Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)



GHTC–India stands for Global Housing Technology Challenge – India, an initiative by Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Govt. of India, with an aim to identify, evaluate and shortlist a basket of proven & potential innovative technologies from across the globe and subsequently mainstream them in Indian construction sector that are sustainable, green, disaster resilient. Such technologies would be cost effective, faster and ensure a higher quality of construction of houses, suiting to diverse geo-climatic conditions of India and desired structural & functional needs.

GHTC-India aims to transform the existing construction practices in housing sector, which employ conventional construction systems that are slow paced, energy intensive, dependent heavily on depleting natural resources, polluting and have large carbon foot print. The Challenge based on competition format, will invite proven & potential construction technologies that can speed up the time taken for construction, reduce costs, improve quality and ensure sustainable & disaster-resilient construction practices for mass housing in general and affordable housing in particular.

GHTC-India has following three components:

  1. Component 1 - Conduct of EXPO-Cum-Conference
  2. Component 2 - Identifying Proven Demonstrable Technologies :Inducting suitable established technologies from across the globe to the Indian market through shortlisting and actual construction of Light House Projects
  3. Component 3 - Establishment of Affordable Sustainable Housing Accelerators India (ASHA-India) for Indian technologies which have potential but not market ready yet. These technologies will be provided required support for development through Incubation Centres or field level application through Accelerator Workshops.

GHTC-India is being organized by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA), Government of India.

GHTC-India is being conducted to help boost the capacity of the country to deliver on its ever-growing demand for sustainable and quality urban housing in a cost effective manner. While a major portion of the demand in this sector is being met by the flagship Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Urban (PMAY(U)), there is large level of construction activities being carried out by Govt. entities like Development Authorities, CPWD, Public Sector entities like NBCC etc. and a host of private entities operating in the private sector. There is felt need to bring about a paradigm shift in the housing construction sector in India with an alternate technology transition that can facilitate construction of houses in a faster and cost-effective manner while meeting environmental, economic and social national/international standards.

Under Technology Sub-Mission of the PMAY(U), various State Governments are already using alternate construction technologies in construction of about 1.2 million houses. GHTC-India will leverage these successes and expand the scope of technology transition to reach the full spectrum of stakeholders in housing sector in India and beyond.

GHTC-India is a platform that consists of several components that are designed as competitions.

The Challenge is culmination of series of meetings, roundtable discussions, design workshops, interactive meets and is evolved based on feedback received from Stakeholders including NITI Aayog, 11 Central Ministries, various State/UT Govts., Academia (IITs), R&D Institutions, Standards Institutions, Public and Private Agencies, Builders. and International Organisations like Bloomberg Philanthropies, MIT.

MoHUA has partnered with Institutions of repute to collaborate, advise, support and facilitate the conduct of GHTC-India.

  1. World Resource Institute (WRI), India
  2. National Real Estate Development Council (NAREDCO)

MoHUA has additionally partnered with other Institutions of repute to collaborate and support the conduct of GHTC-India as Associate Knowledge Partner.

  1. IIT - Bombay
  2. IIT - Kharagpur
  3. IIT - Madras
  4. IIT - Roorkee
  5. NITs
  6. National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA)
  7. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  8. International Finance Corporation-World Bank Group
  9. UN Habitat
  10. Bloomberg Philanthropies


  1. Technology Providers from across the globe with proven housing construction technologies
  2. Researchers, R&D Institutions, Startups, Innovators working on potential construction materials and technologies of India
  3. States/UTs, SLNA of PMAY(U), State Housing Boards, PWDs and other parastatal departments of similar nature
  4. Faculty and Students of Technical Institutions
  5. Public and Private construction agencies
  6. Officials of other Ministries like Defence, HRD, Science & Technology, Power, Environment , Forest & Climate Change
  7. Developers/builders/contracting agencies dealing with licensed proven alternate technologies

  1. Technology Providers from across the globe having proven alternate new construction technology for Light House projects (Refer Component 2 – Construction of Light House Projects)
  2. Researchers, Startups and innovators from India, who have been working on potential construction materials & technologies and have developed technologies / prototype but need some technical support and guidance to take them to logical end
  3. Developers/builders/contracting agencies dealing with licensed proven alternate technologies

Yes, if they have complete Technical and administrative back up for planning, designing and executing a project and their components lead to a construction systems as per the requirements of the GHTC-India.

