LightHouse Project (LAP)
- Prime Minister NarendraModi laid the foundation for the LightHouse Project (LAP) in six states. He laid the foundation stone for Light House Projects (LAP) under the Global Housing Technology Challenge (GHTC-India)
- The Lighthouse Project is an ambitious scheme of the Union Urban Ministry under which people are provided sustainable housing, taking care of the local climate and ecology.
- For the LightHouse project, 6 states have been selected from across the country, among them Tripura, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, and Tamil Nadu.
- In this project, cheap and strong houses are built using special techniques.
- In this project, beam-columns and panels are brought from the factory to the place of construction of the house, the advantage is that the duration and cost of construction arereduced, hence the cost in the project is reduced.
- The houses built under this project will be completely earthquake-resistant.
What is ‘LightHouse Project’?
- Lighthouse projects envisage creating a holistic environment for the adoption of state-of-the-art technologies in the field of housing construction.
- Lighthouse projects are being constructed in Indore (Madhya Pradesh), Rajkot (Gujarat), Chennai (Tamil Nadu), Ranchi (Jharkhand), Agartala (Tripura), and Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh).
- It includes about 1,000 houses with associated infrastructure facilities at each location.
- These projects will present and distribute houses ready to live within just twelve months, much faster than traditional brick and concrete constructions. Apart from this, these houses will also be economical and durable with high quality.
- These lightweight housing projects (LAPs) demonstrate a variety of technologies. This includes the use of a prefabricated sandwich panel system, tunnel formwork, etc. in LHP of Indore.
Key features of the Global Housing Technology Challenge (GHTC)
- The Global Housing Technology Challenge, launched in 2019, is a challenging program under the PradhanMantriAwasYojana- Urban.
- The GHTC aims to meet the target of constructing 2 crore houses by the year 2022 by speedily completing the construction of affordable housing.
- GHTC focuses on identifying displayable technologies that have proved useful for lighthouse projects and mainstreaming their use. Also, under the Global Housing Technology Challenge, potential future technologies for incubation and rapid collaboration are identified through the Affordable Sustainable Housing Accelerators- India i.e. (ASHA-India).
The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs has already launched the GHTC.
This challenge has three components:
- Organizing the Grand Expo and Conference.
- Identifying certified demonstrable technologies from around the world.
- Promote potential technologies through the establishment of affordable, sustainable housing for incubation and rapid support.
Source- PIB, The Hindu