Twelve proud families from Corgat Estate in the Mont Fleuri district have received the keys to their new two-bedroom houses.
The tenants did not hesitate to view their new houses soon after receiving their keys yesterday afternoon following a short ceremony at Corgat Estate in the presence of the principal secretary for land use and housing Joseph François, Mont Fleuri member of the National Assembly Beguitta Jeannevol and Property Management Corporation (PMC) chief executive Timothy Sinon.
The housing project has been undertaken by the government of Seychelles and its main funding partner is the People’s Republic of China. They designed a plan to completely rebuild the thorn-down 157 outdated units and further increase its capacity to a total of 191 units.
Phase one of the project was completed in 2008 which saw the first units built and allocated. The houses delivered yesterday form part of phase two of the Corgate Estate redevelopment project. A further block of eight units of two bedrooms each will be delivered in August later this year.
The Seychelles and Chinese governments have already signed bilateral agreements for funds for the third phase of the estate redevelopment project which will compose of 32 units.
The new houses form part of government’s drive to eradicate the existing outdated and worn-down estate houses in that sub-district which have served their time and replace them with modern and comfortable ones. This will provide a more conducive living environment to the existing tenants of the estate.
“This is a noble gesture because finally those 12 families can get a more comfortable and more convenient house,” said Mr Sinon.
He then stressed on the need for prompt repayment so as to allow others who are on the waiting list to also get a house.
Mr Sinon also urged the new tenants to turn their houses into homes and to practice good neighbourhood by living harmoniously, by loving and respecting each other.
The PMC chief executive also advised the new tenants to have strong spiritual values as these are the foundation of every family.
MNA Jeannevol said the handing over of the new houses means that the government has kept its promise to the inhabitants of Corgat Estate to have their own houses.
She also informed them of the continuous development of the estate’s housing project so that more inhabitants can also benefit.