The housing ministry is in talks with the defence ministry for building around 2
lakh houses for paramilitary forces using prefabricated technology. Similarly, another
37,500 such houses are being planned in Mumbai after a successful pilot project of 200
houses. Housing secretary Nandita Chatterjee said demonstration projects using such
technology have been executed in different zones of the country and several states,
including Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka, Odisha, Bihar, Jharkhand, Haryana
and Maharashtra, have shown keen interest in alternative construction technologies.
Prefabrication is the practice of assembling components of a structure at the
manufacturing site before transporting it to the building site. After inaugurating the 'HPL
Housing Technology Park' in the national capital, housing minister M Venakaiah
Naidu said, "Speedy, safe and sustainable construction using prefabricated alternative
technologies is the need of the hour to meet the targets under the Pradhan Mantri Awas
Yojana and programmes of state governments.
Several such technologies validated by official technical agencies are now
available and need to be scaled up in use." Naidu said that with increase in demand,
prefabricated construction technologies would become even more cost effective and they
need to be promoted in a big way. Police can call a Good Samaritan for examination only
once if he opts to be a witness in a road accident. In a recent notification, the road
transport ministry has said in case a statement is to be recorded, it should be done in a
single examination. Complying with the direction of the Supreme Court order of March,
the ministry has added the new provision in the standard operating procedures (SOP) for
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