The Ministry of Housing’s Central Housing and Planning Authority rolled out its 2023 house lot distribution drive today for persons who have been allocated house lots on the East Coast of Demerara.
As part of a major development push by the Government, new housing areas are being developed in Lusignan and Good Hope.
Over 1500 house lots were listed to be distributed today at the Dreams Realised event, which was hosted at the Arthur Chung Conference Centre.
Minister within the Ministry of Housing and Water, Susan Rodrigues, told the allottees that the East Coast will see the same type of rapid development that is currently taking place on the East Bank of Demerara.
She noted that the Government has been working along with the Commercial Banks to get them to offer better mortgage rates to encourage home building.
Minister Rodrigues explained that “all of the schemes on the East Coast are leading in a direction towards the East Bank and you will be connecting to the Aubrey Barker road link which will come all the way to the East Coast. So, there is no one entry and one exit to the East Coast any longer. We are developing a very complex network of highways and roads and you will see a whole new different community being developed”.
Minister Rodrigues explained that for this year, the Central Housing and Planning Authority is looking to develop a total of 3000 house lots along the East Coast Demerara corridor. She said in the past three years, the CHPA has allocated close to 6000 house lots along the East Coast of Demerara.
“And we have infrastructure work to the tune of $24.2 Billion that is ongoing, from 2020 to now, and thats the amount of money that we have already invested into the East Coast”, the Minister said.
Minister of Housing and Water, Collin Croal told the houselot recipients that his Ministry will continue its efforts to clear the backlog of applicants, as hundreds of new applications are coming into the system.
“We are working to ensure that we are able to quickly develop the infrastructure for you to access. We also have here today, people to help you with your planning. Because while we allocate now, it is important that you start gathering information so that you will be ready to build”, Croal said.
He encouraged persons who are still awaiting their allocations to begin saving towards the house lot when it is allocated.
Croal said the Government will continue to invest in infrastructural development to create new housing areas, as the demand for housing remains.
His statement was supported by the CEO of the Central Housing and Planning Authority, Sherwayne Greaves, who explained that the house lots are not being sold for profit. He said it costs the government close to $4 million to develop a single house lot, and not of the lots being sold in the East Coast area, carries that cost.
It was explained that in the areas being developed, provisions have been made for playfields and other recreational facilities in the communities that will be developed.