JOHOR BARU: The state government is expected to build some 7,600 units under its People's Housing Project (PPR) within the next two years to deal with squatter issues.
Johor Housing and Local Government chairman Datuk Abdul Latif Bandi said about 3,800 units would be constructed this year with the rest to be built next year.
"We have estimated the project to cost over RM150mil each year," he told reporters at the launch of the Johor Baru Municipal Council Carnival held in conjunction with its 13th Municipal Day in Hutan Bandar Mutiara Rini here yesterday.
"Pengerang and Tenggara in Kota Tinggi and Sungai Melana, Johor Baru, were among the seven locations identified for the project this year," Abdul Latif said.
"We are still in the midst of identifying four other suitable areas. The project in all seven sites will be carried out simultaneously.
"With the development of the additional units, we hope to eliminate squatter issues among those in the lower-income category here," he added.
The Johor government, said Abdul Latif, would also be building living quarters for the state's civil servants within the Iskandar region.
"It will be easier for civil servants to reside there as most government office are located within the Iskandar area.
"The housing will also benefit them as the value of properties within the economic growth corridor is quite high as compared to other areas," he said.
An in-depth report and other details on both the PPR and quarters projects would be forwarded to the Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Ministry.