Government’s Housing schemes
Chief Minister Mahmood Khan approved three housing schemes one each in Peshawar, Swat and Hangu for providing low cost houses to the people under “Naya Pakistan Housing Programme” of the Prime Minister. The population of the provincial metropolis has increased at alarming speed. But after the launching of Regi Model Town in 2000, no new government sponsored housing scheme had been initiated. Peshawar Development Authority (PDA) had started giving provisional NOCs to private township schemes which were in most cases cancelled. But the mushroom growth of unplanned housing project went on due to lack of proper monitoring by PDA and concerned Town Municipal Administrations.
Last year, PDA published an advertisement in newspapers declaring 35 private housing schemes illegal as an eyewash exercise because the owners and developers of these schemes had obtained Provisional NOCs. The provincial capital of Peshawar needs more government housing schemes to cater to the requirement of the people for getting residential plots at affordable price. The cost of land in residential plots in Hayatabad Township and Regi Model Town has gone up abnormally and people of middle income group cannot think of buying even small residential plot of 3 or 5 Marla.
Lack of interest in development work and provision of utilities like gas and electricity in government housing schemes by the government housing authorities serve as compelling factor for the needy people to purchase residential plots in the private housing schemes. After the lapse of 20 years Regi Model Town has not been connected to gas supply line and has no electricity grid to meet the future demand of dwellers. If such delaying practices occur in the newly launched government schemes, the goals and targets sets for “Naya Pakistan House Programme” cannot be achieved on time. Hopefully, construction work on roads, water supply, provision of gas and electricity shall be done on top priority basis.