Housing Ministry restarts allocation of house lots along East Coast Demerara

Housing Ministry restarts allocation of house lots along East Coast Demerara

The Ministry of Housing and Water, through the Central Housing and Planning Authority (CHPA), has set out to distribute 1,000 house lots along the East Coast of Demerara. 

The allottees, whose applications have been in the system since 2019 and before, are being allocated lands in Non Pariel and Enterprise on the East Coast of Demerara. The areas also include commercial lots, and in the future will see the construction of schools, police stations and medical facilities among other amenities. 

As he addressed well many of the allottees today, Minister of Housing and Water Collin Croal said today’s housing drive is in keeping with the efforts to clear the large backlog of applications in the system.    

“So today, with the 1,000 lots that are being allocated in Non Pariel and Enterprise Phase II, this area, as has been reported began back in December and it caters for about 3,000 lots. So, it is not you alone. And, in addition to all of the amenities, we have through Guyana Water Inc, a treatment facility and a GPL substation that are stationed within this community,” Minister Croal said. 

According to the Housing Minister, the CHPA has a backlog of over 40,000 applications in its system. He said to address this burning issue, the Government has allocated more than 19,000 house lots in Region 4 or 64% of the total allocations made to date since the change in Administration in August 2020.

Government, he said, will continue to investment in development of lands for housing allocation. 

“This year, we have about $18.2B being spent on infrastructure development, and these include areas such as Good Hope, Non Pariel and Enterprise… and more than 25 acres of land being catered for 7,582 residential lots. Added that for Region 4, we have also begun the construction of 2,307 houses that are at various stages, which means, some have been completed and persons are already living there, some are near in completion, and some obviously, construction has now commenced,” Minister Croal said. 

Emphasizing that Government is cognizant of the backlog of applications, Minister within the Ministry of Housing and Water, Susan Rodrigues pleaded with citizens to be patient, as the Ministry develops housing schemes across the country to address the high demand for house lots. 

“I know that many of you here have waited for a long time to receive your house lots, and we have been insisting that we address the backlog of pending applications in our system at the ministry. So, we have been very committed and devoted to that effort and we have been imploring people to have patience with us and not feel the need to engage in any illegal activity or any corrupt practices to get your house lots,” Minister Rodrigues said. 

Minister Rodrigues said in addition to the 1,000 house lots that will be distributed today, persons will also receive their certificates of title, while some 50 persons will receive steel and cement vouchers to assist them with the construction of their homes. 

Chief Executive Officer of CHPA, Sherwyn Greaves was among other officials present. He said through massive infrastructural projects, Government is connecting communities on the East Coast to those on the East Bank much to the benefit of citizens. 

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