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Tue, 15 Dec 2015 12:08 - Updated Tue, 15 Dec 2015 12:08

Luanda's Metropolitan Master Plan based on three pillars

Luanda - Habitable City, Our Beautiful City and International City are the three pillars on which the Luanda?s General Metropolitan Master Plan (PDGML) will be based.

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Engineer Isabel dos Santos, of Urbinveste

Photo: joaquina Bento

This was said Monday in Luanda by the director general of Urbinveste, the company awarded to develop the project, Isabel dos Santos.

The official was speaking on the fringes of the presentation of the PDGML, during a ceremony presided over by the minister of State and head of the Civil Affairs to the Presidency of the Republic, Edeltrudes Costa

According to Isabel dos Santos, with the first of the three above mentioned pillars, the project intends to ensure all social services like creches, schools, clinics, roads, water, electricity and nearby workplaces.

The second pillar “Our Beautiful City” provides for the preservation of the city’s natural, cultural and environmental beauty as it is one of Africa’s oldest cities backdating to 1492, with the arrival of the Portuguese settlers.

The third and last pillar (Luanda International) which is considered to be the most ambitious, according to Isabel dos Santos, seeks to make of Luanda a city with a role to play in Africa and world, comparable with Paris, Johannesburg, Rio de Janeiro and others.

She explained that the PDGML was started in 2009, with a public tender floated by the Luanda Province Government, in an effort to create a capital city with development solutions and integrated growth.

This was followed by bids from various parties won by Urbinveste in 2010, and signing of the contract in 2013, it was also said.

Ever since, the source added, 400 meetings have been held with the communities, students, traditional chiefs, dwellers, companies, traders and government officials to discuss what Luanda Angolans will have by the year 2030.

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