Nkurenkuru town council to repossess undeveloped erven

16 Aug 2018 13:00pm
NKURENKURU, 16 AUG (NAMPA) – The Nkurenkuru Town Council will soon repossess undeveloped erven which have been allocated to individuals at the town, the council’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Petrus Sindimba warned.
In an interview with Nampa here recently, Sindimba said erven lying idle for more than the grace period of three years, will be returned to council and allocated to individuals who are ready to develop the plots.
Sindimba said there are over 231 fully-serviced erven allocated to applicants for businesses and houses and are not yet developed.
“Those with erven that are not developed can voluntarily return the plots to the council or else we are going to repossess them because we want development in the town,” said Sindimba.
He noted that the council has written warning letters to applicants in July with an extension period of three months to start developing the erven before repossession.
“There is a shortage of serviced land in Nkurenkuru, yet those allocated land are doing nothing and council would rather give land to individuals who are ready to develop,” he stressed.
Sindimba advised interested people to apply only when ready and instead give opportunities to those who are prepared to be part of the Nkurenkuru development drive.
The CEO earlier in a separate interview, also bemoaned the delay in services to residents on the part of various government agencies and ministries that are yet to develop land allocated to them free of charge.
Nkurenkuru, previously a settlement, was proclaimed as a town in 2006.
The town, described by Sindimba as being in its infant stage, is home to around 15 000 inhabitants.