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Government plans to provide loans for construction of urban houses that will cost K7.5 million each, meant to cater for low-income and vulnerable households.

Deputy Minister of Lands, Abida Mia, said this in Lilongwe Friday during a press briefing to mark the 2020 commemoration of Word Habitat and World Cities Day.

“Government through Ministry of Lands will embark on slum upgrading project which will be implemented as a pilot project in Lilongwe once all logistics are in place. The houses are expected to cost K7.5 million each, and government shall provide loans for the people to build the houses,” Mia said.

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Mia said the plan will help to solve the challenges being faced by majority of the population in the country, especially low-income and vulnerable household.

Lilongwe City Mayor, Juliana Kaduya, said the council plans to find solutions for people living in the city, especially those staying in substandard houses and lacking access to basic public services, among other things.

76 percent of people living in the Capital City reside in informal settlements and the trend is pretty much the same in the other four major cities.

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The World Habitat Day was being commemorated under the theme “Housing for all, a better Urban Future” while World Cities Day was being commemorated under the theme “Valuing our Communities and Cities”.

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