New cities open horizons of hope to overcome the housing crisis
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Baghdad: Raghad Dahham
The five new cities announced by the Ministry of Construction and Housing, which received the approval of the Council of Ministers for the purpose of referring them to investment, are considered a new door of hope for citizens in general and for the fragile or poor classes in particular because of their importance in solving the housing crisis and alleviating the burden.
The spokesman for the Ministry of Construction and Housing, Istabraq Sabah, explained in an interview with “Al-Sabah” that the new city projects were all referred to investment and the official books and papers were delivered to the Investment Authority for the purpose of preparing urban and basic designs for the cities, indicating that the work began 3 months ago and within two months it will be completed. Submitting detailed designs for discussion and approval.
Sabah added that the companies that adopted these projects are of different nationalities, including Chinese, Turkish, Ukrainian, and other companies, which are affiliated with Iraqi companies, as there is an Iraqi-foreign partnership, pointing out that all the companies’ papers have been audited by the analysis committees and bid screening committees before referral, and at the beginning of next year the quarantine will be placed. The foundation for those cities, which are Abu Ghraib, Karbala, Mosul, and Babylon.
In turn, economic expert Bassem Jamil Antoine told Al-Sabah: Projects to solve the housing crisis must be directed to the poor or middle-income segments, especially with the presence of more than 4,000 slum areas spread across the country, indicating that while thinking about the necessity of providing them with appropriate housing in small spaces Low cost, quick delivery and many units.
Antoine added that these numbers help solve the housing crisis, especially with the selection of barren areas that are not suitable for agriculture to prevent the bulldozing of green areas, pointing out the need for the units to be low-cost and in large numbers that can create job opportunities for the unemployed and solve the issue of the accumulation of the housing crisis.
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He pointed out that the annual rate of population growth in Iraq exceeds one million people, and according to what was announced by the Ministry of Planning, the population increase must be kept pace by building rapid housing units, as happened in the Bismayah complex.
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