FAISALABAD - The Punjab government is providing ownership rights to 326,000 dwellers of 4,000 Katchi Abadies (slum areas) of the province and the task would complete by February, disclosed Divisional Commissioner Tahir Hussain.

Tahir, who is also chairman of the Sub-Committee for Supervising the Katchi Abadies Affairs, reviewed the pace of departmental work regarding provision of proprietary rights to the residents of Katchi Abadies, during a meeting.

The meeting was also attended by MPA Muhammad Afzal, Faisalabad DCO Muhammad Amin, Chiniot DCO Muhammad Arshid, additional collectors of Jhang and Toba Tek Singh Haroon Rasheed and Ghulam Jilani, and ACR Mahr Shafqatullah Mushtaq. The MPA said that Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif was taking keen interest in early provision of proprietary rights for the dwellers and had issued special instructions for completion of departmental work speedily.

He informed that the district and tehsil level committees would conduct a survey of these areas and hold open courts for the redressal of people’s complaints and objections.

He directed for compilation of the final list of such areas in Faisalabad Division under the policy and guideline of the Punjab government and the work be done on time. Divisional Commissioner Tahir Hussain informed the meeting that Faisalabad Division was on top of the list in the province with regard to the number of slum areas and their dwellers.

He maintained that a survey in the four district of the Faisalabad Division was being carried out and it would complete within a few days. The DCO and other officers gave details of the measures being taken for the finalisation of the lists.