ISLAMABAD – Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday launched PTI’s ambitious flagship “Naya Pakistan Housing Programme” aimed at building five million low-cost and affordable housing units across the country, fulfilling one of the “cornerstones” of his party’s election manifesto.
The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), in its election manifesto, had pledged to provides houses to homeless people across the country if it voted to power. Now, it is going to launch the pilot projects of the scheme in all the four provinces and Gilgit-Baltistan in the first phase.
The government has selected seven districts across the country where the pilot project will be executed.
National Registration and Database Authority (NDRA) has started issuing registration forms that can be submitted at relevant offices.
In order to handle the project, a special Naya Pakistan Housing Authority has been inaugurated by the prime minister. The project will be executed through public-private partnership.
Last month, the prime minister chaired a meeting of the Task Force on Housing which was attended by Housing Minister for Punjab Mian Mehmood-ur-Rasheed, Mr. Najeeb Haroon, MNA, Lt. Gen Moazzam Ajaz, Quarter-Master General (QMG), Maj General Naveed Safdar, Director General Army Lands, Dr. Imran Zeb Khan, Secretary Housing, Mr. Arshad Dad, Mr. Yaqoob Tahir Izhar, Mr. Ali Zafar, Mr. Zaigham Mahmood Rizvi, Mr. Saleem Ranjha of Akhuwwat Foundation and others.
The Task Force apprised the Prime Minister about the progress made so far in formulating a comprehensive plan for planning, execution and monitoring of the ‘05 million Housing Project’ for the low-income groups as well as regularization of Katchi Abadis.
The prime minister was informed that a comprehensive housing policy framework with a holistic approach and multifaceted initiatives was being developed to create a conducive environment and offering the one-window solution to the local as well as foreign investors. It was informed that an apex body would be created for the purpose to ensure seamless execution of the project.
PM Khan has already decided to take ownership of this demand-driven initiative that would not only fulfil PTI’s promise of provision of 05 million houses to the homeless but would also create huge economic activities and job opportunities for the youth.
Lt. Gen Moazzam Ajaz, Quarter-Master General, made a detailed presentation on the army’s experience in catering to the housing needs of its personnel. He also offered Army’s expertise and assistance in implementing the 05 million housing project.
The Prime Minister said that besides utilizing the expertise of both the public and the private sector, successful financial models including that of Akhuwwat would be replicated to ensure success and affordability.
The prime minister directed the Task Force to expedite finalization of the plan including the legislative framework for its consideration by the provincial and the federal government.