Islamabad to get high-rise buildings in place of govt residences

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Newly-planned 1,200 new apartments will cost around Rs4.5 billion

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The federal government is planning to develop some more high-rise buildings instead of current government employee’s residential area at Islamabad.

In order to develop the capital’s skyline, around 7,000 employee’s residence to be demolished and will be replaced with multiple storied apartment complexes in the city.

The Urban Regeneration Plan says the apartment complexes will be constructed in the Sectors F-6, G-6, G-7 & I-8 in the federal capital.

According to the Urban Regeneration Plan, nine government quarters in the F-6/3 area shall be demolished in the first phase of the project, where the construction of twelve hundreds of new apartment complexes being under consideration.

According to sources, the Federal Government Employees Housing Foundation (FGEHF), which comes under the banner of the federal Ministry for Housing & Works, has already started considering demolishing close to 7,000 old residential buildings in terrible shape and constructing new apartment buildings in its place.

The newly-planned 1,200 new apartments will cost around Rs4.5 billion. While 300 of these newly constructed apartments will be allotted to government employees, which are thought to earn back the funds invested in the project.

Besides demolishing the small houses, the government plans to bulldoze the bigger houses as well so high rise apartments can be constructed and a maximum number of employees can get residency in Islamabad.

Sources said that the ministry of Housing and Works will construct 1,200 flats on an area of 140 Kanal of government land in the federal capital. These flats would be constructed in place of 90 out-dated and 55-year old houses at Sector F-6 which were in filthy condition, said an official of the ministry of Housing and Works. He said that a summary of the project has been sent to the prime minister for approval after which the development work would be started. He added the project could be completed within two years.

At this time, there are more than 25,000 government employees who are without a residence and they have been on the ‘waiting list’ for quite some time.  With the help of the Urban Regeneration Plan, the government can easily tackle the issue of government employees without houses.

Sayyar Gul
Sayyar Gul is doing his MS Computational Sciences & Engineering from National University of Science and Technology. He is technology enthusiast with keen interest in new technological developments from around the world.

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