Housing scheme was launched on March 7
Is the low-cost housing scheme recently announced by the Sindh government destined to meet the fate of the previous schemes introduced by the provincial government?
Only time will reveal the answer to this question. The Karachi Water and Sewerage Board, however, says it can’t provide water to the new housing project –the Taiser Town Scheme-45 of the Malir Development Authority.
“We are not in a position to give water to any new housing scheme in Karachi. We don’t have enough water to supply to the citizens of Karachi,” says KWSB Managing Director Asadullah. He said it is not possible for the water board to supply water to a whole new city.
“If I am not in a position to provide water to the citizens of Karachi, how can I give new water connections to a place that has no civic infrastructure in place?” asked the KWSB official.
The provincial government announced the housing scheme but no practical measures have so far been taken to arrange civic amenities, including electricity, gas and water. The project was launched on March 7. It offers plots ranging from 80 square-yards to 400 square-yards.
The government has set the price for 80 square-yard plots at Rs80,000; for 120 square-yard plots at 120,000; for 240 square-yard plots at 528,000; and, for 400 square-yard plots at Rs1,200,000. MDA provided the scheme’s free-of-cost forms through Silk Bank. They can be submitted till March 31, 2019.
So far, MDA has received a million submissions for 30,000 plots.
The fate of the previous MDA scheme
Citizens showing interest in the new schemes should exercise caution as MDA’s previous housing projects have flopped. Of the MDA’s previous schemes, only Shah Latif Town could be inhabited.
The current Scheme 45 does not have basic facilities of electricity, water and gas. Over 950,000 citizens submitted forms for the previous housing project. The development authority earned a whopping [non-refundable] Rs43 million from the sale of forms alone.
Nearly 58,000 citizens’ names were picked in the ballot. They submitted almost 90% of the price of their plots. So MDA has received nearly Rs7 billion from these 58,000 citizens who got themselves registered for plots in the scheme. Despite pocketing almost total of the amount for the plots, MDA has yet to provide facilities to the allottees.