GIS – 02 December 2016: In line with the government’s commitment to address the problem of squatting in an efficient and effective manner, a group of 36 families from Port Louis and 28 families from Camp Carol in Mon Désert Mon Trésor received their Letters of yesterday.
The remittance of the letters of intent for sale of State Land to squatters in the region of Port-Louis and Camp Carol was held at Sir Harilall Vaghjee Memorial Hall in Port Louis in the presence of the Vice-Prime Minister, Minister of Housing and Lands, Mr Showkutally Soodhun, the Parliamentary Private Secretary, Mrs Roubina Jadoo-Jaunbocus, and other personalities.
In his address, the Vice-Prime Minister highlighted Government’s vision to cater for vulnerable people by providing them dignity through land ownership. “The security of tenure in effect empowers people, giving them the opportunity to access loan facilities,” he said.
The Vice-Prime Minister further recalled the variables that are taken into consideration before regularisation of the squatters, namely their financial situation. He stressed that the mechanism put in place at the level of the Ministry is based on transparency, equity and proper monitoring.
The benefiting families will have to disburse some Rs 2,000 to secure ownership of the land they have been occupying for several years. A survey was carried out by the Ministry of Housing and Lands to take stock of the number of squatters around the island. Families occupying State Land without authorisation were identified by the Ministry of Housing and Lands, and a cut-off date of 1 July 2015 has been adopted so that the issue of squatting can be effectively monitored and addressed.
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