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Budgets 2014 Highlights: Promoting an Environmentally Friendly Lifestyle and Cleaner Mauritius

Date: November 15, 2013
Domain:Environment
Persona: Citizen; Government
 

GIS – 15 November 2014: The 2014 Budget announced a series of measures to build a better Mauritius by promoting an environmentally friendly lifestyle in line with the Maurice Ile Durable (MID) Vision.
 
For the enhancement of the environment and the building of a Clean Mauritius, the 2014 Budget proposes.
 
  • Provision of Rs 100 million to the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development for a Beach Re-profiling Programme for beaches across the island.
  • The refilling Flic en Flac, Le Morne and Blue Bay beaches with sand.
  • The Rehabilitation of the coral reefs and increasing the live coral coverage.
  • Toughening up the law with regard to maintaining privately owned bare land and abandoned premises.
  • Amendment to the Local Government Act to enable local councils to place an obligation on landowners to fence their land in residential areas.
  • Provision of Rs 185 million for the purchase of additional scavenger lorries to replace those that are more than 12 years old.
  • Provision of Rs 30 million for a financial incentive to encourage the collection and re-export of P.E.T. plastic bottles.
  • Planting of a total of 200,000 trees over the next two years to embellish the natural landscape of Mauritius.
  • Setting-up of a biking trail of 5 kilometres in the Vallee d’Osterlog to attract lovers of nature and encourage visitors to come to the endemic garden.
  • Increase in the budget of the Ministry of Local Government and Outer Islands by Rs 1 billion to Rs 4.7 billion with a view of the central role they will be called to play in the Clean Mauritius endeavour.
  • A rise in the grant-in-aid allocation to local councils by Rs 500 million to Rs 2.5 billion.
  • Provision of Rs 210 million for additional local infrastructure and for cleaning of bare land and abandoned premises in developed areas.
  • Provision of Rs 75 million for Financial allocation directly to participating village councils, based on such factors such as population size and village council area in order to respond to a specified “cahier des charges” with respect to cleaning and embellishment of their villages.

 

Government Information Service, Prime Minister’s Office, Level 6, New Government Centre, Port Louis, Mauritius. Email: infserv@intnet.mu Website: http://gis.gov.mu

 
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