Suruj wants $2.5 billion Budget allocation
Works and Infrastructure Minister Dr Suruj Rambachan is hoping for a similar $2.5 billion allocation in the upcoming National Budget, which will be used to continue infrastructural development around the country, especially in South and Central Trinidad. Budget day is September 9.
Speaking to the Express yesterday via telephone, Rambachan said the ministry's works are being challenged by land slippages in these areas and slope stabilisation work needs to be done in these areas, particularly in the vicinities of Princes Town and Moruga.
The Ministry also intends to continue its Bridge Upgrade programmes.
"If we get a similar amount as last year we can continue to improve infrastructure," he said.
Funds for the extension of the Solomon Hochoy Highway to Point Fortin have already been allocated in previous budgets he noted. The cost of the highway-- the single largest infrastructural project in the country-- is estimated in excess of $7 billion.
The first segment from Golconda to Debe is scheduled to be opened on August 30, and the Papourie Road Bridge (which links to the highway) is scheduled to be open within a week, he said.
He noted that the ministry has begun advertsing these annoucements in the press, and urged motorists to pay attention to road signs and traffic directions to avoid confusion alon the new routes.
He added that while some people may feel inconvenienced by all the roadworks in the country that lead to inevitable traffic disruptions, these will undoubttedly lead to a better motoring experience when completed.
Work on the roundabout at Mt Hope, near the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business, for example has recently been the subject of complaints by motorists as a nuisance. Many have described it as "difficult' to navigate. Rambachan said that work is expected to be completed by the end of the week.
"They are laying tiles right now, and then the intention is to put ornamental flowers and make it aesthetically pleasing to commuters who pass around it as a stress reliever as they drive by," he said.
(from the Multimedia Desk)