480 houses of Ashiana to be ready by July

LAHORE, May 29: Up to 480 houses of the Ashiana Housing Scheme will be completed by the first week of July and will be distributed to the deserving people, Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said on Sunday.

Out of 3,000 houses of the housing scheme only meant for the poor, the first block of 480 houses would be distributed to the poor in July, Mr Sharif told reporters at Saroba Atari, the site of the housing project. He said the scrutiny of applications was under process and it would be ensured that only eligible get houses in the scheme.

He said the Punjab government had materialised the dream of the poor of having their own house through the project first time in the country, says a handout.

He said a permanent system should be evolved for the security, sanitation, maintenance of parks and provision of educational and medical facilities in the scheme. Punjab Land Development Company Chairman Sheikh Allauddin, Members of the Provincial Assembly Mian Naseer Ahmad and Khwaja Imran Nazir and Lahore division officers were also present.

The chief minister said the scheme had been initiated to provide shelter to the poor and the low-income people and after Lahore similar schemes would be started in other cities of the province as well. He said that a quota had been allocated for the disabled, widows, orphans and the families of the martyrs in the scheme.

The chief minister said high standard construction work was in progress in the scheme and top quality material was being used for the construction of houses. He said that balloting for the allotment of houses in the scheme had been conducted in a transparent manner. He said that particulars of the allotment holders were now being verified and people from the public and private sectors were engaged in this process which was also being carried out in a transparent manner.

He said that schools, vocational centres, hospitals, playgrounds, gymnasium and modern civic amenities were being provided in Ashiana Housing Scheme.

The chief minister inspected two fully completed houses and appreciated their design and standard.

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