NEW DELHI: Expressing confidence that his government would be able to achieve the goal of ensuring housing for all, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said the Light House Projects (LHPs) being executed with modern technologies in six states will show a new direction to the housing construction sector.Also, participation of states from northern, eastern, western and southern parts of the country in this campaign “is strengthening the feeling of our cooperative federalism further”, Modi said while laying the foundation stone of the six LHPs under the Global Housing Technology Challenge-India.
Housing for the poor and the middle class has been a priority for his government, the PM said. The project seeks to build over 1,000 houses each in six cities, along with allied infrastructure facilities, in 12 months. These cities are Indore, Rajkot, Chennai, Ranchi, Agartala and Lucknow.The PM said the houses built under LHPs will take less time to construct and will be more resilient, affordable and comfortable. “Two crore houses have been constructed in villages and we will construct more at a faster speed.”
Modi said at one time, housing plans were not the priority for the governments. “The government did not care about the details and quality of construction… Today, the country has chosen a different approach.”
Construction sector acts as a force multiplier for the economy, he noted, and added that his government had taken a number of steps to boost the real estate sector and would continue to do so.He said modern construction practices from countries like France, Germany and Canada would be adopted under the LHPs. They will serve as incubation centres, he said, urging architects, planners, engineers and students to visit these projects.