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Waiting list for housing in Kuwait touches record numbers

The pending list of housing applications at the Public Authority for Housing Welfare (PAHW) is expected to touch 95,000 within two months, marking a record number in Kuwaits history, revealed a senior PAHW source.

The slow progress in completion of residential projects has been the main cause for the record levels of waiting list applicants.

The rate indicates that PAHW is in crisis, and is incapable of meeting the ever-growing housing demands, coupled with governmentís inability to devise prompt solutions, said the official.

Condemning the slow progress in construction of Khairan and MutlaŠ residential areas, he pointed out lack of funding as the main obstacle for this.

Meanwhile, the State Minister for Housing Affairs and Minister of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs, Mohammad Al-Numas, said that the low-cost housing projects will be implemented shortly.

Speaking during the launch of an exhibition by the National Industries Company last week, Al-Numas said that the funding system of the project is unclear The Housing Ministry will study ways in which the government can purchase houses, while the private companies and invest on those houses for 45 years, he said.

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