The Narendra Modi-led Central Government plans to launch an online knowledge lab for States and Union Territories, detailing ways to execute affordable housing projects through new technologies and innovative designs in order to meet the target of housing for all by 2022.
The Ministry for Housing and Urban Affairs said that the laboratory will act as a source of information on the matters related to affordable housing in the country. An official said that the ministry has taken several steps to implement housing projects and share knowledge in various thematic areas such as housing technologies, innovative designs, housing finance and development policies.
The official further said that “In view of requirement for a repository of information on these subjects being felt strongly across states and UTs, a ‘Housing for All – Knowledge Lab’ will be established.”
The States and Union Territories can use technologies generated by stakeholders with regard to the government’s vision of housing for all under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban). Under PMAY(U) as the Central Government has set a target of constructing one crore houses by 2022 across the country.
The official also said that all stakeholders made a “lot of efforts” and generated knowledge towards planning and formulation of policy documents, housing for all plan of action and public-private partnership (PPP) projects.
As planned, the content and documents that will be uploaded in the ‘knowledge lab’ are policy frameworks, specific guidelines on financial mechanism, thematic detailed project reports with model design, best practice, lessons from ‘failures’ and international experiences on social housing.
R K Gautam, the director of Housing for All (HFA-V), will be in charge of the ‘knowledge lab’. Last month, the Ministry for Housing and Urban Affairs sanctioned the construction of nearly 1.12 lakh more affordable houses for urban poor in eight states under PMAY (U) and this took the total number of houses being funded to 55 lakh across the country so far.