PM lays foundation for smart housing projects in 6 states, including Tripura

Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid foundation of Light House Project (LHP) under Prime Minister’s Awas Yojana to be coming up in Tripura capital Agartala, along with 5 other states, through a virtual ceremony on January 1.

The scheme aims to ensure housing for all by 2022.

Besides Agartala – the only city in the Northeast, LHP as part of Global Housing Technology Challenge-India (GHTC- India) initiative has also been unveiled in Ranchi of Jharkhand, Lucknow of Uttar Pradesh, Indore of Madhya Pradesh, Rajkot of Gujarat and Chennai of Tamil Nadu.

The proposed LHP in Tripura’s Agartala would be constructed using New Zealand technology near Indo-Bangladesh border to provide 1000 flats for poor people residing in slum areas where subsidy of Rs 9 lakh to Rs 11 lakh for the purchase of flats would be given to the beneficiaries and the remaining amount will be bought from banks as low interest loans.

“The lighthouses of six cities would be used in different world class technology, each one of them would become an incubation centre for our technocrats. The earthquake resilient steel structure technology of New Zealand will be used for LHP in Tripura while innovative construction technology of Finland, Germany, Canada and America would be used for other cities. As a result, within a year all LHP would come into use,” prime minister Narendra Modi said while addressing the virtual event.

He urged technical institutes including IITs and NITs to send budding engineers in each of the LHP sites for a particular period to learn the new technologies for decide the future construction strategies of India.

“We are using six different world technologies on experiment basis, which can be replicated directly or with certain modifications of local situations by our technocrats,” he said.

‘Affordable housing for poor people in Tripura’

The prime minister envisaged that LHPs will usher an affordable and decent housing for the urban poor within the timeline under GHTC- India involves skill, speed and scale aspects for implementation of innovative and fast track construction technologies from across the world, which would be replicated later in other cities.

LHP comes up with alternate technology suitable to the geo-climatic and hazard conditions of the region. The structural details shall be designed to meet the durability and safety requirements of applicable loads including earthquakes and cyclones and flood as applicable in accordance with the applicable international standards.

Addressing the gathering Tripura chief minister Biplab Deb applauded prime minister Modi for launching the innovative project for marginalize section of the society.

“The development has been redefined in Northeast especially for Tripura under Modi’s leadership and people of the region are brought under different initiatives at par with other parts of the country, which was not even thought by previous government,” Deb said.

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