PPI Original Text (PPI-OT) – Qaim presides meeting regarding Shaheed Benazir Bhutto housing cell and flats

Karachi, May 28, 2012 (PPI-OT): Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah today presided a high level meeting regarding framing a comprehensive policy for allotment of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Housing Cell flats at Landhi Railway Station Karachi, held at Chief Minister House.

The meeting was attended among others by Sindh Minister for Housing Agha Taimoor Khan, Chief Secretary Sindh Raja Muhammad Abbas, Chairman Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Housing Cell Syed Mazhar abbas, Secretary Finance Sindh Mr. Naveed Kamran Baloch, Secretary Law Sindh Syed Ghulam Nabi Shah, Secretary (G.A) S,GA and C Department Mr. Waseem Ahmed, Secretary to C.M Sindh Agha Jan Akhtar and others.

Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister Sindh that present government under it’s the policies and programme, had launched a programme of provision of shelter for shelterless people of the province.

He said that there are two separate components of programme i.e. provision of houses/flats to those workers who sacrificed their lives during blasts on 18th October 2007 at Karachi and 27th December 2007 at Rawalpindi. As per second programme, the provincial government had decided to construct 10,000 houses in rural areas for poor and shelterless people. He said that all cases are to be decided on merit.

The meeting reviewed the progress of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Housing cell in detail. It was informed that there were 358 flats at S.B.B Housing Cell flats at Landhi, out of which 155 flats were handed-over to families of Shuhdas (martyrs). It was further informed that 120 families after completion of formalities have obtained possession while 35 families are in process of finalizing the requirements of documents.

The meeting was informed that the Government of Sindh had purchased 488 flats from the Pakistan Housing Authority, and possession of 120 flats was taken over by S,GA and CD, while the S.B.B Housing Cell took over the possession of 368 flats. It was decided that the S,GA and CD will now take over the possession of 130 flats from Cell thus the S,GA and CD will be responsible for 250 flats, which will be utilized for government officers/staff residence. On a proposal given by the Minister Housing,

it was decided that the open space within the premises of 368 flats, will be utilized for construction of block of more flats, for which a PC-I scheme will be prepared by the Works and Services department.

Chairman, Housing Cell also gave an overall briefing about the project activities and said that as a part of construction of 10,000 houses in rural areas, so far 4623 houses have been constructed, where poor people have been shifted to their new houses, while the work of remaining 1283 houses is in advance stage of completion and will be handed over to beneficiaries by July 2012.

He added that the important aspect of the scheme is that the houses are being constructed on beneficiaries own land, and the families are involved in all construction process. Chief Minister Sindh further directed to accelerate the pace of work and by the end of December 2012, the target of construction of 10,000 houses should be achieved.

Chairman BHC informed that the contractor for infrastructure development on Khairpur land has been selected under SPPRA Rules and the work will be started in the first week of June 2012, while the infrastructure work included wide roads, storm water drain, sewerage and water supply.

The meeting was informed that according to Master Plan prepared for Khairpur scheme, 1530 residential plots and 188 commercial plots measuring 100 sq. yards have been proposed. Residential plots will be offered to the needy people while commercial plots will be auctioned, he added. Chief Minister Sindh directed that all 1530 residential plots should be allotted to the poor families free of cost.

Chief Minister Sindh further directed that there is still need of construction of houses for flood affected families at a large scale specially for the poor people living in District Badin, Umerkot, Sanghar, Khairpur, Shikarpur, Mirpurkhas and other districts. Minister Agriculture and Minister Housing was constituted which in consultation with the local representatives will furnish/finalize the list of affected families in each district.

Chief Minister Sindh further directed the Chairman SBBHC to take prompt measures for early launching of the project for flood/rain affected families, and according to plan, atleast 10,000 more houses comprising of single room (12’ X 14’) with verandah of 14X18 will be constructed for those affected families.

For more information, contact:
Mr. Allah Bachayo Memon
Press Secretary
Chief Minister House
Tel: +9221 99202019
Cell: +92300-3524057 (Ext: 336)

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