construction_of_houses_pg11_small.jpg (9673 bytes) In 1935, Mauritius was covered with straw sheds for the poor in the rural areas, slums in the towns for the urban poor and large colonial houses spread over broad acres for the wealthy few, served by an army of poorly paid domestic servants.

Then in 1960 Cyclone Carol blew and all the sheds lay in wreck. Since that time, Ramgoolam had to give careful attention to the construction of strong houses for the people. This called for quick action.

For the next ten years, the government was engaged in a housing reconstruction programme which led, in 1960, to the creation of the Central Housing Authority to build working class houses in specific housing estates to rehouse the former cyclone victims who were given free houses.

For the middle class, government provided housing loans through the Mauritius Housing Corporation, set up in 1963,which sparked a number of lovely bungalows all over the island. Along with the new housing construction had come better standard of living, improved sanitation, tap water, sewerage system, electricity, roads, schools and other sports and recreation facilities.

In the meanwhile the whole outlook of Mauritius had been undergoing profound changes, into one big city with well-laid out bungalows and houses amidst green vegetation.

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By Anand Mulloo 15.9.98