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Shafaq News/ The Minister of Construction, Housing, Municipalities and Public Works, Bankin Rikani, attributed, on Tuesday, the housing crisis in Iraq to the massive population explosion that occurred after 2003 and the fall of the previous regime.
This came during his hosting on Monday night on Tuesday by the Al-Rafidain Center for Dialogue (RCD) in a dialogue session entitled: "The Ministry of Construction, Housing and Municipalities: Between the blurring of strategic plans and the assumptions of the government program" at the Sergio Vieira Demillo Hall in the Center's building in Najaf Governorate.
The minister talked about issues related to the work of the ministry, most notably: the missions of the ministry's work through different stages of the political regimes that passed through Iraq, up to the post-political change in 2003, and what the ministry witnessed after that was represented by the transfer of its powers to the provinces, and with the assumption of two banks Rikani The ministry is in two different eras, the first in the government of Adel Abdul Mahdi and the second in the current government.
The minister referred to the ministry's programs in both phases and the challenges facing the ministry's work, most notably corruption, political rivalry, the absence of law, the lack of strategic plans in construction and housing, as well as the absence of institutional work, and this is what made the housing crisis almost intractable despite the passage of all these years.
Rikani also touched on the population explosion that occurred after 2003, when the number of citizens increased by 100%, and then, with it, the need for housing increased, not to mention other problems faced by the Ministry, most prominent of which is the need to establish roads and transportation to relieve traffic jams, especially in the capital, Baghdad. .
The minister said: The population increase, which exceeded 100% after 2003, in addition to the number of cars that exceeded 700%, prompted us to address the project to remove traffic jams in Baghdad, although the project falls within the powers of the Baghdad Municipality.
He pointed out that the current government has taken a bold decision regarding granting land to investors in return for a participatory fee at completion rates instead of granting it free of charge, which will contribute to increasing services that will reflect positively on citizens in the distant future.
He also strongly criticized the "Dari" initiative launched by the former federal government headed by Mustafa Al-Kazemi, stating that: The previous government distributed 1,936,000 electronic bonds that do not exist on the ground with the "Facebook" Dari initiative.
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