ISLAMABAD: So far, only 17,000 homes have been delivered across the country under the previous government’s Naya Pakistan housing initiative.
The number of housing units delivered so far is not even one percent of what was promised by the former government – five million housing units. Interestingly, the Naya Pakistan Housing and Development Authority has yet to deliver a single housing unit on its own.
However, a reputable NGO, the Akhuwat Foundation, has so far delivered 17,000 homes for the needy. “The projects in Lahore, Sarghoda and Islamabad are monitored effectively. Voting for the flats in Farash town of Islamabad is also ongoing and the list is being handed over to the local government department for handing over the flats,” the NAPHDA spokesperson said.
The 3,000 apartments, made with the collaboration of the Workers Welfare Fund (WWF), are also ready but a case related to the project is pending in court and once it is closed, they will also be handed over to the deserving, said the NAPHDA spokesperson.
About 59,000 homes are under construction in different parts of the country, of which nearly 20,000 have been completed so far, data shared by the NAPHDA spokesperson revealed.
Of these 20,000, more than 17,000 homes are being built by Akhuwat and around 3,000 by the Workers Welfare Fund, while none are so far delivered by NAPHDA and local government departments.
The News reported on NAPHDA’s performance in November last year, which stated: “The Akhuwat Foundation takes full responsibility for the manufacture of these dwellings and claims that NAPHDA has nothing to do with them. “
However, information shared with this correspondent by NAPHDA also included the Akhuwat Foundation’s low-cost houses, which amounted to more than 17,000 units across Pakistan.
The NAPHDA spokesman accepted this and said he had no involvement in the housing built by Akhuwat and also disclosed that a total of Rs 8 billion was given to Akhuwat by NAPHDA.
Briefing on the ongoing projects with the help of local government departments in different cities, the NAPHDA spokesperson said construction works are incremental in all areas and contractors and builders take time, which which is usual and that the apartments should be delivered to its customers by the beginning of next year, 2023.
In Islamabad’s Zone-V, 1,508 units have been built and in the Regi Lalma housing scheme, 2,056 units, the NAPHDA spokesman said, saying the units have yet to be delivered to poor, for a case was going on about it in the search.
It was further reported that different local authorities are currently constructing more than 30,000 homes, which are expected to be delivered early next year, such as in Sarghoda, Lahore and Islamabad. In addition, about 4,500 low-cost housing units are being built in peri-urban areas of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Just under 7,000 social housing units are being built on private land, for which letters of eligibility have been issued by their respective banks. Additionally, details of the cost of the housing units, which are under construction, were also shared with this scribe by NAPHDA.
The cost of these 59,000 homes, which are under construction, is around 140 billion rupees. The 17,000 housing units, manufactured by the Akhuwat Foundation, cost around 8 billion rupees. Construction on private land carried out by NAPHDA (6933 HU) across Pakistan cost around Rs 17.5 billion. The housing units on the peri-urban areas, which are about 5,000, cost around Rs 8 billion, while, the rest made by CDA and LDA, cost around Rs 105 billion.