Mauritius and India open new chapter of development
Mauritius and India will open a new chapter of development following the allocation of Rs 12,7 billion by the Government of India for the 2016-2017 budget for the implementation of infrastructure projects in Mauritius.
The Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Mr Pravind Jugnauth, expressed his appreciation with regard to the prompt response of India in disbursing funds for several development projects, following his recent visit to India from 13 to 18 September 2016.
He was speaking yesterday afternoon during a meeting with the press in Port Louis where he enumerated the numerous projects that will kick off with the financial and technical assistance from India.
Among the projects:
- The Metro Express project as part of the traffic decongestion programme to the tune of some Rs 7,2 billion. Minister Pravind Jugnauth announced that a delegation from the Delhi Metro is expected in Mauritius on 24 and 25 October for further discussion on the project;
- Distribution of tablets in schools for Std I and II students for which an amount of Rs 500 million has been allocated. The project which also consist of a training component for teachers and other such facilities will cost in total some Rs 800 million;
- Construction of the new building for the Supreme Court of Mauritius for which an amount of Rs 1.1 billion has been earmarked. India is also providing assistance for the design of the building;
- Setting up of low-cost housing units in 2017 to the tune of some Rs 1.2 billion, of which Rs 700 million has been provided under the financial envelope from India;
- Construction of a new ENT hospital amounting some Rs 586 million. An Indian team is expected by the end of October 2016 to fine tune the procedures; and
- New Headquarters of the National Coast Guard to be set up at Fort William.
Finance Minister Pravind Jugnauth also spoke of the Overseas Citizens of India card. In that context discussions are ongoing with India to facilitate the procedures in view of enabling more people of Indian origin in Mauritius to be eligible for the OCI. He also made mention of the allocation of the funds earmarked for the Heritage City to other infrastructure projects.