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  • Residents of Portmore, St. Catherine, are benefitting from Government’s investment in infrastructural projects, including major expenditure on water supply, roads, and waste facilities.
  • Over $1 billion was spent on developing water systems for the area.
  • Work has commenced on the $2.3 billion Portmore Sewage Project, which will benefit some 200,000 residents of the Municipality.

Residents of Portmore, St. Catherine, are benefitting from Government’s investment in infrastructural projects, including major expenditure on water supply, roads, and waste facilities.

Over $1 billion was spent on developing water systems for the area, while work has commenced on the $2.3 billion Portmore Sewage Project, which will benefit some 200,000 residents of the Municipality.

“The (water) project involved the construction of 10 kilometers of 30-inch transmission main from the Rio Cobre pipeline in Caymanas, across Mandela Highway, to the existing Marley Hill reservoir at Braeton,” informed State Minister in the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Colin Fagan.

The State Minister, who is also Member of Parliament for South East St. Catherine, was delivering his contribution to the 2014/15 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on Wednesday, June 25.

He informed that the sewage project involved five plants located at Independence City, Bridgeport, Hamilton Gardens, Portmore Villas, and Caymanas Gardens. “I feel very proud…more than 200,000 residents across the Portmore Municipality are expected to benefit from improved sewage facilities,” Mr. Fagan told the House.

He reported that a $70 million road rehabilitation project for the entire George Lee Boulevard is underway. Along with the road repairs, drain cleaning and reconstruction of the drains will be done. In addition, procurement efforts are underway for a $27 million road repair project for Adair Drive in the area.

A total of $13.4 million was spent to construct four classrooms at Bridgeport High School, while under the Jamaica Emergency Employment Programme (JEEP), the community of Armada Court benefitted from the rehabilitation of a retaining wall at a cost of $4 million, and a guidance counsellor’s room and multi-purpose classroom were built at Waterford Infant School.

“There was total rehabilitation of Block 1, in Westmeade. These projects, under JEEP, provided employment for just under one hundred persons,” Mr. Fagan said.

He also cited achievements in education, noting improvements in Mathematics and literacy at Waterford High and Waterford Primary schools, respectively. “I am proud to be associated with the many achievements of our students and the schools. That is why, this year, through my Constituency Development Fund (CDF), I am making available upwards of $3 million towards assistance in education,” he informed.

The Independence City Community Centre was recently rehabilitated with funds from the CDF, to the tune of $4 million, and was equipped with 25 computers by the Universal Service Fund. It will provide computer services to the communities in the area.