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  • The Urban Development Corporation (UDC) is reassuring sporting interests that all is on track for the completion of the much anticipated installation of floodlights at Sabina Park.
  • The UDC, which is the project’s implementing agency, is also providing technical support.
  • The Indian government is providing a $229 million grant, while the remaining $302.8 million is being provided by the Jamaican government through the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF).

The Urban Development Corporation (UDC) is reassuring sporting interests that all is on track for the completion of the much anticipated installation of floodlights at Sabina Park.

In an interview with the Jamaica Information Service (JIS), General Manager of the UDC, Desmond Malcolm, reiterated that “the public can expect the lights by the end of July.”

Mr. Malcolm added that the UDC, which is the project’s implementing agency, is also providing technical support.

On April 1 of this year, Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller along with High Commissioner of India to Jamaica, His Excellency Shri Pratap Singh, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) valued at $531 million for the commencement of the project.

As part of the agreement, the Indian government is providing a $229 million grant, while the remaining $302.8 million is being provided by the Jamaican government through the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF).

Installation of floodlights at the nation’s most popular cricket venue is expected to boost revenue for the owners and operators of the park, as night matches will become a viable option.

The improvements will also further position Jamaica as a sports tourism destination.