Minister of Urban Development Affairs and Housing says it is the second biggest housing project in Afghanistan after the assistance of former Soviet Union.
Sayed Sadat Mansour Naderi said upon the completion of this project, a high number of government officials who do not have own homes would find permanent shelters.
“These residential units would be constructed in a comparatively small area and would be provided to government officials, who do not have own homes or apartments, on long-term installments,” he said.
“The implementation of this project would be a big step towards the institutionalization of the concept of ‘affordable housing’ in Afghanistan which can solve the problem of homelessness. It is also one of the characteristics for the economic growth and to help improve the living condition of working-class people to middle-class.”
Naderi said more than $100 billion have been spent in different areas in past 10 years which has not brought a direct positive change in the lives of poor people or those with no shelter.
“But the construction of 10,000 residential units by China is a biggest and memorable grant for the people of Afghanistan,” he said.
“Young couples who newly marry cannot afford to buy own houses because of high prices and no system of mortgage. But the Ministry of Urban Development Affairs and Housing in coordination with other institutions would generate a system to provide residential units to people with no advance payments and on cheap and long-term installments,” Naderi said, adding that “a part of their salaries would be deducted for the long-term installments and they would become the owners of permanent shelters.”
This comes as hundreds of thousands of families from villages and towns have moved into the cities across the country and live in rental homes from long time. Because of high prices in cities they have not been able to buy own permanent shelters.