Mokokchung, June 25 (MTNews): Union Minister for Housing & Urban Affairs, Hardeep Singh Puri, joined from Delhi to virtually lay the Foundation Stone of  Demonstration Housing Project in PWD Housing Complex in Sematila, Dimapur using Emerging Technologies under PMAY (Urban) on Saturday, June 25.


The union minister was joined by Nagaland minister for PWD (Housing & Mechanical), Tongpang Ozukum, Deputy Speaker of the Nagaland Legislative Assembly T Yangseo Sangtam and Minister of Soil & Water Conservation, Geology & Mining Kashiho Sangtam and officials of Housing & Urban Affairs, government of India.


The event also coincided with the completion of 7 Years of PMAY-U. The total cost of the project is Rs 1085 lakhs with a completion timeframe of 10.5 months.


“This G+2 building comprising of 40 units will be built using Prefabricated Sandwich Panel System-EPS Cement Sandwich Panels with steel structure. It will be used as Working Women’s Hostel. The project will be equipped with other features and adequate social infrastructure,” the union minister said.


According to Singh, the DHP, an initiative under the Technology Sub-Mission “reflects the philosophy of the government to pilot innovations and build local expertise.”

He said that the Building Materials and Technology Promotion Council (BMTPC) have been handholding these Demonstration Housing Projects, and have helped in raising awareness about new construction technologies across India. “Most of the states are adopting new construction technologies today. Under PMAY(U) alone, more than 16 lakh houses are being constructed using green technologies,” he said.

The union minister expressed happiness that Nagaland has also joined this “growing movement by using a new technology, namely Prefabricated Sandwich Panel System – EPS Cement Sandwich Panels with steel structure for the Demonstration Housing Projects.”


He informed that more than 60 lakh houses of the 1.23 crore houses approved under the PMAY-U have been handed over to beneficiaries while another 40 lakh houses are being constructed. In Nagaland, he added that more than 75 housing projects have been considered for a total of 32,335 houses.


“A critical aspect of mission implementation has been the shift from age-old construction practices to newer and greener construction processes that are more sustainable,” he added.

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