GIS– 09 December, 2016: Major projects in the construction sector, worth approximately Rs 25 billion, will be undertaken in the year 2017, stated the Minister of Public Infrastructure and Land Transport, Mr N. Bodha, during a press conference yesterday at the seat of his Ministry in Port Louis.
The construction sector, a pillar of our economy, is a macro-economic factor which brings development in the country, he added. He underlined that for year 2016, according to information gathered from the Registrar of Companies, the local authorities, Construction Industry Development Board and contractors, the growth rate of the construction sector is expected to be higher than that of the past two years.
Minister Bodha announced that tender documents have already been prepared for several projects, including repairs on Terre Rouge – Verdun Link Road. With regards the road decongestion programme, the Jumbo/Phoenix/Dowlut roundabouts and the A1-M1 Link Road, the reference designs have already been prepared and tenders will be launched next year, he said.
Regarding the Urban Terminal at Victoria Bus Station, the Request for Proposal document will be launched during the last week of December 2016 so that an evaluation can be carried out later, the Minister added.
The laying of the foundation stone of the Metro Express in March 2017 is an indication of the massive investment that will take place in the construction sector next year, he added. He also announced that two Indian companies are competing for the Metro Express project: Afcons Infrastructure Limited and Larsen & Toubro.
Promoting local workforce and construction companies are the main objectives of his ministry, he said. In this context, he added that the Ministry of Labour, Industrial Relations, Employment and Training will put in place a database so that all persons interested in the construction sector can register themselves as it is estimated that some 6,000 to 10,000 skilled workers will be required for all the projects.
The Mauritius Institute of Training and Development has launched new courses on different professions in the construction sector to encourage young people to join the sector. Additionally, biding documents will mention that plants and machinery available in Mauritius will not be imported, thus promoting local companies, the Minister underlined.
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