PORT ANTONIO — Member of Parliament for Western Portland, Hon Daryl Vaz, toured infrastructural work being undertaken in the constituency under the Jamaica Development Infrastructural Programme (JDIP), on Thursday July 15, 2011.
The works include the construction and rehabilitation of roadways, walls and drains by sub-contractors engaged by China Harbour Engineering Company Limited, which has the contract to implement the programme.
Among the projects visited by Mr. Vaz, who is also the Minister Responsible for Information, Telecommunications and Special Projects in the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), were road repairs in the Buff Bay Valley area, and rehabilitation of the roads from Hope Bay to Coopers Hill and Rock Hall to St. Margaret’s Bay.
Mr. Vaz, who was accompanied by technical officers from the National Works Agency (NWA) and the National Water Commission (NWC), also examined water supply schemes serving several communities during the tour.
He said he was pleased with the progress being made, particularly in restoring access to Papine in St Andrew from Buff Bay, a corridor which in recent years has become impassable due to breakaways. He also expressed satisfaction with the rehabilitation of the road from Tranquility, through Bangor Ridge, to Spring Hill, pointing out that the route had also been out of use for years.
He stated that the repairs will play a significant role in influencing social and economic development, and ensuring the empowerment of the people of the communities involved. He also noted that a number of water projects were being worked on, to ensure adequate and reliable water supply to communities.
Mr. Vaz said that construction of the Shrewsbury Community and Sports Centre is to be undertaken shortly, with the assistance of Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF), the CHASE Fund and the Sports Development Foundation (SDF).
By ASTON G. BAILEY, JIS Reporter