ABAAS -- the Odisha Urban Housing Mission – that envisages at providing all residents of urban areas access to range of housing options in the State was launched here on Sunday.

With India's urban population expected to grow exponentially over the next couple of decades, urban housing will be a central issue for the government.

Order of the National Green Tribunal (Principal Bench, New Delhi) in the matter of Anil Uppal & Ors. Vs. U.O.I. & Ors. dated 28/07/2015 regarding the extent of open/park spaces available to the residents of Lagoon Residential Apartment Complex, Ambience Island NH-24, Gurgaon, Haryana.

At the slum decadal growth rate of 34%, the slum households are projected to go upto 18 million. 2 million non-slum urban poor households are proposed to be covered under the Mission. Hence, total housing shortage envisaged to be addressed through the new mission is 20 million.

With cities increasingly in the spotlight on the international stage, urban planning and development has become a critical issue in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The Cabinet is likely to approve increase in interest subsidy for the poor so that people from economically weaker section in urban areas can own a house under the government's “Housing for All“ sc

The task of getting approvals from different civic agencies for buildings is likely to get easier with new and dynamic building bye-laws in the offing.

The city is expected to witness a 40 per cent shortfall in the supply of housing units by the end of 2018.

A new scenario analysis demonstrates that a very aggressive residential building energy efficiency policy and market driven scenario in India can substantially reduce future energy demand in the sector. Following a business-as-usual scenario it is estimated that consumption from the residential building sector could rise up to 8 times.

For the first time in human history the urban population outnumbers the rural one. This is both due to villages growing to become towns and cities, and migration of the rural population to urban cities.