State Land: Prime Minister hands over Letters of Intent
Some 232 beneficiaries from Port Louis, Pamplemousses and Rivière du Rempart districts received their Letters of Intent during a handing over ceremony held this afternoon at the Sir Harilal Vaghjee Hall in Port Louis.
The Prime Minister, Minister of Home Affairs, External Communications and National Development Unit and Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Mr Pravind Kumar Jugnauth; the Vice-Prime Minister, Minister of Housing and Lands, Mr Showkutally Soodhun; and other personalities were present at the handing over ceremony.
The number of beneficiaries are as follows: 133 from Port Louis, 47 from Pamplemousses, and 52 from Rivière du Rempart.
In his address, the Prime Minister, Mr Pravind Jugnauth, recalled that the aim of the Government is to help vulnerable people at the bottom of the social ladder and to have a more equitable and just society. He said that some Rs 10 billion will be injected in housing projects till 2019 with the construction of 1 586 houses this year and 3 682 houses in 2018. He also added that henceforth social houses which will be constructed will consist of two or more rooms.
Mr Jugnauth recalled that several measures have recently been implemented with the objective of enhancing the lives of citizens, namely the construction of the National Wholesale Market; and the launching of 350 Wifi zones, amongst others.
For his part, the Vice-Prime Minister and Minister of Housing and Lands, Mr Showkutally Soodhun, announced that Rs 200 million has been earmarked for the construction of houses for 600 vulnerable people in Baie du Tombeau while adding that the construction will start as from July this year.
The Vice-Prime Minister outlined Government’s vision to cater for vulnerable people by providing them dignity through land ownership.
“The security of tenure in effect empowers people, giving them the opportunity to access loan facilities,” he said.
Minister Soodhun recalled that since 2015, 14 000 people have become owners of a plot of land, 95 000 people have become owners of ex-CHA houses, and that in the months to come 5 000 houses will be constructed.
He also pointed out that in a bid to help low-income families, the threshold and criteria of eligibility for houses and land has increased from Rs 8 500 to Rs 20 000. Provision has been made for an increase in the grant for casting of roof slab from Rs 65,000 to Rs 75,000 for families earning a monthly income of up to Rs 10,000 where the previous income limit stood at Rs 8,500, he said.
Sale of State Land to building site lessees On December 2013, legislative amendments were brought to give those families holding a building site lease over a plot of State Land not exceeding 422.087 m², other than Pas Geometriques, the option to buy the Land at a uniform price of Rs 2 000. Families with very modest means will have full ownership of their lands.
This measure concerns some 14 000 building site lessees. As at 24 March 2017, 11 579 applications have been received, 8 164 applications have been examined out of which 5 982 cases have been approved. As from the start of this project up to date, about 3 565 deeds have been finalised.