CH&PA exceeds targets in 2019 house lot distribution, allocation
─2,063 land title distributions
DPI, GUYANA, Monday, December 30, 2019
The Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA) has exceeded its target in the allocation and distribution of house lots for this year.
More than 1,298 house lots were allocated countrywide as of December 20. The target set for this year was 1000.
The agency also distributed some 2,063 land titles and transports, 563 more than the year’s target. The 3,000-interview objective was surpassed with more than 6,000 people being interviewed for land
Minister with responsibility for Housing, Hon. Annette Ferguson said the CH&PA was still carrying out its mandate of regionalisation, resources, regularisation and reorientation, particularly for the poor and working class.
“We have to ensure that going forward, when we are allocating, we are allocating land to those persons who are in dire need of land, and I am sure we have started on that footing,” the minister told the media on Monday.
Come 2020, Minister Ferguson said, CH&PA will be aggressively pursuing the reduction of the more than 60,000 applications in its database. The minister, who took over the department in April, said she had land acknowledgement letters dating back almost 30 years.
“What we have started here at CH&PA is to look at old applications. I have made it very clear from 2010, 2009 going on to the early 90s. So, we have started in that regard,” Min. Ferguson stated.
CH&PA’s Chief Executive Officer Lelon Saul said their mandate was to provide housing solutions for all Guyanese, particularly those who need it most.
“We want to revisit things to ensure that we address the needs of the small man. We cannot ignore the small man. You walk around Georgetown in the nights, you have citizens sleeping in the streets. People should not be living like that, and therefore we have to address this problem. We must address this problem,” he said emphatically.
The agency has spent some 75 percent of the $4Billion it was allocated this year as its work programme continues.