The issue of housing is a top priority for the government with measures being devised to provide proper dwellings to all citizens, said State Minister for Housing Affairs Yasser Abul Tuesday.
In a forum late Monday discussing the issue of housing, the minister said that solving the housing problems will have social and security benefits for citizens.
He stressed that the current housing plan, set in motion by His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, will not be affected by the government's policies to rationalize spending.
He added that requests submitted to the Public Authority for Housing Welfare (PAHW) had reached citizens who applied on December 31, 2011.
Abul took the chance to thank the National Assembly for coming out with legislations that enabled PAHW to work more smoothly in addressing the citizens' needs for housing, affirming that the government will stick to the plan to provide some 120,000 housing units for citizens annually for the decade ahead.
Recently, the Minister signed an agreement for the construction of the South Saad Al-Abdullah city, considered to be the first smart and environment-friendly city in Kuwait.
The city will spread over 59 square kilometers to accommodate some 400,000 people. Regarding violations by some construction companies in previous projects, minister Abul affirmed that these companies were banned from carrying out construction on any new projects.
Meanwhile, the minister touched on Kuwait's major housing project of the city of South Mutla which will house a population of 400,000 citizens with some 30,000 housing units to be constructed.
The contract to start building infrastructure and roads in South Mutla city costs around KD 288 million, said the minister. (One USD equals KD 0.301).