Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs Current Affairs

Government launches technology challenge to eliminate human entry into septic tanks

Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoUHA) has launched Technology Challenge: Identifying solutions for cleaning of Sewerage Systems and Septic Tanks to promote suitable techniques for cleaning sewers and septic tanks it to eliminate need for human entry in them.

Key Features of Challenge

The main objective of the challenge is to eliminate human intervention in cleaning of sewers and septic tanks. It also aims to identify technological as well as business process innovations to avoid human intervention in cleaning of sewers and septic tanks. It will also endorse viable business models that are suitable for different size, geographies, and class of cities.

The challenge will be conducted for two separate categories. Category A: technological solutions for cleaning and maintenance of sewerage systems to eliminate need for human entry, Category B: technological solutions for cleaning and maintenance of septic tanks to eliminate need for human entry.

The challenge will be part of Mahatma Gandhi International Sanitation Convention that will be held on October 2, 2018. Individual innovators, consortium partners, companies, academic institutions, R&D centers, NGOs, Parastatal and municipal bodies can participate in this challenge.

Special jury comprising experts from MoUHA, faculty from IITs/IIMs and representatives of leading civil society groups will evaluate and scrutinize the technological solutions submitted by participants. They will broad criteria for evaluation of proposals will take into considerations, operational effectiveness of technology, life or durability of machinery, ease of use (automation), ease of availability and economies of scale, adaptability and Versatility, made in India and lastly environmentally sustainability.

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51 lakh houses approved under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban) in 3 years: Government

The Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs has announced that over 51 lakh houses have been approved under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban) in the three years of its implementation. Out of 51 lakh sanctioned houses, over 28 lakhs houses are already in various stages of construction. Over 8 lakh houses have already been completed.

Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban)

PMAY(U) aims provide affordable houses to all poor in urban areas by 2022. It is new version of Prime Minister’s Housing For All by 2022 vision. Its objective is to construct two crore houses across nation. It covers entire urban area consisting of 4041 statutory towns with initial focus on 500 Class I cities.

Intended beneficiaries of scheme are Poor people (BPL) and People living under Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) and LIG (Low income Group) categories in urban establishments of country. It also targets people living under MIG (middle income Group). Government provides subsidy ranging between Rs. 1 lakh to 2.30 lakh to people from above categories in order to make them secure.

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