Housing Minister Launches IRP in Barka

Barka, The groundbreaking ceremony for the integrated residential project (IRP) at Saqsouq in the Wilayat of Baka, was held by the IRP Office at the Supreme Council for Planning (SCP) under the auspices of Sheikh Saif bin Mohammed al-Shabibi, Minister of Housing.

Talal bin Sulaiman al-Rahbi, SCP Deputy Secretary General said in a speech to mark the occasion “Within the royal interests of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said to provide dignified life for citizens, on the foremost of which the convenient housing, royal directives were made to implement the integrated residential project (IRP). Accordingly, the Supreme Council for Planning, in cooperation and coordination with the Ministry of Housing and other relevant stakeholders, were mandated to conduct studies and develop the guidelines to set up this project”.

He added that the IRP will reduce the waiting list for receiving land plots in a sustainable manner as shifting to this new model will provide affordable and convenient housing at a high quality urban and modern community. He pointed out that units will be available for citizens who are eligible to receive land plots subject to meeting certain terms that regularize the ownership of the housing units at this project. The Ministry of Housing is currently developing such conditions.

He noted that the sustainability of the project and the allocation for land plots for IRPs at the different governorates will be made, in coordination with the Ministry of Housing.

The project provides 1000 housing units for eligible citizens including individual villas, twin vials and apartments. While the developer will bear all the costs associated with the infrastructure at the project site, the Government will provide infrastructure services � roads, electricity, water and sanitary drainage.

“The relevant authorities are currently developing the terms and conditions for ownership of these units. The terms and conditions, which will be easy, will be announced soon. The project, which serves as an alternative for the distribution of land plots, is dedicated for residents in the Governorate of Muscat and the Governorate of South Al Batinah,” added the Minister of Housing.

“A number of locations were identified in a number of governorates. Work is underway to prepare the studies to offer the project as it has been the case in the Governorate of Muscat, which received the highest number of applications to get residential land plots. The selected locations will be offered to real estate developers who can implement such projects at the different governorates,” Sheikh al-Shabibi concluded.

Source: Oman News Agency