GIS - 17 September, 2014: Some 86 beneficiaries who participated in a drawing of lots ceremony have been allocated a plot of land for residential construction at Khoyratty. The ceremony was held yesterday at the Sir Harilal Vaghjee Memorial Hall in Port Louis in presence of the Minister of Housing and Lands, Dr Abu Kasenally, the Minister of Agro-Industry and Food Security and Attorney-general, Mr Satya Veyash Faugoo, the Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr Devanand Ritoo and other eminent personalities.
In his speech, Minister Ritoo pointed out that this allocation of land to former planters clearly demonstrates that Government ensures both economic and social development at all levels by even taking into account small planters.
For his part, Minister Kasenally underlined that the project took some time to materialise due to ongoing negotiations to find a suitable prime land for this project. He added that Government has committed an amount of Rs 31 million for development of roads, drain network, as well as installation of electricity and water supply on sites. He added that these works have already started and are being implemented by the National Housing Development Company Limited.
Minister Faugoo urged the beneficiaries to make good use of their lands and encouraged those who will not be using the lands for residential purpose in the immediate future to turn to agriculture and to take advantage of the various schemes put in place by Government to ensure food security.
The Minister of Agro-Industry recalled that the land in Khoyratty was acquired under the Government/Mauritius Sugar Planters Association Agreement and that each of the 86 beneficiaries has been allocated a lot for residential construction as final part of Government’s commitment towards their full compensation and relocation plan.
He also stressed that the 86 beneficiaries have been convened to this drawing of lots exercise to ensure that the allocation process is made in a transparent and rational manner.
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