Global challenge of Covid has given scope to innovate: Modi

New DelhiĀ (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday laid the foundation stone of the Light House Projects (LHP) under the Global Housing Technology Challenge (GHTC-India) and said the worldwide challenge of Covid-19 has given the scope to innovate and incubate with new technology.

The six LHP has been 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.

Speaking on the occasion, Modi said: “This global challenge of Covid-19 has given us the scope to innovate and incubate with new technology. From today, work is starting on six Light House Projects at different locations. These projects will be completed by modern technology and innovative processes.”

The Prime Minister said at one time, housing schemes were not the priority for the Central governments as much as it should have been.

“However, we know that transformation is impossible without all-around development. The country has adopted a new approach and a different road ahead,” he said.

He also said that these six projects are really like lighthouses. These six projects will show a new direction to the housing construction in the country.

“These projects are incubation centres for our planners, engineers, architects and students to learn from. They will also be able to experiment on new technology,” Modi said.

The Prime MInister said to promote research and innovation, we’re running the ASHA India project. Through this, we’re developing new and cheap technology to build houses for the 21st century.

Citing examples of the use of new technology in construction, Modi said that in Ranchi, we are using 3D construction system from Germany. In this pattern, every room will be built separately and then the entire structure will be connected like lego blocks.

“In Agartala, we are building homes using steel frame technology from New Zealand. This is to prevent the houses from the perpetual risk of earthquakes,” he said, adding, “In Lucknow, we are using technology from Canada. Plaster and paint would not be needed in this and pre-built walls will be used.”

Earlier in the day, Modi 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.”

Under the project, LHPs will be constructed in Agartala, Lucknow, Indore, Rajkot, Chennai and Ranchi, with each location getting 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 respectively, also addressed the gathering.

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