Tech Chal­lenge to Shape Hous­ing for All

Find­ing the best & most cost-ef­fec­tive tech for af­ford­able hous­ing NBCC told to pro­vide a work­ing model and help states in ini­tial chal­lenges

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

New Delhi: Af­ter the suc­cess of Smart City Chal­lenge, the Union gov­ern­ment is ready to in­tro­duce a sim­i­lar tech­nol­ogy com­pe­ti­tion to give fil­lip to the Hous­ing for All pro­gramme. The com­pe­ti­tion – to be called Hous­ing Chal­lenge — would be con­ducted by states to choose the best and most cost-ef­fec­tive tech­nol­ogy for each af­ford­able hous­ing project.

Na­tional Build­ings Con­struc­tion Cor­po­ra­tion(NBCC),un­der­them­i­nistry of hous­ing and ur­ban af­fairs (MHUA), has been tasked with pro­vid­ing a work­ing model to the states. NBCC­would­hand­holdthes­tat­e­gov­ern­ments in the ini­tial Hous­ing Chal­lenges. Ac­cord­ing to sources, the min­istry has iden­ti­fied 25 cities where the model can be rolled out on a pi­lot ba­sis.

The min­istry has de­cided that each com­pe­ti­tion­would­be­u­nique.NBCC would frame a “prob­lem state­ment” fortheHous­ingChal­lenge.Thep­rob­lem state­ment would clearly state the prob­lem, or the task at hand. “The chal­lenge would clearly state that a project in­volves the num­ber of dwelling units to be built and the prob­a­ble fi­nan­cial mod­els to fund it. The bid­ders would have to pro­pose a tech­nol­ogy that would achieve the ob­jec­tive and would be the most time and cost ef­fec­tive,” said an of­fi­cial. The move comes af­ter the Smart City Chal­lenge, which has been used to choose cities to be de­vel­oped as smart cities, was ap­pre­ci­ated by Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi.

NBCChas­fi­naliseda­con­cept­pa­per to ex­plain the Hous­ing Chal­lenge. It has laid out 16 dif­fer­ent con­struc­tion tech­nolo­gies ap­proved for Hous­ing for All and dif­fer­ent public pri­vate part­ner­ship­mod­el­sre­cent­ly­worked out by MHUA.

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