New Delhi (NVI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi today laid the foundation stone of Light House projects (LHPs) under Global Housing Technology Challenge (GHTC) – at six sites across six States, through video conference.
These light house projects 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’s Office said in a statement.
आज से अलग-अलग साइट्स पर 6 लाइट हाउस प्रोजेक्ट्स का काम शुरू हो रहा है। इससे गरीबों के लिए ज्यादा Resilient, Affordable और Comfortable घर तैयार होंगे। pic.twitter.com/zwn1C3Kzp2
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) January 1, 2021
“The Light House 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,” PM Modi said in a tweet earlier in the day.
While speaking on the occasion, PM said that the houses are called light house projects in technical language but these 6 projects are really like lighthouses showing a new direction to the housing sector in the country.
The Prime Minister cited these light house projects as an example of the approach of the present Government. He said at one time, housing schemes were not as much as the priority of the central government and did not go into the nuances and quality of home construction.
“Today, the country has chosen a different approach, adopting a different route and a better technology, to complete the projects faster, he said while stressing on the importance for the Government ministries not to have large and sluggish structures, but to be fit like startups.
He expressed happiness on the active participation of more than 50 Innovative Construction Companies from around the world. He said this global challenge has given us a scope to innovate and incubate with new technology, the PMO said.
The Prime Minister further informed that more than 2 crore housing units have been constructed in rural India. “Effort will be on to accelerate the speed of rural housing this year,” he said.
The Prime Minister said that getting the key of a house is not just getting possession of a dwelling unit but it opens doors of dignity, confidence, safe future, new identity and expanding possibilities. “All round work that is being done for ‘Housing for All’ is bringing positive change in the lives of crores of poor and middle class families,” he added.
On the occasion, the PM also announced the winners under Affordable Sustainable Housing Accelerators – India (ASHA-India) and gave away annual awards for excellence in implementation of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana – Urban (PMAY-U) Mission.
He also released a certification course on innovative construction technologies named NAVARITIH (New, Affordable, Validated, Research Innovation Technologies for Indian Housing). Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri, Chief Ministers of Uttar Pradesh, Tripura, Jharkhand, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh were present on the occasion.