NHDC ‘Smart Residence’ inaugurated in Chebel
Residence Beryl, the latest housing estate of the National Housing Development Company (NHDC) was inaugurated in Chebel yesterday by the Minister of Housing and Lands, Mr Showkutally Soodhun, who was acting as Prime Minister.
The Beryl Smart Residence comprises some 68 housing units of 39m2, each with water, electricity and sewage connections, as well as individual yard. It also includes associated infrastructural works such as footpath and drainage network, a children’s playground, and a petanque court.
In his address, the acting Prime Minister was adamant that Government is committed to provide affordable decent housing to low-income groups so that every Mauritian lives in dignity. “Our housing policy does not only focus on providing a decent housing unit but also offering a decent living environment for the people to live in,” he stated.
Mr Soodhun recalled that the Ministry of Housing and Lands is embarking on the construction of some 1,000 housing units and that to this end, funds to the tune of Rs 1 billion have been provided in the 2016-2017 budget. Speaking on the rehabilitation programme being implemented in some 50 existing NHDC housing estates to improve the living conditions of the inhabitants, he pointed out that an amount of Rs 443 m is being disbursed for, among others, rehabilitation of sewerage disposal systems and water reticulation networks, and structural remedial works.
With regard to the housing units in Chebel, the acting Prime Minister urged the beneficiaries to abide by the rules namely compliance to loan repayment conditions, and respecting their living environment and provided infrastructure and amenities. He also called on them to adhere to the parameters and standards outlined in the housing contracts.