PM Raja approves construction of housing flats in I-11 Sector Islamabad
Up to 5,000 flats will be constructed on railway land, PM told
Islamabad (Friday, August 24, 2012) – Approving the construction of flats in the federal capital Sector I-11 Islamabad, Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf on Friday said that the government was cognisant of the acute shortage of housing facilities for government servants in the city.
This needs to be addressed by coming up with out-of-the-box solution so that some relief can be provided to government servants, he added.
The prime minister made these observations during a briefing given to him by the Ministry of Housing and Works on the construction of flats for government servants in Islamabad, at the Prime Minister’s House.
Housing and Works Secretary Kamran Lashari briefed the prime minister on the salient features of the project. Lashari informed the prime minister that nearly 3,500-5,000 flats are proposed to be constructed in Sector I-11 on Pakistan Railways (PR) land spread over 50 acres. The total cost of the project is estimated at Rs 28 billion, he said. Dilating on the present precarious housing situation, the secretary said that nearly 28,000 housing units were available for government servants against a total demand of 50,000.
The prime minister said that prima-facie the project seems feasible. “We need to work out a criteria for allotment of flats, ensure their construction according to international standards and affordability,” he said.
Raja said due to shortage of land for construction in Islamabad, the Capital Development Authority (CDA) should encourage high-rise buildings in the capital. Federal Minister for Housing Sardar Talib Nakai said that housing was a genuine demand of government servants and supported the project.
Finance Minister Dr Abdul Hafeez Shaikh said that PR should be given due compensation for the land on which the flats to be constructed.
Approving the project in principle, the prime minister constituted a task force comprising representatives of the housing, railways, finance departments for assessing the price of land and directed the task force to present its recommendations within a week.