LDA City – Rs10b approved for 4,000 apartments

THE NEWS LAHORE: Lahore Development Authority (LDA) signed an agreement with Bank of Punjab (BOP) for Rs10billion for the construction of 4,000 apartments here on Wednesday.

The signing ceremony was held under the chair of Chief Minister Usman Buzdar. LDA DG Ahmed Aziz Tarar and BOP chairman Zafar Masood signed the agreement for constructing 4,000 apartments for LDA City Naya Pakistan Apartments over an area of 800 kanals. The BOP will provide resources for the project.

According to the agreement, the LDA will construct and allot apartments through balloting and will also be responsible for the maintenance of building infrastructure. The BOP will receive applications, issue letters of comfort to expected allottees along-with the provision of soft loans to successful applicants under Islamic mortgage financing.

The project amount will be ring-fenced. Addressing the ceremony, the chief minister said the PM’s vision of providing a roof to the homeless had been materialised by the Punjab government as banks and the public sector have joined hands to provide residential facilities to the common man.

This historic agreement paves the way for a new culture to help the needy through mortgage financing, he continued.It is satisfying that the LDA has planned to construct 35024 apartments over an area of 8500 Kanals in three years at Mouza Halloke adjoining Ring Road, he said.

Meanwhile, the chief minister disclosed that PC-I worth Rs20billion has been approved for the provision of necessary infrastructure including construction of roads, sewerage, the supply of water and electricity etc.

Similarly, the CM added that another PC-I of Rs10 billion has also been approved to construct 4,000 apartments in the first phase. The apartment’s booking will be made through a 10 per cent down payment and the rest of the payment will be made in installments, he added.

An apartment would approximately cost Rs 27 lakh, the CM continued.Initially, the CM disclosed that the apartment cost was estimated at around 45 lakh rupees but was decreased to facilitate the low-income households. Giving further details about the scheme, the chief minister said that a consortium of Punjab Bank, Habib Bank, Faisal Bank, Bank Alfalah, UBL, Meezan Bank and National Bank had been formed to provide a mortgage financing facility.

Naya Pakistan Housing Authority will provide Rs3 lakh subsidy while banks will provide soft loans under Islamic banking (takaful). The loans will be payable in a period of 5, 10 and 20 years and a directorate has also been established to ensure a fast-track implementation, he added.

The CM was briefed that a residential block would comprise 32 units while more than 60 per cent of space has been reserved for roads, green belts, parks and footpaths. The four storeys 125 blocks will be constructed and the area of each apartment will be 650 square feet. Each apartment will comprise two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a balcony. The payment of installments will start after possession. Housing Minister Mian Mahmood-ur-Rasheed, MPAs Sadia Sohail Rana, Umer Aftab, vice chairman LDA SM Imran, vice-chairman Wasa Sheikh Imtiaz, secretaries of housing and information departments, Chief Engineer LDA, DGPR and others also attended the ceremony.

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