The registration for participation is online through website, specifically created for the Challenge.

The details will be available on the website shortly. Please watch out for an announcement in the website.


No, not for participation in the EXPO. For subsequent Light House Project, an office may be required to work through local Indian support Partners. However, it is not mandatory.

Yes, it is preferred to have construction systems which can replace conventional load bearing and cast-in-place RCC framed construction, however a combination of building components holistically replacing conventional system can also be considered.

Yes, if they fulfil the requirement as per the prescribed proforma.

Yes, they can also apply.

Yes, they can also apply.


No, all the applications will be accepted online only.


EXPO will be held on 2nd & 3rd March,2019 at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi, India.

Yes, selected Technology Providers will be required to display their system through presentation and Exhibits. Prototype construction using technology is also welcome.


The basic information required are:

  1. Details of Technology provider with Annual Reports of last 3 years
  2. Brief on the alternate Technology
  3. Experience in construction
  4. Executed projects using the alternate technology

Please refer to the terms and conditions of participation in the Expo and Conference to find out if you are eligible to receive any support towards attending.


A Technical Evaluation Committee (TEC) constituted by MoHUA, Govt. of India for this purpose shall evaluate and finalise the technologies.

The alternate & innovative technologies are technologies replacing conventional construction technologies such as:

  1. Load bearing masonry building, i.e., walls built with masonry made of brick, cement concrete solid, hollow blocks and any other masonry, and with roof made of RC.
  2. Cast in-situ RC frame building with masonry infill walls and cast in-situ RC slab.

The following information amongst others will be required on getting shortlisted by TEC, in prescribed proforma, which will be available on the website,

  1. Details of Technology
  2. Certification of the Technology by recognized agency, if any
  3. Details of the following
    - Structural integrity & serviceability against vertical and lateral loads (earthquake & wind).
    - Fire safety
    - Thermal performance
    - Acoustic performance
    - Durability
    - Performance against rain penetration
    - Sustainability & maintenance aspects
    - Quality control & assurance aspects

The applications, in prescribed proforma available on line through website, will be received based on the details submitted for participation in EXPO and shortlisted by TEC for further selection.

Those initially shortlisted will be required to submit additional technical details about the technology in prescribed proforma available on the website for selection process.

The TEC will examine & evaluate the Details and based on their interaction with the Technology Providers during Expo, will select Technologies suitable for six identified locations covering different Indian geo-climatic conditions.

All the technology Providers, so shortlisted will be eligible for participation in Light House projects through bidding process.

The final selection for light house projects will be based on least cost. Six different technologies will get chance to execute the light house projects.

Technology Providers may tie up with Local support Partners, who will also be participating in the EXPO.

All technologies that do not make it to the final six Light House Projects may still have an opportunity to be used for mass housing in the country and will also be used for certification, development of SORs, inclusion in Indian standards, introduction in academic course curriculum.


  1. Gets a chance to showcase their emerging technologies at EXPO
  2. Opportunity to implement their technology on ground as a housing project approved by the government
  3. Chance to enter into huge Housing Construction market in the country
  4. Can Transfer the technology to India
  5. Can establish their production units in the country, potentially resulting in uptake of new technologies in the construction industry
  6. Benefit from their technologies being incorporated subsequently in schedule of Rates (SORs) and standards


Light House Projects are real housing project of about 1000 houses each to be built in about two hectare of land in six identified places across the country.

This will act as a live laboratory for all stakeholders to learn about different aspects of new technology.

