Lahore: The Punjab Housing and Town Planning Agency (PHATA) has approved the design for low-cost housing units planned for construction under the Naya Pakistan Housing Programme (NPHP), according to a news source. This decision was taken at the 61st PHATA meeting held at the authority’s head office on Thursday.

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Punjab Minister for Urban Development and Public Health Engineering Mian Mehmood-ur-Rasheed presided over this meeting. Punjab Housing Secretary Naseem Sadiq, PHATA Director General Liaqat Chatta and directors of the PHATA board were all present at the occasion.

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Rasheed said that the consultation process with regard to the formation of a comprehensive policy for the construction of low-cost houses was underway.

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The meeting members approved the design of for the houses planned under the NPHP project. Reportedly, all houses will be constructed in a uniform design to save costs and improve project efficiency. Earlier in January this year, the Punjab government had revealed the prices of 3 and 5-marla houses planned under the project.

Moreover, the housing minister held a meeting with a delegation of a Chinese firm earlier this week. The company expressed its interest to invest in the NPHP project and offered to construct 100,000 affordable housing units.