Online Building Permission System (OBPS), a digital transformation-based reform aimed at reducing the overall time taken for approvals of building plans, has been implemented across 2,057 cities, including 444 AMRUT cities. As a result, India’s ranking rose to 27th position in the World Bank Doing Business Report (DBR) 2020, in the Ease of Doing Business in Construction Permits, moving up from 181 rank in DBR 2018, showing remarkable improvement since the implementation of the reform. This information was given by Shri Hardeep Singh Puri, Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs(I/C) while addressing a webinar to mark the 5th Anniversary of various Urban Missions.
Under Smart Cities Mission (SCM) ₹1,66,000 crore worth tenders have been issued so far, ₹ 1,25,000 crore worth work orders have been issued and ₹ 27,000 crore worth projects have been completed. The Integrated Command and Control Centres (ICCC) developed under the Smart Cities Mission have helped cities in their fight against COVID. The 47 operational ICCCs became war-rooms and have played an effective role in COVID response.
Under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana – Urban (PMAY-U) approvals for 1.05 Cr houses have already been sanctioned, of which 65 lakhs are grounded and 35 lakhs have been built and delivered to beneficiaries across the country. Construction activity under the scheme has had a huge impact on the other sectors of the economy with a multiplier effect in employment generation. Employment for approximately 1.65 Cr citizens has been generated through forward and backward linkages. Around 370 lakh metric tonne cement and 84 Lakh metric tonne steel has been consumed due to investment being made in the houses grounded.
Government has identified many alternative and innovative technologies through a Global Housing Technology Challenge- India. 6 Light House Projects are being implemented in six states across the country which will act as live laboratories demonstrating innovative, proven construction technologies for speedier and cost-effective construction of houses which are sustainable green, eco-friendly and disaster resilient.