02 Jul 2016 15:20pm
WINDHOEK, 02 JUL (NAMPA) The Omaheke Regional Council continues working on the provision of serviced land in a bid to curb the growing demand of housing in the region.
The council has thus far surveyed about 500 plots in various settlements and villages across the region for servicing.
Such development will also ensure better access to potable water, improved sanitation facilities, electricity and road infrastructure.
This was contained in the state of the region address recently delivered by Governor of Omaheke Festus Ueitele.
Construction of housing units is currently underway in various areas of the region such as Witvlei in the Okorukambe Constituency, Buitepos, and Epukiro Post Three.
Similar projects are also foreseen for the recently proclaimed Drimiopsis settlement and Tsjaka that will see the servicing of 295 plots.
The regional council has thus far serviced 218 erven in Witvlei, 98 in Buitepos and 137 plots in Epukiro Post Three.
Plans are also underway to service more plots in Talismanus, which will see the servicing of no less than 308 erven as well as Corridor 13 with 172 plots earmarked for development.
Despite the developments, huge financial reserves amounting to millions of dollars were not spent in recent years for unspecified reasons.
The Omaheke Regional Council received about N.dollars 47 million for the construction of service infrastructure in the region from the Ministry of Urban and Rural Development in the last two years.
A portion of N.dollars 29 million was received during the 2015/16 financial year, whereas the rest amounting to N.dollars 15 million accumulated from the 2014/15 and N.dollars 2.6 million from the 2013/14 financial year.
An additional N.dollars 22 million was allocated for the 2016/17 financial year.
Ueitele said the Gobabis Municipality also made progress in the servicing of land, especially in low-income settlements such as Epako, Rakutuka and Omugulugwombashe.
A total of 117 plots were serviced in Epako Extension Two, 68 in Rakutuka and 176 in Omugulugwombashe.
Furthermore, the regional council also availed N.dollars 7.2 million for the construction of sanitation facilities in the impoverished Omitara settlement.
Similar facilities in Ozohambo settlement of the Okorukambe Constituency are due for completion, according to Ueitele.
Recently, the regional council passed a resolution for the construction of low-cost housing units in Omitara for unemployed people at the settlement.
The project will be funded through the Cash and Food for Work Programme under the regional council.