This was announced by Khalifa Al Tunaiji, Chairman of the Directorate of Housing on Thursday during the Sharjah Consultative Council's Fourth ordinary session, the seventh legislative chapter.
"As many as 261 houses were completed between 1970 and 1973, whereas 2,489 units were completed from 1980 to 1989; 2,592 from 1990 to 1999; and 4,529 from 2000 to 2010," he
told the 42 members of the council.
The directorate has further given ownership of 79 government houses to nationals this year so far.
"We have also documented 323 other houses, and are fully geared up to examine, sort out and update 18,000 housing applications this year."
Explaining, Al Tunaiji
said the Directorate
is adopting a three-pillar housing philosophy spanning finance, design and implementation.
"Starting this year, all applications are to be electronically processed from A to Z, and the website of the directorate is to be launched this year," said Al Tunaiji, who is also member of the Sharjah Executive Council.
"The payment of set installments and the registration of construction and consultancy companies are to be done electronically, as well," he
Meanwhile, the directorate, along with other departments concerned, have formed a joint government committee to put in place the instructions of His
Highness the Ruler of Sharjah and distribute Dh50,000 to each family affected by Al Baker Tower gutted in fire last month.