PM urge business community to invest in construction sector.

ISLAMABAD, July 30 : Prime minister Imran Khan has said that the government was providing all possible facilities for development of construction sector and urged upon the business community to take full advantage of the opportunity by making investment.

Addressing a meeting of National Coordination Committee (NCC) for Housing, Construction and Development, the Prime Minister Imran Khan said development of construction sector could play a key role in minimizing the impact of pandemic on national economy through jobs creation.

The meeting was informed that the provincial governments of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa had set up modern portals to streamline the application process of NOCs and other approvals in construction sector through online system and to ensure speedy disposal of applications pending for years.

The Punjab chief secretary gave a briefing about portal’s features, modalities and monitoring of the entire system by the chief secretary office and also processing of requests received from government agencies.

The prime minister was informed that e-service centers had been set up in nine divisions of Punjab for convenience of builders and developers with one-window facility. By August 14, the scope of e-service centers would be extended to all districts. It was highlighted that portal would give a platform to developers and builders to submit online applications from their homes and offices to ensure timely decision-making.

The prime minister lauded the performance of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in setting up and activating the portal. He also directed other provinces including Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir to launch similar portal and one-window facility. He said the purpose of the portal, mobile application and online system was to minimize human interference in the system and to ensure transparency and efficiency.

He directed that helpline should play its full role at the federal level to ensure timely provision of facilities like electricity and gas in new construction especially in housing units, housing colonies and commercial buildings. The prime minister instructed all the chief secretaries to ensure provision of facilities in housing sector including electricity and gas and asked for strict action against the personnel causing hindrance in delivery.

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