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By Tanmoy Chakraborty
Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone of Light House projects (LHPs) under Global Housing Technology Challenge (GHTC)- in six states, including Tripura on January 1 via video conference.
The LHPs are being constructed at Indore (Madhya Pradesh), Rajkot (Gujarat), Chennai (Tamil Nadu), Ranchi (Jharkhand), Agartala (Tripura) and Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh).
“The LightHouse Projects (LHPs) will showcase the best forms of technology, used for public welfare. It will make you proud that our nation is leveraging such technology to give an impetus to our development trajectory,” Modi said.
The project seeks to build over 1,000 houses each in six cities in 12 months.
“These six projects will show a new direction to the housing construction in the country,” Modi said.
Participation of states from northern, eastern, western and southern parts of the country in this campaign “is strengthening the feeling of our cooperative federalism further”, Modi added.
Modi also said housing for the poor and the middle class has been a priority for his government.
He said various measures taken by his government in the last six years have restored the confidence of the common man that he can own a house.
Speaking of the Light House Projects, he said these will be made up of modern technology and innovative processes and reduce the construction time and make a more resilient, affordable and comfortable house for the poor.
The prime minister also announced winners under the Affordable Sustainable Housing Accelerators - India (ASHA-India) and gave out annual awards for excellence in implementation of the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Urban (PMAY-U) Mission.
During the event, he also released a certificate course on innovative construction technologies named ‘NAVARITIH’ (New, Affordable, Validated, Research Innovation Technologies for Indian Housing) and a compendium of 54 innovative housing construction technologies identified through GHTC-India.
(Edited by Laxmi Chyrmang)