The Prime Minister, Mr Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, inaugurated the new Town Hall of Curepipe which was recently renovated to the tune of some Rs 140 million.
The Deputy Prime Minister (DPM), Minister of Housing and Land Use Planning, Minister of Tourism, Mr Louis Steven Obeegadoo; the Vice-Prime Minister, Minister of Local Government and Disaster Risk Management, Dr Mohammad Anwar Husnoo; Ministers and Members of Parliament; the Mayor of Curepipe, Mr Hans Berty Margueritte; Lady Sarojini Jugnauth; Members of the Diplomatic Corps; and other personalities were present at the inauguration ceremony.
In his address, Prime Minister Jugnauth highlighted that Government not only focuses on providing new infrastructures to enhance the quality of life of citizens but also lays emphasis on the preservation of historical sites and buildings. The renovated Town Hall, he pointed out, is a symbol for Curepipe and its inhabitants and will no doubt bring a better cachet to the town.
The Prime Minister stated that this Town Hall is an integral part of the town of Curepipe and is a symbol of the country’s history. He thus urged the relevant stakeholders to maintain the Town Hall in the best possible conditions as much money has been invested for its renovation. This building, he underscored, can now be used for various activities by citizens.
Furthermore, Prime Minister Jugnauth dwelt on some other infrastructure projects in the pipeline, namely: works pertaining to Phase 2 of the Port Louis theatre; and works to be undertaken at the Plaza theatre, which aim at further enhancing the country’s historical infrastructures.
As for DPM Obeegadoo, he underlined that the newly renovated Town Hall brings pride to Curepipe and its inhabitants. He commended all stakeholders involved in the renovation project for their dedication and hard work, while stressing on the need to maintain the Town Hall in good conditions.
He also indicated that a Master Plan to further develop Curepipe has already been approved by Government. This plan, he mentioned, will be made public so that the inhabitants of Curepipe can share their views and bring about suggestions for its effective implementation.
For his part, Mr Margueritte dwelt on the history of the Curepipe Town Hall, which was once the residence of the Montocchio family in Moka.
He reminded that the Town Hall was considered a national heritage under the National Heritage Fund Act back in 2003. Some other projects, such as the market place, are currently under way in Curepipe, he added.