HOPE NYOKA, Chipata
CHIPATA City Council is scouting for over US$135 million for construction of 3,100 houses under a proposed public private partnership initiative.
The project, whose budget is US$136.3 million, is targeting to construct 3,122 houses to meet the increased demand for accommodation after Chipata was given a city status in February this year.
Local authority director of planning Kaonga Namenda said in an interview that land has been allocated for the two sites, namely Chipata South Housing Development and Mtenguleni Housing Units where low to high cost houses will be built.
The proposed site is near the grounds where the Nc’wala ceremony for the Ngoni-speaking people is usually held.
“Mtenguleni Housing Units sits on a 300-hectare land where 2,000 low, medium and high climate-friendly houses will be built at a cost of US$87.3 million to promote green construction.
“Mtenguleni is 22 kilometres away from the central business district, west of Chipata town, which is now faced with high demand for housing units,” Mr Namenda said.
He said 110 hectares of land, which is currently being used for agricultural activities by surrounding communities, will house Chipata South Housing Development.
Under the Chipata South Housing Development, Mr Namenda said 1,122 houses will be built at a cost of US$49 million by residents on a long-term purchase arrangement.
The site will also comprise low, medium and high cost sustainable climate-friendly green construction.
“The local authority is promoting a green economy where an emerging real estate sub-sector is embracing a culture of constructing modern green houses in a sustainable way to mitigate the effects of climate change,” Mr Namenda said.