ISLAMABAD - In a bid to provide shelters to middle and lower middle class, the Ministry of Housing and Works has finally given final touches to a report to build five lakh residential units across Pakistan.

State Minister for Housing and Works Barrister Usman Ibrahim on Thursday informed the committee that the housing policy 2013 was finalized to present it to the cabinet for approval.

He said that the government will construct 0.5 million houses for low income people in the country so that they have their own houses to live. The committee met under the chairmanship of Seedul Hassan Mandoukhail.

The minister said that the government was giving priority to solving the housing problem in the country by ensuring affordable and cost-effective housing units to the ordinary citizens.

The meeting expressed serious reservations over the illegal occupation of government owned houses and asked for a strict action and submit a report to committee in the next meeting.

The Joint Secretary of Housing and Works Ministry informed that action was taken against the illegal occupants of government owned houses and 262 houses were vacated and the remaining houses will be vacated as soon as possible. He also said that 474 houses were sublet and 1066 illegal occupants were issued notices.

The committee was also informed that around one third of allottees were residing in government houses illegally in the federal capital.

The committee was informed that 154 government flats had been illegally occupied by Islamabad Police officials and in so many cases there were stay orders against the vacation of these flats.

The committee directed the officials to review the status of illegal occupants in government owned houses. The committee appreciated the steps taken by the State Minister Barrister Usman Ibharim for improvement in the Ministry of Housing and works and his efforts for resolving housing issues of the people.