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Gov't to focus on water, housing this year - GG

Published:Thursday | April 14, 2016 | 4:30 AM

Karlene Brown, Assistant Editor – Radio

Water and Housing will be a major focus of the government this parliamentary year.

The Governor General says the National Water Commission will work with the Planning Institute of Jamaica, the Development Bank of Jamaica and international development partners to examine investment opportunities.

He says particular focus will be placed on the development of the Rio Cobre and the Rio Bueno Water Treatment Plants and the expansion of the Soapberry Wastewater Treatment plant.

The wastewater treatment capacity at the Soapberry Plant will be expanded to accommodate future flows from Kingston and St. Andrew, Caymanas Estate and South East St. Catherine.

Meanwhile... Sir Patrick says the Government will be undertaking four main projects:

1. Bernard Lodge in St. Catherine - For this project, the Government will, in collaboration with the private partner, conduct a comprehensive review of the proposed project design  to eliminate unnecessary costs  and delays.

2. Reid's Pen, Portmore, St. Catherine - Construction of this project will commence during the fiscal year and when completed, will see the delivery of some 148 two-bedroom townhouses for the middle income market.

3. Shooter's Hill, Portmore, St. Catherine - It is expected that construction of 200 studio housing units (priced at $4-5M) will commence during the fiscal year.

4. Vernon's Drive, Montego Bay, St. James - 90 one and two-bedroom townhouses  are slated for this area. 

Sir Patrick says government will collaborate with a private partner to eliminate unnecessary costs and delays in the Bernard Lodge housing project in St. Catherine.