ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan performed the groundbreaking of Farash Town Apartments in Islamabad on Thursday under the Naya Pakistan Housing program.
Addressing the ceremony after the groundbreaking, the prime minister said the project envisages the construction of two thousand flats and it’s aimed at providing shelter to the underprivileged segments of the society, including workers and labourers.
He said he will perform groundbreaking of the peri-urban housing society for the farmers soon. The PM said a plan has also been prepared to convert the slums and equip them with modern facilities, including sanitation and sewerage. He said the slum dwellers will be given houses on proprietary rights.
He said the mortgage facility has been introduced to provide loans to the people in easy installments so that they could construct the houses. He said negotiations are continuing with the banks to remove any impediments.
The PM regretted that the economy was “mismanaged in the past”. He said such loans were taken in the past which instead of wealth creation further increased the burden of loans.
PM Imran said the government is focusing on wealth creation projects to retire the country’s debt. He said these include Ravi City and Central Business District in Lahore while negotiations are being held with the Sindh government to develop the Bundal Island. He was confident that these projects will attract massive investments.
He said the projects to be executed under the Naya Pakistan Housing Program will also uplift the “thirty industries allied with the construction sector”.
Imran expressed satisfaction over increased activity in the construction industry. He pointed out that the cement sale remained at a record level last year while growth has also been witnessed in the tax collection which indicated the business activity increased in the country.
Imran Khan said it is the first time that the country’s textile industry is witnessing a record boom. He said the small and medium enterprises will also be uplifted to increase their share in the economy.
Imran Khan said the government also plans to upgrade the railway line from Karachi to Peshawar. He said negotiations are also continuing to take the train service to the Central Asian States to promote regional trade.