The government remains committed to accelerating efforts to pilot development projects despite the challenges posed by COVID-19. These encompass not only key infrastructure projects, but also those aimed at improving the quality of life for all citizens across the country.
The Prime Minister, Mr. Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, made the statement this afternoon during a key handover ceremony organized by the National Housing Development Co. Ltd (NHDC Ltd), in Dagotière.
Fifteen families were given the keys to their social housing at Résidence Lavande in Dagotière, by various personalities in the company of the Prime Minister. These include: the Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Housing and Regional Planning, Minister of Tourism, Mr. Louis Steven Obeegadoo; the Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Education, Higher Education, Science and Technology, Ms. Leela Devi Dookun-Luchoomun; the High Commissioner of India to Mauritius, Mrs. K. Nandini Singla; and the MP, Mr. Yogida Sawmynaden.
In his address, Prime Minister Jugnauth underscored the high value that Mauritius attaches to India’s support to Mauritius in wide-ranging areas, including the landmark Metro Express project and large-scale infrastructure projects, all of which have real and tangible impacts on the lives of all citizens. He thanked the Indian government for the years of constant and increased support to Mauritius.
He reiterated the central objective of the government to provide social housing to the vulnerable population and stressed that social housing will be built in different regions of the country with the aim of facilitating the social integration of the beneficiaries.
He recalled that the government aims to build some 12,000 social housing units and announced that the construction of 10,500 units should be completed by June 2024. Similar projects are underway in Wooton and Agaléga, among others, he said. -he adds.
Mr. Pravind Kumar Jugnauth also dwelt on the various support systems and programs that have been extended to all categories of applicants as well as the Roof Slab Grant Scheme.
Furthermore, he called on the beneficiaries of social housing to keep their houses in good condition, while pointing out that Rs 525 million have been disbursed for the maintenance of NHDC social housing since 2015.
In addition, he reaffirmed his intention to work tirelessly to meet the aspirations and needs of the population while respecting the trust and responsibility entrusted to him by the citizens.
As for DPM Steven Obeegadoo, he affirmed that through this initiative, the Government supports the beneficiaries towards a new start in their lives to forge a better future and enable them to contribute to the socio-economic progress of the country.
He mentioned the partnership between the Indian government and Mauritius for the construction of social housing in Dagotière and Mare Tabac for a total cost of 45 million dollars. These projects were made possible thanks to a donation of 20 million dollars and a line of credit of 25 million dollars, he informed.
He expressed his gratitude to the Government of India which, he said, stands with Mauritius to meet the challenges of development and accompanies us on the path of social and economic progress.
Furthermore, the DPM indicated that the Lavande NHDC subdivision which comprises 656 dwellings, was set up at a total cost of Rs 1.3 billion, adding that the government offers a subsidy of Rs 1.2 million on each unit which costs Rs 1.9 million.
He recalled that various social housing programs have been extended to the most vulnerable citizens, including Hardship Cases, such as bail hesitations. He also indicated that since November 2019, some 1,900 social housing units have been delivered.
Each social housing is 62 m2 and various facilities including two children’s play areas, a jogging track, an outdoor gym, a football pitch, a commercial space, a green area and a multi-purpose hall will be available at the NHDC estate.
(With contributions from APO)