After the success of Smart City Challenge, the Union government is ready to introduce a similar technology competition to give fillip to the Housing for All programme. The competition – to be called Housing Challenge — would be conducted by states to choose the best and most cost-effective technology for each affordable housing project. 

National Buildings Construction Corporation (NBCCBSE -0.28 %), under the ministry of housing and urban affairs (MHUA), has been tasked with providing a working model to the states.

NBCC would handhold the state governments in the initial Housing Challenges. According to sources, the ministry has identified 25 cities where the model can be rolled out on a pilot basis.