Metro Express project is a major stride towards future smart and sophisticated Mauritius, says PM
The Metro Express project opens a new chapter and marks a major stride as the backbone of future smart and sophisticated Mauritius. It fits in the transformation and modernisation of public transportation as one of the largest and most impactful public sector investments ever made in Mauritius. The next challenge is to extend the Metro Express lines to the four corners of Mauritius.
This statement was made by the Prime Minister, Minister of Home Affairs, External Communications and National Development Unit and Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Mr Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, yesterday at the laying of the foundation stone ceremony of the Metro Express depot in Richelieu.
Prime Minister Jugnauth reckons the Metro Express project to be the first big strand towards building the infrastructure of tomorrow and which is in line with the broader vision of Government to modernise the country by integrating the urban and rural regeneration plan. He appealed that the project must be viewed in a broader perspective as Government’s vision is to uplift the quality of life of one and all.
He recalled that the project is part of a Rs 100 billion plan to transform and modernise the physical landscape of the country over the next three years and a harbinger of another wave of socio-economic development that will propel Mauritius towards the league of high income economies and eventually achieve the second economic miracle.
According to the Mr Jugnauth, there was an imperative need for an alternative mode of public transportation to address traffic congestion in Mauritius which costs the country around Rs 4 billion annually and is expected to increase to Rs 10 billion in 2030. Consequently, he underpinned the rationale of putting in place the Metro Express project, which he said, is not just another mode of transport but fits in the strategy of an integrated approach to sustainable transport.
The Prime Minister reassured that the project will cause no hindrance to any segment of the population. Necessary measures have been implemented to preserve the jobs of employees in the transportation industry and required actions have been taken with regards to families displaced for the implementation of the Metro Express Project, he underlined.
For his part, the Minister of Public Infrastructure and Land Transport, Mr Nandcoomar Bodha, qualified the Metro Express project as the main pillar of transformation of the transport system within the broad framework of the New National Transport Network Project. He also announced that the feasibility report of the Metro Express project will be tabled in the National Assembly at its next sitting. He recalled that to ensure smooth implementation of the project, various committees have been set up to monitor the status of development regarding the impact of the Metro Express project on the bus industry.
As for the High Commissioner of India to Mauritius, Mr Abhay Thakur, the laying of foundation stone of the Metro Express depot culminates the longstanding cooperation between India and Mauritius and translates the strategy of embarking on a sustainable transportation system for the future socio-economic development of Mauritius while opening up new ventures for jobs creation.