Encourage HousingLooking at the success that came from the Smart City Challenge, Union Government is planning to launch a new competition based on similar lines to boost the Housing for All scheme. The competition will be called Housing Challenge and would be held in states to select the most cost-friendly technology for affordable housing projects.

National Buildings Construction Corporation (NBCC) has been given the responsibility of handing over the working model to all the states.

NBCC would shake hands with all the states during the initial phases of Housing Challenges. As per sources, there are a total of 25 cities which have been brought into the picture by the ministry to which they can give out the model on a pilot basis.

As per the decision of the ministry, every competition will be distinctive in its own way.

NBCC would make ‘problem statement’ in the Housing Challenge. That will contain the problem to be solved or any kind of task to be done.

The challenge will clearly mention the number of units that have to be developed in the project and the financial modes that would provide funds. Then the bidders will have to put forward a technology that will achieve the objective in the most cost effective way.

The plan has been made after the Smart City Challenge, in which cities had to compete among each other to win and be developed as smart cities.