$50m for MoBay’s action plan
A sum of $50.2 million has been allocated to the Emerging and Sustainable Cities Initiative in the 2016-2017 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives.
The project aims to contribute to the implementation of Montego Bay's urban sustainability action plan, which seeks to address the main environmental, urban and fiscal issues affecting the long-term sustainability of the city.
The project, which is being implemented by the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development, is being financed by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).
Some of the anticipated targets for this fiscal year include implementing a monitoring system, completing pre-feasibility studies (St James Development Plan and the Coastal Contingency Plan), and constructing an integrated waterfront park.
Up to December 2015, some of the achievements included analysis and diagnostic assessments, conclusion of public opinion surveys, greenhouse gas and supporting workshops, traffic assessment, and pre-feasibility studies of the Integrated Operating Control Centre.
Other achievements include urban planning studies, and the completion and presentation of a final action plan to the St James Parish Council in June 2015.
The project, which commenced in September 2013, was slated to end in September 2016, but has been extended until March 2017.