The National Housing Corporation, together with the Department of Housing, launched its master plan for the Durand Farm Project today.
The housing project will see the construction of 2,400 houses on state land.
It comes under the build, sell and share concept, which will be applied to the end product so that Papua New Guineans may buy at affordable costs.
Durand Farm is located outside the nation’s capital. It is hard to believe that in the coming months and perhaps year, the farm will be transformed into a fully-serviced residential area.
The project is slowly but surely becoming a reality. With all ground works cleared, the site will become a township with its own police station, schools, recreation facilities and shopping centres.
At the master plan launch, it was emphasised that the project is aimed at addressing chronic housing shortage in the city.
An obvious option to them was to build on state land to avoid customary landowner issues. Durand Farm Project is the first under-developed land to be fully serviced by the National Housing Corporation and the Housing Department.
National Housing Corporation received K7 million for the Durand Farm Project. Of this, K4 million was spent on procuring civil works equipment and K3 million went towards design and subdivision, resulting in the fruits of labour today.
As there are illegal settlers residing outside Durand Farm, they too will be given the opportunity to apply for the housing scheme.
Following the launch of the Duran Farm master plan, service providers have been urged to support the project.
Every government department has been given 100 allotments to construct staff houses on Durand Farm.
At the project master plan launch, the National Development Bank and the department of the Prime Minister and NEC were presented their allotment certificates.
Dubbed as the government’s carpenter, National Housing Corporation staff will be visiting the different government departments to discuss what they intend to do on their allotment.
It is part of the government’s plan to provide affordable housing solutions for public servants, most of whom are forced to reside in illegal settlements due to high rental costs.