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Smart Residence to let Mauritians live with dignity in decent living conditions

Smart Residence to let Mauritians live with dignity in decent living conditions

Smart Residence will replace the classic National Housing Development Company in order to provide Mauritians with decent housing which will be well equipped, while the government is also considering building houses for middle-income earners in targeted regions. ( )

In a press conference held on 27 April 2015, Mauritius’ Minister of Housing and Lands, Showkutally Soodhun announced that the new National Housing Development Company (NHDC) will be named ‘Smart Residence.’

Smart Residence will be equipped with appropriate infrastructure and improved connections, enabling Mauritians to live with dignity in decent living conditions.

The vulnerable groups present in Mauritian society will be provided with decent housing whereby a typical ‘smart residence’ will be designed and developed in an integrated manner – with appropriate infrastructure, access to services such as public transport, green spaces, and some basic social and recreational amenities like polyvalent hall, kindergarten and day care centres, among others highlighted.

Showkutally Soodhun stated that “the infrastructure as well as the social and recreational facilities will be managed by the respective local authorities and ministries.”

The construction of some 1,000 new NHDC housing units of 50 m2 with an allocated budget of approximately Rs 1.2 billion is expected to start in August 2015. These units will be spread across the locations of Goodlands, Chebel, Henrietta, Quatre Bornes, St Julien, Camp de Masque, Souillac, Notre Dame, Cité Atlee, 16ème Mille, La Brasserie, Montagne Longue, Cottage, and Piton.

Accordingly Showkutally Soodhun also highlighted that discussions are ongoing with relevant authorities on the possibilities of establishing police posts where housing estate projects accommodate more than 100 residential units.

The housing unit under the smart residences concept will be provided with solar water heaters, water tanks and backyard compost bins in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment, Sustainable Development, Disaster and Beach Management.

As for middle-income earners, they will soon benefit from the upcoming housing projects for Cap Malheureux, Moka and Cascavelle regions. Terms and details of these projects are currently being finalised.

Under residential projects, it is to be noted that serviced plots of land of an extent of 60 toises will be provided to families with a monthly income between Rs 10,000 and Rs 25,000 at an annual nominal rent of Rs 3,000.

Besides rehabilitation works will be carried out to some 59 existing NHDC housing estates including waterproofing, revamp of sewerage disposal system and water reticulation networks for an estimated cost of Rs 443 million.

Finally, the Vice-Prime Minister spoke of a forthcoming workshop targeting the syndics (property managers) of the NHDC where they will be filled in on their responsibilities towards the maintenance of the NHDC housing estates.

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