Prime minister reviews lighthouse projects across the country via drones – ET RealEstate

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday reviewed the progress of Lighthouse projects across the country via drones.

PM Modi had launched the Lighthouse projects on January 1, 2021, to use new technology to complete housing projects faster while making them more resilient.

Work on six lighthouse projects at different sites is underway, using modern technology.

One such example of the use of modern technology is that of a project in Indore that will not have brick and mortar walls, instead, the prefabricated Sandwich Panel system shall be used in the project.

The lighthouses in Rajkot that will be built using french technology and have monolithic concrete construction technology using tunnels and the house will be more capable of withstanding disasters, is another such example.

Canadian technology is being used in a project in Lucknow, which will not require plaster and paint and will use the entire walls already prepared to build houses faster.

In Chennai, the US and Finland-based technologies, the Precast Concrete system, will be used to construct the houses faster and cheaper.

In Ranchi, houses will be built using Germany’s 3D construction system. Each room will be made separately and then the entire structure will be added in the same way as Lego Blocks toys.

Houses are being built in Agartala with steel frames using New Zealand-based technology which can withstand major earthquake risks.

Thousands of houses will be built swiftly at every location which will act as incubation centres through which our planners, architects, engineers and students will be able to learn and experiment with new technology.



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Gurugram: No RWA elections for a year, Ambience Lagoon flat owners write to PM – ET RealEstate

GURUGRAM: A group of residents in Ambience Lagoon has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, seeking his intervention in a dispute regarding the RWA elections in the condominium.

The residents said they had been requesting the district registrar and the state officials for a year to hold the elections to the governing body of the RWA, which has been pending since June 2020, but their pleas have fallen on deaf ears.

The residents alleged that the district registrar’s office has been using the pandemic as an excuse to delay the polls. In June 2020, the district registrar had appointed an ad-hoc committee without consulting RWA members, they alleged. Since then, the panel has been derailing the process and functions arbitrarily, refusing to implead in the court case in the Supreme Court against the builder, the residents claimed.

“Several election officers have been appointed by the district registrar, but they refuse to show up and conduct the elections. When their term expires, the term is either extended or a new officer appointed,” said Sanjay Lal, former vice-president of the association.

When contacted, a member of the ad-hoc committee refused to comment on the matter.

Meanwhile, Ratan Deep, the appointed returning officer, said, “I was appointed by the district registrar in April. During the lockdown, it was not conducive to conduct the election process. Even the society was under LOR (large outbreak areas) till a few weeks ago. The election will be held under the supervision of the committee constituted by the district registrar…”



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PM has set target of providing houses to all by 2022: Narendra Singh Tomar – ET RealEstate

Union minister Narendra Singh Tomar on Thursday said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has set a target of providing houses to all by 2022. He was speaking during a virtual house-warming ceremony of houses meant for 1.25 lakh families under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY)-Gramin for rural areas.

“The prime minister has set a target of providing houses to all those not having one by 2022. As part of it, 2.95 crore houses will be built. So far, more than 1.32 crore houses have already been constructed under the scheme in the country,” the Union Rural Development and Panhayati Raj Minister said.

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan took part in the event from Dhar district headquarters. He dedicated over 10,000 community development works, including 6,000 community cleanliness campuses, 2,000 sports grounds, 2,000 Shantidham and 634 panchayat bhawans.

On the occasion, he transferred Rs 2,000 crore in the accounts of five lakh beneficiaries of the PMAY-Gramin. Tomar praised Chouhan saying that under his leadership, Madhya Pradesh is progressing in an all-round manner. The minister said that during the UPA regime only six lakh houses were constructed in a year, while under the current government, 29 lakh houses are being built and provided to the beneficiaries every year.

In Madhya Pradesh, 3.25 lakh houses are being constructed in a year after enhancement of funds under the scheme, and the state has secured second position in the country in implementing the PMAY scheme, he said. Speaking during the function, Chouhan said that the poor will now be able to live in pucca houses.

“Today 1.25 lakh people have celebrated gruh pravesh (house warming ceremony) and earlier 1.75 lakh others got their pucca houses in the presence of the prime minister and Tomar in the state,” he said.



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EWS housing scheme hits displacement stir hurdle in Ranchi – ET RealEstate

RANCHI: After over a month of Prime Minister Narendra Modi laying the foundation online for the Light House Project, a centrally sponsored housing scheme for the economically weaker section (EWS) in Jagarnathpur area here, residents have opposed it fearing large-scale displacement.

On January 1 this year, Modi laid the foundation for construction of nearly 1,000 houses on about seven acres of land with an estimated budget of Rs 133.99 crore. The state urban development department has zeroed in on the 3-acre Mitra Mandal ground spread in Jagarnathpur here to begin the first phase work of the scheme.

However, the administration could not start the work after protests by the locals who are agitating under the banner of Basti Bachchao Sangharsh Samiti (BBSS). On Thursday, the Ranchi Municipal Corporation had scheduled a meeting to pacify them but it was cancelled after the residents did not turn up.

Ranchi mayor Asha Lakra said efforts are on to pacify protesters. “The protesters are ignorant about the benefits of this project. Today, we had scheduled the talks with the locals but we had cancelled them as most had gone for work and none turned up. We will try to re-schedule it on a Sunday or some other holiday. We are sure of solving any issue through talks,” she said.

Mintu Paswan, the convener of BBSS, which represents 26 localities in and around Jagarnathpur, said they have appealed to the state government to shift the project to another vacant site saying that the earmarked site is the only playing ground for their children.

Talking to TOI, Paswan said there are several concerns among the residents after the announcement of the project. “First, the earmarked site has historical significance as international football matches were held here earlier. Moreover, this is the only open ground in the area for playing and other cultural activities. A highrise will end that.”

He further said, “None of the officials took us into confidence before selecting this site and we came to know of it only when the foundation stone was laid. Besides, the site is only of three acres and the project is proposed on seven acres. It meant the localities around the area will be acquired and several families will be displaced in future. We will not allow that to happen.”

Paswan added, “Most importantly, the government is claiming that the houses are meant for the EWS, but the price of each unit is quite high and none of us who live in the localities nearby will be able to afford it.”

According to the provisions in the project, the Centre will invest Rs 5.5 lakh per unit, which has about 350 sqft area, while the state’s government’s share is Rs 1 lakh. Each selected beneficiary will have the bear the remaining price amount of Rs 6.79 lakh.

According to Paswan, the majority of the two lakh residents of the 26 localities would not be able to afford the amount and said, “Most of us are casual workers who have a hand-to-mouth existence. The houses are definitely not meant for us, so for whom are these houses coming up? We are not against the project but we are against acquiring of the village land and future displacements. The government should consider our genuine demands.”



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