‘Housing Challenge’ to be introduced by Government
In order to boost Housing for All programme, the Union government will introduce a technology competition called as ‘Housing Challenge’. It would be conducted by states to choose the best and most cost-effective technology for each affordable housing project.
The National Buildings Construction Corporation (NBCC), under the ministry of housing and urban affairs (MHUA), will provide a working model to the states. According to media reports, the ministry has identified 25 cities where the model can be rolled out on a pilot basis.
A “problem statement” for the Housing Challenge would be framed by NBCC. According to an official, the problem 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.
The move comes after the success of Smart City Challenge, which has been used to choose cities to be developed as smart cities. NBCC has finalised a concept paper to explain the Housing Challenge. It has laid out 16 different construction technologies approved for Housing for All and different public private partnership models recently worked out by MHUA.