The Punjab Housing & Town Planning Agency, Planning and Development Department and Urban Unit senior experts had deliberations on low cost housing options under the Prime Minister’s plan of providing 5 million houses to the homeless people in Pakistan. This high profile meeting was chaired by Punjab Minister for Housing Mr. Mian Mahmood ur Rasheed at the Urban Unit, where urban planners and architects from various departments also participated in the discussion.
Initially, the plan for Lodhran, Chiniot, Sialkot, Renala Khurd and Chistian were shared by the PHATA (Punjab Housing & Town Planning Agency) with design and cost details. The Urban Unit is advised by the Minister to prepare design, architectural details, costing and financing models and lease plans of the presented cities and brief the higher level central committee on housing project in next week.
Ms. Nadia Qureshi Sr. Specialist Urban Architecture proposed vertically expanded small units in 4-storey buildings in order to make optimum use of the space available. She also described the merits of prefabricated houses for lower income strata of the society in various cities. She also presented financial costing models and all details on per unit scale inclusive of development charges on state owned land. She requested the minister to facilitate by instructing relevant authorities to approve the Condominium Law, already drafted and submitted by the Urban Unit.
“The Punjab Government will initiate the housing plan by offering 3-5 Marla low cost residences in the beginning in a couple of districts, and after feedback the scheme will be replicated in rest of Punjab. The focus is to facilitate those who cannot think of owning their house even after years of struggle; since housing is not only a necessity but also a basic right of every citizen. The Urban Unit will present its comprehensive proposal next week and the same will be shared in high level central committee meeting too,” told the Minister while talking to media.
Besides senior team of the Unit, DG PHATA Zia ud Din, Member SI Agha Waqar and urban architects and planners were also present in the meeting.