Africa-Press – Mauritius. The Budget 2022-2023, ‘With the People, for the People’, pursues Government’s endeavour to provide citizens and businesses with modern amenities and infrastructure.
The Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development, Dr Renganaden Padayachy, thus, announced that Rs 2.6 billion will be granted over the next financial year to implement road construction works in the context of the ongoing Road Decongestion Programme.
Out of that amount, some Rs 1.1 billion is being designated for the completion of: Palmerstone Road by September 2022; A1-M1 Bridge by December 2022; La Vigie – La Brasserie Link Road by February 2023; and Verdun Bypass by March 2023.
In addition, with a view to improving road connectivity, a sum of Rs 1.5 billion is allocated over the fiscal year for the construction of: The road from Beau Climat to Tyack will also be upgraded and enlarged.
As for the National Flood Management Programme launched last year to ensure effective drainage system in identified flood prone areas over the country, an additional Rs 3.8 billion is being earmarked. Supporting the construction sector
In his Budget Speech, the Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development underlined the necessity to reinforce the capacity of the construction industry and improve the skills of its workforce, as the country was currently engaged in significant investments for the construction of social housing, drains and other infrastructure projects.
He recalled, too, the private sector investment pipeline of more than Rs 200 billion under facilitation by the Economic Development Board. Accordingly, a Construction Industry Training Council (CITC) is being set-up, while the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) and the Building Control Advisory Council (BCAC) will be merged into the Construction Industry Authority.
As regards the improvement of the competitiveness of local construction companies, the Budget provides that Investment in community development facilities
The Finance Minister, in addition, spoke of an investment of Rs 1.4 billion for the construction and upgrading of community development facilities across the country.
These projects include new incinerators, futsal, multipurpose and municipal complexes, integrated sports projects, outdoor gyms, markets, green spaces, mini soccer pitches, football grounds and volleyball pitches. Moreover, 17 cemeteries and 11 cremation grounds will be upgraded.