Foundation Stone Laying Ceremony for the Government of India funded Magistrates' Court construction project worth SCR 45.18 Million

The High Commissioner of India, Dr. Ausaf Sayeed along with the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Seychelles, Rt. Hon. Mathilda Twomey formally laid the Foundation Stone for the Construction of the Magistrates' Court complex on 28 September 2018 at Ile du Port. 

The Project which is completely a Cash Grant from the Government of India is the first construction project to be donated by India to Seychelles. A State of the art turnkey project, which involves end-to-end aspects including Furniture, Disabled friendly access and well planned passages for the judges, prisoners and spacious cabins for different functionaries of the Judiciary is estimated to cost SCR 45.18 Million  and the project is expected to be completed by January 2020.  

Speaking at the ceremony, the High Commissioner stated that it is a great opportunity for India to help in the capacity building of Seychelles and added that this is just the first of the many Construction projects in Seychelles to be executed through India's Grant assistance. He stated that this will be the first construction project to be undertaken in Seychelles from the Government of India Grant; three other construction projects will be executed soon in the same neighbourhood again through India's Grant assistance — a massive Government House/Secretariat with a capacity of accommodating 400 offices, a new Police Headquarters incorporating a Forensic Science Laboratory and a new Attorney General’s Office. He added that a modern 1000-capacity Mahatma Gandhi Convention Centre would also be constructed by India on a grant basis and that such humble donations from  India will go a long way in strengthening the strong and special relationship that India shares with Seychelles, which is based on shared values and mutual trust. 

It is worthy to note that India would also be implementing several Small Development Projects (SDPs), which are typically small projects with short gestation periods but having a significant impact on the lives of the people.  The first set of 35 such Small Development Projects encompassing different sectors and spread across various districts in Seychelles costing around SCR 29 million is under consideration of the Government of India. This apart, there are 24 new TATA buses which have already been added to the STPC fleet while another 47 buses would arrive in three weeks’ time.  10 high-end ambulances would also be reaching Seychelles end of next month that would help in setting up an island-wide Emergency Response System and would tremendously enhance the Health Care Emergency response system of Seychelles.

On her part, the Chief Justice thanked the High Commissioner for considering and swiftly taking the project to the execution stage. She also complimented the  efforts taken by the Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Land Use and the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Joint Project Monitoring Committee for spearheading the activities and enabling the timely achievement of the project targets. She added that to commemorate the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, the main conference hall in the Magistrates' Court shall be named "Mahatma Gandhi Conference Hall".