- selection of houselot exercise conducted for Non-Pariel Housing Scheme
As the Housing and Water Ministry continues aggressively to ensure further development of housing schemes and provide basic infrastructural amenities, over 100 more allottees were provided the opportunity to have access to a house lot and title during a selection of lots for the Non-Pariel Housing Scheme, East Coast Demerara at the Ministry of Housing and Water, Brickdam today.
Minister of Housing and Water Irfaan Ali while speaking to the potential home owners said that his Ministry earlier this year has set a target of allocating approximately 1,500 houselots of which the Ministry has surpassed the target by almost 100 percent.
“Although we can sit down and be satisfied with our accomplishment this year we are not prepared to do that and we are hoping that before the end of this year which is less than 27 days from now to allocate a further 700 houselots in Guyana,” Minister Ali said.
He said the Ministry has been engaging contractors to have a further 500 house lots prepared for the Onderneeming housing scheme, Region Two which will be allocated before year end.
The Housing Minister expressed gratitude to the allottees for the patience they have demonstrated in waiting for a houselot.
“We want to thank you for not falling pray to vultures out there who seek to sell the lots and profiteer from lots allocated by the Ministry. Today you would legally have your piece of land,” he said.
Minister Ali said today’s activity will see more than 100 houselots being allocated in Non-Pariel out of 281 lots that is prepared for allocation.
The lots for the Non-Pariel Housing Scheme, he said, are prepared under the Second Low Income Settlement Programme (LIS) funded by the Inter-American Development Bank.
He noted that an investment of more than $103M will be expended for the area this year for the construction of roads and installation of pipelines. A further $50M will be spent on the installation of electricity and the water connection which will be the final phase of infrastructure development to be completed in the area.
Minister Ali further told the allottees that as they embark on their journey of owning a piece of land they should ensure that they utilise the opportunity to complete the construction of their homes as early as possible.
Alluding to the real value for a houselot, the Minister reminded them that the lots which are being allocated are subsidized by government by more than 450%.
“Although you would be paying $100,000 for land, the real value is approximately $550, 000…so you are part of the first group that would benefit from the development of Non-Pariel,” he said.
In keeping with the promise made by His Excellency Bharrat Jagdeo, to develop a further 17,000 lots over the next two years, the Housing and Water Minister announced that his Ministry will be expanding the Non-Pariel Housing Scheme with an additional 300 lots by next year.
He said that his Ministry has advertised for contractors to conduct infrastructure work for the preparation of the lots. The advertisement for the contractors would be closed on December 22.
“Once the contractors are in place in Region Three we are hoping next year that we would have available more than 4,000 lots for allocation, this of course is going to take us to our overall target of meeting the 17,000 houselots that his Excellency Bharrat Jagdeo would have set. So we stand committed to you in realizing your dreams,” the Minister concluded.
During the past 17 years thousands of Guyanese throughout the country have become home owners as government continues to promote housing development in the sector.
Houselot allocation under the administration has been unparalleled and it plans to further expand the housing sector with an additional $6B to be spent over the next three years to develop new houselots and to improve existing housing schemes.