Govt to fo­cus on apart­ment buil­dings, mi­ni-malls in ma­jor hou­sing dri­ve

Times of Suriname - - ENGELS -

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.


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