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— road, water, electricity, waste management services to be boosted
The Ministry of Housing and Water on Monday signed 40 contracts valued $1.1 billion to ensure adequate infrastructure is in place for more sustainable housing solutions.
These projects fall under the 2020 Capital Works Programme.
“When we provide and make available house lots, we want to ensure that the infrastructure is in place so that you can speak directly about home ownership,” Minister of Housing and Water, Collin Croal said.
The Minister made the statements during the signing ceremony held at the Arthur Chung Conference Centre, Liliendaal. Twenty-two contractors were given the contracts, for housing projects in Regions Three, Four, Five and Six.
“Over $675 million of that work being identified represents road upgrades and bridges, as well as, access roads within Regions Three and Four […] $426 million will be going to road works on the East Bank corridor, while another $100 million will be going toward road works on the East Coast,” the Minister outlined.
To complement these works, Minister Croal said residents could also look forward to seeing improved electricity, water and waste management services in communities.
He also indicated that works will continue in some areas where house lots were awarded, but have no infrastructure in place to help the allottees to access their lands.
The Minster cautioned the contractors that slothful and sloppy work will not be tolerated.
“Timely execution of works must be the forefront of the project execution unit. Contractors are required to give value for money, we will not be accepting substandard work. We hold you, contactors accountable and when [you] do not delivered the necessary procedures will be followed,” Croal said.
The Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA), which falls under the purview of the Ministry of Housing and Water, is mandated to focus on monitoring and evaluating the projects awarded.
Meanwhile, Minister within the Ministry of Housing and Water, Susan Rodrigues noted that the projects would also drive job creation.
“Support and engage our local manufacturers of construction and building materials as much as possible, this will stimulate growth in our economy. It is the same with the people that you employ to execute this works. The employment opportunities that you will create with the works awarded today ties in with the bigger picture of job creation and stimulating economic growth,” she said.