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Consultants warned to produce or else

Published:Friday | September 12, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Daraine Luton
Senior Staff Reporter

AUDREY SEWELL, the permanent secretary in the housing, transport and works ministry, said on Wednesday that she has written a warning letter to the Land Transport Authority consultants, expressing displeasure at the slow pace at which they are doing their work.

The Land Transportation Authority is to be established to improve efficiencies in the transport sector. A local firm, Trevor Hamilton and Associates, has been engaged to provide consultancy services in the design of an organisational framework for the new authority. The company has been given a $10.9 million contract.

"We are not very happy with the progress that has been made to date," Sewell told Wednesday's sitting of the Public Administration and Appropriations Committee of parliament.

She noted that the consultants are working on a six-month contract which expires next month, and that they have so far fulfilled only two of 11 deliverables for which they have been contracted.

"We are holding the consultants to the time frame. They have not asked us for any extension or any amendment," Sewell stressed while adding that the ministry still intends to have the authority established by next year.

In creating the Land Transport Authority, the Government intends to remove some of the regulatory powers of the Transport Authority, the Island Traffic Authority and the Jamaica Railway Corporation, and put them in one body for better administration of the transport sector.

daraine.luton@gleanerjm.com