PM Imran Khan will himself supervise construction of 5 million houses

PAKISTAN

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday chaired a meeting to review progress on formulation of a road-map for construction of five million house across the Country at Prime Minister’s Office in Islamabad.

Imran Khan said that besides the availability of vast state lands across the country, utilization of prime lands of the state guest houses and other government owned accommodations/properties in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa alone could generate billions of rupees for five million Housing Scheme.

In his remarks, the prime minster said that provision of five million housing, equipped all basic facilities, and regularization of katchi abadis/slums is a foremost priority of the government being the part of PTI’s manifesto.

The prime minister said that construction of affordable housing initiative would not only provide shelter to the homeless but would generate huge economic activity by providing millions of jobs and boosting all linked industries of the housing sector.

The secretary housing briefed the prime minister about the current situation vis-à-vis the annual demand and shortfall in the housing sector. He also identified various options regarding ensuring availability of land bank, raising for the required finances through different modes and undertaking administrative and legal measures needed to encourage private sector and the foreign investors towards Prime Minister’s five million Housing Initiative.

The prime minister directed the committee to finalize its recommendations regarding formulation of a comprehensive plan of action with delineated timelines within two weeks for early roll out the Housing Program.

It was decided during the meeting the prime minister will take ownership of the initiative in order to ensure smooth implementation and removing any administrative bottlenecks.