

  • Under GHTC-India, Light House Projects (LHPs) are being constructed, initially in six cities of India.
  • The Light House Projects (LHPs) showcase the best of new-age alternate global technologies, materials and processes in the construction sector for the first time in the country at such a large scale.
  • They comprise about 1000 houses at each location along with allied infrastructure facilities.
  • These projects will demonstrate and deliver ready to live houses at an expedited pace within twelve months.
  • As compared to conventional brick and mortar construction, these houses will be more economical, sustainable, of high quality and durability.

Latest technologies in construction:

  • The LHPs under GHTC-India are being constructed at six cities in India, with six different technologies in construction from countries such as the USA, Germany, Finland, France, New Zealand and Canada.
  • The six distinct technologies were selected from a basket of 54 such shortlisted technologies.
  • These LHPs demonstrate a variety of technologies, including:
    • Prefabricated Sandwich Panel System in LHP at Indore
    • Monolithic Concrete Construction using Tunnel Formwork in LHP at Rajkot
    • Precast Concrete Construction System in LHP at Chennai
    • 3D Volumetric Precast Concrete Construction System in LHP at Ranchi
    • Structural Steel Frame with Light Gauge Steel Infill Panels in LHP at Agartala
    • PVC Stay In Place Formwork System in LHP at Lucknow

Will be expanded after demonstration of performance:

  • The LHPs will serve as live laboratories for facilitating transfer of technology to the field and its further replication.  
  • This includes planning, design, production of components, construction practices and testing for both faculty and students of IITs, NITs, other Engineering colleges, Planning and Architecture colleges, builders, professionals of private and public sectors and other stakeholders.

Also Read: 24 states, UTs join scheme on affordable rental housing

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