GIS – 30 May 2019: A new Village Hall, constructed to the tune of around Rs 3,5 million at Trou aux Biches, along with a futsal and a petanque court in its vicinity, were inaugurated, yesterday afternoon, by the Prime Minister, Minister of Home Affairs, External Communications and National Development Unit, Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Mr Pravind Kumar Jugnauth. The Minister of Labour, Industrial Relations, Employment and Training, Mr Soodesh Callichurn, and several personalities were present.
In his address, Prime Minister Jugnauth stated that this new village hall, constructed on a land surface of 85 perches, will ensure more proximity with the 2 600 residents of Trou aux Biches through the various facilities that are being put to their avail and will enable councillors, representatives of non-governmental organisations and associations to conduct their meetings in a conducive environment. This is the third village hall that has been constructed during the present financial year, after the Ville Bague and Notre Dame village halls, he pointed out.
Government, said the Prime Minister, driven by concerted efforts, is committed to cater to the needs and aspirations of the population with the implementation of various projects both in urban and rural areas. He enumerated some of the projects that are in the pipeline to improve the sports infrastructure in the District Council of Pamplemousses.
The projects are: a mini soccer pitch at Trou aux Biches Community Centre; a new petanque court and a volleyball ground at Le Hochet; a tennis court at Ville Bague; a Futsal at Fond du Sac, Le Hochet and Bois Pignolet; a jogging track at Fond du Sac; provision of indoor and outdoor gym equipment in 18 villages; installation of lightings at five football grounds namely in Calebasses, Le Hochet, Terre Rouge, Mont Goût and Congomah. The Prime Minister also announced the construction of a multi-sports complex in Triolet, namely the Triolet Arena, which will cost around Rs 215 million.
Other governmental measures and projects highlighted by the Prime Minister to improve the lives of the population include: the National Minimum Wage; the Negative Income Tax; the salary compensation; the Metro Express Project; the construction of mediclinics; and, free access to tertiary public institutions.
With regard to the combat of the drug scourge, Prime Minister Jugnauth expressed optimism and determination for a zero-tolerance policy for a safer society. He cautioned the population against this social ill and encouraged them to adopt healthy habits by practising sports and physical exercises. On this score, he appealed to each and everyone to demonstrate the unity that prevails in the country by supporting Mauritian athletes for the forthcoming grand multi-sports event, the Indian Ocean Island Games 2019.
For his part, Minister Callichurn spoke of the evolution of Trou aux Biches from a fishing to a touristic village which has undergone considerable developmental changes. Several street lightings have been put in place in villages and cities across Mauritius, he emphasised. Government, he also indicated, has doubled efforts to ensure the security of residents and tourists with the installation of cameras in the context of the Safe City project.
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