Govt to focus on apartment buildings, mini-malls in major housing drive
Government is moving to introduce what it says is a more modern way of building housing communities. Already, the Ministry of Communities, which is charged with overseeing the housing sector, has moved to invite offers for the construction of apartment buildings, infrastructural works and recreational facilities.
The housing projects, expected to be in the billions of dollars, will be completed in three phases, according to a Ministry of Communities “Invitation For Expressions of Interest” advertisement that appeared in Sunday’s Kaieteur News.
Since taking office last year, the Coalition Government had signaled sweeping reforms to the housing sectors to ensure that homeowners don’t wait a long time to access their new homes or to have infrastructure in place until years later. As a matter of fact, the administration said that it wanted to move beyond mere housing scheme– the intent is to build complete communities. In the past, because of a shortage of resources and the huge demand for homes and house lots, the previous administration under the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C), had distributed house lots without the necessary infrastructures like roads, drainage, bridges and utilities in place. It had left both the administration and homeowners with headaches.
According to the advertisement, Government is planning to embark on several projects emanating from its strategic objective as it relates to housing for low income and state employees along the East Bank Demerara, East Coast Demerara and Georgetown, Region Four. According to the advertisement, the developmental approach involves and encompasses Public/Private Partnerships with developers and the Government of Guyana for the implementation of the projects.