25 Sep 2013 07:30
WALVIS BAY, 25 SEP (NAMPA) The Walvis Bay Municipality will this week start servicing 2 000 erven as part of its new land development programme.
A groundbreaking ceremony was held here on Tuesday, marking the start of work on the N.dollars 115 million programme.
The land is being serviced by both the municipality and private developers in efforts to address the huge backlog the town is battling with in terms of serviced erven.
Speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony, Walvis Bay Mayor Uilika Nambahu said the programme forms part of the municipalitys five-year-strategic plan, which was launched earlier this year.
It is being carried out under the theme Physical Infrastructure Development, which specifically deals with land development planning, appropriately serviced erven for all land uses and income groups, increased formalised housing, and addressing the issue of backyard shacks.
The mayor explained that making erven available in the towns harsh weather conditions is challenging as obstacles such as a high water table and extremely high salt content needs to be overcome for the sake of development and positive growth.
She further indicated that tenders for the servicing of land in various residential areas have been awarded to local developers.
The tender for the servicing of 220 erven in Naraville Extension 7, valued at N.dollars 15,5 million, was awarded to Rinu Construction and Development.
JJD Earthmoving and Construction will service 430 erven in Kuisebmund Extensions 5 and 6 at a cost of N.dollars 26,2 million; as well as 250 erven in Meersig Extension 2 at a cost of N.dollars 19,3 million and Walvis Bay Extension 14 at a cost of N.dollars 52,3 million.
The servicing of the land will amongst others things include tarred roads and paved sidewalks.
At this point in time, the town is entering one of its most exciting phases in terms of industrialisation and development. As a result, the local authority deemed it imperative to facilitate growth, Nambahu indicated.