Construction of Point highway to begin soon
Construction on the Point Fortin end of the San Fernando to Point Fortin highway extension is to start soon.
Minister of Works and Infrastructure Suruj Rambachan said on Thursday that around the end of next month the Point Fortin portion of the highway should be handed over to the contractor for construction.
Rambachan also announced that Government had allocated lots at Picton Phase One (south of Golconda) to 44 squatters who live along the highway route.
Rambachan said there were delays at Cedar Hill, which was originally earmarked for the squatters.
The land, will be leased for 30 years at a rent to be determined by the Commissioner of State Lands, on the advice of the Commissioner of Valuations, he said.
He was speaking at the post-Cabinet news conference at the Prime Minister’s St Clair office.
The minister said design work for the segment of the highway extension before Debe would be continuing. He said Government also planned to upgrade the ring road from Debe to La Romaine in order to alleviate the heavy traffic in the Penal/Debe area.
Also speaking at the conference was Minister of Community Development Winston “Gypsy” Peters who announced that the services offered at the “Soup Kitchens” (Transformation and Development Centres) would now include the interviewing and registering of people who are unable to meet basic needs.
He said the soup kitchens would continue to provide clients with daily meals and counselling services.