ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday said the government’s flagship program of construction of five million housing in next five years would help address shortage of official accommodation.
Chairing a briefing in Islamabad on Wednesday, he said the government was cognizant of the issues being faced in the housing sector especially with regards to provision of official accommodation to the government employees in Islamabad and provincial headquarters.
The prime minister also expressed concern over underutilisation of the human resource and expertise available with various organisations of the Housing Ministry and directed that a comprehensive plan should be prepared to ensure optimum utilisation of the available human resource.
The secretary housing also briefed the PM about the progress on Naya Pakistan Housing Programme. It was informed that an encouraging response was being received from the bidders and companies towards Naya Pakistan Housing Programme.
He said 41 bidders and companies had applied and offered land for plots, apartments and houses in major cities of Pakistan.
Imran was informed that all efforts were being made to ensure complete transparency in the process of allotment of official accommodations while efforts were also afoot to get official accommodations vacated from illegal occupation.
In a statement earlier, he lamented that unfortunately the housing sector had remained one of the most neglected areas in the past and no serious effort was made by the previous governments to cater to the needs of the low-income groups for provision of shelter.