Pakistan

Islamabad facing acute shortage of houses, NA told

ISLAMABAD: Parliamentary Secretary for Housing and Works Sajid Mehdi informed the National Assembly on Friday that there is acute shortage of houses in the Islamabad because no residential colonies were constructed since the last 21 years.

He was speaking in the House during question-hour session.

He said the ministry is working on a proposal to build ten-story flats in place of single story houses in F-6/4 Islamabad. He pointed out that the 1100 flats will be built in the first phase.

Parliamentary Secretary for National Health Services, Regulation and Coordination Dr Darshan told the House that Federal Health Regulatory Authority is being formed to regulate the fees being charged by the private doctors and hospitals in Islamabad.

He said steps have been taken to improve health facilities in public sector hospitals in the federal capital. To a question, he said there is no proposal under consideration of the government to impose ban on private practice of the government doctors in Islamabad.

Minister of State for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali told the NA that Neelum-Jhelum Hydropower Project will be made operational by June next year.

He said the Patan Hydropower Project will be constructed on 1943 acres of land. He said at present, project is at study stage and work is going for joint venture with a German company. Abid Sher Ali informed the House that Sindh and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa have some reservations on Akhori Dam.

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