Monique Grange, Assistant News Editor
The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre
The government is to spend more than $70 million to clean-up the Tivoli Gardens community in West Kingston.
Minister with responsibility for Information, Sandrea Falconer, said Cabinet has approved a contract for the Tivoli Gardens Sanitation Project.
She told reporters at this morningís Jamaica House Press Briefing that the project will include the demolition of structurally unsound blocks.
Falconer said 51 new sanitation blocks equipped with properly ventilated water closets will also be constructed.
She said the initiative is being funded through a grant from the Caribbean Development Bank which is supporting the implementation of projects under the Basic Needs Trust Fund.
A total of $70,160,768 will be spent on the project.
In the meantime, Falconer said $64,903,071 is to be spent to upgrade the March Pen community in St. Catherine.
She said the community known as Africa, will be targeted under the programme which is aimed at improving water sanitation, solid waste collection systems, the availability of electricity as well as other community infrastructure.
Falconer said several roadways will also be rehabilitated and pipelines and fire hydrants installed under the Inner-city Basic Services for the Poor Project, which is being funded through a loan from the World Bank.
The contract for was awarded to Construction Solutions Limited.