2,000 persons to commence construction of houses in Reg. 3 by month-end
–turnkey home programme to be expanded to the region
Approximately 2,000 Guyanese who have been allocated lands in Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara) can look forward to constructing their dream houses by the end of April 2022.
This comes as infrastructure works such as roads, bridges and culverts, are near completion in Edinburg, Anna Catherina, Cornelia Ida, Stewartville and Meten-Meer-Zorg. Water distribution and electrical networks are also being installed in the schemes.
Minister of Housing and Water Collin Croal visited the sites on Friday where he met with contractors.
“We have people that are waiting to occupy their lands. It means a lot for the economy and a lot for them individually,” the minister noted.
He stated that while the works started under the ministry’s 2021 work programme, there were notable delays, as some lands were owned by the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo); and existing crops were to be harvested before the project.
However, some dissatisfaction was still noted with the pace of contractors, particularly at Meten-Meer-Zorg, which allottees will be able to access in May compared to April with the other schemes. As such, the minister urged that the works be expedited.
“We are applying liquidated damages to those who have not received an extension permit. Similarly for the new contracts that have been awarded under the 2022 programme, we are going to be very rigid in its implementation because we have people that are waiting to be able to access their new lot,” said the minister.
Minister Croal also announced that the ministry will be expanding its turnkey housing programme to the region. Lands have been reserved for close to 200 low-income and moderate-income homes to be built in Edinburg, Anna Catherina and Meten-Meer-Zorg.
This is aimed at providing more comprehensive and sustainable housing options for all Guyanese. (Modified press release from Housing Ministry)