Minister for Housing and Community Development Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum has urged residents of Sakoca settlement in Tacirua to accept change once development commences.
He stressed this today while officiating at the groundbreaking ceremony for Sakoca settlement.
Sayed-Khaiyum says the struggle with informal settlement developments is that there’s no proper subdivision and developers often struggle to fit a road network infrastructure as some residents are unwilling to compromise their compound.
“One sub-division that we wanted to carry out, it’s been held up for five years and we aren’t able to move ahead with the sub-division. Government some months back presented a bill to the parliament where now we have the ability if we are going to carry out a development of a particular area to move their home of they don’t want to move their home.”
He adds that a lot of development of informal settlements has been set back because of these issues.
The Minister also empathizes with residents who have paid money twice to certain developers who promised to help advance the settlement but later disappeared.
Sayed-Khaiyum also reassured residents that the development of the settlement will also see residents receive the 99-year lease as promised.
The Minister adds that the development is over $5 million.