THE Penang government has identified five plots of land to build the People’s Housing Project (PPR) in the state.
State local government, housing, town and country planning committee chairman Jagdeep Singh Deo said the five plots, two on the island and three on the mainland totalling 29.2ha (72.3acres), had been earmarked for PPR.
The projects would be built in Jelutong, Bayan Baru (Jalan Mayang Pasir), Butterworth (Ujung Batu), Bukit Mertajam (Kampung Tongkang) and Batu Kawan.
Jagdeep said he had instructed the state housing department and Penang Corporation Development (PDC) to write an official letter to the Housing and Local Government Ministry, to request for part of the RM10bil allocation announced in the Budget 2020 to be used to fund the PPRs on the five plots of land.
“Although we know that PPR will be rebranded by the federal government, we still feel there are certain groups that cannot afford to buy their first house, ” he said during a press conference at PDC recently.
On PDC projects in the state, Jagdeep said there were some 20 projects with a total of 21,484 units of affordable housing which were ready for qualified buyers.
Of the total, 1,568 units have been built, 3,677 units are in various stages of construction and 16,239 units have already been approved for construction.
Of the seven projects comprising 3,677 units, three projects would be ready in the first quarter of next year.
He said the projects - Dua Residensi in Teluk Kumbar (694 units), Jiran Residensi in Kampung Jawa in Seberang Prai Tengah (707 units) and Kepala Gajah in Seberang Prai Selatan (41 units) were expected to be handed over to buyers.
Jagdeep said he had also instructed PDC to write to the ministry so that some funds could be allocated to assist Penangites to buy remaining units at PDC projects under the rent-to-own scheme.
“This is particularly to help those Penangites who fail to get loans from banks, ” he added.
He said in total, 102,335 of affordable house units including those under PDC projects had been initiated by the state government and also private developers who had come on board to build affordable housing in Penang.
“In addition, we are also targeting 180,000 homes to be built by 2030 which is in line with our Penang2030 vision, ” Jagdeep said.