GIS - 06 November, 2015: A first batch of 62 squatters from Riambel have received their letter of intent yesterday in Ebène, granting them ownership rights over the land they are occupying. This initiative is part of the regularisation exercise being conducted by the Ministry of Housing and Lands which aims at eradicating squatting in Mauritius.
At the handing over ceremony, the Vice-Prime Minister, Minister of Housing and Lands, Mr Showkutally Soodhun, reiterated Government’s commitment to address, very rigorously but humanely, the problem of residential squatting on State Land in Mauritius.
According to Mr Soodhun, a second batch of 61 squatters residing in Petite Case Noyale, La Ferme and Bambous will receive their letter of intent soon, followed by another group of 422 squatters from Port Louis who are to be regularised in situ.
The Vice-Prime Minister recalled that as part of measures to deal effectively with residential squatting on State Land, a cut-off date, 01 July 2015, has been adopted so that the situation can be controlled, while regular Police Control are made to deter any more squatting. “Squatting will no longer be tolerated in Mauritius and the 1,054 reported cases of squatters island-wide are either being relocated or regularised in situ,” he stated.
To the beneficiaries, Mr Soodhun called on them to act responsibly and with discipline as well as to use their newly acquired property judiciously. He said that with the letter of intent, the new owners can now apply for utility services or for a loan to build a decent house for their families. The Vice Prime Minister added that following discussions with the National Empowerment Foundation, the families requiring assistance would benefit from social housing schemes.
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