Land acquisition in progress to meet housing demand in Bartica

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The Ministry of Housing is working to acquire plots of land from the Guyana Lands and Survey Commission (GL&SC) in Bartica, Region Seven to open new housing schemes.

This commitment was made by subject Minister Collin Croal during a meeting with residents on Saturday where there was a repeated call for the establishment of new housing schemes and improved access to potable water. The Minister held community meetings at Mora Camp, Four and Five Mile scheme, Agatash and Dagg Point, according to a statement from the Ministry.

The collaboration between the Ministry and the GL&SC will see the further advancement of the Government and by extension Ministry’s housing drive.

“In addition to the acquisition of lands, under the Ministry’s 2021 work program land clearing will commence and other infrastructure works. These plans the Minister said, will accelerate the overall housing drive not only for Bartica but other regions around the country,” the statement added.

Minister Collin Croal meeting with residents in Region Seven [Ministry of Housing photo/October 24, 2020]
Responding to complaints about housing services in the region, the Minister told residents that plans are already in place to strengthen regional housing offices. As a short-term intervention to address the issues, the Minister committed to sending a team from the Central Housing and Planning Authority to the region for a one-day exercise.

Additionally, the Ministry will be working on strengthening customer service which is aimed at reducing traffic flow at the Ministry’s head office.

The Minister also address several issues of squatting in several areas, including Mora Camp and a section of Five Mile Housing scheme. However, a resolution to those matters would include negotiations with the Guyana Forestry Commission (GFC) and the GL&SC.

As such, a commitment was made to look at the issue with the heads of the other agencies.

Other issues raised include drainage, the need for recreational parks unserved area for electricity; these will be directed for action to the various sector heads, the Ministry said.

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