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PM’s Naya Pakistan Housing Programme gets overwhelming response

ISLAMABAD (APP) – A huge demand for registration form for the newly-launched Naya Pakistan Housing Programme Thursday brought to a grinding halt the website of Nadra, after it got an overwhelming response from 0.2 million users from 174 countries, but was restored within no time.

According to National Database Registration Authority (Nadra) spokesman the website experienced around 10,000 hits a second, causing it to slow down, however it was restored by its IT staff, who did not anticipate the heavy response. In the first hour over 62,000 forms were downloaded from the website.

Prime Minister Imran Khan announced launch of the programme a day earlier and vowed to meet the housing shortage of the country by building five million houses in five years. He said the programme would not only provide affordable shelter, but also ensure that the residents get all modern basic facilities of life.

The form available on the Nadra website has been designed to collect data from the applicants and seeks their requirement, price range and location of the house and the number of people who were expected to live in the house. Preference would be given to those who do not have any independent residence in Pakistan and only one person in a family is eligible to apply. An amount of Rs 250 will be deposited with every form, and a copy is also acceptable.

The forms can be submitted from October 22 to December 21 at the District offices of the housing programme at Sukkur, Quetta, Gilgit, Muzaffarabad, Swat, Islamabad and Faisalabad.

The applicants will have to give details of their profession, whether they live currently in joint family, rental, slum, or some other residence. They will also have to show their income bracket; less than Rs 20,000, up to 40,000, 60,000 and 100,000. It also asks for preferred monthly installments up to Rs 10,000, 15,000 and 20,000.

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