Some $1.2 billion has been set aside for the Tropical Storm Nicole- Kingston Metropolitan Area (KMA) Drainage Project, in the 2012/13 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives.
The project seeks to rehabilitate, restore and protect critical sections of physical infrastructure in the island and reduce the vulnerability and difficulties which have arisen for the entire KMA. Rehabilitation of the infrastructure will improve flood mitigation and assist in restoration of Jamaica’s productive capacity.
For this fiscal year, it is anticipated that 70 per cent of the programmed drainage rehabilitation works in the KMA will be completed.
Works completed up to March 2012 include: the appointment of a project management team for project/contract administration; award of contract for the engagement of the services of an engineering consultancy firm for the design and supervision of works; completion of 30 per cent of the programmed drainage rehabilitation works within the KMA.
The physical targets initially envisioned include: project management and supervision; engineering consultancy services; rehabilitation of major drainage channels in the KMA, including the demolition and removal of damaged retaining walls and base slabs; reconstruction of retaining walls and base invert slabs, backfilling and the restoration of adjacent properties.
The project, which began in November 2010 is slated to end in November 2013, and is being financed jointly by the Caribbean Development Bank and the Government of Jamaica.
By Chris Patterson, JIS Reporter