ISLAMABAD, May 24, 2011 : Though there is a general complaint about housing shortage in Islamabad, the number of houses in the city has increased by 70 per cent during the last 12 years, said a survey conducted by the Census Department in collaboration with the Federal Directorate of Education and the local administration.
Survey report obtained by Dawn on Tuesday showed that there were 219,076 houses both in urban and rural areas of the capital city against 128,753 housing units registered in the census 1998.
The survey was conducted as a part of the countrywide pre-census exercise to ascertain the number of houses. Some 400 enumerators from the education department took part in the survey for which the entire capital territory was divided into 14 sectors.
The sector consisting of Tarlai Kalan, Pindori and Chatta Bakhtawar villages registered the highest number of houses – 62,355.
Interestingly, the number of families registered during the survey completed this month was less than the number of houses. The survey said there were 184,992 families living in the federal capital.
According to the area-wise breakdown, Sector F-11 and Sangjani have 21,182 houses; F-6 and F-7 and Saidpur village 8,823 houses; G-11 and Jhangi Syedan 30,092 houses, Tarlai Kalan, Pindori and Chatta Bakhtawar 62,355 houses; Kirpa and Khangi Syedan 45,321 houses, while the number of housing units in sectors E-8, E-9 and E-11 is 8,823.
Village Noorpur Shahan and Red Zone have 2,000 houses, Sector G-6 has 5,381 houses, Sector G-7 and its katchi abadi 6,944 houses, Sector G-8 and its slums 7,500 houses, sectors G-8, G-9, I-8 and I-9 6,855 houses; Sector I-10 has 7,654 houses and 3,474 houses were registered in Sector G-10.
According to the 1998 census, the total population of Islamabad was 805,235 which has now increased to 1.2 million, according to an estimate made in the survey.
“It has been observed that there was insignificant increase in the number of houses in developed residential sectors like F-6, F-7, F8, G-6, G-7, G-8, and G-9 but 100 per cent increase has been seen in localities like Bhara Kahu, Banigala, Tarnol, Golra, sectors I-11, G-11, G-12, F12 and H-13,” said an official of the local administration.
Earlier, there was only one National Assembly seat in Islamabad but in the last decade the city was divided into rural and urban areas to create two seats.
(Published in “Daily DAWN” on May 25, 2011)