‘Strengthens cooperative federalism’: PM Modi lays foundation stone of Light House Projects

Updated on Jan 01, 2021 03:49 PM IST

The prime minister also described the various technologies that will be used to construct houses in each of the six locations: Agartala, Lucknow, Indore, Rajkot, Chennai and Ranchi.

PM Narendra Modi (ANI)
PM Narendra Modi (ANI)
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | Byhindustantimes.com | Edited by Karan Manral

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday virtually laid the foundation stone of Light House Projects (LHP) under the Global Housing Technology Challenge (GHTC) -India , conceptualised by the Union ministry of housing and urban affairs. The project aims to identify and mainstream several innovative technologies from across the world which are sustainable and disaster-resilient.

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Speaking on the occasion, PM Modi said the six projects would give housing projects in the country, adding that this will also strengthen the cooperative federalism. The prime minister further said that earlier, housing projects were not given priority by various central governments and that the governments were not concerned about the quality of housing infrastructure. “Today, the country has taken a different approach. We have decided to change the approach towards housing. Why should the country not get better technology?” PM Modi remarked.

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Talking more about the GHTC-India challenge, more than 50 companies working on innovative technologies participated in it. PM Modi then spoke about the technologies that will be used at the six locations: Agartala, Lucknow, Indore, Rajkot, Chennai and Ranchi. The ones in Indore, he said, won’t have walls made of bricks; “pre-fabricated sandwich panel” system will be used for these. For Rajkot, PM Modi said, the French “monolithic concrete construction” technology will be used.

Precast concrete system from the United States and Finland will be used in Chennai, while in Ranchi, Germany’s 3-D construction system will be used, PM Modi added. New Zealand’s steel frame technology will be used in Agartala and a technology from Canada will be used in Lucknow, he further said.

Earlier in the day, PM Modi had tweeted, “On the first day of 2021, will be taking part in a programme aimed at transforming India’s urban landscape. Will lay the foundation stone of Light House Projects and distribute PMAY (Urban) and ASHA-India Awards. Join Live at 11 AM.” Under the project,each location will get more than 1,000 houses for the Economically Weaker Sections (EWS). The period of construction is maximum 12 months from the date these sites are handed over to the construction agency after all statutory approvals.


Union minister for housing and urban affairs Hardeep Singh Puri, and chief ministers of Tripura, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Jharkhand, respectively, also addressed the gathering on Friday.

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