Senate Standing Committee on Housing and Works in its meeting was told that for the project of 10 lac housing units under Prime Minister’s initiative for 5 million low cost Housing 91 Expressions of Interest have been received and government will ensure transparency at all stages of the project. The Committee was told that the investors will only be responsible for constructing the housing units and allotment will be done by NADRA.
The meeting was held under the Chairmanship of Senator Mir Kabeer Ahmed Muhammad Shahi and was attended among others by Senators Lt. Gen. (R) Salahuddin Tirmizi, Mirza Muhammad Afridi, Molana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri, Behramand Tangi, Anwar Lal Deen, Brig. (R) John Kenneth Williams, Sajjad Hussain Turi, Naseebullah Bazai, Minister for Housing and Works Tariq Bashir Cheema, and officials from the ministry. The Committee members were of the view that the government repeatedly boasted that the project will provide free housing but it appears now that this is not the case. Minister responded to these observations saying that the housing units are a low cost project and it has never been called a free housing project. It was told that the project will be initiated in Islamabad and Quetta soon and sites have been identified in both cities.
The Committee also took up the matter of tragic death of six members of a family residing at Qasr-e-Naz Karachi. The Committee was told that five officers have been arrested and the forensic report has also been prepared which will make things clear in a few days to come.
While discussing requests received by the committee from various government employees regarding evacuation orders in Gulshan-e-Jinnah, the Committee asked the minister to give due consideration to families who have been residing there legally. The minister said that the action being taken is in light of the High Court Order and no one living legally will be affected.