Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday has officially termed the construction sector as an industry by giving an in-principle approval. He was chairing a meeting on Ease of Doing Business in the construction sector in Islamabad, reported Radio Pakistan.

The approval was given in a meeting attended by Special Assistant to PM on Information and Broadcasting Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan, Chairman board of Investment Syed Zubair Gillani, Secretary Housing Dr. Imran Zeb and Chairman Naya Pakistan Housing Authority (NPHDA) Lt. Gen (R) Anwar Ali Hyder.

The Prime Minister said that the government is giving special emphasis to simplify the construction-related laws by removing unnecessary approvals and NOCs.

He pointed out that the government has already abolished the condition of seeking approvals from the civil aviation and other organizations for the construction of multi-story buildings in big cities. He said the establishment of land courts will also go a long way in resolving the land-related matters.

Chairman Naya Pakistan Housing Authority, Anwar Ali Hyder, briefed the Prime Minister about steps being taken to address policy issues, simplification of procedures, the abolishment of unnecessary approvals, compliance of zoning and development by-laws and other relevant issues.

He presented short, medium and long-term roadmaps for improving the Ease of Doing Business in the construction sector. Furthermore, he said that the latest technology is being introduced to ensure transparency and simplify the procedures in the construction industry.

The Chairman Naya Pakistan Housing Authority said that in the first phase the land record will be digitalized in big cities and soon under the long term plan, the land record will be digitalized in the entire country.

He said this process will ensure online availability of the land record and address most of the land-related matters.

The Chairman CDA also briefed the Prime Minister about Automated Client Service Center being launched in the federal capital. He said the introduction of this service will facilitate the residents of the federal capital regarding matters pertaining to the CDA and help check corruption and other illegal practices.

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