Residents of the Acme Housing Scheme and the Railway Embankment (Parcel 137) in Vergenoegen, Region Three will begin receiving ownership documents within the next two weeks, as the government moves ahead with the regularisation of the areas.
Minister of Housing and Water, Hon. Collin Croal met with the residents this afternoon, in keeping with a commitment of His Excellency, President Dr. Irfaan Ali. The Head of State was engaged by community representatives on the matter earlier today.
Attending the meeting alongside Minister Croal were Mr. Gladwin Charles, the Director of Community Development at the Central Housing and Planning Authority (CHPA), and Ms. Esther Stephen, the Head of the Conveyance Unit.
There are some 65 lots within the Acme Housing Scheme, which began in the early 1990s as a Co-op. However, the Co-op does not possess ownership of the land, which affected the recording of the cadastral plan for processing of titles. CHPA was therefore approached for regularisation and has since completed inventory.
On the Railway Embankment, there are another 65 lots, according to the block & occupation survey. The inventory has been completed and Block Titles obtained. The sketch plan was also submitted to the Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission (GLSC) to obtain mutation parcel numbers for submission to the Land Registry. Upon completion of the cadastral plan, CHPA will then commence the Title processing.
The Housing Minister stated that the Ministry will conduct an exercise in the community for the processing of Agreements of Sale and Certificates of Title, following which the Titles will be presented to the respective residents.
“We are committed to completing that task…and ensuring that you finally receive that ownership document,” the Minister assured residents.
Further, he encouraged the persons to work with the agency to ensure a seamless process.
The Ministry of Local Government and Regional Development will also be addressing infrastructure development in the areas, as part of the President’s commitment.
Minister Croal emphasized that the regularisation of the two areas in Vergenoegen is a crucial aspect of the Ministry’s comprehensive 2023 regularisation programme for Region Three. He highlighted that over 270 plots of land are scheduled for regularization in various locations, including Good Hope Railway Embankment, Philadelphia Railway Embankment, Barnwell, Zeelugt, Pln. De Willem, and Pln. Tuschen.