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  • The Ministry of Local Government and Community Development will be providing local authorities with an additional $70 million for the cleaning of major drains island-wide.
  • Hon. Noel Arscott made the disclosure during Jamaica House press briefing at the Office of the Prime Minister,he said the funds will be allocated in “short order.”
  • This figure is an addition to the $150 million already spent this fiscal year and is aimed at bolstering drain cleaning activities during the hurricane season.

The Ministry of Local Government and Community Development will be providing local authorities with an additional $70 million for the cleaning of major drains island-wide. Portfolio Minister, Hon. Noel Arscott, who made the disclosure during Wednesday’s (July 9) Jamaica House press briefing at the Office of the Prime Minister, said the funds will be allocated in “short order.” This figure is an addition to the $150 million already spent this fiscal year and is aimed at bolstering drain cleaning activities during the hurricane season. “The drain cleaning programme is an active programme carried out by the local authorities from their parochial revenue fund, and traditionally, May and November are drain cleaning months,” he said.  During the last financial year, the Ministry made a special allocation in the amount of $130 million to supplement the local authorities’ disaster mitigation (through drain maintenance and cleaning) programme.