Road, Water and Sewerage Upgrading Works for Denham Town

Photo: Rudranath Fraser Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, gives a statement on the Zone of Special Operations (ZOSO) in Denham Town, Kingston, during the sitting of the House of Representatives on Tuesday (October 31).

Story Highlights

  • The Government will be undertaking major infrastructure works in Denham Town, where the second Zone of Special Operations (ZOSO) is in progress.
  • Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, made the announcement in Parliament on Tuesday (October 31), where he informed that a social-intervention committee has been gazetted to steer a series of initiatives in the community.
  • Denham Town in West Kingston was declared as the second ZOSO on October 17 under the Law Reform (Zones of Special Operations) (Special Security and Community Development Measures) Act.

The Government will be undertaking major infrastructure works in Denham Town, where the second Zone of Special Operations (ZOSO) is in progress.

Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, made the announcement in Parliament on Tuesday (October 31), where he informed that a social-intervention committee has been gazetted to steer a series of initiatives in the community.

He said the infrastructure works will include road rehabilitation and upgrading of water supply and sewage systems.

In terms of the road rehabilitation, the Prime Minister informed that this will involve the full paving of approximately 2,609 square metres of roadway.

Some of the communities to benefit include Greenwich Street, Albert Street, Milk Land, King Street, Water Street, Wellington Street, Bond Street, Blunt Street, Oxford Street, and Charles Street.

As it relates to water, he said the works are aimed at upgrading the supply and distribution pipelines within West Kingston, while the sewerage project will focus on the cleaning of existing sewer pipes on Chestnut Street and Pink Lanes and the installation of service laterals to lots.

Mr. Holness informed that Denham Town is already benefiting from infrastructure and social interventions under the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF)-implemented Integrated Community Development Programme (ICDP).

Thus far, a project to have 931 metres of zinc fence removed and substituted with concrete walls is 90 per cent complete.

In addition, a solid-waste infrastructure project has been completed, which focused on the construction and placement of enclosures equipped with drums and skips for waste collection and recycling, and environmental wardens are in place.

Denham Town in West Kingston was declared as the second ZOSO on October 17 under the Law Reform (Zones of Special Operations) (Special Security and Community Development Measures) Act.

The Prime Minister told the House that the report by the joint force on the first 10 days of activities has been promising.

He said the overwhelming response from the residents of the community to the operation has been positive.

“In addition to welcoming the initiative, many residents have further expressed relief, as they are now able to move freely within their community and pursue their livelihoods free of fear,” he noted.

He said that since the declaration of the Zone, there have been no incidents of murder or shootings, and residents are being encouraged to continue to play their part in making the community violence-free.

The Prime Minister noted that the security forces spent the first few days establishing the Zone, gaining control of the area and building the relationship with the residents.

He informed that more than 40,000 searches have been conducted, which have recovered a shotgun and ammunition, several other weapons paraphernalia, a credit card ‘skimming’ machine and the arrests of seven known “violence producers”.

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