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Several Projects to Improve Public Buildings

Date: December 11, 2012
Domain:Public Infrastructure; Education & Training; Health
Persona: Citizen; Government
 

GIS - Dec 11, 2012: Government is investing a lot in the development of the physical infrastructure of public buildings. As a matter of fact, capital investment in that sector has been to the tune of Rs8.7 billion for buildings, besides the injection of Rs13.5 billion in roads development. Details of the projects were given by the Vice-Prime Minister, Minister of Public Infrastructure, National Development Unit, Land Transport and Shipping, recently in the National Assembly. According to the minister, investment in public infrastructure is one of the means to stimulate the economy and to create the necessary growth.

In the education sector alone, the Ministry of Public Infrastructure, National Development Unit, Land Transport and Shipping (MPI) has looked after supervision and completion of 700 projects for the Ministry of Education and Human Resources. These projects include upgrading of schools, maintenance, renovation works, minor repairs, fencing, waterproofing, upgrading, construction of toilet blocks, tarring of school yards, construction of drains, boundary walls, extension works, additional classrooms, gymnasiums and new schools.

Schools and Colleges

Recently, the Moosun Government School was inaugurated at Goodlands. There are extension works at Piton SSS, which are costing Rs55.1m, extension works at Royal College, Port Louis, to the tune of Rs42 m. There are other ongoing works at Hollyrood SSS, phase IV; Colline Monneron, phase IV; Quatre Bornes SSS, GSS Moka, Flacq, Nouvelle France, and a new gymnasium at John Kennedy. These are projects which are nearing completion. At the primary level also, a large number of construction works are ongoing. From 2005 to date, there have been a total of 105 capital projects, each costing above Rs5m, having been completed in the educational sector. More than 50 big capital projects are ongoing in that sector. By improving school infrastructure and by providing amenities, Government wants to provide access to education to all children, and to create a proper environment for them.

Health Sector

In the health sector, government has injected Rs2.5 billion for the implementation of over 300 health related projects. That concerns hospitals, area health centres and community health centres. Regarding the Flacq Hospital, government has spent above Rs200 m. for the construction of a new block and, at the same time, other related projects. Next year, the construction of another block amounting to Rs250 m may start. With regard to the upgrading of Dr. Jeetoo Hospital, government has spent Rs1.5 billion.

At the SSRN hospital, Government has spent Rs73 m. for the Accident and Emergency Department. Other hospitals, area health centres and community health centres have also witnessed major extensions and expansions.  Renovation works have also been carried out. A mediclinic at Plaine Verte has been constructed at the cost of overRs50 m. A new mediclinic is under construction at Triolet, at the estimated cost of Rs53 m., and another one at Goodlands. Such types of works will be conducted in other designated localities in the near future. At the Victoria hospital of Candos, the Cardiac Centre has recently been opened. In addition to this, works have already started for another hospital, which is costing government Rs400 m.

Other Buildings

Minister Bachoo also shed light on some other important capital projects other than schools and hospitals. The police stations at Black River, Bel Ombre and Bambous have already been renovated, besides the construction of new police stations. There is a new Police station at Blue Bay where work is ongoing to the tune of Rs16 m. A new fire station at Tamarin is costing Rs44 m., and works will be completed within a few months. A new prison at Melrose is another big infrastructural work which has already started and nearing completion, costing the country Rs1.5 billion. Infrastructural works have also been carried at the Flacq market fair, the Lallmatie market fair, a new Fisheries Post at Trou aux Biches and Bambous Virieux. The fish auction market at Les Salines, which has cost government Rs 24m is now ready.

Anil Bachoo also recalled that the Building Control Act was passed this year to empower the Local Authorities to ensure that buildings are designed, constructed and maintained in such a way, so as to guarantee peoples and society’s wellbeing, protection of environment and the aesthetic value. This is an important landmark in the development of the construction industry. This legislation is more responsive to new changing technologies and challenges, and to the new requirements for the development of high rise buildings, residential projects, hotel resorts, commercial lettings and shopping malls.

Moreover, the MPI has come up with a series of measures to reduce energy consumption, and enable the putting up of sustainable buildings.  These measures include proper orientation of buildings for optimum light and natural ventilation, green roof, rain water harvesting, efficient air conditioning system, and use of new building materials. The Ministry is also already applying the concept of sustainability to some of the current infrastructural projects. The requirements of eco-design of buildings have been included in the building documents for the retrofitting of Emmanuel Anquetil building, the construction of gymnasiums in six SSS - that will be done next year, and the construction of new Sewraz Government School at Triolet.

Eco-Design

The “eco-design” concept is being extended to other public buildings. Minister Anil Bachoo said that Government is expecting that, in the near future, every building will be designed to satisfy the sustainability requirements. “We are exploring ways and means to achieve this objective.  One of them is to have qualified professionals in the field of design of sustainable building. Twelve officers of my Ministry have also been trained, with the assistance of the French Government, in the design of such buildings.  Further training will be dispensed with the assistance of the Agence Française de développement”, he highlighted.

Sustainable buildings bring a number of benefits such as reduction of non-renewable energy consumption, reduction in the level of greenhouse gas emissions, reduction in expenditure of energy consumption, and good level of comfort in buildings.

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