Govt launches construction of affordable housing units for middle income earners

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The Ministry of Infrastructure on Monday launched construction for 2000 affordable housing units in an estate in Nyamirambo sector, Nyarugenge district in the capital Kigali, part of efforts to reduce housing gap in the city.

The project will have 1,200 stacked townhouses to cost between 12 million Rwandan francs and 35 million.

The project targets salaried workers earning between 200,000 Rwandan francs and 900,000, according to the ministry.

The houses are to be constructed with environmentally friendly building materials called Autoclaved Aerated Concrete, said to be the first technology in Sub Saharan region, according the minister of infrastructure Claver Gatete.

The Rugarama Park Estate Project is located on a 30-hectare piece of land between Nyamirambo and Rebero in Kigali.

The entire project will cost over 50 million U.S. dollars, expected to accommodate 10,000 new residents, Gatete said.

The project is a Joint venture between ShelterAfrique, Development Bank of Rwanda and Remote Group, an engineering and construction firm.

The houses will be built over a period of several years in support of the Kigali City master plan and affordable housing program under the National Housing Policy.

According to the ministry, at least 310,000 housing units are required between 2017 and 2032 to meet the housing needs in the city.

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