The NED University of Engineering & Technology’s Centre, Karachi for Affordable Housing & Sustainable Built Environment (CAHSBE) inaugurated an affordable low-cost model home at the varsity’s campus on University Road.
The varsity had established the centre in the year 2019 in support of the vision of Prime Minister Imran Khan to provide housing units with allied facilities to all, especially focusing on financially underserved and middle-income communities, and as a measure of comprehensive socio-economic uplift.
The NED University’s Jersey Precast Chair and CAHSBE head Prof Dr Shuaib Ahmad said that the aim of the centre is to move towards creating a capable and viable local construction sector that is able to respond to the demands of sustainable infrastructure and housing development through a rotational and mutually agreeable strategic process.
Addressing the session online, Federal Minster for Science & Technology Fawad Hussain Chaudhry said that the real problem is that there is no connection between the industry and the academia.
He said laying out an example with an affordable model home was a commendable attempt by the university following which the people can avail ever-better and economical remedies for housing issues in the country. It is the first model house built by any university in Pakistan which employed light gauge steel in its construction, said the federal minister.
“We want formidable structures so that people can benefit later,” he said, adding that they want to put the research and technology of the academia to practical use.
“We owe the industrial revolution of 1960 to the Pakistan Council of Scientific & Industrial Research [PCSIR],” he said. This year, he pointed out, they are working on opening a department for construction material at the PCSIR. “This year will be a game changer for Pakistan.”
Naya Pakistan Housing Programme Task Force Chairman Zaigham Mahmood Rizvi said that they were writing a history of the construction and housing industry of the country.
Rizvi said that the Association of Builders and Developers will be taken on board so that new technology can be used in the construction sector.
He said that according to the PM, his government will play its role in the low-cost housing scheme as an enabler, while the private sector will play its role on the ground.
He pointed out that for the first time three types of housing schemes are being constructed in Pakistan: urban housing, rural housing and semi-urban housing.
Naya Pakistan Housing & Development Authority (NAPHDA) Chairman Lt Gen (retd) Anwar Ali Hyder said that under the NAPHDA, the latest technology is being used for construction. “These houses are not only durable and low-cost but also quick to construct,” he said. As for the construction material, he added that even the material is being manufactured in Pakistan.
Separately to have been reported earlier with reference to the university, as Karachi’s drainage system is being remodeled following raging rains past monsoon laying great destruction to the city due to choking of rain drains and major nullahs, the secretary local bodies convened Saturday a session on starting development and remodeling work on Orangi Town nullah as well after Mehmoodabad and Gujjar nullahs remodeling plans.
The session today was also attended by the city commissioner, and officials from Sindh Solid Waste Management Board, Water Board, and KMC, where they discussed the drainage remodeling study prepared by the NED University department.