Govt. launches Lightjouse Projects Challenge for paradigm shift in housing construction technology sector

The Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs has instituted a challenge for States and Union Territories (UTs) to select six sites across the country for constructing  Lighthouse Projects under Global Housing Technology Challenge - India (GHTC- India).
The winning six States/ UTs that score the highest marks across the prescribed criteria will be awarded lighthouse projects. 
The States/ UTs will receive Central Assistance to construct these projects as per the guidelines under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Urban (PMAY-U), the Government's flagship urban housing programme.
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 a live demonstration and will receive due attention from academia (Civil Engineering, Planning, Architecture), practitioners (Public/ Private), policymakers (Central/ State) and media, apart from felicitation and recognition in a Grand Expo-cum-Conference.
GHTC-India has three components, namely, the conduct of Grand Expo-cum-Conference, identifying Proven Demonstrable Technologies from across the globe and promoting potential technologies through the establishment of Affordable Sustainable Housing Accelerators- India (ASHA-I) for incubation and accelerator support. 
Out of the three, 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.
The last date for participation by the States and UTs is February 20. The States and UTs have to send their applications in the prescribed format at the earliest and latest by that day. The selected States and UTs will enter into a memorandum of agreement with the Ministry to execute these lighthouse projects in their States/ UTs under GHTC-India.
The States and UTs have also been apprised about this challenge through video conferencing chaired by Amrit Abhijat, JS & MD, Housing for All. He mentioned that the Ministry will also be doing 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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