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Gov't to relocate squatters in dense settlements

Published:Thursday | April 6, 2017 | 4:19 AM
Chang ... squatting should be addressed as a national programme and not as a ploy by an administration to secure votes.

Minister Without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation Dr Horace Chang says the Government is taking steps to relocate some squatters in settlements he describes as dense.

In his contribution to the Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives, yesterday, Chang said if the country were to succeed in its efforts to address squatting, it should be addressed as a national programme and not as a ploy by an administration to secure votes.

Chang argued that some squatter settlements were located in environmentally sensitive areas, and so, they simply cannot be allowed to remain.

The minister who has portfolio responsibility for housing also announced plans to start model housing projects in west Kingston, including Denham Town.

Providing an update on dredging works at the Kingston Harbour, Chang said that to date, 50 per cent of the work had been completed.

He said that works to upgrade the capacity of Gordon Cay to handle the largest ships traversing the Panama Canal was to start soon.

Chang also divulged that Kingston Wharves Limited had been aggressively upgrading its capacity.

He said that it had also moved to establish itself as a leading logistics service provider, with the construction of a new 160,000-square-foot total logistics facility near completion.