GIS - 26 August, 2019: The Prime Minister, Minister of Home Affairs, External Communications and National Development Unit, Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Mr Pravind Kumar Jugnauth proceeded, yesterday, in Ebene, with the inauguration of a bus holding area and the laying of the foundation stone of Ebene recreational park project, in line with the Metro Express Project. Prime Minister Jugnauth also proceeded with the planting of an endemic tree on the occasion.
The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Energy and Public Utilities, Mr Ivan Collendavelloo; the Vice-Prime Minister, Minister of Local Government and Outer Islands, Minister of Gender Equality, Child Development and Family Welfare, Mrs Fazila Jeewa-Daureeawoo; the Minister Mentor, Minister of Defence, Minister of Rodrigues, Sir Anerood Jugnauth; the Minister of Public Infrastructure and Land Transport, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade, Mr Nandcoomar Bodha and other personalities were present.
In his address, the Prime Minister stated that the Metro Express project which pioneers on a new era of development thus propelling Mauritius to achieve the status of a high-income country, will significantly transform the way the country will commute in the future and also bring in economic benefits. As for the bus holding area, he said, it is in conformity with the Metro Express project and will in turn contribute in reducing traffic congestion in Rose Hill Town Centre.
Speaking of the Ebene recreational park, Mr Jugnauth indicated that this project, to the tune of Rs 100 million, will comprise around 62 000 plants including endemic plants. The planting of the trees, he said, is very much symbolical as it represents a gesture to make up for the loss of trees that were cut down for the Metro Express project, adding that for the loss of every one tree, three trees are being planted. Government, he said, aims to providing service excellence in all domains but not to the detriment of the environment. The park is in line with Government’s vision to promote a healthy and harmonious environment as well as sports and also enhance and upgrade the lifestyle of the inhabitants, he added.
The Prime Minister also listed out the major and minor projects that are being implemented by the Government, namely constructions of drains and roads, asphalting of roads, construction of leisure parks and sports infrastructure, creation of health tracks and construction of healthcare centres and hospitals amongst others. The objective, he underpinned, is to modernise the country and facilitate the lives of the population at all social ladders, thus paving the way towards a smart Mauritius of tomorrow.
Deputy Prime Minister Collendavelloo dwelt on the major development projects across the country since 2014, adding that these developments will contribute to embellishing the landscape of the country and at the same time take the country to new heights of modernisation. These developments will also contribute to the economic growth as well as enhance the standard of living and quality of life of the citizens, he added.
For his part, Minister Bodha said that the ongoing infrastructural developmental projects are being undertaken in view to providing better facilities and services to the citizens. He also indicated that two leisure parks of 1 acre each will be constructed in the region of Quatre-Bornes. With regard to the Metro Express project, he pointed out that it is on track and on time, adding that several tests are being undertaken so as to proceed with the soft launch in due time.
Ebene Rereational Park
The Park will span over some 8 acres and consist of an enclosed children playground area with a mini health track and a toboggan; an outdoor gym with different types of equipment; a health track loop; petanque courts; esplanade and open amphitheater; experimental garden with water feature; and exotic and endemic trees.
Bus Holding Area
The bus holding area has been constructed over a plot of 4.4 acres. It has six combined boarding/alighting platforms and some 30 bus parking bays for buses presently having their terminal points at Place Margeot, Rose Hill.
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