Construction of a Police Unit to carter for residents of Chapima Heights in Blantyre is taking shape and is expected to be finished in two months time.
Late last year Press Properties Limited (PPL), a subsidiary of conglomerate Press Corporation Limited (PCL) handed over Chapima Heights to Blantye City Council to increase revenue collection for the council.
PPL Operations Manager Hlazo Nyirenda said in an interview that as per their promise when they were handing over Chapima Heights to BCC in November last year, the Chapima Heights Police Unit is taking shape and should be ready in the next two months.
“People who have bought plots from us and are settled in this area were complaining of insecurity among various challenges and we promised to build a Police Unit and this is how it is taking shape, we should be through with all the works in the next two months or so,” said Nyirenda in an interview at the site where the Police Unit is being constructed.
“We want residents to be secured and even those who are planning to purchase plots in this area should be assured of security because of the Police Unit,” added Nyirenda.
He said before the Chapima Heights residential area was handed over to the city council, residents were not paying city rates hence restraining them to access some social amenities like refuse collection vehicles, city lights, good roads and others.
“But now that we handed over Chapima Heights to BCC, am sure residents will be accessing social facilities they were missing and BCC would have increased its revenue base since it will be collecting city rates from the residents,” said Nyirenda.
He clarified that the handover of Chapima Heights to BCC does not mean that PPL has stopped selling plots at Chapima Heights.
“We are still selling plots and the handover was for people settling in the area to have access to social amenities offered by BCC but we still have the mandate of selling the plots at Chapima Heights,” said Nyirenda.
During the handover ceremony in November last year, Blantyre City Mayor Noel Chalamanda hailed PPL for giving BCC an extra revenue source and promised residents and would be residents of Chapima Heights provision of social services from the council.