PM Imran seeks comprehensive mechanism for regulating Katchi Abaadis, Slums

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that we have to devise a comprehensive mechanism for regulating Katchi Abaadis and Slums without dislocating poor people and ensuring provision of all civic amenities to the people in those areas.

While presiding over a meeting on construction of low-cost/affordable five million houses in Islamabad on Monday, the prime minister said that construction of low-cost and affordable five million houses is the foremost priority of the government which would not only address housing issues of the people especially in the major cities but would also promote economic growth and create job opportunities.

After a detailed discussion on various international models and road-map for addressing the issue of housing, a Committee was constituted by the prime minister under the Secretary Housing & Works Dr. Imran Zeb Khan to devise a comprehensive and coherent plan of action, in consultation with relevant experts and representatives of concerned departments, taking into account all aspects including the legal framework, availability of the land bank and raising of required resources for smooth implementation of the project.

The Committee would submit its initial recommendations to the prime minister within one week.

The prime minister emphasized that private sector should be encouraged and maximum facilitation be extended to those who would be partnering with the government in the implementation of ‘05 Million Housing Program’.

The meeting was attended by Yaqoob Izahar, Najeeb Haroon, Arshad Dad, the Secretary Housing & Works, the Secretary Law Mr. Justice (retd) Abdul Shakoor Paracha and other senior officers.

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