The registration process of Naya Pakistan Housing Scheme was opened by the government on Monday, reported Radio Pakistan.
Addressing the inauguration of the registration centre in Islamabad, the Minister of State for Interior Shehryar Afridi said the initiative would help enhance public trust in state institutions and create job opportunities in addition to providing affordable housing.
Initially, the project will be launched in seven districts including Islamabad, Quetta, Sukkur, Faisalabad, Swat, Muzaffarabad and Gilgit.
Registration forms can be downloaded from the NADRA website and submitted in the respective housing program offices till December 21.
Earlier in October Prime Minister Imran Khan unveiled his government’s “flagship” project aimed at constructing five million low-income homes over the next five years.
The government will provide the required land and play the role of a regulator and facilitator to address bottlenecks through a one-window facilitation centre for the public, private and non-profit organisations who will execute the project.
The pilot project commenced with registering federal government employees of BS-1 to BS-16 in the federal capital. The pilot project would be executed by the private sector under a joint venture with the federal housing foundation.
The prime minister announced setting up of an apex body named the Naya Pakistan Housing Authority to create a one-window facility to facilitate and regulate the private sector.
Imran said he would himself oversee the operations of the proposed authority that will be set up in the next 90 days.
However, till the proposed authority starts formal work, a 17-member taskforce with the private sector in the lead role will look after the project’s affairs.
The prime minister also announced setting up of a land bank within the next two months, saying suitable land sites were available with the federal and provincial governments, local bodies and private sectors and in areas occupied by slums.