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Cabinet approved two contracts valued at just under $500 million for the upkeep of vehicles and safety equipment at the ports and for work on a housing project in St. James.
Of the total $338 million (US$3.8 million) has been awarded to Science Applications International Corporation for the maintenance of five mobile and seven pallet vehicles and cargo inspection safety equipment used by the Port Authority of Jamaica (PAJ) effort to address security concerns.
“As the principal body responsible for the regulation and development of the security for all marine port facilities within the island and for vessels navigating ports of entry, the Port Authority of Jamaica is mandated to take the measures to address the security concerns within the maritime industry,” said Minister with responsibility for Information and Telecommunication, Hon. Daryl Vaz at a recent post-Cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House.
Meanwhile, a $161 million contract was awarded to Y.P. Seaton and Associates to undertake infrastructure works at Norwood section H in St. James.
Minister Vaz noted that while some work was undertaken in the community under the Operation Pride programme, the community still lacked adequate infrastructure, such as roads, water, drainage and other facilities.
He informed that sewerage works are not contemplated under the proposed contract.
Norwood H is a section of the much larger Norwood informal settlement located east of the Montego Bay city centre and is bordered north by Providence Heights.
There are about 4,000 people, who currently occupy the area.