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Odisha wins ‘World Habitat Award 2019’ for OLHM – Jaga Mission

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On 9th December, 2019, Odisha won the ‘World Habitat Award 2019’ for Jaga Mission also called Odisha Livable Habitat Mission (OLHM), a slum land titling project executed for the benefit of millions of urban-poor people living in slums. The award was given by the World Habitat, a UK (United Kingdom) based organization, in association with the United Nations (UN)-Habitat, which gives the award annually to recognize innovative housing projects around the habitat award Key Points:

i.The Jaga is a society under Housing and Urban Development Department (HUDD), Government of Odisha. The OLHM-JAGA aims at transforming the slums into livable habitats and under which 52,682 urban poor families living in the slums have been granted land rights certificate. The mission works under the Odisha Land Rights to Slum Dwellers Act passed in September 2017.

ii.The Jaga mission was started on May 7, 2018 and is being executed by the State Government in association with Tata Trusts and Norman Foster Foundation. The target for completion is 2021-2023. Recently the project was awarded the ‘India Geospatial Excellence Award’ for technological innovation in the improvement of the living conditions of urban people.

World Habitat Award:

  • World Habitat Awards recognise and highlight innovative, outstanding and sometimes revolutionary housing ideas, projects and programmes from across the world.
  • It was established in the year 1985, by the Building and Social Housing Foundation (BSHF) for the identification and promotion of good habitat practices.
  • It was initiated in 1987 as World Habitat contribution to the United Nations International Year of Shelter for the Homeless.

About Odisha:
Capital- Bhubaneswar
Governor- Ganeshi Lal
Chief Minister (CM)- Naveen Patnaik