978 Ile Perseverance homes to be ready next year


(From l to r) Messrs Thevenau, Ah-Sue and Morin signing the agreements

He was speaking on Wednesday after agreements were signed for the supply of water and sewerage facilities by officials of the Public Utilities Corporation (PUC) and the managers of two Mauritian companies that will supply pipes, fittings and other accessories for 978 homes.

The Société des Tubes et Raccords Marketing Ltée (STR) and Sotravic will also provide the network that will link the houses to existing water and sewerage services on Mahe through Ile Du Port in projects that will cost a total of US $1.18 million.

The agreements were signed by executive chairman Philippe Morin of the PUC and general manager Jean Pierre Thevenau of the STR and managing director Pierre Ah-Sue of Sotravic, whose companies won tenders to do the work. Also present was the PUC’s managing director for water and sewerage Stephen Rousseau.

The Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa and the Opec Fund for International Development are each contributing half the money in the form of loans.

Mr Lionnet said the move is evidence of the government’s commitment to allocate the houses within the shortest time possible.

“In line with the economic reforms, government has decided it is not worthwhile to continue building houses if people are not able to enter them so we are putting the infrastructure in place for people to be able to use the houses,” he said.

“Our plan is to push for the completion of these units so that in the second half of 2010 some families will be able to enter their houses on Ile Perseverance.”

Mr Morin said when the projects were put out to tender, six companies submitted their bids and the two won on the basis of the quality of the materials they intend to use as well as their prices.

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