1,500 house lots for Region Three residents at Dream Realised

– Ministry aims to decentralise housing from Region 4

Over 1,000 Region Three residents are now proud landowners after the Ministry of Housing and Water – Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA) opened its Dream Realised: Land Allocation activity there today.

Mr. Danesh Surujpaul picks his house lot from an envelope held by Prime Minister Hon Brigadier (ret’d) Hon. Mark Phillips

Minister, Hon. Collin Croal, said the event aims to promote sustainable housing and advance the regional economy.

“When our Government invests in the housing sector, there is a direct positive effect on job creation in the construction sector, increased spending and a greater demand for basic goods and services. All of this results in good things for small and medium-scale businesses, truckers, taxi drivers, bus operators, carpenters, painters and many others.”

Minister of Housing and Water, Hon. Collin Croal, delivers his address during the Dream Realised house lot allocation in Region Three

The Ministry is also prioritising installation of the necessary infrastructure such as access roads and bridges, water and drainage networks and recreational facilities to ensure that residents have access to the same services that are available in the city.

Minister within the Ministry of Housing and Water, Hon. Susan Rodrigues said: “regardless of which region you live, you will be able to access all of those facilities, so that Guyanese can stop having an issue living outside of town or outside of Region Four, that all of these communities can be wholesome communities where you can find work, and you can live with your families.”

DPI spoke to some of the beneficiaries who were overjoyed to finally own a plot of land.

Father of four, Mr. Rajendra Mangar, said this is now one of his biggest achievements to date, after a nine-year wait.  

Mr. Rajendra Mangar picks his house lot from an envelope held by Minister within the Ministry of Housing and Water, Hon. Susan Rodrigues

“I’ve been paying rent for the past years, so at least you could able to save on the lil rent and, you know, like help us in a good way because we will be able to build our own home and everybody could live comfortable,” he said.

Another father, Mr. Danesh Surujpaul, said it is the best Christmas present he could have gotten for his family.  “I’m 29 years old and I’m so thankful for this gift…I have a family now. I have my wife and two sons and I’m so grateful.”

Guyana Water Incorporated employee, Ms. Janelle Vankenic, said she applied in 2009 and currently resides with her parents. She intends to waste no time in moving forward with her building plans. “I have a five-year-old daughter, so I’m gonna build [and] move to my own house,” she said.

House lot beneficiary, Ms. Janelle Vankenic

Today is the third day of the Dream Realised: Land Allocation exercise. The exercise continues tomorrow at the National Track and Field Centre at Leonora.

The activity was first held in Region Four on December 18-19.

The Ministry will move to Region Six on December 28 to deliver an estimated 200 house lots.