All those Technologies ,which TEC considers fulfilling basic requirements of performance and functional need of the country will be eligible for Light House projects.

Broadly based on their suitability for the geo climatic conditions of the identified sites and meeting Structural & functional performance requirements.

If more than one technology satisfy the requirement of a particular location, all satisfying technologies will be eligible for bidding for the Light House project for that location. Decision of TEC will be final in this regard.

In six locations in different regions of the country, six different technologies will get a chance to construct lighthouse projects.

Bidding will be two bid process - Technical and Financial. Those who qualify the Technical criteria will move to Financial bidding stage.

The usual duration is 18 months. However it is expected that Technology Providers will compete to complete the project in lesser time, for which incentives are proposed.

About 1000 houses, depending upon the land and permitted FSI of the specific location.

The responsibility of Architectural design, planning also rests with the Technology provider.

One to two hectare.

Yes, if that particular technology is selected by TEC for more than one location.

Yes, respective State Government will provide suitable land needed for casting at site.

Yes, GHTC provides the platform for such tie up. During EXPO, Technology Providers will get opportunity to interact with potential Local Partners for possible tie up.

Any Indian Company/Entity which is in the business of construction of housing units or real estate development.


Yes, during the EXPO, such meetings will be arranged.


Light House projects will be live laboratories for all the stake holders.

Govt. agencies, Academia, Researchers, Builders will get chance to visit the construction site and learn different aspects of new technologies.

The project will be taken as an Affordable Housing Project (AHP) under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana - Urban, with contribution from Central Government and State Government.

The expected cost/ unit is Rs 8 lakh.

In addition a Technology Innovation Grant up to Rs. 2 Lakh per dwelling unit is proposed to be given to offset the impact and absorb any issues, which may arise due to challenges of scale and other factors related to such new technology.

Role of States/UTs

Sates/ UTs are expected to actively participate in this initiative of the Govt. of India.

States/UTs are encouraged to be a part of this Challenge and come forward with suitable land ,as prescribed for Light House project and avail this unique opportunity to introduce new proven Technology in their State.

States / UTs may apply in the prescribe proforma to participate in the Light House project.

Selection will be done by TEC.

The land should be at least one to two hectare free from all encumbrances.

Other criteria for selection will be:

  • Proximity of the site from the City Centre, Connectivity of site to water supply, sewerage, electricity, public transport
  • Readiness of the site with no additional development work required
  • Commitment for financial assistance
  • Commitment to facilitate setting of new technology components, as may be needed
  • Performance in implementation of PMAY(U)

Beneficiary's selection for houses constructed under Light House Project will be done by States/UTs in accordance with the guidelines of PMAY(U).


Potential technologies needing support in handholding/ improvements to fulfil the structural, fire, functional and other requirements will get an opportunity to tie up with one of the four Incubation Centres being set up in IITs. Four such Centres are planned in IITs - Bombay, Kharagpur, Madras & Roorkee.

These Centre will receive grants based on the detailed proposals, to be appraised by BMTPC, under PMAY (U).

Accelerator Workshops will be organized during EXPO and subsequently periodically by BMTPC in collaboration with WRI for Potential Technologies which are ready for use but need guidance in standardisation, financial management, marketing etc.

Those involved in potential technology development will get guidance from Experts from Financial institutions, Bankers, Marketing and other Experts to take their innovation forward.

  1. If transfer of technology takes place for a particular technology, manufacturing units , may be setup under "Make in India" Mission
  2. Training of Professionals (engineers/architects) on new identified technologies, could be undertaken under "Skill India" Mission


The challenge website, will be updated with all relevant details of the challenge on a progressive basis. Those interested in receiving latest updates about the challenge may subscribe to the free facility available on the website.

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About GHTC-India

Global Housing Technology Challenge-India (GHTC-India) intends to get the best globally available innovative construction technologies through a challenge process. It aims to demonstrate and deliver ready to live-in houses in minimum time and minimum cost with high-quality of construction in a sustainable manner... Click here to read more

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