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About modern 1,800 houses are planned for the city of Nampula in the coming years as part of a project supported by a public-private partnership involving Chinese enterprises.
The Namuatho “B” communal unit in the neighbourhood of Mutauanha yesterday morning witnessed the laying of the first stone of the phased building schedule.
Evaluated at more than US$200 million, the project comprises several stages, beginning with the construction of mixed apartments and detached and semi-detached houses.
The first five buildings will be demonstration models intended to encourage interested parties to join the venture. Another 80 units will then be built, comprising the first block to be completed by 2019.
The project is a boost for everyone interested in transforming their lives, especially in the housing context, and a chance to support the project by taking up options that will be available from next month.
Laying the first stone, Nampula governor Víctor Borges said that the project was part of the governmen’st low-cost housing provision plans and that yesterday’s launch was the authorities’ contribution to improving the housing situation in Nampula.
The governor urged those attending to be the guarantor of the success of the project by demonstrating a hospitable spirit, and those involved to work with zeal and dedication.
Zefanias Chissungo, chairman of the Board of Directors of the Fund for Housing Development, said that the first-phase investment of about US$10 million would cover project design, street layout, the first homes and a commercial area.
He revealed that the houses were designed taking into account the target group, and would cost from US$80,000 to US$160,000.
Named ‘Nampula Modern City’, the project will cover 150 hectares, each block comprising 80 to 120 residential units and a common leisure area. In all, 359 units will be built, including detached homes, 560 terraced houses, 178 continuous houses, 50 detached luxury homes and 636 apartments.Source: Diário de Moçambique
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