Weather may Influence JDIP Roads Plans


Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Works Agency (NWA), Patrick Wong, has indicated that a number of roads listed for rehabilitation in year one of the Jamaica Development Infrastructure Programme (JDIP) have suffered further damage, due to the current heavy rains.
He was addressing a press conference called by Prime Minister, the Hon. Bruce Golding, at Jamaica House Wednesday (September 29), which was addressed by representatives of several critical response agencies.
“The idea is that once we have emergencies, we have to deal with the emergencies.some of the scope of works that we were planning to do will have to be expanded. The damage has gotten worse,” Mr. Wong explained.
Minister of Transport and Works, Hon. Michael Henry, has in recent weeks emphasized that as part of criteria for rehabilitation under JDIP, the roads in the worst conditions would receive priority attention.
The $36 billion programme is a major undertaking by the Government of Jamaica, in partnership with the Chinese government, to significantly improve the island’s road network. This is expected to stimulate economic development and enhance the quality of life of Jamaicans. It will be executed over five years, starting this year, in collaboration with the Department of Local Government and implemented by the National Works Agency (NWA). The press conference was also addressed by Minister with Responsibility for Information, Telecommunications and Special Projects, Hon. Daryl Vaz; Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Pearnel Charles; Corporate Public Relations Manager at the National Water Commission, Charles Buchanan; Deputy Director of Tourism, Marketing, at the Jamaica Tourist Board, David Shields; Director of the Meteorological Service, Sylvia McGill; and Director of Emergency, Disaster Management and Special Services in the Ministry of Health, Dr. Marion Bullock Ducasse.

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