500 house lots distributed to W.C.D residents
Some 500 families from the West Coast of Demerara have been allocated house lots as the Ministry of Housing on Friday held yet another successful ‘One Stop Shop’. The event was held at the Uitvlugt Community Center ground, during which Housing Minister Irfaan Ali also met with families who had queries about their applications.
The house lots which were given out are located at Zeelugt, East Bank Essequibo and were given to families within the middle income, low middle income and the low income brackets.
Minister Ali, while addressing the huge gathering, reiterated Government’s commitment to developing and advancing the social development of the country and providing access to basic facilities including in housing, education, sanitation, road, water and electricity.
Ali indicated that about 2600 new lots would be available in Region Three this year alone with 1000 more lots to be made available at Zeelugt and 200 at Leonora, among other areas.
“Government understands the critical role that housing plays in transforming the lives of people and improving the family unit, bringing families closer so we must appreciate and understand this huge progress that has been made in the housing sector in Region Three,” Minister Ali said.
He added that already plans are underway for an additional 500 house lots in Zeelugt.
The Minister further reassured residents of Government’s commitment of meeting the dream of every single Guyanese owning a home notwithstanding political rhetoric to derail its investment to improve the lives of citizens.
Government has already advanced $60M to the Guyana Power and Light to commence work on the electricity network in Zeelugt.
Housing is a major sector of Region Three and over the past decade more than $23B has been invested in this sector, creating more than 23,000 lots and benefiting over 94,000 Guyanese.
Friday’s ‘One Stop Shop’ is the eighth hosted by the Ministry for the year 2011 and augments in excess of 50 percent of the Ministry’s target for 2011.
In 2009, there were 12 One Stop Shop exercises in Regions 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9 and 10; while in 2010, there were 15 such interventions carried out in Regions 2, 3, 4, 6, 8.