PM directs facilitation of industries linked with construction sector

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has directed the authorities concerned to ensure provision of facilities to allied industries connected with the construction sector to keep the wheel of economy moving.

The prime minister issued these directions while chairing the weekly meeting of the National Coordination Committee for Housing, Construction and Development in the federal capital on Thursday.

The PM noted that Islamabad was the only planned city of Pakistan, but now its outlook was getting worse. He directed the concerned officials to ensure measures to protect green areas in the federal capital.

State Bank of Pakistan Governor Reza Baqir on the occasion informed the meeting that banks have almost achieved the quarterly targets regarding housing and construction sector, adding that banks have been instructed to provide more facilities to the consumers.

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The Capital Development Authority (CDA) chairman briefed the meeting that work on authority’s automation was continuing at full pace and will be completed by the end of this month. He said the automation will save people from unnecessarily visiting CDA offices, adding that CDA has so far received maps of four out of 12 commercial plots on which construction will commence soon.

Meanwhile, in a separate meeting, PM Imran said that Ravi City Lahore and Bundle Island projects will help resolve economic and environmental problems, besides creating job opportunities and contributing in reducing pollution.

Chairing a meeting of Pakistan Island Development Authority and Ravi Urban Development Authority in Islamabad on Thursday, the PM emphasised on ensuring provision of opportunities to overseas Pakistanis to become partners in these projects. He also stressed the need to highlight the positive impact of these projects and directed to frame a timeline to complete various phases of these projects.

The meeting was informed that Frontier Works Organisation (FWO) and National Logistic Cell (NLC) have started work on Ravi Urban Development project, and that the timeline for the completion of various phases of the project has been determined.

Moreover, Prime Minister Imran Khan, while talking to Housing and Works Minister Tariq Bashir Cheema on Thursday, said the government is committed to providing affordable housing to the people, for which practical steps were being taken. During the meeting, views were exchanged regarding ongoing construction projects in the country.

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