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Discussions underway for added funding source to maintain parochial roads

Published:Thursday | January 5, 2017 | 9:37 AM

Local Government and Community Development Minister, Desmond McKenzie, says discussions are advanced with the Finance Ministry to find an added source of funding to repair, maintain and rehabilitate parochial roads across the island.

He made the disclosure on day one of a series of regional sensitisation sessions for elected local government officials, at The Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston, yesterday.

McKenzie says the additional money will not come from the Parochial Revenue Fund, which is dedicated to finance such activities.

He notes that of the 27,000 kilometres of road network in the country, the local authorities have responsibility for almost 23,000 kilometres.

He says what is given to the local authorities for road maintenance is not adequate.

McKenzie says he’s hoping that the money will be allocated in the upcoming financial year, which begins on April 1.