On November 25, news sources said that the Punjab Housing and Town Planning Agency (PHATA) had given the go-ahead for two low-cost housing projects in Rawalpindi and one in Sheikhupura.
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The two housing projects in Rawalpindi are Green Woods Housing Scheme (Forest Town) and Tariq Sharif Housing Scheme Smart City, according to the details. Minar City Housing Scheme is the name of the Sheikhupura housing project for people on a low income.
Sources say that the decision to start these projects was made at the 90th meeting of the PHATA governing body, which was led by Main Aslam Iqbal, the senior provincial minister. The minister said that the government is ready to change the laws so that they can work with developers to make it easier for low-income families to get roofs.
The meeting also looked at the structure of housing loans and told the right people to make sure that all new housing projects have green areas. Under the Naya Pakistan Housing Project (NPHP), 20% of the land should be used to build low-cost housing units.
It’s important to note that the Punjab government has combined the NPHP (under PHATA) with the provinces to help the masses get low-cost housing. In this way, the report says that 172 housing projects have been started by PHATA all over Punjab.