The Addis Ababa Housing Project Office (AAHPO) is still waiting for the city council’s approval to start construction of new 20/80 and 10/90 condominiums. The office had initially planned to construct 335,000 houses in the five years of GTP II. However, no new construction has been undertaken in the past four months of and the new GDP period, considered ideal for construction.
Currently, there are over 130,000 houses already in progress across several coroners of the city. Yet several houses are lagging behind schedule, often blamed on power interruption, poor capacity of some contractors and mismanagement in supervision and procurement procedures.
Kassa Woldesenbet, Communications Head of AAHPO, told Capital that the council is expected to ratify the construction plan soon. Registered clients have criticized the office for sluggish construction, while hundreds of thousands eagerly await the quick completion of the condos.
An eager local of Adiss Gebya who has saved 8,000 birr for a condominium house remembers a government announcement that over 12 billion birr has been saved in the Commercial Bank by depositors. He recalled that no more than 35, 000 houses were delivered through the 20/80 and 10/90 schemes last year and bitterly remarked, “The longer the delay, the more we wait and suffer to get a house.”
Kassa accepts that delivery of the houses is delayed, but said his office is working to its full potential to speed up the construction.
“Construction sites are always busy, laborers are always at work. But every project is surrounded by several problems that force us to put in extra effort. However, we are making progress in doing our home work.”Thus far, the Addis Ababa City Administration has delivered 105,000 houses to customers in the last 10 years. Annually, the administration allocates over 6.3 billion birr for the construction of 10/90 and 20/80 condominiums. More than 860,000 of Addis Ababa’s citizens have registered in the 10/90 and 20/80 housing schemes.
In the Second GTP II period, a total of 750,000 condo houses are planned for construction throughout the country in the 10/90, 20/80 and 40/60 housing schemes.