20,000 acre land purchased at Barakahu, says Akram Durrani

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Housing and Works Akram Khan Durrani Thursday said 20,000 acre land had been purchased at Brakahu and 10,000 Kanal land at Thalian and development work would soon be initiated.

Addressing meet the press, the minister said the ministry had already issued allotment letters to 55,000 plots and Pakistan Housing Authority (PHA) had also issued allotment letters to owners of 7,000 plots.

He said PHA had developed and handed over only 23,000 plots before his joining as minister while Housing Foundation had developed 5,000 plots in last three years.

He said certain Private Housing Societies and some elements in Bureaucracy used to create hurdles in conceiving in new government housing schemes.

Stories of corruption in Thalian Housing scheme were baseless, he said adding PAC had already investigated in the reported corruption of Rs 24 billion in Thalian Housing Scheme. A plot was available in Thalian at only Rs 2.4 million. An interchange was being constructed in Thalian. Private Housing societies were charging Rs 150 million.

Journalists’ quota had been enhanced to two percent. A summery had been moved to enhance housing rent allowance of government servants. He announced enhancing journalists quota in government housing schemes and said he was fully aware of compulsions of journalist community.

He said he had launched a housing society for journalist of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa during his tenure as Chief Minister.