Posted By Staff Reporter
The National Housing Corporation (NHC) has embarked on a 24-month operation to carry out major renovation and upgrading of its rundown accommodation properties in the National Capital District.
Renovation work will be carried out on 215 flats located on Henao Drive (5-Mile), Manu Auto Port (Korobosea), Red Cross (3-Mile) and Saraga (6-Mile).
This follows two months of awareness carried out by the corporation’s business arm the National Housing Estate Ltd (NHEL) for tenants and occupants.
NHEL chairman John Dege said yesterday that renovation work would begin immediately at the Henao Drive units, which were rundown and in need of urgent maintenance.
He said the tenants and occupants would be moved to transit or makeshift accommodation, which would be erected within the premises.
Dege denied that tenants would be evicted from the properties to make way for the renovation work.
He said the NHEL and the corporation were aware of illegal tenants and occupants of their properties but evicting them would be the “extreme last resort”.
He added that this was in line with the instruction from Prime Minister Peter O’Neill that all processes should be exhausted before occupants of government accommodation were evicted.
“We appeal to all occupants to take ownership of the Government’s move to provide a facelift to all its residential assets and comply by legitimising their occupancy with NHEL so that they can be included in the NHEL’s development plans for a better, healthier and comfortable accommodation,” Dege said.
He said renovation work would cost about K20 million which would be funded from several sources, including K6 million from the recent sale of the Waigani Hostel, K6 million from the corporation and K8 million from the Government.
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