CHIEF Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif on Tuesday said the government had decided to launch low-cost housing schemes in the province to provide shelter to the poor.

He said that in the first phase, five low-cost housing schemes would be started simultaneously in various districts of the province and later the scope of the project would be extended to the whole province.

He was addressing a meeting regarding low-cost housing schemes at the Chief Minister’s Secretariat. The CM said the Punjab government was taking steps under the leadership of Nawaz Sharif for the welfare of the masses and a number of projects were being implemented in this regard. He said low-cost housing scheme was such a step for the low-income people. He said the Punjab Land Development Company was being set up for the implementation of the project which would also be completed in a transparent manner. He said that in the first phase, the project would be started in Lahore, Faisalabad, Sargodha and Jhelum. He said the land for low-cost housing schemes would be identified within three days and the procedure for allotment would also be devised.

Shahbaz directed the officials concerned to evolve an effective publicity plan for public awareness regarding the low-cost housing schemes while the houses constructed under the schemes should be of a high standard. He gave approval to the chairman and board of directors of the Punjab Land Development Company.

Earlier, the Chief Minister was given a briefing on the pace of progress of low-cost housing schemes project. The Planning and Development chairman, Housing and Information secretaries and other officers concerned were present.

Source: The News