The Aim to Transform Existing Construction Practices:
Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared 2019-20 as Construction Technology Year during the inauguration event of Construction Technology India (CTI) 2019 Expo-cum-Conference under Global Housing Technology Challenge-India (GHTC-India).
Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) launched GHTC-India(Global Housing Technology Challenge-India) which aims to get globally acclaimed, alternate and proven construction technologies for speedier and cost-effective construction of affordable housing. Subsequently, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) had published Request for Proposal (RFP)on July 05, 2019 at www.eprocure.gov.in. for construction of Light House Projects (LHP) at 6 selected sites under GHTC-India.
The Light House Projects will be constructed at :
- Indore, Madhya Pradesh
- Rajkot, Gujarat
- Chennai, Tamil Nadu
- Ranchi, Jharkhand
- Agartala, Tripura
- Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh
All residential buildings under LHPs shall be built only with the alternate technologies listed in the Request for Proposal (RFP) document. The alternate & innovative technologies are technologies replacing conventional construction technologies such as:
- Load bearing masonry building, i.e., walls built with masonry made of brick, cement concrete solid, hollow blocks and any other masonry, and with roof made of RC.
- Cast in-situ RC frame building with masonry infill walls and cast in-situ RC slab.
What are Light House Projects?
Light House Projects (LHP) shall mean a model/real housing project with about 1,000 houses built with alternate technology suitable to the geo-climatic and hazard conditions of the region. This will demonstrate and deliver ready to live -in houses with speed, economy and with better quality of construction in a sustainable manner.
The minimum size of houses constructed under LHPs shall be up to 30 Square Meters carpet area in accordance with the prevailing guidelines of the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana Urban. It will act as a live laboratory for all stakeholders to learn about different aspects of new technology.
Government Agencies, Academia, Researchers, Builders will get a chance to visit the construction site and learn different aspects of new technologies.
Each LHP will also include on-site infrastructure development such as internal roads, pathways, common green area, boundary wall, water supply, sewerage, drainage, rain water harvesting, solar lighting, external electrification, etc. Cluster design may include an innovative system of water supply and drainage, renewable energy sources with special focus on solar energy.
Pre-bid Meeting for Construction of Light House Projects:
A pre-bid meeting in this regard was organized on 29th July 2019 at Nirman Bhawan, New Delhi in which officials of MoHUA, CPWD, BMTPC, HPL, NBCC and the concerned State governments were present to address the queries of potential bidders.
The Pre-bid meeting was attended by 125 participants representing more than 40 agencies. All queries raised by the potential bidders were addressed during the meeting. Clarifications were provided that the aim of the RFP is to identify agencies that can deliver the pre-specified number of houses in minimum time and minimum cost using six-distinct innovative and alternate technologies at six locations.
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Press Information Bureau Government of India Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation. (2019, February 11). “Light House Projects challenge” launched – to bring about Paradigm shift in housing construction Technology Sector. Retrieved from https://pib.gov.in/newsite/PrintRelease.aspx?relid=188313