Budget 2016–2017 Highlights: Measures unveiled to improve quality of life
The Budget lays much emphasis on the importance of enhancing the quality of life of each and everyone. To this end the Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Mr Pravind Jugnauth, has enumerated a series of measures.
To ensure a round the clock supply of water, an amount of Rs 3.4 billion has been earmarked for the following projects:
- Replacement of some 180 kilometres of old and defective pipes across the island, in Beau-Bassin, Rose Belle, Rivière du Rempart, Lallmatie, Roche Bois, Plaine Verte and Surinam.
- Upgrading and increase in capacity of Treatment plants.
- Constructing of Strategic service reservoirs and new dams.
With a view to cutting costs and lessen the inconveniences to the citizens, the Central Water Authority will opt for investments in investing in trenchless technology. Government will subsidise the purchase of water tanks to the tune of Rs 35 million. Some 7,000 families will benefit.
Law and Order
Law and order is another vital determinant of the quality of life. To that end, the court infrastructure will be upgraded. Provision is made for the construction of a new Supreme Court Tower in Port-Louis to the tune of Rs 1.1 billion. Pamplemousses and Souillac District Courts will be relocated at the SIFB buildings in the same regions. Renovation works are going on at Port Louis New Court House in Port Louis while the District Courts of Moka, Mahebourg, Rose-Hill and Flacq will undergo upgrading and repair works.
A sum of Rs 8.7 billion has been earmarked for the Mauritius Police Force. 900 additional Police constables and 30 additional Cadet Officers will be recruited. A new training strategy will also be established and provision is made for a modern Police Academy at the Réduit- Ebene area.
A total of Rs 292 million will be used for modernising the fleet of Police vehicles. Over the next two years, Rs 115 million will be allocated to equip all police officers and vehicles with modern equipment. A new integrated Emergency Response Management System, linked with SAMU, Fire Services and other agencies will be implemented in a project valued of Rs 50 million.
With regard to law and order infrastructure six new Police stations; a New Divisional Headquarters; two more Detention Centres will be built. A modern state-of-the-art laboratory for the Forensic Science Department to the tune of Rs 235 million will be constructed.
Safe City Project
The Safe City project will be implemented on a pilot basis with the installation of smart cameras in major public areas, along main roads and motorways, pedestrian walkways and principal traffic centres. These cameras will act as powerful and effective tools to combat crimes and drugs proliferation, assist in more effective traffic and road safety management.
Intensifying combat against drugs
To combat against drugs efficiently and effectively, the Police department will acquire two drone cameras with night vision capabilities. The MRA Customs will also be equipped with interceptor boats, mobile low bed scanners and other x-ray scanners.
The collaboration between the National Coast Guard, ADSU, MRA Customs and the Fisheries Protection Service for joint interventions will be further strengthened.