The countdown actually started on October 8, 2010 when the Prime Minister, Dr Navin Ramgoolam officially launched the project.
The construction is in its final stage and 85 per cent of the shopping mall space has already been sold out.
The project is a joint venture between ENL property and the South African group, Atterbury and will be the first large scale regional shopping centre in the island.
It includes a mall, a motor city, a business hotel, offices, light industrial areas and a residential area. It will also feature six movie theatres, a food court, a children’s play area and a skating park.
Built around a main square, the mall looks like a village, inviting visitors to stroll along the walkways, with family or friends. The development of the future village will be in two phases.
The first phase of the housing project represents an investment worth Rs 3.6 billion and includes, in addition to the bridge and associated infrastructure, the shopping centre, a three-star 100-room business hotel as well as the motor city.
The second phase of the project will include a business park, residential development and logistics areas.
One of the six cinema halls will be equipped with 450 seats and will comprise an 18-metre screen