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Cabinet has given the go-ahead to Ashtrom Building Systems Limited to undertake civil and electrical works at Majestic Gardens, which is located on Spanish Town Road in Kingston.
The contract, valued at $56.2 million, is being funded by the National Housing Trust (NHT) and is part of the company’s Inner City Housing Project, which seeks to improve the infrastructural needs in underserved communities.
Minister of Information, Senator Burchell Whiteman, who made the disclosure at the weekly post-Cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House, yesterday (March 13), said the scope of the work would include the construction of a sewerage system, with combined trap gully basins, manholes, and the laying of approximately 900 metres of PVC pipe leading to the main on Majesty Pen Road.
Additional work will entail the provision of a water supply system, the installation of a storm sewer, the construction of roads, a parking lot, security fencing and boundary walls.
Meanwhile, Senator Whiteman told journalists that a copy of the Strategic Defence Review would be tabled in Parliament next week.
He explained that the Review was the programme utilised by the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF), “for upgrading and reforming itself to be a more effective participant in the national security strategy for Jamaica”.
The Minister explained that emphasis was being placed on improving the capacity of the JDF to provide its array of services, and also strengthen its surveillance in respect of the island’s air and sea spaces, which were facing serious threats from drug trafficking and ancillary activities.