2,000 houses turned over to gov’t

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

THE handing over of keys to 2,000 newly built houses in Belait district to the Housing Development Department (HDD) yesterday signalled the government's effort and commitment to reduce the long waiting list for houses under the National Housing Scheme.

The construction on the houses in Kg Panaga began in April 2009 and was completed last month, according to a statement from the Brunei Economic Development Board (BEDB).

It added that out of the 2,000 units, 800 were semi-detached types while 1,200 are terrace-type houses. The two-year project, awarded to developers Bina Puri Holdings Bhd, included earthwork to provide land space for future community and commercial facilities. Bina Puri Group Managing Director Senator Tan Sri Datuk Tee Hock Seng was quoted in an earlier report as saying that the 2,000-unit housing project was worth RM$693 million ($291 million).

The houses use a vacuum sewerage system and fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) connectivity.

Semi-detached units have floor areas of 131.1 square metres and the terrace houses are 127.5 square metres. The new houses in Belait are grouped into six different "precincts", each having its own colour scheme.

A mock key was handed over to HDD Director Marzuke Hj Mohsin in a ceremony held at the ministry yesterday.

Witnessing the ceremony was Minister of Development Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Hj Suyoi Hj Osman. Also in attendance were senior officers from the ministry and officers from BEDB as well as Bina Puri Holdings Bhd.

According to the Housing Development Board last year, nearly 4,000 applicants in Belait district were waiting for their homes. Of this, 1,800 applied from 1993 to 2003, while the rest were "new" applicants who lodged their requests between 2004 and 2010.

The Brunei Times