Islamabad: The Ministry of Housing and Works has established a laboratory to test the quality of the construction materials to be used in low-cost housing projects, according to news published in the leading newspaper on September 26.
As per the details, the laboratory is set up at the project site of Alipur Farash and is enabling government employees to test the quality of construction materials. Under this initiative, the quality of the construction materials will be tested and it will save time for the labourers working on the site.
An official of the Ministry of Housing and Works (whose name was not disclosed) mentioned that the excavation work for over 27 blocks has been completed and the raft is ready for three blocks. The official further disclosed that the steel cage for columns has been developed for 16 blocks.
Moreover, the official stated that the project will feature 2,400 apartments, out of which 400 were reserved for dwellers of Katchi Abadis of the capital city. The news source revealed that currently 1,000 workers were deployed at the project site and the number will be increased from 3,000 to 5,000 to expedite the work on the low-cost housing project.
Additionally, the ministry will resume work on the stalled schemes to facilitate low-income people. The low-cost housing scheme on Kuchlak Road, Quetta, Balochistan will feature 1,350 housing units. It was disclosed that 7,700 applications were received and an automated ballot was held. As far as low-cost housing projects in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is concerned, the PHA Residencia Sorazai Project in Peshawar spans over 8,500 kanals. In the first phase, 10,000 housing units will be constructed.