OUR STAFF REPORTER LAHORE Keeping his promise of giving shelter to the shelterless, Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Saturday announced another housing project, the 2,000-house Aashiyana City, at Burki Road here. This project will also be unique with regard to quality, transparency and a masterpiece of architecture, and all modern amenities will be provided to the poor man under the project, the chief minister said. He also directed the concerned authorities to submit a comprehensive plan within seven days keeping in view all aspects of the project. He was presiding over a meeting with regard to new projects and implementation of the Aashiyana Housing Schemes in various districts of the province at the Aashiyana Housing Scheme Project Saroba Atari here on Saturday. Chairman Punjab Land Development Company MPA Shaikh Allauddin, Additional Chief Secretary, Chairman Planning & Development, Senior Member Board of Revenue, Member Colonies, Commissioner and District Coordination Officer Lahore as well as officers concerned attended the meeting. Chief Executive Officer Punjab Land Development Company Dr Arshad gave a detailed briefing with regard to implementation of Aashiyana Housing schemes. Addressing the meeting, the CM said all credit for providing shelter to the common man in the province went to Pakistan Muslim League-N which had materialised the dream of homeless persons of having their own house through Aashiyana Housing scheme. He added that though various projects were evolved for the elite in the 63 years history of the country, but the Scheme was meant for the poor, widows, orphans and labourers and better facilities than the housing colonies of elite were being provided under these projects. The final shape is also being given to the project of the Aashiyana Housing scheme in Lahore, and this project comprising 21000 houses will be completed keeping in view the future requirements. All modern facilities including industrial estate, schools, colleges, hospitals and bus terminals will be provided under this project, he said, while directing that the Punjab Land Development Company to give a briefing regarding Aashiyana City within next seven days keeping in view all matters including feasibility, design, financial model and marketing. In future three-storey houses will be constructed on three marlas in all new Aashiyana schemes so that maximum number of poor people can be benefited. He said that 500 more houses would be completed by September 15 in the first Aashiyana Housing Scheme whereas other houses are also being completed speedily, he mentioned. Shahbaz Sharif said besides Lahore, work was also in progress on the Aashiyana Housing Schemes in Sahiwal, Sargodha, Jhelum and Faisalabad and applications had been invited for the allotment of houses in Sahiwal, Jhelum and Faisalabad. He directed that planning should also be made for promotion of cottage industry in Aashiyana Housing Schemes and a plan should be evolved in consultation with TEVTA and Punjab Vocational Training Council in this regard so that male and female youth living in these schemes could be imparted various skills for earning their livelihood. The best design should be selected for the Aashiyana City at Burki Road and there should be multi approaches to the project for the convenience of the people, he said. He said the Aashiyana-II was also aimed at providing shelter to the poor and the common man and we would also have to execute this project speedily. Issuing instructions for speeding up development work in the first Aashiyana Housing Scheme, he said the PLDB should work on modern lines and in a professional manner for ensuring provision of modern facilities in these projects throughout the province. Earlier, Chief Executive Officer Dr Arshad gave a detailed briefing with regard to pace of implementation of Aashiyana Housing Schemes whereas Khawaja Mansoor Mazhar informed about Aashiyana City.