JIS News

The Ministry of Local Government and Environment’s Flood Damage Rehabilitation Project has been allocated $115 million as contained in the 2006/07 Estimates of Expenditure now before the House of Representatives.
The sum will be utilized during the new fiscal year to effect the tendering processes, awarding of road rehabilitation contracts and the rehabilitation of 39 road segments island wide.
Up to March 2006, some 62 road segments in six parishes had been rehabilitated and one bailey bridge constructed, among other things.
The programme, which is funded by the European Union and the government of Jamaica, aims to develop a comprehensive system for dealing with disasters, whether natural or man-made, by preventive measures, public education and planning emergency operations to mitigate the human and economic impact of disasters.
Under the venture, it is intended to rehabilitate approximately 65.0 kilometres of damaged parochial roads in St. Ann, Manchester, Clarendon, St. Catherine, St. Thomas and St. Elizabeth, in addition to some 20 kilometres of flood damaged farm roads in St. Thomas, St. Catherine, Manchester, St. Elizabeth and Clarendon.