Minister Jhugroo effects site visits at public beaches to take stock of encroachments

The Minister of Housing and Lands, Mr Purmanund Jhugroo effected a series of site visits at Grand-Baie, PereybAre, Bain-Boeuf and Cap Malheureux beaches yesterday to take stock of encroachments by poles and ropes, and obstructions preventing members of the public to have access to the beaches.

Representatives of the Ministry of Social Security, National Solidarity, and Environment and Sustainable Development (Environment and Sustainable Development Division), the Beach Authority, the RiviAre du Rempart District Council, the Mauritius Police Force and the National Coast Guard were also present on this occasion.

In a statement, Minister Jhugroo highlighted that the site visits were effected following grievances made by members of the public concerning several obstructions by poles and ropes preventing them from having access to the sea. He proposed that access to the beach be provided to members of the public after each 500 metres following consultations with different stakeholders.

Minister Jhugroo underlined that, following advice from the State Law Office, the Ministry will issue letters to those lessees who are preventing members of the public to have access to these beaches, so that they respect the conditions of their lease agreement. He also underscored that as Government wants every citizen to have access to public beach around the island, several other site visits will be carried out so that necessary measures are taken against those who do not respect the leasing conditions.

Source: Government of Mauritius