Member of Parliament for San Fernando West Carolyn Seepersad-Bachan (right with shovel in hand) helps turn the sod to officially launch Phase I of the San Fernando Waterfront Project on Sunday. PHOTO by INNIS FRANCIS
Phase I of San Fernando Waterfront to cost $6 million
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THE installation of solar wind lighting fixtures at the San Fernando Waterfront, is expected to curb criminal activity.
This according to Member of Parliament for San Fernando West Carolyn Seepersad-Bachan, who attended a sod turning ceremony to start phase one of the San Fernando boardwalk.
She said "What we have learnt ... once you light up the area and there is activity, it is a deterrent to any sought of criminal type of activity ... The water front in Port of Spain is an example of that. So the more activity we get on this water front and the more people that become involved, it becomes a deterrent to criminal type activity".
San Fernando Mayor Dr Navi Muradali said the corporation would soon be receiving a shipment of solar wind lighting fixtures.
"We have already created the areas for the lighting and that is one part of our renewable energy trust in the City. The Minister (Seepersad-Bachan) has spear-headed many initiatives when she was the Minister of Energy and I am happy that the realisation of her work is that we can now boast that we will have solar wind lighting on this facility. The cost of this phase is $6 million and we will stay within our budget," Muradali said.
The project is expected to be completed within the next three to four months, he said.
"Over the weeks, the Embacadere area which has a natural beach front is expected to be tuned into a tourism facility ... We will like to put up some food kiosk concession stands. We expect an annual revenue from this entire section to roughly be around half a million to one million dollars, so this will actually pay for itself over time ... We also started the sea food complex close next to the fish market that has already been piled and that work is expected to be completed within one year. So that entire fish market will have a retail section and also support a major restaurant complex, so that we will create job opportunities," Muradali said.
The Mayor said the report from the San Fernando police indicated that the strength of security required for the area and there are also plans to put a police post at this facility.