Message from the Chief Minister of Punjab
The quality of human settlements, especially in small town Punjab,
continues to lag in the availability of housing, roads, schools, health
facilities, safe drinking water, sanitation and other social services.
Although an informal sector, dominated by corruption and decadence
has developed, as evidenced by the slums, katchi abadis, and
squatter settlements and bogus or ill planned housing schemes.
Current trends in urban development small town/community
planning and housing development remain uncontrolled, unguided,
and highly unsustainable. Land and Urban development in Punjab is under tremendous pressure from uncontrolled urban sprawl, deteriorating urban environment, deficiencies in urban services, shortages in the provision of housing, and absence of properly developed spaces for economic activity -industrial estates, technology parks, and related infrastructure. I am fully aware of the problems and difficulties of the poor segment of society as they can just dream of owning a house but do not have resources/support to make it happen, a concern that has deeply touched me personally.
I am convinced that this is a noble cause which can only be accomplished through missionary zeal and zest, I have therefore, established “Punjab Land Development Company” managed by renowned experts from the private/public sector. I am determined to provide the poor with housing at an affordable price through “ASHIANA HOUSING PROJECT (AHP)”. This entails provision of planned, clean and affordable housing for low income groups by the Govt. of Punjab.
Our projects would have in built mechanism of sustainability, affordability, and transparency at every step. “Ashiana Housing Project (AHP)” would focus at provision of low cost housing with quality internal infrastructure, ecological friendly ambience and provision of all necessary amenities like roads, sewerage, commercial enclaves, electricity, parks and horticulture, medical services, schools and vocational training centers.
I assure that this is just the beginning of a ‘silver lining’ in the dark night. I would leave no stone unturned to do maximum for the welfare and betterment of my people.
Mian Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif
Chief Minister Punjab
Message from the Chairman PLDC
Shelter is one of the basic human rights which is fully secured and
guaranteed by the Constitution of Pakistan. Successive governments
in the past have attempted to tackle the housing problem in Punjab
but have not gained any significant success due to a variety of
reasons including the lack of affordability and focusing the
socio-economic characteristics of the target group. This has resulted
in ever growing and ever increasing housing problem especially for
the shelter less families having meager monthly household income
and no hope to improve their affordability situation under current circumstances. While the private sector has the sole aim of making profits in the real estate market, therefore public sector efforts remain the only hope. Innovative approaches have been developed by housing experts under the dynamic leadership of Mian Shahbaz Sharif, the Chief Minister Punjab to help low-income families solve their housing problem. A team of dedicated professionals have been collected for this purpose and given the colossal and challenging task. We all pray to Almighty Allah to help us succeed in our efforts and carry out the noble task.
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