ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday launched the Naya Pakistan Housing scheme, envisaging construction of five million housing units countrywide in the next five years, ARY News reported.
Addressing a launching ceremony of the project in Islamabad, PM Khan said the government was building 100,000 houses in Balochistan and 6,000 housing units in Azad and Jammu Kashmir.
The first phase will see the construction of 135,000 houses across the country and five million low-cost houses in the next five years.
Khan said investors from different countries were now taking interest in Pakistan.
Imran Khan would continue inaugurating housing schemes in different cities. He underlined that state policies were formed to eradicate poverty from the grass root level.
He said a particular group with vested interests at its forefront was a major obstacle in ‘Tabdeeli’ that the government had been trying to trigger.
‘Those taking mileage from the previous system come up with strong resistance whenever we bring about reforms’ said the prime minister.
He said anyone raising hue and cry were the ones becoming billionaires through the previous system of governance. Imran Khan said the country’s debt rose to $30 billion from $6 billion in the last 10 years.
He stated that population control in the country had become inevitable.
The premier said 40 percent population of Karachi resided in slums and slammed that none of the past rulers enacted a policy about slum dwellers.
“We have been in power for just eight to nine months, and it’s being said [by the opposition] that the government has failed.”
Earlier in his address, Finance Minister Asad Umar said the launching of housing scheme would also add to progress of 40 other industries.
He said ample employment opportunities would be created in the wake of housing scheme. Asad Umar said the government would also ease loan process for low-income housing scheme.
Director General Housing Scheme, in his address, said the housing foundation had so far provided housing units to 23,000 government employees.
While secretary housing foundation said financial problems and a legal framework were main obstacles in the scheme, which had now been resolved.