Prime Minister Imran Khan has constituted a committee to suggest recommendations for smooth implementation of the PM’s Housing Programme aimed to build five million housing units for middle and lower income segments in next five years through the private sector.
Provision of affordable housing to working classes across Pakistan is one among 36 basic promises made by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf in its manifesto. A taskforce to suggest ways and means to implement this ambitious plan has already been created.
On Monday, PM Imran chaired a meeting in this regard to hold a detailed discussion on various international models and road-map for addressing the issue of housing.
A committee headed by housing secretary has also been formed to devise a comprehensive and coherent plan of action in consultation with relevant experts and representatives of departments concerned.
“The committee will take into account all aspects including the legal framework, availability of land bank and raising of required resources for smooth implementation of the project,” said a statement issued by the PM office following the meeting.
This committee would submit its initial recommendations to the Prime Minister within one week. Senior officers and officials of the Ministry of Housing and Works attended the meeting besides representatives of Law Ministry.
“Construction of low-cost and affordable houses is the foremost priority of the government. It will not only address growing housing needs of the people especially in the major cities but also promote economic growth and create job opportunities,” PM Imran was quoted as saying during the meeting.
The Prime Minister also emphasised government officers that private sector should be encouraged and maximum facilitation be extended to those who would be partnering with the government in the implementation of five million housing plan.
The issue of slums also came under discussion on the occasion. The prime minister asked officials to work out a comprehensive mechanism for regulating slums without dislocating people and ensuring provision of all civic amenities to the people in those areas.