Over half of 55,000 house lots awarded since 2000 unoccupied

- Bulkan

While some 20,000 house lots were developed by the former PPP/C administration from 2011 to 2015, less than 20% of them are occupied, Minister of Communities Ronald Bulkan told the National Assembly on Tuesday.

Bulkan’s disclosure, made during his contribution to the budget debate, was made in response to PPP/C Member of Parliament Nigel Dharamlall, who had claimed the government’s housing drive’s focus on multi-unit housing was not what the people wanted.

“The Honourable Member, in his presentation, said that Guyanese do not want to live in half of a house, that they want a full house. Well, sir, the last time that I checked, the good quality units that are being built by this administration do not have half of a bedroom, nor half of a living room, nor half of a kitchen..,” Bulkan said, while pointing out that he wanted to educate Dharamlall on the track record of the previous administration with regards to housing…..


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