Urban Affairs Ministry launches Light House Project challenge

Feb 11, 2019 17:32 IST
Urban Affairs Ministry launches Light House Project challenge

The Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs has instituted a challenge for States and Union Territories to select six sites across the country for constructing the lighthouse projects under Global Housing Technology Challenge- India (GHTC- India)

The challenge has been launched to bring about paradigm shift in housing construction technology sector. The states and union territories that score the highest marks will be awarded lighthouse projects.

Important Note

The Urban Affairs Ministry has encouraged all the states and union territories to participate in the challenge proactively. The last date for participation is February 20, 2019.

The states and UTs can send their applications in the prescribed format at the earliest and latest by February 20.

The selected states or UTs will then enter into a Memorandum of Agreement (MoU) with the Urban Affairs Ministry to execute these lighthouse projects in their regions under GHTC-India.

Key Highlights

The winning six states or union territories, which score the highest marks across the prescribed criteria, will be awarded lighthouse projects.

The winners will receive central assistance to construct these projects as per Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban) guidelines.

In addition to this, a Technology Innovation Grant (TIG) for the states/ UTs is provisioned to offset the impact of any additional cost implication due to the use of new technology and to absorb the issues related to economies of scale and other related factors.

The selected sites for lighthouse projects will be used as an ‘open laboratory’ for live demonstration and will receive due attention from academia, public and private practitioners, policymakers and media apart from felicitation and recognition in Grand Expo-cum-Conference.

Global Housing Technology Challenge-India

The three key components of the challenge are as follows:

i) Conduct of Grand Expo-cum-Conference

ii) Identifying Proven Demonstrable Technologies from across the globe

iii) Promoting Potential Technologies through the establishment of Affordable Sustainable Housing Accelerators- India (ASHA-I) for incubation and accelerator support.

Among the three points, the second component intends to identify and pilot ‘Proven Demonstrable Technologies’ from around the world in actual housing projects in different parts of the country.

The shortlisted global technology providers will be invited to plan and construct lighthouse projects within the framework of PMAY (U) on pre-selected sites provided by States/UTs across six identified PMAY.

Other Details

The states and UTs were appraised about the challenge through video conferencing chaired by JS & MD, Housing for All, Amrit Abhijat.

Besides this, the Ministry will also be doing the Technology Meets during the Construction year.

This will encourage the potential beneficiary to visit the sites to see the ongoing work for adaptation.

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