Tribune News Service
New Delhi, December 1
Reiterating the Centre’s commitment to provide housing to all, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday launched Light House Projects in six cities to build 1,000 ready-to-move-in houses in a year.
The projects, under government’s Global Housing Technology Challenge (GHTC), will kick start from today in Indore, Rajkot, Chennai, Ranchi, Agartala and Lucknow, and will use innovative technology to complete 1,000 housing units at each location in 12 months.
“We pledge to finish the projects before January 26 next year,” the PM said during the virtual launch of the projects selected from the GHTC, in which over 50 global innovative construction technology firms participated.
The PM said two crore rural houses had been built and efforts were on to accelerate the speed of rural housing this year, besides building affordable rental housing complexes for migrant workers in cities.
Describing a house as a marker of one’s dignity and confidence, the PM said, “The Light House Projects will give a new direction to India’s housing sector. They signal the government’s new approach to housing, an approach that asks why the poor cannot have sustainable and high-quality houses.”
Asking ministries to create fit “start-up like” structures rather than unwieldy sluggish ones, the PM said the Light House Projects would give India a scope to innovate and incubate with new technology.
He urged students, planners and architects to visit project sites and grasp new technologies for future alterations to suit domestic needs.
The projects will use a range of modern housing technologies from France, US, Finland, Germany, New Zealand and Canada to build earthquake-resistant units and save construction time.
“Thousands of houses will be built in 12 months at every location,” the PM noted, announcing a certificate course for construction sector workers to upgrade their skills related to new housing technology.
Adding that housing for the poor and middle classes was government’s priority, PM Modi said 60,000 real estate projects had been registered under the Real Estate Regulation Act, which was inspiring among people the “previously lost confidence that they could own a house by making due investments”.
“In the past, people had no faith in legal support should they face a crisis with housing investments, but that has changed now,” the PM said, listing government’s measures to restore people’s confidence in owning a house, including interest subsidies on home loans.
The PM also announced plans for affordable rental housing complexes in cities to give dignity to migrant workers whose worth, he said, had been well acknowledged during the Covid times.
Shares new year poem
The PM greeted the nation on New Year on Friday and shared a poem:, “Aasman mein sar uthakar, ghane badlon ko cheer kar, roshni ka sankalp lein, abhi to suraj uga hai…,” “Let’s start our first day of the new year with a mesmerising and motivating poem written by our PM Modi,” MyGovIndia said in a tweet. PTI