Global Housing Construction Technology Challenge - PMAY-U

In a bid to bring construction rate of houses under PMAY-U at par with its counterpart PMAY-R, the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs has launched a "Global Housing Construction Technology Challenge" with four parameters time, cost, quality, and sustainability, to make the scheme more dynamic.

PMAY-U is been moving at a pace far slower than PMAY-R, the move of throwing a challenge of this type will help in building houses faster, cheaper, and of better quality, with sustainable green materials.

The plan is to invite ideas from across the globe for alternative technologies that go beyond the brick-and-mortar building model used widely in Indian construction, to make it possible to meet target of providing 'housing for all' under PMAY-U.

Under PMAY-U, a vertical of "the affordable housing project", the innovative ideas will be used in mass construction of houses for economically weaker sections and low-income groups.

The revised target of ministry under the scheme is to provide 1.2 crore houses by 2022, while only 10% of them around 48.26 lakh are constructed so far. The winning technologies will be used to build 1,000 houses within the next six to seven months across six geographically different urban areas.

The Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Housing for All (Urban) will be implemented during 2015-2022 and will provide central assistance to Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) and other implementing agencies through States/UTs.

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