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The National Solid Waste Management Project is to benefit from a sum of $65 million to continue its efforts to improve the management of solid waste throughout the island during the 2006/2007 fiscal year.
The provision is contained in the 2006/2007 Estimates of Expenditure tabled in the House of Representatives by Finance and Planning Minister Dr. Omar Davies on Wednesday (April 12).
During this financial year it is expected that several targets will be achieved inclusive of, the completion of engineering studies; the construction of on-site access roads including wet weather perimeter roads; the procurement and application of cover material, and the training of landfill operators and mechanics for the Riverton Landfill Development.
It is also anticipated that implementation of a community education and public awareness programme on the closure of dumps will be continued. Where the Solid Waste Management Action Plan is concerned, plans are to continue the improvement of the Plan with respect to the legal framework and continue the associated community education programme.
All targets are however, subject to the approval of the Inter American Development Bank.
In the meantime there were no significant achievements during the 2005/06 financial year. This as the Inter American Development Bank in May of 2005 took the decision that the project management team should prepare a business plan for the operation of the Riverton City Dump, which would serve as the basis on which the project activities should proceed.
This was a decision which significantly halted project implementation. As at March 31, 2006 there was still no response from the IADB as it relates to the extension of the project period or approval of the business plan.