Mauritius Sets $162 Million Plan for Village Hit by Oil Spill
A 214-year-old coastal village in Mauritius hit by the island’s worst environmental disaster is set for a 6.5 billion-rupee ($162 million) regeneration plan, according to the National Infrastructure Ministry.
The government is expected to spend 2.5 billion rupees in Mahebourg consolidating existing infrastructure and adding amenities to the waterfront esplanade over six years. Private sector-led projects will contribute 4 billion rupees for affordable housing, mixed-use development and ecological zones. Port Louis-based Le Defi Plus reported the plans earlier.
Mahebourg is the biggest of the villages facing a double challenge on the southeastern coast. Tourism is nonexistent during the Covid-19 pandemic, a major economic blow to the Indian Ocean island nation. An oil spill after a vessel ran aground in July further impacted the village, home to fishermen and a cultural landmark.
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