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Three hundred and fifty-six (356) of the 1,097 proposals received for projects under the $600 million Beautification Programme, have been selected and approved for implementation.
Among the selected projects, which are scheduled to commence during the course of the week are works in Ewarton, St. Catherine; Mandeville, Manchester; Black River in St. Elizabeth and the main corridors in East Kingston and East Central St Andrew.
“Already, extensive work has been taking place in South West St. Andrew, South St. Andrew, West Kingston and Central Kingston,” informed Minister of Information and Development, Donald Buchanan at yesterday’s (Jan. 16) post-Cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House.
He informed further that the “Mineral Heights beautification project is continuing and cleanup activities are underway along the Mandela Highway, Spanish Town Road leading into downtown Kingston by the Bank of Jamaica, the Harbour View to airport strip, and what is called the Humming Bird route, from South Camp Road to New Kingston.”
In addition, the Minister said, 195 projects have been partially selected and 133 were in the ‘possibly selected’ category.
“Partially selected projects”, he explained, “are those that have met some aspects of the criteria; possibly selected (are) those subject to further review and site visits,” he explained.
The beautification, programme, which is being carried out by the Ministry of Local Government and the Environment, include the bushing and removal of derelict structures, which is the responsibility of the National Solid Waste Management Authority, and road works, which falls under the National Work Agency.
The employment of workers will be done by the various project managers, with persons, who apply being selected for work based upon their own merit.
The programme is expected to last for six months and will engage some 12,000 workers. “We will see a marked difference in terms of the clean-up and beautification of the country,” Mr. Buchanan said.
Meanwhile, he said that clean-up works that were related to the recent outbreak of malaria had been completed in areas including Hannah Town, Mathews Lane, Payne Land, Greenwich Town, Maxfield Avenue, Tivoli Gardens, Whitfield Town, Jones Town, Admiral Town, Allman Town, and Rae Town.
“In fact, one of the major focus of that programme was along Railway Lane in Tivoli Gardens, where the major malaria carrying mosquito site was identified and was destroyed as a result of the intensive work which was done there,” he pointed out.