ISLAMABAD - Keeping in view the sky-rocketing rents and less-appropriate residency for officials, Federal Government Employees Housing Foundation (FGEHF) has acquired land for five separate large scale housing schemes to be launched soon in the capital city of Islamabad, while few others are under-consideration.

Spokeswoman for the foundation Ayesha Shah told Online on Sunday that work on at least three schemes has already been completed.  The Prime Minister has approved opening of new Sectors F-14 and F-15 Islamabad to cater to residential need of the federal government employees and other specified groups, last week.

“While a scheme in Bhara Kahu is near completion and land for Park Road scheme is already acquired, another scheme was planned in surrounding of the new airport,” she added.

Sources in the ministry of housing said that plans for few other housing schemes are under-consideration that would be finalized soon.

“The ministry is well aware of the pressure and lack of residency in the federal capital,” an official said on condition of anonymity.

It was this pressure that compelled the administration for early operation against slums and illegal occupation of lands in certain sectors which were otherwise to be vacated later on.

The spokeswoman said that the new DG of foundation and the Minister for Housing are aware of the new trends and they are taking keen interest to develop as much housing schemes in Islamabad as possible.

The government employees of all ranks, who are not yet allotted residency due to lack of the government-owned houses in Islamabad, always involve themselves in hectic struggle for allotting a house to themselves officially but they seldom get success and majority of them are living in a bad situation as rents of private houses are bigger than their monthly income.

One of the reasons of high rents in Islamabad is lack of houses in proportion to the population and costly land if one needs to buy.

“The new schemes would not only benefit government employees but also lay man,” another official in the housing ministry said.

Once new schemes are developed demands and supply start to play role for lowering rents.

Meanwhile, Sub-Divisional Magistrate (Saddar), Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT), Rabia Aurangzib has enforced Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure 1898 to stop construction activities in notified areas of sectors F-14 and F-15.

Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has already approved the opening of the two new sectors to cater residential needs of the federal government employees and other specified groups in the federal capital.

According to an ICT notification, the construction of Katcha/Pakka houses along with transportation, loading and unloading of the construction material within the territories of sectors F-14 and F-15 (Saddar Sub-Division) Islamabad has been prohibited forthwith. The order will remain in force for two months.

The ministry of housing and works is planning to open the two sectors soon. Around 12,000 plots will be developed by the Federal Government Employees Housing Foundation (FGEHF) in these sectors.